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Bravo to linemen’s efforts in Haiti

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week:

* Bravo to the two North Dakota linemen who worked to help bring electricity to residences near an industrial park in northern Haiti, near the town of Caracol. Josh Hoffman, a lineman with Northern Plains Electric Cooperative, and Jody Bruce, a lineman from Minot for Verendrye Electric cooperative, spent two weeks in Haiti and installed poles and wire for the project.

* Bravo to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for holding a weekly Friendship Supper. The church offers a free supper from 5 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday that the community can attend.

* Bravo to the population increase in Stutsman County. Kevin Iverson, manager of the census office for the North Dakota Department of Commerce, said the increase, although small, “indicates the area is at least steady.” The 2013 population estimate for Stutsman County is 21,120 compared to a 2012 estimate of 20,986 (an increase of 134 people) and a 2010 actual count of 21,100.

* Buffalo chip to the increase in drug arrests at the University of North Dakota, and bravo to campus police for its more aggressive response. In 2012, about four out of every 1,000 UND students were arrested compared to two of every 1,000 students at four-year public institutions nationwide. UND Police Chief Eric Holder said that 44 percent of the arrests in 2012 were of people who weren’t affiliated with UND.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)