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Bravo to plans for new tree nursery

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

* Bravo to the First Congregational United Church of Christ for committing itself to doing 125 Acts of Kindness to celebrate its 125th year in Jamestown.  The church is doing 125 Acts of Kindness in the 125 days leading up to the 125th anniversary celebration Aug. 9-10.

* Bravo to Mrs. Jamestown Eliza Potratz, who recently earned the title of Mrs. North Dakota at the 2014 Mrs. North Dakota America Pageant. She said she stands for “being a volunteer, being kind and making that journey a walk to remember.” Potratz, who is a Jamestown native, is a full-time student at University of Jamestown and will graduate in May with a degree in criminal justice.

* Bravo to plans for establishing a gravel-bedded tree nursery in Jamestown. The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission approved giving City Forester Doug Wiles the green light to pursue grant funding and a cost-share program with the city to build the nursery. The trees would be used to populate local parks and boulevards, and some may be used to replace trees at Hillcrest Golf Course, where the nursery would be located. Wiles said the diversity of trees is needed to replace city trees dying from diseases and parasites.

* Bravo to soldiers from the Grand Forks-based National Guard unit for helping an Afghanistani interpreter and his wife. Mohammad Hussain served as the unit’s interpreter and guide to the country’s culture. Eight years later Hussain and his wife, Raihana, are settling into a new, safer life in Grand Forks, mostly through the efforts of Capt. Dawn Holm, a Hallock, Minn., resident who was a volunteer medic with the 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment in Afghanistan.

* Bravo to Ray (N.D.) Public School for having a high school baseball team for the first time since the 1970s. Growing school enrollment and having a “baseball fanatic” superintendent were the main contributors for Ray Public School, which is in the heart of the Oil Patch, having a baseball team. The Ray Jays are competing in Class B Region 7 this spring after the community raised money to purchase equipment for the new team.

* Buffalo chip to the slow rail service in delivering fertilizer for spring planting. Farmers have been dealing with months-long delays for rail cars, as more trains are being used to move crude oil out of the Bakken oil region. BNSF has also blamed delays on a harsh winter. Matt Rose, BNSF executive chairman, said BNSF trains will devote unit trains and assign crews to deliver fertilizer in a timely manner.

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