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Bravo to organizers of planned community garden

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

* Bravo to Katie Conlon, an 11-time All-American at the University of Jamestown, for finishing the Boston Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 10 seconds. Her finish ranked her as the 963rd overall finisher out of more than 36,000 runners. She also placed 51st out of all women finishers and had the 29th-fastest time among American women.

* Bravo to the expansion and renovation of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The Adaptation Gallery covers North Dakota’s geology and prehistoric life from 600 million years ago to 13,000 years ago and displays about 10 times as many fossils and fossil casts as the former Heritage Center. The Innovation Gallery uses artwork and more than 1,000 artifacts to tell the story of the first people in North Dakota through the 1860s. The 97,000-square-foot expansion doubled the size of the facility and increased the exhibit space from 28,000 square feet to more than 47,000 square feet.

* Bravo to organizers who are developing a community garden in Jamestown. Organizers decided to work on a community garden that would allow people without space for a garden or those looking for service projects to grow their own food or flowers. The garden would begin with 20 plots owned by the North Dakota State Hospital in the area between it and North Dakota Farmers Union, on the west side of the road just south of the James River.

* Bravo to young adults in North Dakota for going to the voting booths at a higher rate than their peers in a majority of other states in 2012, according to a Census Bureau report. More than half of the eligible voters ages 18 to 29 cast a ballot in North Dakota. The national average for 18- to 29-year-olds was 45 percent and climbed to 66.3 percent for all adults ages 30 and older. The District of Columbia took the top spot with 69.9 percent, followed by Mississippi with 68.1 percent, Wisconsin with 58 percent and Minnesota and Iowa with 57.1 percent.

* Bravo to the Red River Zoo in Fargo and North Dakota State University for their joint effort to bring in a new research center that will be located at the zoo. The research center will be used for studying birds, bats and small mammals. Partnering with NDSU and providing space for the research center helps the zoo meet its accreditation requirements.

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