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Bravo to nonprofit charity founder

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

* Bravo to those who turned out at Memorial Day observances Monday to honor those men and women who died while serving the country. These men and women sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms.

* Bravo to Congress for passing a massive water projects bill that includes closing a lock within a year at St. Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis to keep invasive carp from getting a foothold in Minnesota’s water. President Barack Obama said he will sign the bill soon that includes a rare provision to close a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lock.

* Bravo to Jamestown High School senior McKayla Orr for claiming state titles in the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles at the Class A state meet in Bismarck.

* Buffalo chip to the weather on May 23 that washed out some township roads near Spiritwood and Bloom and Rose townships. The Spiritwood area took the brunt of the weather, including wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour and flash flood warnings as 4 inches of rain fell in 4 hours. Jamestown received nearly 3 inches of rain. Golf ball-sized hail was also reported in several areas near Jamestown and Spiritwood.

* Bravo to Jeff Woods, president of Robots 4 Wounded Soldiers, for creating a nonprofit charity aimed specifically at helping wounded and disabled U.S. veterans take advantage of the technological advances in robotics and robotic prostheses. Woods’ plans include meeting with major robotics and technology companies to raise awareness and funding.

* Bravo to the energy companies that made donations for a TrainND workforce training facility in Williston, N.D. TrainND’s Northwest Center at Williston State College proposed a building project to more than double its size and offer more programs. The $7.5 million project had funding from a variety of sources but needed $1 million more. Oasis Petroleum donated $165,000, along with $150,000 from Statoil and $150,000 from Steel Energy Services, to allow the project to move forward this construction season.

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