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Bravo to helping vet attend reunion

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

* Buffalo chip to the increase in violent crimes in North Dakota. The number of reported violent crimes — murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault — increased by 7.4 percent statewide last year, from 1,451 to 1,558.

* Bravo to local veterans’ groups that are raising funds to send Ernest Hubacker to a reunion of Merrill’s Marauders and the Mars Task Force in Milwaukee at the end of August. Hubacker, 98, was in both units and served in Burma in southeast Asia during World War II. The All Vets Club and other veterans’ groups are attempting to raise about $1,700 to help cover the expenses for Hubacker and a family member to attend the reunion.

* Bravo to those residents who opened up their yards for viewing for the annual AAUW Garden Tour. This year’s hosts were Dan and Francoise Buchanan, Delmer and Gloria Davis, Tracy and Merrie Deutscher, Oren and Connie Krapp and Lyle and Evelyn Sjostrom.

* Bravo to those who made donations to help send Landon Stack to Disney World. Stack, 7, has Sanfilippo syndrome, a metabolism disorder passed down through families in which the body can’t break down certain chains of sugar molecules. Sixty-seven donors contributed $5,772 in 11 days, exceeding the goal of $5,000.

* Buffalo chip to the little progress made on curbing school bullying in North Dakota two years after a law required each district to have a plan aimed at stopping the problem. A survey showed 25.4 percent of North Dakota high school students reported they were bullied at school in 2013, and 17.1 percent said they were bullied online. These numbers are nearly identical from a 2011 survey where 24.9 percent reported they were bullied at school, and 17.4 percent said they were bullied online.

* Bravo to Gene Van Eeckhout, who will be inducted into the North Dakota Fishing Hall of Fame on July 17. Van Eeckhout will also retire sometime this fall after serving as southeast district supervisor with the fisheries division of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department since 1976.

* Bravo to the $375,000 in federal grants that will help coordinate transportation for veterans living in rural North Dakota. The grants will help the North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs work with government, private and nonprofit agencies to provide veterans in 36 counties free transportation to Veterans Administration medical facilities.

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