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Bravo to JFD’s plan to place statue to honor firefighters

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

* Bravo to the person or people who created the rock cairns at Jamestown Reservoir. They were added to the site over the weekend and fit in nicely with the scenery.

* Bravo to the events being held around the state to celebrate the state’s upcoming 125th year of statehood. Jamestown was one of the sites where a picnic and dance were held last Saturday. North Dakota became a state on Nov. 2, 1889.

* Bravo to the Jamestown Fire Department’s plan to place a 75-inch-tall statue honoring all firefighters in front of the main fire station downtown. Memorials honoring the late Deputy Fire Chief Jerry Kainz will pay for the concrete statue. Another plan still being finished to memorialize local firefighters is a brick walkway that would include the names of firefighters who have died.

* Bravo to the volunteers from St. James Basilica for their mission work in Chimbote, Peru. The group recently returned after rebuilding homes, delivering beds and stoves and helping residents.

* Bravo to Ken Gardner, cross country coach from Jamestown High School, and Jim Clark, head women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Jamestown, for their proposal to create a new cross country course north of Parkhurst Campground. The coaches say it will be safer for runners and spectators and provide for less disruptions at Hillcrest Municipal Golf Course.

* Buffalo chip to another scam to take money away from people. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said customers of Verendrye Electric Cooperative in Minot had received phone messages that an unpaid balance was due and to provide payment immediately or their services would be disconnected. Once the scammer got a credit card or debit card number, the scammer could then empty accounts, make unauthorized purchases or steal financial identities of victims. Stenehjem said this type of scam can use other businesses’ names.

* Bravo to the opening of a portion of a four-lane project of U.S. Highway 85 last week between Alexander and Watford City, N.D. The three-phase project is converting the two-lane highway into a four-lane, divided highway. Fourteen miles of the project have been completed, and 25 additional miles of the project will follow. The next two phases of the project will run north of Alexander to Williston. The project will improve traffic flow in the area.

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