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Buffalo chip to keeping Sunday sales law

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week: > Bravo to Alan Bergman and James Tilton, who were inducted into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame on March 11 in Valley City. Bergman, of Jud, was president of North Da...

 

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

› Bravo to Alan Bergman and James Tilton, who were inducted into the North Dakota Agriculture Hall of Fame on March 11 in Valley City. Bergman, of Jud, was president of North Dakota Farmers Union from 1986 to 1996, was one of the founding partners in the Dakota Pride Cooperative, served on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s task force on research facilities in 1997 and retired from farming 10 years ago. Tilton is a retired animal and range science professor who was a faculty member and research scientist at North Dakota State University for nearly 40 years.

› Bravo to Russ Schmeichel for being inducted into the North Dakota Officials Association Hall of Fame. Schmeichel started officiating in 1965 and worked approximately 5,000 high school basketball games in nearly 50 years. He also was a football referee for 17 years.

› Bravo to the 4 percent increase in North Dakota oil production in January, which brought the daily production to an average of 980,294 barrels. The increase of nearly 38,000 barrels per day in January followed a 9 percent slide in December caused by extreme winter weather.

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› Buffalo chip to the failure of a bill in the North Dakota Legislature that would have allowed retailers to open Sunday mornings. State law makes it a Class B misdemeanor to operate a business that’s open to the public before noon on Sunday, but exceptions exist for restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other businesses. Proponents of the legislation said it was a matter of giving business owners the right to choose when to open their doors, while opponents argued workers need time to spend with families, with some against the repeal based on religious grounds. House Bill 1163 failed in the Senate 22-25. Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, voted for the bill, while Sen. Terry Wanzek, R-Jamestown, voted against it.

› Bravo to volunteers who help make the Runnin O’ the Green a success. Volunteers help Run participants sign up for the event, with cleanup after the event and give rides to Run patrons. Elks Club members and Elkettes help out the day of the Run, which needs close to 30 volunteers.

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

  

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