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Buffalo chip to two scams

The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos and buffalo chip this week: o Bravo to LeRoy Wegenast and David Smette, recipients of two Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce awards. Wegenast, who received the Above and Beyond Award, was recognized for hi...

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

• Bravo to LeRoy Wegenast and David Smette, recipients of two Jamestown Area Chamber of Commerce awards. Wegenast, who received the Above and Beyond Award, was recognized for his many roles over half a decade, which include Chamber board member and volunteer in business, civic and veteran organizations and his role in establishing the All Vets Club in 1998, a nonmembership, nonprofit facility that provides space for all veteran groups, auxiliaries and community organizations. Smette, who was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year, is an American Red Cross volunteer, past member of the Jamestown Tourism Board of Directors, and member of the Jamestown Regional Medical Center Foundation board, Jamestown Rotary Club, Jamestown Community Foundation board and more. Smette has also traveled to Guatemala to help build a first-aid station and to Nepal to assist with polio immunizations.

• Bravo to Jamestown resident Martin Suko and Edwin "Eddie" Dockter of Streeter for celebrating their 101st birthdays. Dockter celebrated his birthday by eating a fried shrimp dinner at the Galloping Goose Cafe in Streeter, while Suko, who volunteers at the Heritage Centre, celebrated his birthday with dancing.

• Bravo to the arrival of the James River Valley Library System's new bookmobile. The bookmobile is bright blue and features sunflowers and a white bison with a book on its lap. The bookmobile will carry about 2,000 items, depending on their size, to 10 routes in Stutsman County. The bookmobile also has a liftgate that allows wheelchair access and lifts book carts into the bookmobile.

• Bravo to University of North Dakota leaving the Big Sky Conference and moving most of its athletic programs to the Summit League starting in the 2018-19 season. UND football will become a member of the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2020. The move also realigns UND athletics with its regional rivals - North Dakota State University, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University.

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• Bravo to LaMoure Public School music teacher Tricia Lebahn for being named the North Dakota Music Educators Association's Music Educator of the Year for 2016. Lebahn teaches all levels of music to students in fifth grade through high school. Brian Saylor, president of the North Dakota Music Educators Association Board of Directors, said Lebahn was chosen by the board because of the work she has done over the years as a music educator in the state.

• Buffalo chip to two new phone and email scams that have surfaced in the Minot area. The phone scam targeted a small business where the scammer claimed to be with Xcel Energy and said the owner was behind on an electricity payment and the power would be shut off if the amount wasn't paid within an hour. The scammer also provided the business owner with a telephone number to verify the disconnection. In the email scam, the scammer claims to be a U.S. military officer with a "beneficial proposition." If the recipient responds to the email, the "military officer" will say he came upon a large amount of money through investments and can share if he can put money into their account, which is a ploy to get banking and personal identifying information from the victim.

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

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