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Bravo to ND being among happiest states

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

* Bravo to the reopening this week of Alfred Dickey Library. The library was closed for more than three months for a project that included foundation and interior work, along with work on the children’s library and painting and new carpeting upstairs. The project cost more than $600,000.

* Bravo to North Dakota ranking fourth in WalletHub’s 2018 Happiest States in America report. WalletHub compared the 50 states across 31 indicators including emotional health, job satisfaction, income growth and safety. Neighboring states Minnesota and South Dakota also made the top 10 list, ranking third and ninth, respectively.

* Bravo to Metallica, which donated $10,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank on Sept. 8. The band, which performed in concert on Sept. 8, donated the money through the All Within My Hands Foundation. Jared Slinde, communications manager for the food bank, said the $10,000 donation would provide 30,000 meals through the food bank.

* Bravo to the University of Jamestown for being recognized recently in publications. UJ received the highest regional college ranking of all North Dakota institutions in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2019” edition. UJ was ranked as a Best Regional College in the Midwest Category in the edition. UJ also was named a Best in the Midwest college by Princeton Review and ranked No. 1 in the Best Colleges & Universities in North Dakota list by College Factual.

* Bravo to the return of the Jamestown High School Bluejay Cheer Team. The team did not exist last year because there was no adviser to lead the group.

* Bravo to Larry Knoblich, founder of the Runnin O’ the Green, for pushing the date of the 2019 Run back a week due to the University of Jamestown landing a national event. UJ will be host to the first Women’s Wrestling National Invitational March 15-16 at Harold Newman Arena, which will bring about 300 wrestlers along with coaches and families to Jamestown. Knoblich moved the date of the Run to the following weekend after learning the national event would be here that same weekend.

* Buffalo chip to the increase in West Nile virus cases in North Dakota over last year. There were 62 cases in 2017, compared to 86 cases through Sept. 4 of this year.

* Bravo to Jimmy John’s, the national sandwich chain, which recently set up a pop-up restaurant in Binford farmer Dennis Haugen’s wheat field to film a commercial touting its new 9-grain wheat bread for sandwiches.