The Jamestown hands out these bravos this week:

  • Bravo to Julia Johnson, a senior at the University of Jamestown from Park River, North Dakota, who qualified for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the triple jump on Jan. 19 at the Northern State dual in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Johnson set a personal indoor best of 11.45 meters (37 feet, 6 3/4 inches) to win the women’s triple jump, meeting the “A” qualifying standard of 11.40 meters. She also took first place in the long jump with a mark of 5.28 meters (17 feet, 4 inches).
  • Bravo that President Donald Trump approved this week the major disaster declaration requested by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. The declaration covers 16 counties including Stutsman and is for the impacts of an October storm that caused up to $9.7 million in damage to public infrastructure in the counties, Burgum’s office said.
  • Bravo to the Jamestown Shriners, who donated more than $122,000 in 2019, with most of the funds going to Shriners Healthcare for Children and Shriner Transportation Fund to help families with transportation to and from clinics and hospitals. Funds were also donated to local causes.
  • Bravo to the Jamestown Police Department and the Jamestown Fire Department for holding the annual “Battle of the Badges” blood drive for Vitalant. Team Law won the friendly competition with 110 votes to Team Fire’s 102 votes. But the ultimate “winner” was Vitalant, which collected 209 units of blood products to help patients in need in the region. And bravo to the donors who gave blood to help others.

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

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