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

  • Bravo to donors who gave to charities on Giving Hearts Day, Feb. 13. Donors could go to one website, select nonprofits to give to and donate in one convenient place. Giving Hearts Day includes North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
  • Bravo to the settlement of a lawsuit involving Spiritwood Energy Park Association and North Dakota Soybean Processors. Both organizations will pay their own costs. NDSP had announced plans in 2017 to build a soybean crushing facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park. In 2019, the SEPA Board of Directors nullified its agreement with NDSP, noting delays in the start of the construction of the plant. In its original filing, NDSP had sought to either be allowed to build per the contract with SEPA or for SEPA to pay the $7 million NDSP incurred in the planning phase.
  • Bravo to Jamestown sports official Marchel Krieger, who officiated at his 3,000th basketball game on Feb. 6 in Oakes. Krieger became a ref starting in the fall of 1983 and is a longtime member of the Jamestown Officials Association.
  • Bravo to Tim Flakoll, a former North Dakota state lawmaker, who has started a book drive to bring more paperback books to shelves of the library in the Cass County Jail. Many shelves are empty and many of the books are worn from use. Paperbacks are the only books accepted for the library.
  • Bravo to the Jamestown High School wrestling team, which qualified for the 2020 State Dual Tournament in Fargo Feb. 20-22. The last time the Jays qualified for the state tournament was in 2003.
  • Bravo to Jamestown native Katie Conlon, who qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials at Centennial Olympic Park on Feb. 29 in Atlanta. Conlon qualified with a time of 2 hours and 42 minutes at the Cadbury Marathon in Hobart, Tasmania, on Jan. 12.
  • Bravo to Les Halvorson and the late Scott Miller, the newest inductees of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame. Halvorson, who has worked in radio since attending college, was named the North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year in 1986 and received the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Award of Merit in 1987. Miller, a was the voice of North Dakota State Bison football and basketball for 20 seasons. He received the Sportscaster of the Year Award in two states, Montana in 1987 and North Dakota in 2010. He died in 2016.
  • Buffalo chip that the workforce in Stutsman County has declined. Job Service North Dakota said there were 218 fewer people in the workforce from November 2018 to November 2019. Job Service said there were 10,010 people in the Stutsman County labor force as of November 2019, compared to 10,228 in November 2018.

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

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