The Jamestown hands out these bravos this week:
- Bravo to holding a coronavirus testing event for the public at the Stutsman County Fairgrounds in Jamestown on Thursday, June 18. The test, at this writing, could be given to 500 people to learn whether or not they have the coronavirus. Working together that day on the event were the North Dakota Department of Health, Central Valley Health District, North Dakota National Guard, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Jamestown Police Department and Stutsman County Sheriff's Office along with volunteers from the North Dakota State Hospital and area public health agencies.
- Bravo to boardings beginning to increase at Jamestown Regional Airport. Boardings had dropped in March and April by 95% due to the coronavirus pandemic, as they have at all North Dakota airports, and flights were reduced as a result. There are about 139 boardings scheduled at the airport this month, which is much higher than the 41 boardings seen in April. Katie Hemmer, airport director, expects the number of SkyWest flights to increase here in July.
- Bravo to Grand Forks natives Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, who have been named the 45th and 46th recipients of the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, the state's highest award for its citizens. The twins were members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team that won a gold medal and have also become advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion, according to a Forum News Service story. They are expected to formally receive the award later this year.
- Bravo to holding the Jamestown Kite Festival last weekend. Although there were some changes to reduce the risk of contracting the coronavirus such as not holding the candy drop or kite building classes, people could still enjoy watching the kites flying.
- Buffalo chip to the dramatic drop in oil production in North Dakota due to the coronavirus pandemic and a price war between Russia and OPEC. A Forum News Service story reported that production was about 1.2 million barrels a day in April, down from an all-time high of 1.5 million in November 2019. The North Dakota Department of Mineral resources also expects daily production to drop below 1 million barrels per day for May. Just 10 rigs were operating in North Dakota last week, compared to 52 in March, the agency said.
- Bravo to honoring the late Don Gumke with the Don Gumke Racers' Memorial at Jamestown Speedway, which is expected to be an annual event. Gumke, who died in January at age 66, was a former Speedway owner and local stock car racing veteran. The event also paid tribute to drivers Jeff Carpenter of Valley City and Keith Hermanson, formerly of Jamestown, who both passed in 2019.
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