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

  • Bravo to the University of Jamestown and Jamestown Public Schools for working together to renovate UJ's Taylor Stadium. The $11 million project, scheduled to break ground in October, will be home for UJ and JHS football and track and field beginning in the fall of 2021. The 86-year-old stadium's 400-meter track hadn't been used competitively in two years and UJ football was the only college football team in the state without a turf field. A 2018 proposed $34.4 million Jamestown Public Schools referendum that would've included $7.5 million for a new athletic complex failed with voters. The plan announced this week will help both entities while reducing costs for both. And bravo to Dr. Jo-Ida Hansen, a University of Jamestown trustee and Jamestown High School graduate, who donated $3 million to the Taylor Stadium project, and 10 other donors who have committed major gifts to the project.
  • Bravo to the increase in taxable sales and purchases for Jamestown in the first quarter of 2020. Closures and disruptions of business due to the coronavirus pandemic likely disrupted the last weeks of the quarter; a strong economy was evident early in the year.
  • Buffalo chip to the surge in coronavirus cases across North Dakota this week. The state announced a single-day record of 160 new cases of COVID-19. on Wednesday. Eight positive tests were reported in Stutsman County on Wednesday alone. Proper hygiene and social distancing remain important for everyone's health.

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

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