The Jamestown Sun hands out these bravos this week:

  • Bravo that President Joe Biden has approved a disaster declaration for areas in North Dakota affected by a storm, winds and flooding from June 7-11. The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the declaration on Sept. 1. The assistance will supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected. Federal funding also is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged in Burke, Divide, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, LaMoure, Sioux and Williams counties. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
  • Bravo to a slight improvement in the drought situation in part of Stutsman County. The U.S. Drought Monitor ranking for the southern portion of Stutsman County improved from extreme drought to severe drought and the southeast corner improved to moderate drought. The change was noted in the map issued Sept. 2 and is current on the Sept. 9 map by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The northern half of Stutsman County remains in the extreme drought category. While the county still is in a drought situation, any improvement is better than none.
  • Bravo to the North Dakota Department of Health for creating the North Dakota COVID-19 Impact Wall, a website for people to share their stories about their experiences with COVID-19. The health department said it was created to document the seriousness of the illness and the actual effects it is having on North Dakota families, according to a Forum News Service story. Some people sharing their stories have lost a loved one; some have had the illness themselves. The website is covidimpactnd.com.
  • Bravo to our first responders who come to our aid in emergencies. On this day, the Freedom Walk in Jamestown will remember the 20th anniversary of 9/11, when so many people lost their lives including firefighters and police who responded when the attacks occurred. We remember them all this Patriot Day. Thank you to our first responders for being there when you are needed.

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

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