HELPING HOPE VILLAGE Minot's three Taco John's stores and their customers put on an impressive display of community spirit this past Saturday. The Minot restaurants raised $29,670 to help the flood recovery efforts of Hope Village. In doing so, the South Broadway Taco John's broke the national record for sales volume in a single day at a Taco John's store, and the North Broadway location set a sales record for that store. Mike Sartwell, president of Preferred Restaurant Group, which owns the three restaurants, and his entire staff deserve much praise for making the huge contribution happen. The three Minot restaurants were swamped with customers on that day between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. after it was announced that all the money raised would be donated to Hope Village. For eight hours, the customers kept coming, filling up the drive-through lanes and packing the dining rooms. And the Taco John's employees responded well, serving constant streams of hungry customers. It was an impressive display of community service from everyone involved, including Sartwell. "We had a devastating event happen and a lot of people lost their homes. We were all affected by it, including my family. But this is our town. We love it. We all came together as a community to help rebuild it," Sartwell told The Minot Daily News this past week. We couldn't have said it any better.