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Forum Editorial Board, Published August 10 2009

Forum editorial: Crumbling ramp gets the spurge

LEAFY SPURGE: To everyone – the nearby bank, the city of Fargo – who have dilly-dallied for years regarding the deteriorated and dangerous US Bank parking garage in downtown Fargo. More than one analysis of the condition of the ramp has concluded that the structure is unsafe. Indeed, part of it has been closed down for a long time. Now, the entire parking ramp is closed because a new examination found the ramp is no longer structurally sound. “Significantly worse than last year,” a Fargo official said. Enough, already. Tear it down. Even if it could be repaired, it’s an eyesore. Either build a new parking deck on the site (the better option) or find an appropriate use for the valuable downtown land. There apparently are some interested developers. Get to it.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, who is a master at reinventing himself. His latest venture is “Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura,” a truTV pilot program in which the former pro wrestler will uncover plots and schemes. In his colorful career, he’s been color commentary for a football league that failed, host of an MSNBC program that lasted two months and a movie actor in films that did not require great acting skills. Here’s hoping his latest attempt to return to show business succeeds. If not, a rerun of the movie “Predator” with his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger is Jesse at his best.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To golfer Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., winner of the U.S. Girls Junior Title last month. By all accounts, Anderson deserves the success by virtue of her hard work and obvious athletic skills. She has been golfing all her life, loves the game and clearly is very good at it. She’s had excellent support from parents and coaches and could very well be on her way to a long career on the links. She will golf for North Dakota State University beginning this year. We wish her the best.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the embattled West Fargo School Board for pressing ahead with informational meetings regarding a revised school building bond referendum. The sessions start this week. A referendum failed in June because is did not receive the required 60 percent approval. It won slightly more than half the votes. The revised proposal is smaller, calling for a smaller rise in the mill levy and eliminating improvements at two schools. A new high school is in, as it was in the failed proposal. The board and administration are looking for guidance from voters before a vote date is set.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper’s Editorial Board.