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Published October 04 2010

Forum editorial: Delta Sky magazine gets roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the people at Delta Sky magazine for a 30-page section about North Dakota in the current edition of the publication. The piece will be seen by hundreds of thousands of travelers who use the airline, which serves Fargo’s Hector International Airport. The article and pictures constitute more than the routine puff piece in a travel magazine. It’s a serious profile of the state that surely looks at tourism and recreation but also highlights the state’s strong and diverse economy, low unemployment rate, state government surplus, energy industry, agriculture and “progressive, very forward thinking” in the state. The magazine will have a captive audience for all of October in Delta airplanes. It’s nice to see a publication with a large international audience shining the spotlight on North Dakota.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Hess Corp. and other companies in North Dakota’s oil patch for contributions to the planned expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Hess donated $2 million toward the project. Another $1.35 million from six other energy companies pushed the donation total to $9 million, comfortably more than the $6 million needed in gifts before construction could begin. The Hess donation is especially noteworthy, since the company has been working in the state’s oil patch from the beginning, when Amerada Oil drilled the first well in 1951. Amerada became part of Hess in 1969. The company’s history in the state dovetails nicely with the purpose of the Heritage Center.

PRAIRIE ROSE: To eight Fargo School Board members for tabling for more study a resolution that would undermine the district’s successful system of building new schools and renovating existing buildings. The roses go especially to two board members who have sincere doubts about the funding mechanism but nevertheless voted with the majority to table the resolution. They apparently recognized that the matter requires more careful analysis before committing the board to a resolution that could limit the district’s options for paying for new buildings. Sensible heads prevailed.

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