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Published April 01 2012

Forum editorial: Historic village wins roses

Prairie roses: To the Cass County Historical Society and the managers of Bonanzaville for working with a coalition of banks and USDA Rural Development to secure $800,000 to restore buildings at the historic village near West Fargo. The money will go to pay existing obligations and for new work on several buildings. Work should resume next month and be completed in about six weeks for part of the project and later in summer for the rest. It’s a positive turn of events for Bonanzaville and the society. The village managers and society board of directors seemed unable to raise the village out of debt and a history of staff turnover. It appears needed and substantial changes have been made that will get the village back to its primary purposes: preserve and enhance the rich history of Cass County and the Red River Valley. That’s good news for everyone who cherishes the region’s heritage.

Prairie roses: To Dickinson State University President D.C. Coston and his new administration for tackling head-on the school’s enrollment scandal and financial problems. An audit released last week outlined in detail some of the challenges and failures. But several of the audit’s points have already been addressed by Coston, including intensive re-examination of all aspects of university management and reviews of tuition, fees and expenses. The state auditor’s office had high praise for Coston’s cooperation, noting that the school agreed with every finding of the audit. DSU still has work to do to repair damage done during the past several years, but Coston is up to the job. The end result will be a stronger university.

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