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Published April 29 2012

Forum editorial: Farm Rescue wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Farm Rescue, based in Jamestown, N.D., for its continuing work to help farmers and farm families in need. The latest example was last week’s seeding operation by rescue volunteers and neighbors of Matt Klemetson of rural Ulen, Minn., who has five children and whose wife is struggling with cancer. In short order, the crews had planted 300 acres of corn, freeing him up for a hospital visit with his family. Farm Rescue, which has become a routine and welcome presence in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and eastern Montana, got the job done and was already preparing for another. The organization typically helps 40 to 50 farm families each year. We’ve heaped praise on Farm Rescue before, but it is still good work well done.

LEAFY SPURGE: To North Dakota Republican Party official Matt Becker, who, in responding to a reporter’s question, said a group aiming to put a third presidential candidate on the ballot by non-traditional means “leaves a lot of questions” because it does not have to publish funding sources. Americans Elect wants to change how presidents are elected, and has met the criteria to have a candidate on the ballot in 25 states, including North Dakota. Becker’s adherence to “traditional means” is rich, given the party’s meaningless caucuses, made so by the party’s traditional rules at its endorsing convention. Caucus voters chose former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Convention delegates went with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who finished a distant third in the caucuses. All accomplished, of course, by traditional rules.

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