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Diane Wray Williams, Moorhead, Published May 05 2012

Editorial rewrites Moorhead history

After reading Thursday’s (April 26) Forum editorial, Moorhead residents must be wondering who rewrote history.

Which of the following was wrong-headed or insignificant? When Fargo schools needed to find another location for the Trollwood Performing Arts School, Moorhead city staff spent many hours identifying a feasible site for successful relocation of the program; the city of Moorhead fronted the acquisition costs of the land chosen; staff and elected officials lobbied the Minnesota Legislature to secure the $5.5 million of bonding money (slightly less than half of the proposed project); and Minnesota taxpayers paid their taxes to provide that $5.5 million.

The city of Moorhead dedicated the land along the river surrounding the new site as the Robert Fogel Riparian Forest in order for the school to have a sense of space and natural surroundings; infrastructure was put into place with an increased right of way for future expansion; during the last flood, the city of Moorhead immediately put into place flood mitigation measures to protect the new facility; and when concerts are held at the Bluestem site, it is Moorhead police who respond to the need for traffic control.

Moorhead is happy to host Bluestem, and I believe we have shown significant support for the Fargo Public Schools’ dream of building a state-of-the-art regional performing arts center. Carry on. By the way, North Dakota seems to have a little extra cash (according to The Forum’s recent cartoon) – try them.