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Published June 17 2012

Forum editorial: Election workers win roses

Prairie roses: To North Dakota’s county election workers, specifically those in Cass County, who worked hard Tuesday in the state’s primary balloting. A record number of voters flocked to the polls for local races, primary contests and ballot measures. With few exceptions, vote counting and reporting went very well. The smooth operation speaks well of preparations made by Secretary of State Al Jaeger and county auditors. In Cass County, the roses go to Auditor Mike Montplaisir and his team. One suggestion: Conduct an assessment of road and street work near polling sites. There were some reports in Fargo that access to polling places was hindered by road work.

Prairie roses: To committees of the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Authority for moving ahead with hardship buyouts of properties in the path of the flood control project. The authority announced last week that three homes have been approved for buyouts, based on medical hardship standards adopted last spring. It’s only fair the buyouts proceed as quickly as possible for qualified homeowners. After all, the value of their homes has been severely reduced by the project, and equity they might have counted on has been reduced significantly. For older owners with medical problems, the buyouts can make up for the losses.

Prairie roses: To the Fargo Airport Authority for expanding restaurant options at Hector International Airport. The additions are part of the airport’s ongoing expansion and renovation. The new places offer travelers more dining options and more seating for passengers and nonpassengers because some of the new restaurants are outside of security gates. The changes are in keeping with making the airport one of the best-managed and customer-friendly regional airports in the nation.

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