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Published July 08 2012

Forum editorial: A bouquet to metro lifeguards

Prairie roses: To the young lifeguards and support staffs at the public swimming pools and water parks in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. The pools were crowded to capacity during the recent heat wave, putting great responsibility for water safety on the lifeguards and others. It’s been a few summers since the region has had the kind of extended heat and humidity that drove families to the pools last week. But the personnel at the pools performed admirably. Of special note, the crew at the spectacular new water park at Davies High School did exceptional work as crowds grew with the heat. The responsibility the lifeguards have for keeping the water areas safe and fun is no small matter. From all reports, they did excellent work.

Leafy spurge: To July Fourth celebrants who insist on breaking the law regarding the use of fireworks in cities where shooting off fireworks is prohibited by ordinance. We extend the spurge to law enforcement that seems all-too-willing to wink and nod when they receive reports of violations. It makes no sense to have an in-city ban on fireworks if violators of the ban can be almost assured they will not be penalized. Either have a ban or don’t. Either enforce it or drop it altogether. Either send a message with a few arrests and fines, or don’t even bother to respond to complaints. The more fireworks fans understand they can get away with flouting the city law, the more they will.

Prairie roses: To the many power line and cleanup crews that spent much of the July Fourth holiday week working to restore power after storms ripped across the region, mostly in Minnesota but also in northeast North Dakota. From Itasca State Park to Bemidji and points in between (and also the work under way in flood-ravaged Duluth), crews put in long hours in stifling heat to clear broken trees from downed power lines. They removed the rubble and rebuilt lines to restore electric power as soon as possible. In some places the terrain was treacherous, further complicating a difficult job. Lots of work is still to be done, but the initial response from power company crews was quick and professional.

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