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Bob Lind, Published September 02 2012

Lind: Reader has fond memories of Forum columnist

The Forum has been running a series of photos of things in the area of one color. One of them featured items colored orange.

A while later, Neighbors carried a story about the late newspaper columnist Wayne Lubenow.

Those two unrelated stories made JoAnn Eberhart, Fargo, laugh, because it reminded her of a column Wayne had written.

“I enjoyed Wayne’s writings so much,” she says.

Anyhow, the “orange” story made her think of the time Moorhead’s street department was doing lots of street work, and some downtown streets were filled with orange cones. “You had a hard time getting anywhere through all that mess,” she says.

Wayne saw some potential for good here, though, she says.

The Vietnam War was on at the time, so Wayne wrote a column suggesting the U.S. should send Moorhead street engineers over there.

It would end hostilities between the two sides by setting up such confusion on the roads, he wrote, that the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese would never find each other.

But all this is said in jest, particularly today, Labor Day, when we salute all laborers, including the road crews in Moorhead and all over the area who are out there in all kinds of weather keeping the roads in good shape.


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