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Published September 03 2012

Forum editorial: Red River dam work gets roses

Prairie roses: To local, state and federal officials on both sides of the Red River who have worked for more than a decade to modify dams near Hickson, N.D., and Oxbow, N.D. The retrofit of the dams will allow passage of fish and reduce hazards that are common to such dams. The dams were built in the 1930s to hold water in times of drought. In addition to the fish passage feature, the modified dams will allow for safer recreation opportunities on the river. The dams are two of five owned by the city of Fargo, and now all five have been upgraded. Only one dam on the Red is left to modify. When done, fish will have 600 miles of free-flowing river to navigate. Nice work by all.

Prairie roses: To Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., for declaring a “hard deadline” of Sept. 10 to determine whether a takeover of social services programs of the Spirit Lake Tribe of northeastern North Dakota is necessary. Hoeven, a member of the Senate’s Indian Affairs Committee, said the trigger could be pulled if it is determined the tribe cannot continue running the programs. The tribe is on the hot seat for allegedly not dealing with a virtual epidemic of child abuse, child neglect and at least one murder of a child. Tribal officials insist they are addressing the situation. Hoeven joins Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., who recently requested a team from the Department of Interior to investigate allegations on the reservation.

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