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Published September 16 2012

Forum editorial: 2 health systems win roses

Prairie roses: To two health care systems that have opened new state-of-the-art facilities in Williston, N.D., a city in the heart of the Oil Patch. Mercy Medical Center of Williston and Trinity Health, based in Minot, conducted grand openings last week, not as competitors, but as partners in meeting the escalating demand for health services in oil country. Both new centers were planned, built and equipped in what seemed like record time. Both will address a serious shortfall of health care services, although continued population growth means even more will be needed in the future. Nonetheless, good work was done by all involved in getting the two buildings up and running.

Prairie roses: To Howard Dahl, Fargo entrepreneur and farm machinery innovator, who was named honorary Consul of the Upper Midwest to Kazakhstan. The ambassador from that nation was on hand last week at Big Iron to present the honor. Dahl is a Gwinner, N.D., native whose manufacturing and engineering roots go back to the Melroe Co., which developed the now-world famous Bobcat skid-steer loader. Dahl has traveled frequently to Kazakhstan to sell machinery and cattle and develop lasting trade relationships. In effect, he and his associates have been a trade team that has successfully promoted North Dakota’s farm expertise and equipment. Nice work for them, and an appropriate honor for Howard Dahl.

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