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Published November 25 2012

Editorial: Gala gets Prairie Roses

Prairie roses: To those who gave generously at the “Waves of Wonder” fundraising gala for Sanford’s Roger Maris Cancer Center, which raised $1.1 million. Gate City Bank contributed a hefty $500,000, and more than 900 turned out for the black-tie affair at the Fargodome. Their donations will make a real difference in the Red River Valley for patients who must seek treatment for cancer. Thanks to all who gave.

Leafy spurge: To the NCAA selection committee for the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, for pairing South Dakota State University against Eastern Illinois in the first round, with the winner to play the top-seeded North Dakota State University Bison on Dec. 1. The SDSU Jackrabbits are rated No. 21. Both NDSU and SDSU are in the top-rated conference, and Eastern Illinois, which play’s SDSU in the first round, is in the third-rated conference. Normally, the No. 1 seed would customarily not face such relatively formidable competition so early. The motivation apparently was to save money on travel.

Prairie roses: To the late Betty E. Feder, who died last week at the age of 92. She was an active volunteer who gave generously of her time to many worthy causes, a seemingly endless string that included serving as president of various Parent Teacher Associations, president of the Arthritis Foundation, president of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Foundation, vice chairman of the Mayor’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, a founder of the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theater. She also delivered Meals on Wheels, was on the board of Campfire Girls, and was certified by the Library of Congress to read for the blind. She also was an active member of Temple Beth El. She leaves the world a better place and will be remembered by many.

Prairie roses: To Louise Erdrich, for her prestigious National Book Award for her latest novel, “The Found House,” set on a reservation in her native North Dakota. Erdrich’s impressive body of fiction taps her dual Ojibwe and German American ancestry and plumbs the complexities of those who must live in both worlds. One of the themes of her latest novel, part of a planned trilogy, is historical trauma, a legacy found on and off the reservation from old wounds including violated treaties and boarding house educations that stripped American Indians of their language and culture. Her work is a valuable and lasting addition to American literature.

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