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Published February 03 2013

Editorial: Moorhead snow job gets weed

Leafy spurge: To authorities at Minnesota State University Moorhead and the city of Moorhead who pulled a real snow job on residents of the MSUM/Concordia College neighborhoods last week. Drivers who park their cars on the street (there’s still no adequate parking, especially for students), had their vehicles towed under the city’s snow removal regulations. Problem was, notification of imposition of the regulations came just a few hours after the snowfall, and then information about parking restrictions was wrong. The aim of the regulations is on point: to get cars off streets to speed snow removal. But it was a mess, not only because of the first serious snowfall of the season, but primarily because the snow/parking regulations were handled so clumsily. So what happens when the city is hit with a major storm? Stay tuned.

Prairie roses: To the “snow saints” of the metro area (Forum, Jan. 30), who roll out their snow removal machines and help others clear walks and driveways. Every neighborhood seems to have a few people who love to crank up the snow-throwers, and equally love to help neighbors dig out. They brave the cold – and it was very cold last week – and guide their machines up and down the street actually looking for work. Of course, the good Samaritan instinct takes hold when the work is being done for people who can’t do it for themselves: elderly or infirm, for example. Neighbor helping neighbor makes our towns better places to live.

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