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Published February 17 2013

Forum editorial: Horse rescuers win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the many people in North Dakota and elsewhere who have reached out in many ways to aid neglected and abused horses from a horse ranch in Burleigh and Morton counties. The condition of the horses was appalling. Charges are either pending or being considered for the animals’ owners and the landowner. Meanwhile, surviving horses are finding good homes as far east as Hawley, Minn., where Saturday about 30 were transported to be adopted. Also, several appeals for funds to buy hay and pay for veterinary care have been very successful. It’s an awful story, but for those horses that survived the ordeal, a happy ending appears to be on the horizon.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To KVLY TV anchor Stephanie Goetz for establishing a foundation to support mental health programs in schools. Goetz, who is honoring her late brother with the foundation, said she wanted to find a way to make an impact on the community. Her brother, Cameron, was lost to suicide, so the effort is very personal for Stephanie. She is partnering with the Dakota Medical Foundation to get the new foundation up and running. It’s a good thing when a high-profile person who understands personal tragedy can make a positive and sustainable effort to help others.

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