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Published March 17 2013

Editorial: Park pass changes win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the Fargo Park Board for responding quickly to concern that its “family” discounted golf pass was not inclusive. The board changed the pass to be called a “household pass,” thus expanding the definition of people who qualify. The change came after a legally married lesbian couple was denied the family pass because the board’s qualifications for the pass were based on IRS and North Dakota tax codes that define a married couple. The board, however, said its policy was not about defining marriage but rather about inclusive parks and recreational opportunities for everyone in the district.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Louise Dardis, assistant superintendent of West Fargo schools, who is stepping down after 34 years in education in the West Fargo School District. She wants more time with her family and will be taking on a part-time position in “an educational capacity,” she said in her letter to the school board. Dardis has been a mainstay in the schools and was at the top of the list to become superintendent should a vacancy occur in the future. She is highly regarded by the board, faculty and staff of the schools. The board reluctantly accepted her resignation. The assistant superintendent’s experience and knowledge will be missed.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To professionals who don’t often enough win praise for their work: Highway Patrol officers of Minnesota and North Dakota. Yes, it’s their job to be on the highways, but in periods of bad weather when road conditions are treacherous, patrol officers are called on to perform in dangerous, life-threatening situations. They are always there, always prepared to assist, always ready to explain to the media the circumstances of an accident and/or the condition of the roadways. It might be that the only interaction most motorists have with Highway Patrol officers is getting slapped with a speeding ticket. Certainly, that’s part of the job. But the work in emergencies is where they often shine, and the driving public sometimes takes them for granted.

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