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Published May 05 2013

Editorial: Roses to man of the badge

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Jim Thoreson, who retired last week after 42 years with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 34 years as chief deputy, a job he has held since the position was created. Thoreson’s steady hand in that important law enforcement position is widely recognized by his colleagues in the criminal justice field, who describe him as a “rock of support” for other law officers and the “foundation” of the office. Thoreson, who originally planned on being a teacher and coach, began his career in an era that now seems quaint. In the early years, Thoreson and fellow deputies sometimes patrolled in their own cars, equipped with insignia on magnetic signs, and the jail operated with only one jailer on a shift. We wish Thoreson, 62, well in retirement, and congratulate his successor as chief deputy, Rick Majerus, a 37-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.

LEAFY SPURGE: To motorists who fail to get out of the way for emergency vehicles. Police, fire and ambulance crews must speed to their destinations on crowded streets. For reasons of public safety, and to help allow emergency responders to get to their destinations as quickly as possible, drivers should pull over and stop, allowing the flashing lights and sirens to pass safely. Recently that also applied to sandbag caravans, escorted by police, making deliveries for emergency flood protection. Remember to get out of the way of the flashing lights.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo-Moorhead women or organizations recognized by the YWCA as Women of the Year in 11 categories: Jody Hudson, development director at CCRI; Julie Brunette, executive director of Handi-Wheels Transportation; Fredrikson & Byron, a Fargo law office; Kathy Smith, program services coordinator at the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center; Nancy H. Murphy, director of Fargo Public Schools’ secondary education, curriculum and professional development; Lois Ustanko, director of faith community nursing and health ministries at Sanford Health; Paula Kelly, Ramsey National Bank’s deposit services officer; Dr. Janine Carson, a physician at Sanford Health’s Breast Services; Kristina Heggedal, a Fargo South High School student; Anna Frissell, executive director of the Red River Children’s Advocacy Center; and Terrie L. Manno, Minnesota State University Moorhead concert pianist, professor of piano and coordinator of Keyboard Studies. Congratulations to all; the community is better for their efforts.

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