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Published July 28 2013

Forum editorial: Area bug zappers win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To area vector control teams (the mosquito spraying folks) who act quickly and effectively to dampen mosquito populations, especially when there is a threat of West Nile virus. That’s what happened last week when traps counted among the skeeters significant numbers of the kind that carry the virus. Additionally, North Dakota reported its first case of a human infection, in Grant County, and one case has been reported in Minnesota. Generally, mosquito populations have been down in the

F-M metro. Ground and aerial treatments during the past few years have made a difference, even as early summer rainfall created ideal conditions for mosquitoes to proliferate. Bottom line: Long-term, focused anti-mosquito efforts work.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To 1st Ward Moorhead City Councilman Luther Stueland, who announced last week he will not seek a second term. Stueland was candid about his decision, saying his ideas and initiatives got no traction among other council members. He might have added his that ideas, while sincere, are so far out of Moorhead’s mainstream (other mainstreams, too) that they would not find traction in many places in the 21st-century United States. That being said, Stueland wins a measure of admiration because he stuck to his principles, even as he understood he was spitting into the wind. Speaking up against the fashionable status quo should be praised.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To brothers John and Chris Anderson for brewing their first batches of Stone’s Throw Scottish Ale in their new Fargo Brewing Co. facility in north Fargo. They have been working hard for a long time to establish a brewery in Fargo. Until now, their beers and ales have been brewed in Wisconsin. Now Fargo beer really is Fargo beer. That’s good news not only for lovers of good beer, but also for the Fargo brand name. North Dakotans and Minnesotans are not shy about beer, and small-brewery products can find a strong market in the region. By early reports, the new Fargo brews are very good.

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