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Published September 15 2013

Editorial: Roses for people of Medora

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the people of Medora, N.D., for scuttling, at least for now, a proposal to demolish two of the historic town’s oldest buildings. Last week, the Badlands Pizza Parlor and the Dakota Cyclery were spared the wrecking ball when a motion to raze them failed to materialize at a planning and zoning board meeting. The Medora Foundation wants to clear the buildings to make way for new buildings better suited, the foundation said, to serve tourists. But the old buildings have charm and value of their own that seems to fit well with the “historic” in Historic Medora. Sure, the pizza place is old and not exactly a four-star dining room, but that’s part of its charm. And the cycle shop, which specializes in outfitting for bicycling on the nearby Maah Daah Hey Trail, is in a truly unique building that works quite well for its purposes. Continual elimination of the old, historic structures in the Billings County town seems to violate the spirit of Medora’s heritage.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the former and current staff and loyal viewers of WDAY-TV in Fargo for reaching a 60-year milestone of broadcast service to the Red River Valley region. The station, which is owned by Forum Communications (owner of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead) will celebrate the birthday Wednesday with a party at the Fargodome lobby. The 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts will originate from the dome that day. It’s a historic observance. Sixty years on the air is a long time in television. The parade of news people and personalities who have been in front of and behind the cameras is long and impressive. The ratings leaders for decades, WDAY-TV is the only locally owned television station in the F-M market. That local ownership has been pivotal to the long-standing public service aspect of the station’s work. Congratulations to all.

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