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Published September 29 2013

Forum editorial: Oil Patch road crews win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the planners, funders and builders of roads in North Dakota’s booming oil country. Often criticized for not moving quickly enough to build new roads and improve existing roads, the people involved in all aspects of highway projects can move only so fast. It takes time to assess a need, engineer a project, find funding, negotiate rights of way, bid the work and sign contracts. And even if all goes according to plan, weather can cause significant delays. Additionally, the demand for road work in the Oil Patch has stretched resources of road building contractors. Sometimes they just can’t get to a job. That being said, a lot of work has been done in oil counties and a lot more is underway. The groundbreaking last week for a much-needed bypass around Watford City, N.D., is one example.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the operators of farmers markets that spring up in summer and continue to sell until the weather turns frosty in the Red River Valley. The locally rooted markets, which were few and far between a decade ago, are all over the place these days. They not only provide nutritious area-grown produce for customers but also are outlets for producers, large and small. Their fare changes as the season matures, from early spring root crops to fall’s potatoes, pumpkins, carrots and squash. In between, the markets offer cornucopias of everything from tomatoes to sweet corn to flowers and herbs. Good stuff from good folks.

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