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Published October 06 2013

Editorial: Off-field conduct wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To North Dakota State University Bison athletes – specifically the football team at this time of year – for making a routine element of their modus operandi visits to schools and to children who are hospitalized. It’s an integral part of what Coach Craig Bohl and his staff expect of their players. For their part, the young men who take time to be part of the community that supports the team and school indeed demonstrate character and poise. Their off-field efforts, whether as individuals or in groups, complement performance on the field, and, more importantly, show the student/athletes are not one-dimensional young men. What they do is good for them, the children they meet, the NDSU athletic program and the greater community.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the voters of the Wahpeton, (N.D.) School District for approving a $30 million schools project. While voter approval of school funding is common, the level of approval in Wahpeton is not. Eighty-eight percent of voters said “yes” to the basic project. Eighty-four percent said “yes” to a debt service funding mechanism to fund the work. Approval levels that high are rare. Clearly, school officials and others made a strong case that the improvements are necessary, and then came up with a plan that puts the district deeper in debt but does not raise taxes. There’s some risk, of course, but voters by wide margins balanced risk against need, and voted for need. Generations of students are the winners.

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