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Published October 20 2013

Forum editorial: Rose to mayor of Leith, ND

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Ryan Schock, the mayor of Leith, N.D., which finds itself contending with a white supremacist’s efforts to transform the hamlet into a haven for bigots. Schock declared last week that he is prepared to sell or even give away parcels of his property to thwart the efforts by Craig Cobb, who bought a home in the village and is trying to draw like-minded separatists to take over the town. “We can play his game,” Schock said. Cobb has transferred four lots to like-minded white supremacists. The city, meanwhile, is drafting a moratorium barring new dwellings until a more restrictive zoning ordinance is in place.

LEAFY SPURGE: To those who file false police reports, especially those who are seeking revenge. One such case made the headlines last week when a rural West Fargo man was arrested after he fled from police while dressed only in his skivvies. It turns out police were responding to a fake report filed by the former boyfriend of the woman who was with the man who fled police. West Fargo police say false reports are all too common, with malicious bogus reports from ex-spouses a routine subset. Police rightly charge those who make false reports whenever they can make the case. Bogus reports are waste of officers’ precious time, and falsely tarnish the targets’ reputations.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Michelle Marxen, a jilted bride who generously donated what would have been her wedding reception to a charitable Moorhead group that serves people with disabilities. Marxen and her fiancé were planning an October wedding, and had everything set, including a ballroom reception and band, with no way to cancel. Rather than see it go to waste, Marxen and her family decided to host a Halloween celebration for clients of the Creative Care for Reaching Independence. “You can’t heal if you’re just going to dwell on what could have been,” she said. Kudos to her for turning her misfortune into a celebration for others.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Siddharth Gupta, a Fargo Davies High School senior, who founded Quilt for Cure, which provides quilts and hand-tied blankets to cancer patients in North Dakota and Minnesota. Gupta got the idea while volunteering with the American Cancer Society. He heard patients and survivors speak of being chilled and feeling lonely while undergoing treatments. The organization, started last year, has raised $7,000 and distributed about 250 quilts and blankets, with help from local businesses, quilters and fellow students.


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