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Published November 04 2013

Forum editorial: Halloween fun wins the roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the countless businesses, neighborhood groups, schools and parents that go all out for Halloween decorating, partying and trick-or-treating. While the holiday fell on a Thursday this year, the efforts to observe the day and night were visible weeks before and still are in evidence around the region. Of special note are the “haunted” houses and corn mazes in the area that are designed to give both youngsters and adults a thrilling Halloween experience. It’s also a nice touch when buttoned-down businesses allow, even encourage, employees to dress up for the day. Halloween, a holiday that some people associate with evil-doing and paganism, has evolved into an upbeat, costume-festooned day that no longer has anything to do with the so-called dark side. It’s just good fun for many people, and the revelers of the Red River Valley are no exception.

LEAFY SPURGE: To whomever is responsible for a propane shortage coming at the peak of the region’s corn and soybean harvest. It’s nearly impossible to assign blame. Everyone is pointing fingers at everyone else in the propane delivery system, but clearly there is a systemic problem – either by design or by incompetence – that caused a shortage of propane at the very time it is most needed for harvest. The argument that propane suppliers couldn’t know demand would be so high is unconvincing. A cursory glance at northern Plains corn country reveals wet conditions that have prevailed for weeks. Most everyone associated with agriculture understood harvested crops would have to be dried, and most of that drying requires propane. The shortage is unacceptable.

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