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Published November 10 2013

Forum editorial: Election workers win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To election workers who were on the job at last week’s city balloting in Moorhead. By all accounts, voting went smoothly at the several polling places in the city. Moreover, when polls closed, results began to be posted quickly, with final, though unofficial, counts done in good enough time for evening news broadcasts and newspaper deadlines – and for celebrations by the winning candidates. All in all, the contested election for mayor, City Council seats and a ballot measure to change the city election cycle came off without noticeable problems. And if there was a problem or two along the way, election officials took care of them. Nice work.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To all those, including Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Sen. Heitkamp, D-N.D., who pressured the U.S. Army into reversing a decision to shut down the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at North Dakota State University. The ROTC program, which serves students from Minnesota State University Moorhead, Concordia College and NDSU, was on the chopping block to be shut down at the end of the 2014-15 school year. About 72 cadets are enrolled. It has been granted a two-year reprieve to prove it’s a strong, viable program. But responding to concerns from NDSU and other smaller programs around the nation that were targeted for extinction, the Army granted the extension. It should be no problem for NDSU to show its historically good program meets the Army’s standards. Good work by those who stepped up for NDSU ROTC.


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