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Published November 24 2013

Forum editorial: A bouquet to Dairy Queen Bob

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the memory and legacy of “Dairy Queen Bob,” Robert Litherland of Moorhead, who died last week at age 91. Litherland’s downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen is the stuff of legend in this region. One of the first of its kind, it was a pioneer in personal customer service, unique soft-serve treats and an iconic destination from early spring to late fall. Litherland’s unwavering dedication to the business and his customers made the Dairy Queen more than a stop for a cold treat. It was (and is under new ownership for the past few years) a cultural experience, even a tourist attraction. And it got that way because “Dairy Queen Bob” understood his customers, kept the business downtown, and put in the long hours necessary to make it all go so well for so long. He will be missed by family, friends and the thousands of customers who got to know him. But the Dairy Queen in Moorhead will go on as symbol and substance of his good work.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo District Judge Lisa Fair McEvers, who last week was named North Dakota’s newest state Supreme Court justice by Gov. Jack Dalrymple. She’s a good choice. The University of North Dakota School of Law graduate will bring to the bench years of experience in most areas of law, including juvenile practice and criminal case experience. She will succeed Justice Mary Muehlen Maring, who is retiring next spring after 17 years of distinguished service on the high court. McEvers was chosen out of 12 candidates. She will fill Maring’s term until the 2016 general election. As her pedigree demonstrates, she’ll do excellent work on the state Supreme Court.

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