Published December 01 2013
Forum editorial: Roses to ‘Give to Live’ tryPRAIRIE ROSES: To the organizers and supporters of Alexa’s Hope “Give to Live” challenge, which fell shy of its goal to set a new Guinness World Record for signing up the most organ donors in eight hours. The event, organized by Loren and Monica Kersting, signed up 489 people in three north Fargo locations. The Kerstings’ 14-year-old daughter, Alexa, died in 2004 while waiting for a double-lung transplant. They formed Alexa’s Hope, an organization dedicated to promoting organ donation. “Give to Live” was a great accomplishment, world record or no world record, and helped spread an important message.
LEAFY SPURGE: To those who illegally dump radioactive waste generated from oil drilling in western North Dakota, which lacks a landfill authorized to accept such waste. The level of radioactivity is low and occurs naturally in rock formations that produce drilling waste, but requires proper disposal to protect public health and the environment. Oil drilling in North Dakota generates 75 tons of the low-level radioactive waste every day, and the state has few rules – and no proper disposal sites. Disreputable firms dump their waste, while officials work to solve the problem.
PRAIRIE ROSES: To members of the Fargo-Moorhead Gay Men’s Chorus, recently formed but yet to take to the performance stage. Fifteen or so men from the area gather Sunday mornings to rehearse. The gay men’s chorus movement began 35 years ago and has had a strong presence in large cities as near as Minneapolis-St. Paul, but is less well represented in smaller cities. Now Fargo-Moorhead will join the list of cities with a men’s gay chorus, and we wish them a harmonious beginning and a warm reception.
PRAIRIE ROSES: To the 11 area families who celebrated National Adoption Day on Nov. 23. Collectively, they welcomed 19 children in a ceremony at the Cass County Courthouse. Fargo was one of 400 cities across the nation that officially observed the adoptions of 4,500 children. Twenty-three white balloons were released to honor North Dakota children being placed for adoption in caring homes.
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