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Published December 29 2013

Forum editorial: Roses go to a lifesaver

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Mark McEvers, whose quick action helped save a life. McEvers, a major in the North Dakota National Guard, was playing a recreational basketball game in Devils Lake on Dec. 6 when he saw a man collapse. McEvers grabbed an automated external defibrillator from the hallway. Another player, meanwhile, checked the pulse of the man, who was turning blue. A third man performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Their combined efforts helped save the man’s life; the man wouldn’t have survived without their intervention, emergency responders said.

LEAFY SPURGE: To men who abandon their families and children. A new study, from researchers at the University of Michigan, found that youth violence occurs at much higher rates when men are absent from households. “Male scarcity is actually a driver of conditions,” one of the researchers said. “It’s the most powerful predictor.” Male scarcity also is strongly tied to households with lower incomes. Researchers recommend strengthening relationships with fathers and adult role models to reduce youth crime.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To former Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, who recently was given an honorary doctorate and was honored by having a science building at Minnesota State University Moorhead named for him. The recognition came for Langseth’s contributions in the Legislature, where he used his position as chairman of a key committee to provide funding for the $21 million science laboratory building, which opened in 2004 and now is called Langseth Hall. An estimated $1.3 billion in higher education projects were funded during his tenure.

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