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Forum Staff Report, Published January 20 2014

OUR OPINION: Parking emphasis wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo city officials and others who are renewing the on-again-off-again focus on downtown parking. This time serious consideration is being given to construction of at least three parking ramps, rather than expanded surface parking lots. Lots are a waste of valuable development space. Ramps, while considerably more expensive, in the long run make the best use of limited downtown spaces. The downtown parking issue never goes away, and sometimes the perceived lack of parking is a misperception. Nonetheless, the revival of downtown has more people living in the central district, more businesses setting up shop, and thus more traffic. That’s good news, and parking demand must be addressed in that context. The city has suggested new ramps will be up and running in the “relatively short term,” if funding can be found. That’s the big “if,” but the city’s direction is sound.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Essentia Health for naming Timothy P. Sayler as chief operating officer of the health care system’s West Region which includes operations in North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. Sayler is a native of Wishek, N.D., and a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead. It’s a good deal to have an executive in charge familiar with the region Essentia serves. Salyer, who will start March 17, brings an impressive resume to his new post that includes several years with Altru Health System in Grand Forks. He most recently has been with a medical center in Idaho. He’ll be coming back to familiar territory to run a major regional health care system in a vibrant and expanding health care market.

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