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Published February 09 2014

Forum editorial: Xcel’s response wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the personnel of Xcel Energy and Red River Valley customers, who prevented what could have been a disastrous loss of natural gas to homes, institutions and businesses in the region. A Jan. 25 pipeline explosion in southern Manitoba put three pipelines out of service just hours ahead of a blizzard and subzero cold. The lines serve a large segment of Xcel’s customers in eastern North Dakota, including service to Grand Forks and Fargo. Quick action to reroute gas from other lines into the pipe that comes out of Canada kept gas pressure up. And when the company asked customers to turn thermostats down to 60 degrees, enough of them responded to reduce peak demand and avoid a complete loss of natural gas service. It was a well-executed emergency protocol. It worked because of excellent responses by the company and cooperation from its customers.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To UP Aquatics, a private nonprofit, for not giving up its drive to establish an aquatic center in West Fargo that could serve the entire community. Despite what appears to be a significant setback – the West Fargo Park Board won’t have funding to move on the project – the nonprofit is exploring alternative options to keep the project moving. The developments in West Fargo, which are tied to the circumscribed uses for revenue from a proposed sales tax, are disappointing because there is a clear need for an aquatic center in the community. A comprehensive indoor center would be one of the busiest places in town, not only because of growing interest in all things aquatic but also because of the obvious: weather. Here’s hoping UP Aquatics makes progress.

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