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Published March 09 2014

Forum editorial: Downtown rink idea wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo parks Director Roger Gress and Fargo City Commissioner Brad Wimmer for more visionary thinking with their idea to build a public skating in downtown Fargo. It’s not a new idea. Many cities have rinks, the most famous in Rockefeller Center in New York City. But Fargo, which surely is a winter city, would do well to have in its vibrant central district a public gathering place that would be more than a place to skate in winter or host warm weather events. It could become, as the Historic Fargo Theatre has, one of those iconic identifiers of the city. There surely are hurdles to clear before a winter ice/summer green space could be established. But Gress and Wimmer get the bouquet for advancing a good idea.

PRAIRIE ROSES: With some caution, to Minnesota legislators who are shining a bright light on the potential and demonstrated dangers of increasing oil train traffic through the state. Spurred by derailments and fires of North Dakota Bakken crude oil trains, Minnesota is taking a critical look as the dozen or so trains that pass through the state every day, most of them rolling through the densely populated Twin Cities metro. The concerns are legitimate, although it would be a mistake for every state with a railroad (which is every state) to impose its own set of regulations on railroad shipments. Moving oil from the Bakken across the nation is an interstate matter, and eventually must be regulated more stringently that way.

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