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Published March 31 2014

Forum editorial: Casselton officials win roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To officials of Casselton, N.D., who were in Washington, D.C., a few days ago to testify at a Senate committee about the December oil train derailment and explosion just outside of Casselton. Their first-person reports of the work of first responders and the need for resources to equip local teams had an effect on senators and federal agency representatives. The Casselton people emphasized the importance of federal support, especially for small volunteer emergency services units. They also were proud to note that their teams did an excellent job at the site of the derailment. With the increasing number of trains carrying dangerous materials near small towns, concerns expressed by the local folks are important for getting support on the ground where it is needed.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To WDAY television meteorologist Daryl Ritchison for his 18 years of cogent and professional weather reporting. He’s moving on to what sounds like an exciting job (for a meteorologist) in the state climate office on the campus of North Dakota State University. He begins his new job today. He will be missed by fans of WDAY’s weather team. His comfortable on-air presence, combined with obvious knowledge of weather and climate, never took on the breathless hyperbole of weather people on other broadcast stations. Instead of sky-is-falling rhetoric whenever a storm – no matter how minor – moved into the region, Ritchison reported with professional calm and appropriate tone. He’s been a credit to on-air weather reporting.

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