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Forum editorial: Cleanup crews win the roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To park district workers, road crews and others who have to deal with summer flooding along the Red River and its tributaries. It’s a rare summer when the Red does not reach moderate flood stage, which means golf courses, walking paths, low-lying roads and low bridges go under. This summer the fickle river has been up and down, then up enough to cause considerable disruption and damage. Cleanup is time-consuming and expensive, and it’s not fun work. The men and women who get it done as soon as the water recedes deserve our high praise.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To The Fargo Project on receipt of a $450,000 grant from ArtPlace America. The money will support World Commons Garden, a master plan to convert Rabanus Park, an 18-acre storm water retention basin in south Fargo near the Schlossman YMCA. The park will retain its water retention function, but restore prairie ecology and provide public amenities in celebration of multiple cultures. The project is a collaboration of the Fargo Park District, the city and local artists. The park will be transformed over the next few years. It’s one of those visionary plans that make Fargo a great place to live and play.