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Practical joke causes soapy mess

A short-winded soapsud monument rose out of the fountain at Fargo's Lindenwood Park on Sunday night. The apparent prank at the American Legion Memorial Fountain was termed a "beautiful" sight by the son of Max Bye, who was watching her grandkids ...

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A short-winded soapsud monument rose out of the fountain at Fargo's Lindenwood Park on Sunday night.

The apparent prank at the American Legion Memorial Fountain was termed a "beautiful" sight by the son of Max Bye, who was watching her grandkids Monday morning across the street. The fountain is at Fifth Street and 17th Avenue South.

Bye's grandkids said the suds had elongated onto the grass surrounding the fountain, which features nearby flags and has in it upright logs.

"It smelled exactly like Tide" laundry detergent, said Ryan Day, who returned to his home from the lakes about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Day, 1701 5th St. S., said the bubbles were about 4½ feet high in the fountain itself.

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"Kids do that from time to time each summer," said Dave Leker of the Fargo Park District.

Leker said the practical joke happens a combined six or so times a year at the city's two fountains. The other is The Depot's, 701 Main Ave. Leker said the soap causes no damage, but does take time to clear.

What appeared to be two dish soap bottle caps were found at the Lindenwood fountain.

Park District workers drained the fountain by Monday morning, said maintenance worker Barry Hanson.

"I thought they were cleaning it out or something," said 14-year-old T.J. Tran upon passing the fountain, which was still bubbly Monday morning.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Lee Morris at (701) 241-5523

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