Forum editorial: Autumn festivals win roses
PRAIRIE ROSES: To all the communities in the Red River Valley region that go through the effort to put on fall festivals. This time of year is the favorite for many area residents. Fall weather often is perfect for outings. Dozens of cities - big...
PRAIRIE ROSES: To all the communities in the Red River Valley region that go through the effort to put on fall festivals. This time of year is the favorite for many area residents. Fall weather often is perfect for outings. Dozens of cities - big and small - roll out welcome mats for all sorts of events. It could be a leaf-peeping tour as the leaves of hardwood trees put on their fall show. It could a street fair, like the one Saturday and Sunday at Fort Ransom, N.D., which literally occupies the whole town. It could be an apple-picking adventure in Minnesota, a corn maze carved in one of the vast fields of the valley, a wine-tasting event at a rural winery, a trip with the kids to a community pumpkin patch, a nature hike at a park or wildlife refuge. Whatever the fall activity, the towns and individuals putting on the shows win a bouquet.
PRAIRIE ROSES: To Fargo resident Richard Maetzold (formerly a farmer near Devils Lake, N.D.) who for the past 25 years has had his hair cut at Trollwood Barbers by Lori Ludlum. Nothing special about that, except Maetzold surprised Ludlum last week with a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the 25th anniversary of his first haircut. It was a classy thing to do. Often the most routine services - like a haircut - are taken for granted. Maetzold's special commemoration is a reminder that it's often the little things that make a big difference.
LEAFY SPURGE: To Former North Dakota WSI director Sandy Blunt and his legal team for dragging out attempts to appeal his felony conviction regarding his misuse of agency funds. In the latest chapter last week, a district judge ruled that a prosecutor did not withhold information from the defense during Blunt's trial, which, if proved, could have resulted in a new trial. The North Dakota Supreme Court previously had upheld the conviction. Blunt certainly has every right to exhaust all legal remedies, but this latest tactic was transparently desperate, and Blunt's lawyer had to know that. Enough. Whether the law Blunt violated is unreasonably restrictive is not the issue. He violated the law that is on the books. Every court that has heard the case said so. He should take his medicine and be done with it.
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