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Forum editorial: Rose goes to Red Kettle people

PRAIRIE ROSE: To those whose generosity enabled the Salvation Army to top its Red Kettle Campaign fundraising goal. Contributions from the holiday bell-ringing campaign brought in $890,000, exceeding the $870,000 goal and the $850,000 raised last...

PRAIRIE ROSE: To those whose generosity enabled the Salvation Army to top its Red Kettle Campaign fundraising goal. Contributions from the holiday bell-ringing campaign brought in $890,000, exceeding the $870,000 goal and the $850,000 raised last year. A big thanks goes to the 5,000 volunteers who donated an estimated 7,000 hours at the red kettles. The money will go a long way toward helping the less fortunate.

LEAFY SPURGE: To partisan bloviators, a recent example of whose overheated rhetoric comes from the pen of Zach Hunter, a mouthpiece for the National Republican Congressional Committee, in response to an uncharacteristically early announcement from Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., that he will seek his 14th term representing the 7th District. “Peterson’s jaw-dropping cynicism is worthy of a cameo in ‘House of Cards,’ and hardworking Minnesota families deserve better,” Hunter said in a statement. It’s that sort of talk, and never-ending campaigning by the opposition, that apparently persuaded Peterson to make known his intentions early. So Hunter and his ilk can relax until the 2016 campaign starts in earnest … sometime, let’s hope, in 2016.

PRAIRIE ROSES: To the volunteer members of Valley Water Rescue, who selflessly answer the call to help rescue or recover drowning victims, often at risk to the divers. Most recently, the team has been searching for Cole Schwindt, the Moorhead man who was reported missing in early December after his snowmobile plunged into the icy Sheyenne River at West Fargo. Valley Water Rescue volunteers perform an important service to the community and to the families of those lost to water accidents.

PRAIRIE ROSE: To Bridget Ecklund, the microbiology student at North Dakota State University who has been invited to present her senior thesis findings to a prestigious scientific gathering, the American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting. Ecklund’s work explores using cockroaches to research the role of helper chaperone proteins in the bacterium Francisella tularensis.
The bacterium can cause the deadly disease tularemia and is a potential biological weapon. The invitation to address the conference is an honor to any scientist, and highly unusual for an undergraduate. Her invitation letter was erroneously addressed to Dr. Ecklund.

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

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