Tribune editorial: Great Plains Food Bank celebrates important milestone

Tribune editorial: Great Plains Food Bank celebrates important milestone

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Ministry on the Margins

Great Plains Food Bank driver Kyle Bergh delivers to Ministry on the Margins food pantry in east Bismarck on Tuesday. The five food pallets included a special case of peanut butter designated as the charitable feeding program’s 175 millionth meal. Food Bank Chief Development Officer Marcia Paulson said the food order delivery totaling 7,833 pounds was a milestone in the 36 years of the Fargo-based organization that provides hunger relief in North Dakota and western Minnesota. "If we fed everyone in North Dakota a hot meal three times a day for 2 1/2 months, that would be 175 million meals, and it’s showing up here today," Paulson said. Sister Rosemary DeGracia of Annunciation Monastery accepted the donation on behalf of Ministry on the Margins founder Sister Kathleen Atkinson, who was in Israel. Last week, Ministry on the Margins gave out more than 5,000 pounds of food items to residents of the Bismarck-Mandan area.

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The Great Plains Food Bank distributed its 175 millionth meal in the organization's 36-year history. The meal was loaded onto a truck from the Great Plains Food Bank’s warehouse in Fargo on Monday and delivered on Tuesday to Ministry on the Margins in Bismarck. The Great Plains Food Bank, founded in 1983, distributes meals to 213 food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and other charitable feeding programs in North Dakota and Clay County, Minn. Recently, the food pantry at Ministry on the Margins distributed 5,000 pounds of food items in one week to residents of the Bismarck-Mandan area.

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Sen. Oley Larsen’s post last week targeting a Muslim congresswoman was not behavior that North Dakotans should tolerate from state legislators, especially those in leadership positions. Larsen, R-Minot, should comply with Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner’s request that he resign as interim president pro tempore of the Senate. It’s disappointing that Larsen will not apologize to U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota. Larsen doesn’t have to agree with her politics, but that’s no excuse for spreading such propaganda. 

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Fifty new weather stations in western North Dakota will help counties make better decisions about closing gravel roads due to wet weather. The North Dakota Industrial Commission authorized money for the project last week. It will allow a meteorologist to work with oil patch counties to more precisely determine where road closures are needed, rather than having roads unnecessarily closed in an entire county and causing unneeded delays for the oil industry.

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It’s too bad legislators declined to study mobile home park leasing practices. The proposal from Sen. Dick Dever, R-Bismarck, to do the study was prompted by local residents who complained about what they consider to be onerous rules and fees by Havenpark Capital, which recently purchased two mobile home parks in Bismarck. Tenants of mobile home parks often are on fixed incomes and have limited options when a park is sold. We hope legislators continue working on ways to protect tenants.

 

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