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8-18 Letters to the Tribune
August 17, 2018

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Re: Cemetery plants and flowers

As a little background, I am a member of a family who owns six plots at the Persilla Watts Cemetery of Rugby. I too was stunned when learning plants which had been purchased by families of loved ones and had been placed as memorials on grave sites were being recycled to beautify the downtown area of Rugby. If this was done without any "voice" by family of the dearly department, it has probably gone against all accepted protocol at the very least.

I have made a practice of buying memorial plants used in this regard from the Rugby Greenhouse. Due to the type of plant I prefer, I keep it hung from a Shepherd's Hook at my parents' grave site. I water it routinely and it will easily last through the month of September. I also feel that keeping it hanging in this manner makes it easier to mow/trim around. I am not complaining about the removal and the relocation of the plant located at our family grave site, as it was not removed by anyone but me. I was scheduled to leave town on an out-of-state tour and felt it was better to take this plant to our own yard. On returning to Rugby I found out about this relocation effort. Had I not been the one to remove the plant from Mom & Dad's grave, I would have been heartsick.

I would also like to commend the work of the Persilla Watts caretakers. I greatly appreciate their efforts in keeping the area looking presentable. It is a large area, with many obstructions to work around. It cannot be an easy task for anyone.

I recently visited a town of 900 citizens or less in the southeast portion of North Dakota. Upon hitting the city limits of said town, you are immediately amazed by the scope of city beautification efforts in place. It makes a huge impact. It can be done successfully.

LaNeta Pieterick,

Rugby

'Invaders' supporting Cramer

In a recent column, Lloyd Omdahl said the Russians are here, that they are bringing organizations to our state, recruiting North Dakotans, and using social media in support of Kevin Cramer. Without any evidence to back his claims up, it appeared to be pure speculation.

A few days later, Forum reporter Patrick Springer wrote a news article saying the same thing and using Lloyd's opinion column as his factual basis.

When Democrat Senator Bill Nelson said the same thing about his race in Florida, it became apparent this is a national Democrat strategy.

Then it dawned on me; there is some truth to the story. The Russians are here! Formerly from Germany, they began the invasion of Dakota Territory about 140 years ago.

Social media didn't exist then, but they wove themselves into the social fabric of our society, even to help define who we are as a country. They learned the language and cleverly disguised themselves as true Americans. They brought in the Farm Bureau and the Farmer's Union, the PTO's and the PTA's and recruited others.

I am happy to be married to one of their great-granddaughters for the last 40 years. She does influence me. Together we are happy to join other invaders in support of Kevin Cramer.

The mistake Mr. Omdahl made was in not including the Norwegians. Lefse and lutefisk and krumkake are as much a part of our conservative culture as fleischkuechle and kuchen and knoephla.

The Norwegians and the Germans from Russia came together along with others to define the values of this great State. They can come together in this election to preserve them. If they believe Kevin Cramer is the best person to lead that effort, they should elect him. The election shouldn't be influenced by an untrue hoax.

Dick Dever

Bismarck

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