LOSING SCHOOLS The fates of Lincoln Elementary and Erik Ramstad Middle School have been known for a while now; both schools will be demolished following extensive damage from the Souris River flood of 2011. Exactly when the structures will be razed remains unknown, although it's likely to be sometime this summer for both buildings. There are details to be worked out, of course, such as letting bids and such, but we know what the end result will be at some point: Both schools will be gone. Those will, indeed, be sad days for residents of this city. Both schools have long been landmarks in their respective neighborhoods, and their demise will alter the physical and emotional landscape of this city. The new gymnasium at Ramstad will be saved, and will be moved to Jim Hill Middle School, and a new Ramstad will be built on North Hill. Lincoln will be torn down, with the students going to expanded facilities at Lewis and Clark?Elementary and Longfellow Elementary. The moves are completely necessary and justified, but it simply won't be the same. Both Ramstad and Lincoln were full of history, and both schools will be sorely missed.
RV DECISION DELAYED Williston city commissioners have delayed a decision to ban RVs in the booming town after receiving a flood of objections. With the housing problem in western North Dakota, many workers have taken to living in RVs because they can't afford rent in cities like Williston. City officials had voted recently to ban RVs that aren't part of an RV?park, but delayed making a final decision last week. We understand the city's concerns; RVs have taken over some city streets and other parts of town, crowding residents and filling streets with vehicles. But at the same time, workers need affordable places to live, and many have no where else to go except RVs. New RV?parks are being built, so perhaps the city can delay a final decision until those facilities are up and running, offering RV owners a more appropriate setting.