To Our Readers: May 22, 1995

Fans of the PBS children's show The Electric Company will recall a spoof of old radio detective programs; it was called Fargo North, Decoder. This indelible cultural reference aside, North Dakota's largest city has not received much media attention. So when Time correspondents Wendy Cole and Michael Duffy went to Fargo to report this week's story on the expected impact of federal budget cuts, the locals were flattered. "Countless times during my 10 days there," Cole says, "people asked what other towns we were visiting. When I told them none, they had trouble believing that their laid-back community warranted such intense...

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