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Short takes for Oct. 8

October 8, 2010
Marshall Independent

Crossing East College

THUMBS?DOWN: With so many businesses on East College Drive in Marshall, and with more and more people, it seems, navigating their way across the busy road filled with vehicles going over the speed limit, the city needs to be proactive and consider adding another crosswalk and stop light. There are currently just two crosswalks on East College - one at the four-way intersection with Bruce Street and one at the three-way intersection with Mustang Drive. But these are not the places where you see the most foot traffic - that occurs between the two intersections. Marshall wants to attract more visitors, and if they do, another crosswalk on East College will be needed sometime in the future. Dozens of people could be seen going back and forth on foot on East College during Pursuit of Excellence weekend, and while that might have been one of those unique weekends where an extraordinary number of people flocked to Marshall, it wouldn't hurt to have a pedestrian crosswalk installed permanently between Bruce Street and Mustang Drive. The city is building an underpass for pedestrians under Minnesota Highway 23, partly for safety reasons, and anytime you have walkers and joggers trying to cross busy streets - even if the vehicles aren't going 60 mph - safety is always a concern.

On a high-pressure high

THUMBS?UP:?We took advantage of many opportunities in September to curse and bemoan Mother Nature and, frankly, she deserved it. So now is probably a good time to celebrate her for a week of near-perfect fall weather that was very welcomed and long overdue. No one is more thankful than the farmers, who have been in the field all week making up for lost time and getting this year's crop in. If you remember, things weren't any better a year ago when the area got its first snowfall in early October, pushing the harvest season back considerably for some. So we can thank Mother Nature for keeping us snow-free so far, for last week's stretch of weather and for what is to come during the course of the next few days, which are expected to be sunny and mild. And while we're thanking her, it might not be a bad idea to throw in a request for a late winter so we can enjoy what's left of autumn without having to worry about driving conditions - at least for another couple of months.

'4-H Week'

THUMBS?UP:?Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday proclaimed Oct. 4-8 as "4-H Week" in Minnesota to recognize the efforts of the state's 4-H members. More than 123,000 young people participated in University of Minnesota Extension's 4-H program in 2009-nearly a quarter of all youth between the ages of 5-19 living in the state. By taking part in the program, youth learn through hands-on experiences in 4-H's mission mandates of science, engineering and technology, healthy living, and citizenship. In short, 4-H helps make kids better, more well-rounded people. Being a part of 4-H promotes confidence, education and creativity among our youth. There's a reason why 4-H has been around for more than 100 years.



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