How are we supposed to drive across that thing?

So, we take turns covering various events and I was on duty Sunday for a couple of photo opportunities. One of those was Coronation at St. Mary’s. High school events are usually fun—it’s great to see what those kids are up to these days!

I have to complement the junior class at St. Mary’s. They had a very clever skit. (I’m pretty sure they read my column each week—just for ideas.) They incorporated two community topics in the skit. Number one was a reference to their football field winning Yard of the Month. Second was crossing the intersection at First and Main. (Got that idea from me—see?)

For those not there, here is the short version: they had to go to Public School to play the football game, so they wouldn’t wreck the Yard of the Month; and, how would they get there? That intersection is just too scary!

First place for “Clever use of local issues in a comedy skit.”

Last week I had that great punch line, after writing about the difficulty of walking across Main Street. If you missed it we still have copies of the paper available. $1.25.

Since that time, a couple of people spoke to me about the difficulty of driving across that intersection. I have to admit that I’ve been focused on pedestrian safety and ability to cross. The truth is it is also very difficult to drive across Main Street at that intersection.

You have to nose your vehicle out so far into the intersection, to see if it is clear, that you could easily get clipped before you see a vehicle traveling on Main Street. Plus, of course, you have to keep checking right and left. It’s no place for scaredy-cats.

I am under the impression that when the highway work is done next summer, the “no parking” yellow curb paint will be longer, leaving a more clear view. But, I don’t know. What if I’m wrong? And why should we wait a whole year anyway? What is it going to be like when the roads are icy this winter?

I think I’ll write to the MnDOT guys in charge of the project—Scott Thompson and Robert Jones—and ask if they have any extra yellow paint laying around.

As much as I hate to ruin the effect of another great ending line, I have two other Sunday events to comment on.

Kudos to our local guys who provided the firearms safety field day for the young people who want to hunt. While I am not a gun person, I’m all for getting kids out into nature and away from their phones. That was a very impressive event.

And—don’t miss the musical production that SEHS students will present Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Love you some Broadway!