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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • River Ramblings.....

  • It was a pleasant trip all the way around. We made a quick spin to St. Cloud for lunch on Sunday with my dear aunts, a couple of cousins and my sister and brother-in-law. It doesn’t seem to happen often enough. Someone said that we usually wait until there’s a funeral to see each other and you have to wonde...
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  •     It was a pleasant trip all the way around. We made a quick spin  to St. Cloud for lunch on Sunday with my dear aunts, a couple of cousins and my  sister and brother-in-law.
        It doesn’t seem to happen often enough. Someone said that we usually wait until there’s a funeral to see each other and you have to wonder why.
        A 96th birthday for my dad’s oldest sister last week was cause enough to get us all together. It’s always interesting and really a lot of fun. We shouldn’t need an excuse but a another year of independent living for a near centenarian is a worthwhile excuse.
        It seems like most of us are too busy to make time to visit and spend time with our extended family and I have to wonder why.
        The trip up and back on Highway 23 was full of traffic both ways until we got closer to home later in the evening. There are lots of folks on the run and maybe they were doing like us: going to connect with their family. Or, maybe they were just going to do whatever it is that takes up their time.
        I’m no different: I seem to clutter up my time with meetings and other various events that usually are worthwhile but not always so necessary.
        This trip to St. Cloud was definitely worthwhile and also necessary. It is good to stay in touch. Seems like something a person should want to do more often.
        
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      Some of the more pleasant sites along our drive to St. Cloud were the signs showing gasoline prices below $3.00 a gallon. I can’t remember the last time I saw that.
        I don’t usually spend time obsessing about the price of fuel, maybe because it seems too painful and not to mention that there are lots of better things to think about. Still it was nice to see.
        It seems like it was just a few months ago that one of our more attention grabbing, big mouth Minnesota politicians was blaming the President for the rise in gas prices. I wonder if she is giving him credit for the fall in prices?  Of course we know the answer to that. Blaming the President for the price of gas was such an obvious overreach that it made her look even more foolish. At least she confirmed what many of us already thought.
    Page 2 of 2 -    Casting aside all that sarcasm, it was still nice to see those prices fall. No doubt the big oil companies will still make some good money. They seem to know how to take care of their own interests.
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        One of those many meetings I seem to find myself at was a transportation conference last week where it was announced that MnDOT will be announcing a few projects that will be funded in the legislature’s new $300 million “Corridors of Commerce” program.
        Now, it seems you can’t buy a lot of road improvements for $300 million these days but when MnDOT asked for input, I figured it was worthwhile to go on-line and submit a half dozen or so road improvements that could benefit drivers in our area. MnDOT said they may choose around 10 projects state-wide for the $300 million program.
        I think all of the projects I submitted are well worth it and would improve safety and improve the flow of traffic both  here and on the routes that many of us travel.  I’d like to see even one of them get picked.
        I have my fingers crossed for replacing that low-clearance, narrow railroad overpass on the west end of Granite.  
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