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home : columns : dave fjeld July 23, 2017

7/31/2013 8:49:00 AM
Ready for roads to open
Rarely does a summer go by that some street in Windom or some highway near the community isn't under construction.
Sometimes it affects your way of life, some times it doesn't.
Work on 6th Ave., 9th Ave. and 18th St. in my area of the community has resulted in only minor inconvenience for me.
Likewise, work on the intersection of County Road 15 and Highway 71 at the new North Industrial Park has only forced me to find an alternate route of travel. In fact, if it weren't for my daily morning golf fix, there's a good chance those areas of construction wouldn't affect me in the least - at least not at the moment.
However, those two areas of construction happen to be my shortest routes to the golf course. And when 17th St. was closed for a couple days due to construction, it meant I needed to go to 13th St. to get to River Road.
In short, this summer's road construction in Windom has resulted in extending my trips to the golf course by . . . all of a few minutes.
Obviously, not a big deal.
The same can't be said for those who live along those stretches of streets, avenues and highways. No doubt the adjustments residents have had to make to deal with the road construction haven't been pleasant.
So, where am I going with this you ask?
Is there anything better than driving on a freshly-paved road, or navigating new turns lanes at a newly-constructed intersection?
Folks, for the pain and inconvenience that road construction can cause, keep your eyes fixed on the light at the end of the tunnel. While we've driven over bumps, kicked up dust and detoured until our knuckles are white on the steering wheel, smooth roads are ahead - literally!
When construction was finished on River Road between 13th St. and the Perkins Creek bridge last summer, I was thrilled to travel that route. In fact, to this day, I love taking that route and think, every time I drive it, 'Wow! What a great stretch of road!'
For all the headaches and inconveniences road construction causes in the short-term, the "smooth" long-term results are worth waiting for.
Speaking of eagerly awaiting completion of new road construction, how about the roundabouts in Worthington?
I don't make a lot of trips to Worthington, so the road construction from Interstate 90 to the new roundabout near the John Deere Implement dealer hasn't been a big deal for me.
However, I'm eager to drive the stretch just to see how the roundabouts travel and also to see how quickly we can move through Worthington while traveling to Iowa.
The project, as I understand, should wrap up some time this fall. With the long stretch of dry weather we've had, I would suspect they've made good progress on the construction and perhaps we'll be seeing that area open sooner than later.
However, you may want to wait a few weeks after it opens to travel it. As one person told me, let the locals learn and work out the kinks of the roundabouts before traveling through.
In any case, smooth roads are in sight.
Christians' treasure?
A couple of weeks ago, I ran a photo of Mick Christians with an instrument he picked up at a garage sale some years ago.
He was kind of proud of the unique, stringed instrument. Only trouble was, he didn't know what it was. Consequently, I ran his photo with the instrument in my column and, sure enough, Damon Weinandt had an answer for him.
Damon found a similar-looking instrument on eBay. It's an African instrument, but Mick didn't know much more than that.
Here's the interesting part: The asking price for the instrument on eBay was at $500.
Mick can't recall what he paid for it and he's guessing it's probably in a little worse condition than the one selling on eBay.
Does Mick think he can get $500 for his African guitar?
"If somebody is naive enough to want it for $500, I'll let them have it," he says with a laugh.
You never know, but my hunch - and probably Mick's too - is that he won't have too many beating down his door to take the instrument off his hands.
If he does, I'll pass it along to you.

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