For the most part, activity is better than inactivity.

For the most part, activity is better than inactivity. You wouldn’t want an active disease in your body, or we wouldn’t want to have to deal with an active terrorist cell, to list a couple examples going against the active-is-better-than-inactive notion, but if you simply think about the health of a person or a community or society, more activity leads to more positive things, as opposed to long stretches of inactivity, of doing nothing.

    Which brings us to Crookston at this particular moment in time, and the amount of activity going on. The boisterous and abundant activity that’s spurred this editorial today generally relates to construction projects, whether something is being built new, repaired and/or improved.

    Of course, there’s always a fair amount of constructed-related activity around these parts in the summer. This is northern Minnesota, after all, so there is a compressed “construction season” that can lead to a lot going on at once.

    But, still, if the level of observable construction activity in a community the size of Crookston is a sign of good things, then Crookston is in a pretty good place right now.

    It’s all right there before our eyes:

    • The frontage road in front of McDonald’s is being rebuilt.
    • A project by Otter Tail Power Company on both sides of University Avenue will eventually result in all of the above-ground electricity poles being removed.
    • A large new sidewalk is being put it at the main entrance to Crookston High School.
    • A concrete path is being installed at the top of Landslide Park near Groveland Avenue, where a 60-foot tall flag pole and U.S. flag donated by Kirk Luckow will soon be raised.
    • Several streets all over town are being sealcoated by City Public Works crews.
    • Agassiz Townhomes on North Broadway near Fisher Avenue continues to take shape.
    • Homes at the end of Hoven Lane behind Dairy Queen are being built.
    • A water main is being repaired on the portion of North Broadway near downtown known as the “courthouse hill.”

    If you take a few moments and meander off of Crookston’s main drags, you’ll see even more things happening, mostly in the realm of homes being built, and neighborhood streets being rebuilt or repaired, etc.

    It’s an active community, and there’s no disputing that it’s better than the alternative.
– Mike Christopherson