Actually, it's a double Jeers kind of day.
Jeers to road diets and traffic calming if it’s not going to reduce speeds
When you take a stroll in historic downtown Crookston, especially right now when the bypass bridge on Highway 75 is closed for repairs, you have to be extra cautious when you want to cross the street. There are cars, pickups, beet trucks, and semis speeding down the 30 mph streets of Main and Broadway.
You could go on and on asking why there weren’t radar speed signs peppered around town because of the bypass’ temporary closure, why there isn’t extra law enforcement out regularly checking for speeders in the “walkable” inviting downtown, and why there couldn’t have been a temporary speed limit decrease knowing there would be additional traffic.
Then you have the City of Crookston eagerly looking at road diets…errr… traffic calming measures to help reduce motorized lanes on Main and Broadway to allow for a bicycle lane to be added. It sounds great, and this writer is all for a bicycle lane or even additional sharrows, but it’s been talked about for a couple years and could still be a couple years away even if they started working diligently on it now with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
So…why not start with permanently reducing the speed limit in downtown Crookston instead of concentrating on reducing the lanes? Is that an easier process? Everyone knows that drivers see a speed limit sign and automatically think they’re “okay” to go five miles over the limit without getting a ticket. Take out the concern of reducing speeds first with a new slower speed limit like 20 mph and enforce the heck out of it for a while. Radar speed signs, consistent monitoring by law enforcement, maybe even cameras.
– Jess Bengtson, assistant editor
Jeers to holding games when it’s clear the weather is not cooperating
Asking “is it worth it” should be a requisite when facing a tough decision. In this case, the decision was, should the Crookston Pirates boys’ and girls’ soccer teams go ahead with their respective matches on Thursday, September 20 when the forecast showed rain, winds and cool temperatures?
The weather did not surprise anyone. Everyone knew what would happen and from the morning to early afternoon, the radar confirmed the impending conditions.
On one hand, the teams could postpone a single match in a season consisting of 16-17 matches. On the other, Fergus Falls Hillcrest could travel to Crookston to play the girls and the boys could trek to East Grand Forks in unfavorable weather while risking injury or illness.
The schools decided to go ahead and play. There were two choices and they picked one. Except they didn’t. The boys JV played one half before the game was called. Boys varsity was postponed in the process. The girls, here in Crookston, shortened the second half by 20 minutes. Sounds like after the decision was made, the realization quickly surfaced that it was a foolish one.
Was it worth it? No.
– Nolan Beilstein, sports editor