Jess cheers upcoming improvements on Fisher Avenue, while Nolan jeers parents who think they know more than coaches.

Cheers to Fisher Avenue’s future reconstruction
    Let’s just say it out loud: Thank goodness they’re finally doing something about Fisher Avenue. If you haven’t heard, the county was awarded $1 million dollars to reconstruct County State Aid Highway 11 (Fisher Ave) in Crookston and they hope to get going in 2020. Not only will they be adding turn lanes and changing the look from rural to urban, they’ll be adding multi-use trails on both sides of the road from the railroad tracks to the edge of city limits near Drafts Sports Bar & Grill.

    Just think of all the high schoolers who have walked across Fisher Ave to get to and from school, and how some have had to dodge traffic like they’re in the game of Frogger. It’s also really scary at the intersection of Fisher and Broadway, and with no warning lights or crossing guards as pedestrian safety measures, it’s a parent’s nightmare. Even bicyclists who dare brave the cross have to be extra cautious. One can only hope that more signage and safer crosswalks will be part of the planning.

    A quick glimpse into the future shows kids headed straight from the high school to Crookston Sports Center for practice without having to cross Fisher Ave (no need now for that ridiculous skywalk featured in the Times’ April Fools 2018 edition), you’ll see families out on their bikes able to ride on both sides of the road, and you’ll find a better-connected city with a stronger lifeline to the east edge of town.

    Cheers to all who pursued the reconstruction, to those that will help complete it, and to all that will benefit from it.
– Jess Bengtson, assistant editor

Jeers to parents who insist on coaching from the stands
    Everyone knows more about high school sports than the coach. Teenagers playing the game and members of the media know a tad bit more, but neither compare to the knowledge parents possess. When it comes to strategy, game-planning and getting the best performance out of players, parents in the stands, who do not attend practice and have not played a competitive sport for over a decade, know more than anyone.

    Let the record show the previous paragraph contained 100 percent sarcasm. The fact is, in the majority of cases, a coach knows what they are doing more so than anyone else. They do not need parents coaching from the stands, telling them how to do their job and approaching them after the game to offer their input.

    Keep in mind, most high school coaches do what they do because they enjoy the game, they take pride in teaching kids fundamentals, encouraging a strong work ethic, introducing team-building skills and also because they probably have a competitive edge. Believe it or not, winning in high school sports takes a back seat compared to those aforementioned skills, which translates to any challenge kids will encounter in their futures. So when a loudmouth parent complains to a coach that they do not play someone enough or they run the incorrect schemes, it accomplishes nothing.

    Unless a coach’s act borders illegal, immoral or unhealthy, leave them alone. Do not call them, do not email them and do not challenge them.
– Nolan Beilstein, sports editor