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Its all about roads


Fri, May 11th, 2001
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Monday, April 30, 2001

The only thing the county board is concerned about are roads, one person commented to me a few weeks ago.

And the way in which she said this implied that this was not necessarily a good thing.

About the same time this conversation took place, the county board was off to a meeting in Rushford and decided to stop in Peterson to check out a problem culvert.

They stop off in Peterson to do culvert work, she said, rolling her eyes heavenward. They naturally believe that they are qualified to check out any problem associated with roads and give their professional opinion.

You dont see them stopping off to check on a problem family for Social Services on their way to a meeting in Rochester do you? she asked incredulously.

Or, what about Public Health? she went on. The county boards not down there giving flu shots in the Fall because there is a shortage of nurses are they? Well, why not?

Ill tell you why not, she continued. Theyre not qualified to give flu shots. And theyre not qualified to be doing highway work either.

Shes right of course.

The Tip ONeill maxim that All Politics is Local when applied to Fillmore County comes out All County Politics is About Roads.

Ask any commissioner and they will tell you that they get the most calls from citizens about roads.

When is it going to be blacktopped?

Whos in charge of dust control on that road?

Werent they going to fix that bridge last year?

Well, just when do you think theyll get around to plowing then?

These calls from citizens is what empowers each commissioner to become a road engineer. Because citizen John Doe has called them with a question, they feel they have a mandate to find an answer.

And that is why they have a Road Tour scheduled every six months.

By the way, tour is pronounced in the original Norwegian, as in lets go on the Tur on Tursday.

To follow up on my friends logic, the county board doesnt take a Sheriffs Tur each year, looking for likely spots to set up speed traps. Nor do they sponsor a walking Tur to county sinkholes as part of a yearly water quality study.

No, they restrict their Turing to roads.

For the most part, the county commissioners can work as a team in trying to find a common solution to a county problem, but when it comes to roads in their districts they .....
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Vernon H. Vigeland

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Vernon H. Vigeland, 77, of LaCrosse, Wis., formerly of Mabel, Minn. died March 12, 2001 at the Green Lea Manor Nursing Home in Mabel where he had resided for only a week.

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Gladys Judith Swain, 93, of Rushford, a homemaker, died March 7, 2001 at her home.

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Ronald Thorson, 65, of rural Mabel, a retired Lockheed Corp. employee, died April 28, 2001 at Winneshiek County Memorial Hospital in Decorah, Iowa.

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