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Published June 02 2013

Editorial: Cemetery project wins roses

PRAIRIE ROSES: To Eagle Scout candidate Shaun Aakre, who has led an effort to build a new sign for the historic Yankee Cemetery near Rollag, Minn. The burial ground has long been a landmark on a hilltop in Parke Township of Clay County. As part of his Eagle requirements, Aakre and fellow Scouts from Hawley Troop 656 took on the task of sprucing up the cemetery and erecting a new sign. Rapat Corp. of Hawley donated some of the materials for the sign. Others in the community took a look at the cemetery’s rich history and re-examined its original boundaries. All in all, it’s been a very worthwhile project, and Aakre’s leadership wins praise.

LEAFY SPURGE: To shortsighted motorists and others who whine like children about the “cone zones” that have popped up over the metro area this spring – like every spring. The old saying “make hay while the sun shines” applies to the short construction season in the Red River Valley. New street building and street improvement projects can’t be undertaken in the dead of winter. Work begins as soon as spring allows and will continue until winter shuts everything down. Work crews put in long hours during summer’s long days and get an awful lot done. Completed projects improve everything from traffic movement to pedestrian-friendly amenities. So, give the work crews a break. Slow down in work zones. Gripe if you must but understand the work has to be done while the sun shines.

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