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Jeers to roundabout vandals

Jeers to whoever keeps messing with the construction signs at the Highway 59 and Willow Street intersection, where a roundabout is being constructed.

After midnight Friday, the signs at the all-way stop were rearranged to block all options for southbound traffic, causing some vehicles to turn around and head back the other way.

A motorist who had been through the intersection a few hours earlier realized someone had illegally moved the signs, and moved them back to allow traffic to pass through again.

Later that same weekend, someone moved the signs to funnel traffic from both directions into a possible head-on collision.

We hope it doesn’t take an accident at the site to make whoever is doing it realize the joke isn’t all that funny.

*** Cheers to MNsure: Despite problems with the rollout of the state’s online health insurance exchange, the number of Minnesotans without health insurance dropped by more than 40 percent in the seven months ending May 1.

The drop corresponded with online health insurance enrollment offered under the Affordable Care Act. According to the study, conducted by the University of Minnesota’s State Access Health Data Assistance Center, the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by nearly 180,500 – from 445,000 to 264,500 – between September 30 and May 1.

That meant the percentage of uninsured Minnesotans fell from 8.2 percent to 4.9 percent.         

*** Jeers to the Becker County Planning Commission for inconsistency in the length of time members of the public are allowed to speak.

At a recent meeting, most of those addressing the planning commission were held to a strict two-minute rule, with some being interrupted mid-sentence and directed to stop and sit down.

These people weren’t rambling or wasting time; they were doing their best to get their point across on a complex subject. It would be nice to have at least given them the opportunity to wrap up their thoughts.

Others, deemed to have more expertise on the subject, were given 5 minutes or longer to address the commission.

We understand that the planning commission was trying to listen to a lot of people in a limited amount of time, and not everybody is going to leave a public meeting happy, especially if the vote doesn’t go their way. But public officials should go the extra mile to make people feel like they were heard and treated fairly.

*** Jeers to a goose-killing golf course employee.

The Alexandria Echo Press newspaper reports that a resident saw an employee of an Alexandria-area golf course chase, run over, and kill three goose goslings with a lawnmower while mowing the fairway.

The groundskeeper was located, interviewed, and cited for the violation, according to the DNR. He was advised to co-exist with the geese as they are abundant on every course in the county and the messy killing was, of course, illegal.