First, a clarification.
Word has filtered back to me that a few Brainerd City Hall officials were upset with my remarks on this page last winter about the city's snow plowing practices in the downtown.
They felt the column was critical of the way the city piles up snow in the middle of the downtown streets and then comes back and trucks it away. Not necessarily the same day or week or month. But eventually the snow is removed. At least no one has seen any piles of snow in downtown Brainerd the last few days.
Anyway, let me set the record straight. I was not being critical. I was promoting the city's newest tourist attraction. I still believe we should tell the world about our quaint, unique plowing practice. Goodness, put it on the Welcome to Brainerd signs.
You know, label it as "Come Visit a City Where Time Has Stood Still Since the 1800s." Or maybe: "Come Try to Climb the Mountains in Downtown Brainerd."
Well, anyway, that was last winter. And now I assume the snow season is over. True, some days you have to wonder. And surely there will be a few flakes just in time for the fishing opener. No, I'm not referring to the governor.
Now the subject is potholes. Again, we are not here to criticize the city workers. It's another ready-made tourist attraction.
Why, we have the biggest depressions this side of Arizona. Think of the sign they could put at Fifth and James in west Brainerd. "Come Visit Minnesota's Answer to the Grand Canyon."
Actually, those city hall types are smart. By leaving the deep potholes in place they have helped slow down traffic. The police should be grateful.
And for those daredevils who think they can traverse the potholes at breakneck speed, we should charge admission to Brainerd's thrill show. At least the wheel alignment folks should be rolling in the dough.
Hey, you don't suppose the Colonel"s Brainerd International Raceway could stage an off-road race within the city limits? That would be another feather in our tourism hat.
So let's not be critical of our inability to solve the annual winter wear on our roads. These potholes are beneficial.
This keeps up and we are going to need bigger Welcome to Brainerd signs.
At least the city has an equal opportunity pothole policy. Some of the worst potholes in town are in front of the mayor's house in north Brainerd.
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