Letter to Dave

Dear Dave,

It seems to me that your home town-Carrington, North Dakota- is in the news with some regularity. Two items jump to mind; first is athletic prowess. Sierra Rosenau is a recent Carrington graduate who went on to great success at North Dakota State University with a javelin throw of over 165 feet.

Sierra Rosenau
Sierra Rosenau
Minnesota Viking’s tight end Jim Kleinsasser was probably the most notable athlete from Carrington however it seems most of your high school wrestlers extend their careers into college also which doesn’t very often happen.

Now the second news item from Carrington is construction of a roundabout at the intersections of Highways 52 and 200. I love roundabouts; they cost about 1/5 of street lights, require little maintenance other than snow removal and move a lot of vehicles. I use the one in Thief River Falls all the time and make a special effort to use a roundabou in Grand Forks on the rare occasion I leave my circle. I do plan to come to Carrington and take a circular trip on your roundabout when it’s complete. Please tell everyone to use the roundabout properly; get in and get out. Users should not stop while in traffic and let others into the circle, they should instead use the circle themselves quickly then get out of the way so others may do the same. Watch a YouTube video and get schooled, people! Here’s a good instructional European Video, remember they drive on the opposite side of the road.

It seems to me that your home town-Carrington, North Dakota- is in the news with some regularity. Two items jump to mind; first is athletic prowess. Sierra Rosenau is a recent Carrington graduate who went on to great success at North Dakota State University with a javelin throw of over 165 feet. Minnesota Viking’s tight end Jim Kleinsasser was probably the most notable athlete from Carrington however it seems most of your high school wrestlers extend their careers into college also which doesn’t very often happen.

Now the second news item from Carrington is construction of a roundabout at the intersections of Highways 52 and 200. I love roundabouts; they cost about 1/5 of street lights, require little maintenance other than snow removal and move a lot of vehicles. I use the one in Thief River Falls all the time and make a special effort to use a roundabout in Grand Forks on the rare occasion I leave my circle. I do plan to come to Carrington and take a circular trip on your roundabout when it’s complete. Please tell everyone to use the roundabout properly; get in and get out. Users should not stop while in traffic and let others into the circle, they should instead use the circle themselves quickly then get out of the way so others may do the same. Watch a YouTube video and get schooled, people! (this video is European so they drive clockwise instead of counter-clockwise)

We recently changed our computer operating system at work, Dave. I am proud of the people with whom I work, particularly my fellow dispatchers. This new system was introduced and installed by a company with about 40 users of this product through Minnesota. The lead up to going live with this product included months of gathering information, system set-up and establishing business practices. After all the work was done, we received some news that made me smile. Of all of these multiple installations, many of which involved agencies much larger than ours, ours was deemed smoothest. What this means is that our people were involved, informed and worked hard. There are only 87 counties in Minnesota so results like these speak pretty well of our Law Enforcement Center. It was a great team effort.

Melvie Trucking was just here with a couple of loads of gravel. There are two low areas by a watering tank that have been worn down over time by the cattle. I don’t like them to stand in water so I decided we’d level everything off with a little pit-run. I believe these cattle have been fed beet tailings before because the second they saw a tractor-trailer with a side dump, they got a little excited. After the truck dumped the gravel out, the cattle were immediately on the pile; sniffing and drooling. They saw beet tailings in their minds but their senses didn’t match with their memories. I could almost feel their disappointment.

Good to see you and Mary last week-end and I am glad you got to meet Matt and Angie. You all occupy a big part of our lives and I found the night very refreshing. As Louie Carpenter used to always say whenever someone left Carpenter’s Corner, “please come again.”

Your little bro’

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