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Road work sometimes stops a straight shot to food

August 8, 2010
By SANDY MICKELSON, Messenger staff writer

I'm sorry, but it just plain hurts to be talking to you on Aug. 8.

August is back-to-school month. August is the month for the dog days of summer - like things can get much more humid or muggy. August is the eighth month of the year, which means we are ending the second third of the year. Ending it. And August means the summer is ending even though the road work on Fifth Avenue South doesn't seem to be.

Because I live on the west side of town, the only road work that interferes with my life is the Highway 169 fixup, and that really got in the way just once, the night they stopped traffic from driving under the bridge when they pulled the bridge down.

They closed it at 10 p.m., so I should have been under it by then, but it was a late night at work. Now the only thing that could hurt is getting around the big cloverleaf to go south without some big truck riding up my behind from the north.

I drove up to Humboldt once a while back and it took me nearly half an hour to get out of Webster County, but all in all, that project doesn't get in my way often.

On the other hand, while I know the good that's coming from the Fifth Avenue South do-over, it's a pain in the patoot to get to the restaurants in that corridor. That doesn't mean we don't try, but it is dicey, at best, getting into and out of the lots on the south side of the street.

Those along the north side at least have the luxury of people coming in from the north and escaping the road work that way.

For me, getting to my favorites - Fazoli's and Tres Amigos - isn't hard, since each is on the starting side of the work, east and west. But even those guys are feeling the pinch of people staying away.

So, I figured out a way to help.

Every person who wants to eat in the restaurants along Fifth Avenue South at noon should automatically be given an extra half hour at lunch time by their bosses. Right?

With an extra half hour, driving slowly and carefully wouldn't hurt, and the drop in customers wouldn't be as evident for the restaurants.

It's a win-win situation - well, except for the employer, I guess. I'll have to work on that.

Oh, hey, did you hear about the Pepsi Refresh program and the voting that could bring $250,000 to the Beacon of Hope here in Dodge? If you go to and sign up for an account, you can vote once a day for the Beacon project.

Pepsi gives away, I've been told, two grants every month "in the $250,000 category," and Laura Franks has applied for that grant on behalf of the Beacon project, which made it through the first cut and now can be voted for at least once a day. We're already eight days into the month, so start voting now and vote every day and ask all your friends and family to vote, too. The proposal with the most votes at the end of the month wins the money.

Think of what could be done with a quarter million dollars at the Beacon of Hope men's homeless shelter.

So much to think about. So much to do.

So long friends, until the next time when we're together.

Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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