Short Takes

Lyon County acts to save lives


The Lyon County board took positive steps after taking up a couple traffic issues on Tuesday. First, Clifton Township residents who live near the intersection of Lyon County Road 6 and Lyon County Road 11 expressed concerns over multiple crashes at that location. “When there’s corn up, that’s a tricky intersection to see,” said Greg Breyfogle. He was in a crash at that intersection involving two vehicles each traveling 55 miles per hour. Lyon County Engineer Aaron VanMoer reported to the board that all five recent crashes at that location involved vehicles not stopping at stop signs on County Road 11. As a result of the testimony, the board was presented with a number of possible safety measures. Commissioners voted to allow VanMoer to proceed with additional signage and rumble strips at the intersection.

Residents of Green Valley presented their complaints of speeding through their community on Lyon County Road 8. The issue is that a large number of vehicles are failing to reduce their speed from 55 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour. Again, the board was presented with options and ultimately voted to approve the purchase of a dynamic speed sign using county wheelage tax funds.There is no doubt these changes will help save lives.

YMC, city need to work together


Yellow Medicine County is facing a crisis that is common to many regions and communities. The county board responded to the news of Prairie Land Childcare/Preschool pulling out of Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls. That development leaves a big gap for day care options. The county was urged to take more of a lead on the issue. But County Administrator Peg Heglund argued that it’s not the county’s job “to lead” on this issue. Granite Falls officials say they don’t have the resources. However, this is an issue that the county and all the communities need to work together to solve.

Immigration bill wrong answer


American Farm Bureau President “Zippy” Duvall called for a workable, flexible year-round guest worker program during a panel discussion at the Farmfest in Gilfillan Estate. Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish said Minnesota had many great guest workers in past years, but some of them opted to go to other countries. He said these workers found the United States immigration program regulations more difficult to deal with. Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump is supporting a bill to cut legal immigration by half. Economists argue that “restricting immigration will only condemn us to chronically low rates of economic growth.” There’s no doubt this bill will only make conditions worse for Minnesota agriculture businesses.