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Short takes for Aug. 31

August 31, 2012
Marshall Independent

Marshall streets improving slowly but surely

SIDEWAYS THUMBS: We're glad some of the trouble spots have been addressed on Marshall's streets, but more work needs to be done. There are still intersections that could use some attention, and if you've grown tired of weaving around potholes, MnDOT's communication director said the best thing you could do is give MnDOT a call and voice your concerns (800-657-3774). MnDOT maintenance workers have a schedule when it comes to patching up bad spots, and if they hear enough feedback from one area there's a chance they could alter their schedule. As far as MnDOT's programming schedule is concerned - the one that includes resurfacing - two areas in Marshall are on its agenda: on College Drive from Lyon County Road 7 to 4th Street mill and overlay resurfacing is slated for 2013, and on Main Street from Minnesota Highway 23 to Minnesota Highway 19, MnDOT said mill and overlay is scheduled to take place in 2020. In the meantime, MnDOT's 10-man crew will be in Marshall to address pothole issues sometime in September after finishing up work on U.S. Highway 59 south of Slayton and Minnesota Highway 267.

Gas prices here we go again

THUMBS DOWN: While experts say the price of gas should dip again next week, watching prices rise steadily during the past couple of weeks has been disheartening. Prices have neared the $3.80 mark in and around Marshall, mainly because of Hurricane Isaac, which shut down numerous oil rigs. This time, it's the middle of the U.S. and Upper Midwest that has taken the brunt. Isaac pushed oil above $95 per barrel Thursday. The result of the storm was reportedly the biggest one-day jump in gas prices in one-and-a-half years - nationally, prices vaulted nearly 5 cents Wednesday, and prices are expected to climb through the holiday weekend. Isaac's effect at the pump aren't as dramatic as Katrina's were in 2005, but it's a tough pill to swallow nonetheless. Our advice: Stay close to home and enjoy the Labor Day weekend in the area.

Not playing around with the heat

THUMBS UP: Good move by the schools that pushed back athletic events this week. It didn't get as hot as forecast, but better safe than sorry when you're dealing with the health of our students.



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