Spring in the air?

Shenanigans on Main Street draws laughter from motorists

Photo by Mike Lamb Motorists driving down Main Street in Marshall don’t need to worry about the fake legs sticking out of the snow at Fifth Street. It’s all part of a little shenanigans by Mid-West Cleaners workers.

MARSHALL — Maybe some residents are just tired of all the snow and are ready for spring. Whatever the reason, the shenanigans have already begun and St. Patrick’s Day is still days away.

On Bruce Circle, somebody with a spray can decorated the snow banks along the street with flowers and the words “Think Spring.”

And on Main and Fifth streets, the owner of Mid-West Cleaners decided to make motorists laugh as they traveled through downtown Marshall.

“I thought, what the heck, I’m gong to bring some laughter,” Brenda Krog said Tuesday. “They are all sad because it’s like, ‘oh my gosh, we got another snowstorm coming. What are we going to do with all this snow.’ And then pretty soon, it’s like ‘Oh my God, we are going to have a big flood.’ So people are kind of getting crabby.”

So just before closing on Monday, Krog told her employees that they were going to have a little fun.

“We had a few minutes and I said to my co-workers, everybody’s done working, ‘we are going to do Mr. Stick man.’ And they all kind of looked at me. I said, ‘I’ve been thinking about it. We are going to do it today,'” Krog said.

That’s when they planted two fake legs into the snow bank in front of the cleaners. According to Krog, it instantly drew stares and smiles.

“People, they drive by, you watch them. They just look up there and smile. If we can just get a little bit of smiles out of people, it’s worth it,” Krog said.

“It’s so fun just watching the people looking. They will beep their horns. They like stuff like that. And I think it’s great exposure for the downtown. Anything we can do to help the flow (into downtown).”

Krog, however, might not be done with the mischief.

“I wanted to put up a sign — he got taken to the cleaners,” Krog said. “I just haven’t gotten that far.”