Power lines and interstates

Recently commented, because I dislike trolls even more than ugly power lines:

Though I’m sure an attempt will be made, it’s hard to deny that if one is looking for the most direct route between St. Cloud and Fargo, the I-94 corridor is hard to beat. Good ol’ Pythagoras and his eponymous theorem would get behind that statement.

True, one could draw a line that’s even more direct, but that would require a path though the heart of our county’s lake country and would be much more intrusive than the interstate route, which, being a four-lane limited-access highway, isn’t going to win many awards for rustic charm anyway.

Also, despite Mr. Van Horn’s claims, the I-94 route was actually the preferred route of the utility companies, and has been since at least April 2009, when a route permit application was filed. This mailing from the CAPX group details that filing and provides a map of the preferred and alternative routes in Minnesota.

Furthermore, the route approved by Administrative Law Judge Beverly Heydinger on April 25, 2011, closely follows the preferred route proposed by the utility companies, differing only in a southern option from the St. Cloud Quarry Substation to a point east of Melrose.

The Public Utilities Commission (Mr. Van Horn’s “government agency,” I assume) approved the route proposed by Judge Heydinger on June 10, 2011, a mere 47 days after the judge’s ruling. No changes by the agency were made, as far as I can tell.

While there is a lot to be upset about, making up falsehoods and conspiracy theories about government shenanigans isn’t the best way to have a constructive conversation about this. Instead of pointing the finger wrongly at “government agencies,” perhaps we should be pointing it at ourselves, for the construction of these unsightly monoliths is simply a visible reminder of our insatiable need for energy to keep our increasingly precarious way of life afloat. That’s the real blunder here.

(From “Power lines deface scenic views on I-94,” Fergus Falls Daily Journal)

April 14 2014 · Link

Seth, I am your father

Just saying:

April 13 2014 · Link


Probably not.

April 8 2014 · Link

"All the Way to the End, All of Us Together"

Eric Meyer:

The log was drawn up the hill, the drop coming closer and closer, relentlessly. My arm around her shoulders, Kat’s arm around her shoulders, both of us hunched toward her tiny, trembling body pressed against our sides; and as we came to the precipice, she shut her eyes and squeezed our hands tight.

How he does it, I do not know. Life is fragile; nature indifferent to our wishes. Whatever beauty can be wrested away from an awful situation like this is meager compensation for the pain involved.

April 8 2014 · Link

Room for everyone

Room for everyone

Similar to the evidence left behind after a heavy snow, moisture can reveal a lot about the allocation and use of space on our city streets.

April 2 2014 · Link