I have to congratulate these guys on being sneaky. While driving home along south Washington Street, I noticed something white in the tall grass behind the trees. Sure enough, it was a clever deputy with his trusty radar goin' on!
I took a diversion through Sibley Park because I remembered seeing an owl kill and fly off with a snake there last year. Of course it happened before I could get the camera ready! Ever since, I like to take a cruise through there occasionally to see if I can spot Mr. Owl again. No such luck, by the way. Anyway, on my way out of the park I saw those flashing lights: the deputy had caught himself a speeder. Stealth...what an ally. Unless, you're the leadfoot, that is!
In this picture, a second sheriff's dept. car had shown up. It's a lot easier to see with two of them. Apparently it's like a good fishin' hole...when they're biting, other fishermen are likely to show up!
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Well, that's what some drivers got at the intersection of Main and Expressway today! I almost got in on the fun, but since I could take pictures instead and tell y'all about it, I chose the latter. This was a pretty crazy scene, man.
No, the firefighter is not chasing these vehicles with the spray. Rather, he's washing off the roadway. I don't know what sort of incident took place here, but these guys were hurriedly washing something off the road. What it is, I have no idea; but it can't be anything serious, because they were washing it off the roadway into the ditch.
Look past the front of the fire truck and you'll see that there's a truck and trailer at the side of the road. I don't know if they were hauling something and it spilled, or if there was an accident and spill, or pretty much anything else. I'd feel pretty bad about the lack of details, but the local media were apparently completely oblivious to the entire thing. Traffic was backed up in all directions, so I threw the camera back in the bag and took a different route into town.
I sure would like to know what they were rinsing off the road...wouldn't you?
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One normally thinks of track & field as a warm weather activity. Not this weekend, folks! My fingers were getting pretty stiff just taking the picture. The east end of the Bowl was lined with ez-ups where people were trying to warm up, but there were tons of fans on hand.
Like many sports, I didn't discover how much fun they were until late in high school. Nevertheless, I did do pretty darn well at the 800, 1600, 3200, and 3200 relay my senior year. In Mandan we would start our season by running laps around the hallway surrounding the gym, then the distance runners would run laps around the city. I miss those days. Having torn my knee in half (twice) in various motorcycle and mountain bike accidents, I don't do long distance running anymore. I still can, but it's best to keep the "wear and tear due to mileage" down, if you know what I mean.
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Memorial Day Weekend has to be the worst. While driving past the capitol, I couldn't help but notice the absence of the United States Flag. Closer inspection showed that the line running up the flag pole was no longer attached to the top, and was instead lying on the grass below. There was no sign of the flag anywhere, so I guess the problem had been discovered.
But where do you get a guy to do flagpole repair on a holiday weekend? Good question. If I had a cherry picker I'd rig something up, but that would probably result in my arrest. I would hope that someone would go to whatever lengths necessary to get Old Glory back where it belongs, especially in time for Memorial Day. You've got 48 hours, folks...let's make it happen!
By the way, it didn't look to me like the flag pole had been sabotaged or vandalized. My guess was that the recent high winds probably broke something up top that was near failure and finally broke. Maybe the North Dakota Peace Coalition was trying to run a white flag up the pole and broke it! I don't know. In any case, I just hope they get it fixed. It's really embarassing to have the flag missing from the state capitol during the Memorial Day holiday.
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A little song reference for you there. While I was out taking photos of large birds and the May cover photo of the Dakota Beacon (and collecting ticks) I came upon this wreckage. It's visible from the Expressway Bridge as well as Fox Island Road, and looks pretty old. I doubt it had anything to do with the construction of the bridge, but perhaps it was at one time involved in the rock wall built to control flooding. In any case, it's rotting away silently in the grass along the Missouri River. Whoever owns it should probably take the batteries out and other caustic pollutants, but it looks like it's become part of the habitat otherwise.
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