Recently on an evening trip (after dark) home from Winnipeg, Manitoba, I noticed all the green traffic signs on the interstate were covered with black stuff so bad that you could not read them. Is this just field dirt, or do they need replacing?
Thanks for writing! Hereâ€™s what Jamie Olson of the North Dakota Department of Transportation said:
â€œThere are times when weather conditions contribute to the signs appearing dark, due to frost, dirt or snow accumulation. Some signs appear to have dark spots after several years of use.
â€œThe conditions you experienced could have been a combination of these factors. The NDDOT evaluates signs and plans for their replacement. We will send your comments on to the evaluation team. Thank you for writing into the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The NDDOT is committed to the safety of the traveling public, which includes traveler information along the interstates and state highways.â€
For a while now, a former Missouri colleague has teased me about North Dakota politicians using the buzz words â€œNorth Dakota values.â€ What does that even mean, and how are North Dakota values different from any other statesâ€™ values?
So, I thought it would be fun to ask politicians to define the phrase. Hereâ€™s what Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said:
â€œGrowing up in North Dakota, I learned a certain set of values: the importance of hard work, personal responsibility, honesty and integrity. I learned the importance of helping our neighbors and supporting our communities.
â€œThese core values were taught to me at a young age and are still instilled by many North Dakota families today. These are the common values we share as North Dakotans. These are the values we must uphold and pass down to future generations.â€
Congressman-elect Rick Berg, R-N.D., gave this response:
â€œI think what makes North Dakota different is we have to deal with the weather. We deal with crises here that other states donâ€™t.
â€œIn North Dakota, one of the things is that people are valued as equals, and I think thatâ€™s because the richest person in town could be in the ditch and need the help of someone whoâ€™s at the other end of the spectrum.
â€œAnd likewise, I think because of the weather we pull together. Weâ€™re used to pulling together as communities, like (with) the flood. I think in North Dakota the values are â€“ I want to say fresher in everyoneâ€™s mind.
â€œI think, in these other states, people have those values, but itâ€™s not like here every winter. Stopping to help a neighbor could be a life or death situation.
â€œWhen you talk about values, I thought (of) working hard, people living within their means, really helping each other out. I think one of the values is a sense of community â€“ that weâ€™re all in this together. I think out of all of that comes the North Dakota nice.â€
Hereâ€™s how Commerce Commissioner Shane Goettle answered the question:
â€œFrom the employer perspective, North Dakota has a good work ethic. I think weâ€™re conscientious. Weâ€™re honest. We work hard. Weâ€™re innovative, and we also value community and family. I think thatâ€™s what makes North Dakota special.â€
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