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October 25, 2012
Dan Voigt , Emmetsburg News

With the political campaigns rising to new levels of disgust and contempt, I turned to the internet to try and find something lighthearted to improve my day, and wouldn't you know it, I found something.

Here's a little story I found on a website from a newspaper in northern Minnesota that I had to read twice to make sure I was really seeing what I was seeing. I did a little investigating after reading this story, and I can report that folks, this is truly legitimate.Goofy - yes, but 100 percent legitimate.

Even I can't make this kind of stuff up believe me!

Anyhow,,,,here in Iowa, we see the traditional deer crossing warning signs on many of our roads, as they are a common fixture in the northern plains. But, some folks don't quite have a good grasp on the purpose of a warning sign.

Not too long ago, a lady named Donna called radio station Y94 in Fargo, ND, and informed the call-in show hosts that she had the misfortune of being in three car-deer collisions. Each collision had happened right after she had seen a deer crossing sign along the roadway. As she let this factoid sink in, Donna then posed the question, "Why do the Minnesota and North Dakota Departments of Transportation allow these deer crossings to be in such high traffic areas?"

Donna explained that she had sent numerous letters to TV stations and newspapers asking the same question, and with the radio forum open to her, she got on the proverbial soapbox.

"I've even seen them on the interstate," she said, with growing frustration. "Why are we encouraging deer to cross on the interstates?"

Watch out, she's on a roll.

"It seems to me that it's so irresponsible of us to allow these deer crossings to be in an area where these deer are so likely to be struck by oncoming traffic," Donna stated.

The radio talk show hosts were, at this point, fighting not to burst out laughing, because this poor gal was stone cold serious. But, fighting for his composure, one of the hosts tried to explain that deer crossing signs aren't placed to encourage the deer to cross at a that spot. Instead, the signs are posted to warn drivers to be cautious on roadways where deer populations are large.

But Donna didn't get it. She continued to insist that the deer actually read the signs and cross roads right where the signs are posted. She then went on to suggest that perhaps deer crossing signs should be posted by schools, so that the deer and children could all cross the streets safely.

"The government can direct the deer population anywhere they want to" she said. "All they have to do is move that deer crossing sign."

At that point, the hosts couldn't control themselves any more, burst out laughing, and apparently caused Donna to lose her patience and hang up.

Again, I will state that on the web site where I saw this story, the radio station actually posted a link to the uTube recording of Donna's call to the Y94 radio station. I played the clip, and found myself shaking my head in complete amazement.somewhere in North Dakota, this woman is driving around on the roads, bound and determined that deer read road signs and understand what the signs say.

Obviously, deer in North Dakota and Minnesota must be smarter than their relatives in Iowa, who cross the road any darn place they want to, and more often than not, stand right in the middle of the road and wait until you pull up to them to move. That tells me the little buggers are getting awfully possessive about the roads or they're losing their fear of cars but I digress.

Somewhere in North Dakota, Donna is still on her mission to get those deer to cross the street with school kids. I for one and really curious to see how that's going to work for her. If I find out how it goes, I'll certainly let you know. But in the mean time, borrowing from comedian Bill Engvall, "Here's your sign"



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