Open Letter to MnDOT


Hello MnDOT,
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I am writing to you today to let you know about something I just can’t keep quiet about any longer.   It’s about the road construction for the new St. Croix River Crossing.  Specifically the 95/36 exchange that is progressing quickly.
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Now, I assume you are getting prepared right now to hear something negative, but that’s not what’s about to happen.
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I am writing to tell you about a gem you have working for you.  Well, I don’t know who she works for exactly, she may be working for a contractor,  but she is a gem none the less.
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I’m sure that everyone who drives this stretch of the river valley knows who she is too.  She handles the stop and slow sign at the intersection of 95 and 36.  She tells us when a big dump truck is heading our way.
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I don’t know her name, but I wish I did.
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She smiles, waves, and looks like she’s laughing sometimes. She actually seems to pay attention to the cars when they pass her by.  I get to look her in the eyes even!  I drove by her today and she was dancing.  DANCING!  Now, it is 20 degrees outside today and she was probably freezing and dancing was keeping her toes warm but still!  I love this woman.   I wish I had a picture of her, but I thought better of taking photos while driving:)
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You should know that she brings a smile to my face every time I pass by.    You should know that she is making that construction easier for all of us.  She should know that too.  I wanted to bring her a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, but that isn’t a super spot to stop my car!
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So, MnDOT?  Maybe you should find out who she is and thank her.  Bring her a nice cup of coffee.  Or some of those hand warmer things.  Heck give her a raise.  She is certainly raising the spirits of people who pass her by each day.
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With warm regards,
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Aimee and all the other commuters on Hwy 95!
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14 Responses to “Open Letter to MnDOT”

  1. Suzi Mueller says:

    I saw her yesterday! I can only assume it’s the same woman, because she was having a blast and her huge grin made me grin as I drove by. How often does that happen during Minnesota’s longest season: Road Construction. Thanks for posting Aimee. I agree.

  2. Meg says:

    I was thinking the same thing! I think sometimes she seems to recognize me! I go that way all the time even when it’s out of my way because I am so fascinated with watching the work! Nice to see someone with a positive attitude at work out there! Nice post Aimee!

  3. Karin Rush says:

    I thought the same thing. Her sweet heart shows. Makes waiting easier and puts a smile on my face. Thanks for writing this Aimee. I hope she reads this.

  4. Diann Peterson says:

    I see her and she waves everyday. I love her too!! She makes my day, it is brutally cold and she is waving and smiling at all the people that pass her by. She is a fabulous worker and deserves a raise.
    Thanks for posting Aimee

  5. Barbara says:

    She is a sweetheart! I look for her everyday as well, I even told my family how she brightens my day! Please thank her!

  6. Alison says:

    I don’t live in that area but I want to drive by just to see her now! Great job acknowledging someone who has a pretty thankless job. She does sound like a gem!
    Alison

  7. Jessica Lammers says:

    Thank you so much for writing this! I see her every day on my morning commute. She definitely brightens the morning! Have never seen her without a genuine smile on her face!

  8. Sherri says:

    She is a gem. Most of us would be complaining if we had her job in weather like this. Love her smile!

  9. Thank you, thank you for writing this letter! She is an absolute doll! You can’t help but smile and wave back, she is such a sweetheart!
    I wish we knew her name so we could thank her for her happiness!!

  10. Marcy says:

    I do not know her but just reading the comments makes me smile . .what an angel!

  11. Bruce Stipe says:

    Very nice compliment Aimee! She probably is working traffic control hired by the Contractor which would be a MNDOT requirement -> here is what is happening on HWY 95 and Hwy 36 http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stcroixcrossing/

  12. joe says:

    She seems thankful to be working! Its beyond refreshing to see. I have done traffic control on roadside construction before, its not easy paying attention to what’s going on in every direction and the fact the job must be done while standing on either frozen ground or molten asphalt makes it a bear! Hats off to her!

  13. Abby says:

    I agree with the other posters. I see her every morning on my commute and today she was DANCING. Love to see someone who has fun at work! Keep it up!

  14. Carl Bliss says:

    She’s started my commute with a smile a few times. Thanks for mentioning it like this.

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