Did you know the first day of Spring 2021 is March 20th? Folklore states that you can balance a raw egg on its end on the Spring Equinox (which actually occurs at 4:37 A.M. CDT). In 1945, an article in LIFE magazine shared this amazing fact and started a sensation! Does it work? Give it a try and let us know! HINT: You’ll probably have better luck balancing the egg if you use a rough surface or an egg that has a bumpy end.
Although the balancing egg is pretty cool, I believe spring in Minnesota is absolutely amazing! Each spring feels like an opportunity to start again — fresh fields, empty gardens, clean yards with no leaves or garbage and the chance to meet or reconnect with new neighbors. Things look fresh and new … and after the past pandemic year, that sounds pretty nice! What else in our community is new and fresh …
New Underpass and Additions to the Trail System: Have you had a chance to walk the new trails along Highway 212 or safely cross under the highway to celebrate a new walking or running route? Positive comments from the community include: it’s shorter than I expected … great lighting … love that I have a longer route for my walk! Be ready for additional lighting along the trail and beautiful new murals completed by our high school students coming soon!
New Businesses and Housing: Already in 2021, we have welcomed two new businesses to town and several more are coming soon! Our trend continues … In the past three years, we have welcomed 14 new businesses and 4 current businesses expanded! In addition, we have added 40 new single family homes and 14 townhomes. We are so excited to see the continued growth in our community!
New Roads: The summer and fall of 2020 were a challenging time with the reconstruction project on Highway 212 and the new roundabout on Highway 5/CSAH 33. However, now that we are on the other side of construction, hopefully you are enjoying the benefits of our updated highway. Watch for MnDOT returning to add some final touches to striping and turn lanes. But that’s not the end of road construction in our community … Oak Lane will be paved and a portion of Second Avenue will be reconstructed with a new lift station added this summer and fall!
Did you know that after the spring equinox, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun and the amount of daylight each day will continue to increase until the summer solstice in June, in which the longest period of daylight occurs? As a community, I believe we are also leaning in the right direction — leaning in to welcoming new businesses and housing, leaning in to continued improvement in our community (both roads and artwork) and leaning in to our vision: Norwood Young America is more than a place, it’s our home!
Mayor Carol Lagergren