Bemidji's "Stoner Avenue" will not get a name change

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Blood-shot eyes on the prize.
The name "Stoner Avenue" has been given a stay of execution by the Bemidji city council, to the secret delight of every druggie on the block.

The council already approved changing the name to "Franklin Avenue" after city staff pointed out that in ten years, Bemidji shelled out $20,000 to replace stolen street signs. That's a lot of taxpayer money going to pimp out the pads of college dorms and frat houses.

But in a public meeting this week, "Stoner Avenue" got the equivalent of a last-minute call from the governor.

After sending his workers out to Stoner Avenue more times than he likes to remember, city

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This fellow is thrilled with the news. Or, like, whatever.

engineer Craig Gray brought up the issue with city council.

"It's frustrating for the maintenance guys who do it, and of course there's a public safety issue," says Gray. "Ambulance and public safety look for those signs. If they're not there, it results in slower response time."

That buzzkill assessment of the situation convinced the city council, who voted unanimously to change the name to "Franklin Avenue" earlier this summer.

But that did not sit right with the residents: A half-dozen people spoke against the name change at a city council meeting this week, complaining of the giant hassle involved in changing driver's licenses, credit cards and billing addresses.

Dozens of others probably meant to show up and speak, but totally forgot.

In the end, the city caved and decided to give Stoner Avenue another shot. And they've got a new trick up their sleeve -- higher poles. The hope, we suspect, is that thieves will be too lazy to climb the pole, or forget what they were doing once they're about five feet off the ground.

Gray will spend the next week or so putting all the Stoner Avenue signs on 10-foot poles. He doesn't mind the solution, though he knows pot heads can be surprisingly persistent. He says sometimes the thieves simply use a hacksaw to bring the poles down.

Previous coverage:
Bemidji to change "Stoner Avenue" to something less awesome



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5 comments
Guest
Guest

what is with the condescending tone towards marijuana users? not ALL of them are "retards" like the author claims, there is a difference between stoners and hippies - bash hippies all you want, but a good number of average marijuana users are actually smart

damdave
damdave

All you would have to do is tackweld the nuts and bolts holding the sign and use a post made of hardened steel so it couldn't be cut down easily

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Perhaps this street was named after Eugene Stoner the creator of the modern day U.S. military rifle. 

From above- city​ engineer Craig Gray brought up the issue with city council.

"It's frustrating for the maintenance guys who do it, and of course there's a public safety issue."

Are you really that dumb or are these sign thieves really that crafty?There are special nuts and bolts which require a special wrench to put together and disassemble.  $30-50 in special nuts and bolts, plus the tool, could have saved thousands in replacement costs.Talk about inept government officials!But hey, it's not their money, and it's kinda like job security.

And to think this City engineer required 4+ years of school and years of service to "earn" that position.    Ahh Government; the safe haven employer for the dumb....

JM
JM

 I wonder how much money the town of Nimrod, MN spends on stolen signs every year.

jww
jww

Employer of the dumb indeed.  How long did you work for the City of St. Paul, Kirk?

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