Legendary? Says who?
By Stu Merry
Would Bully Pulpit Golf Course in Medora still set attendance records if the road to the nationally-acclaimed course wasn't paved?
Are the three state parks on Lake Sakakawea breaking attendance records because of paved roads leading to beefed up accommodations?
Then, why wouldn't paving roads to recreational sites statewide be a higher priority for North Dakota officials?
That's what the Friends of Lake Sakakawea and its chairman, Terry Fleck, want to know.
In his budget, Governor Jack Dalrymple designated $5 million for the Department of Transportation's Special Roads Fund with emphasis on roads to recreation sites statewide. Friends members say while $5 million is a step in the right direction, it still isn't enough because of massive infrastructure needs and road construction costs. The Friends originally pushed for $20 million, although that number was considered by the group to be just a fraction to meet the vast needs.
But, like that trophy walleye that was just netted, that $5 million went on the chopping block in the House where members filleted the amount down to $1 million.