Taking care of hydrants

James E. Harris, Minot

I can’t help sympathize with the local “Old Timer” keeping his local fire hydrant free of snow for years, only to find the city plow covering it up.

I have done the same for 40 years. I just came in from 15 below to snow blow out the corner hydrant from drifting.

Whatever the city laws dictate about hydrant/sidewalk snow removal, only half the residents are doing it.

May I suggest our local fire departments give their fancy exercise rooms/equipment a break, grab some grain shovels and go out and shovel out hydrants for exercise.

Just a phone call from a fire and the hydrant you just shoveled out may be the one you may need to use. Great exercise and community exposure.