You’ve probably seen the people at the bottom of highway off-ramps, holding signs asking for help. Maybe they’re legit; maybe they’re not.

Alex Bogusky, an advertising man, tried to ignore them as much as he could. Then he started buying the signs, researched the advertising impact of them, and made better ones. Or so he thought.

Related: How street signs turn drivers into donors) (Minnesota Public Radio News).

Next week, Monday specifically, those of us who want just one more game of catch with our fathers will pause to mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the film, Field of Dreams.

The movie about a farmer who plowed under his Iowa corn field to build a baseball diamond, opened in only 22 theaters on April 21, 1989.

It soon reached the top 10 and people were driving to Dyersville to stand on the diamond.

But this is reality and the two families who owned pieces of the land on which the movie set was built feuded with each other for years. One family wanted to make it more of an entertainment venue. The other wanted to keep its rural charm.

A plan to turn the area into a haven for youth baseball — 24 baseball and softball fields — has continued to thrust the dispute into the open, The Atlantic reports.

What the supporters of All-Star Ballpark Heaven thought would be a natural sell has, to their confusion and frustration, turned out to be anything but. In early community meetings, a contingent of local landowners raised loud concerns. They worried that the development would dramatically increase traffic on area roads, making it dangerous for children to play outside; that the light generated at the two dozen fields would be a nuisance for nearby homeowners; that runoff from the site would cause Hewitt Creek to overflow, flooding neighbors’ land. They had aesthetic worries, too. “If you change the site physically,” says Matt Mescher, the neighbor who once watered the outfield to keep the sod alive, “without that blue sky and cornfield backdrop, you’re going to be cutting your foot off.” At a lengthy and clamorous February 2012 city-council meeting, Rita and Al Ameskamp’s son Wayne made an impassioned plea for the town to halt the project. “Don’t let them build these baseball diamonds out in the country and take our farm ground out of production and ruin our piece of heaven,” he said. Lawsuits and social-media campaigns ensued. Without irony, a columnist for The Des Moines Register expressed concern that the development would facilitate the area’s “Disneyfication.”
Then came an election, this past November, in which proponents of the development were roundly defeated. All three of the city-council members up for reelection were thrown out of office—as was Mayor Heavens, a five-time incumbent who had served in the position since 2003. The Field of Dreams expansion, Heavens says, was “the issue of the election.” His successor, Alvin Haas, the co-owner of a local construction and environmental-consulting firm, won’t go quite that far, but he doesn’t discount its significance. In a town uniquely defined by its ersatz baseball park, how could he? “We didn’t campaign on it,” he says, “but you know, in the back of their heads, people were thinking about it.”

Some in the town are worried, in other words, that they won’t come. That they won’t come to sit in the bleachers, and sit in the shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon, and they won’t watch the game and feel as if they’ve dipped themselves in magic waters.

By sheer coincidence, GoPro released this video today which serves to remind us: Any field can be the field of dreams.

The life of a marathoner is not one for mere mortals to judge but Tom Weber’s interview on Daily Circuit this morning provided a keen insight into what makes people run 26 miles, only to collapse at the end. Ellen Hunter-Gans of Edina wasn’t far from the finish line in Boston last year when the bombs went off. So she’s going back.

  1. Listen Daily Circuit: Marathoner Ellen Hunter-Gans

    April 18, 2014

This morning, several marathoners left the Twin Cities on flights to Boston. The local airline showed again why there’s a special place in our hearts for marathoners.

But lost in the emotional run-up to Monday’s race in Boston was last weekend’s race in London, specifically Tony Morrison who finished the London Marathon (like Boston, one of the elite world marathons) in a little over six hours.

That’s a long time to run 26 miles, but you have to give him a little bit of a break. He ran with a refrigerator strapped on his back. And when he finished, he took a bus back to the starting line and ran it again. He wanted to repeat the run two more times, but he had to give up after sun stroke took its toll.

After the races, he said he’s giving up the fridge because he doesn’t want to take attention away from other fundraising efforts.

“I want to honor and pay tribute to my fellow fundraisers by not continuing to step so much out of the crowd,” he said.

Props to “Tony the Fridge” and a big round of jeers to the BBC for this ridiculous headline…