Congratulations to the new Casey's gas station, on the west side of Cannon Falls, for an effective, efficient and considerate job on their exterior lighting. Sometimes businesses have little regard for the neighborhood, resulting in unnecessary light pollution. It always amazes me when the choice is made to broadcast light outward from a business instead of focusing it where it is needed to illuminate a task or their products. Certainly, there are already examples of that in our area, taking the night sky away from our small town and adversely affecting traffic safety. We have intersections where the lights of oncoming vehicles are secondary to the glare from neighboring businesses. I suspect there are accident victims that can attest to that.
Recent development in a neighboring town upset a lot of locals with unnecessary light pollution. Rumor has it that one of the culprits will be locating near the new interchange south of Cannon Falls. So, I'm hoping that the governing powers that be, and developers, follow the example of Casey's. I'd like my hometown area to be a place where the stars shine at night. That is one of the good things that can set rural communities apart from big cities.