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Snowball fights now legal in Colorado town after boy’s quest

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, photograph, 9-year-old Dane Best poses in the council chambers in Severance, Colo. Dane is trying to get rid of his town's ban on snowballs and officials are wondering what took so long. (Sara Knuth/Greeley Tribune via AP) Sara Knuth

  • Range View Elementary School third grader Dane Best throws the first legal snowball in the parking lot of the Town Hall after presenting his argument to the town board trustees to change a law in Severance that bans snowball fights on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Town Hall in Severance, Colo. The board earlier voted unanimously to approve the law change. (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP) Timothy Hurst

  • Range View Elementary School third grader Dane Best sits on the lap of his mother, Brooke Best, during a town board meeting where he presented his argument to change a law in Severance that bans snowball fights on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Town Hall in Severance, Colo. The 9-year-old boy later convinced the leaders of the small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP) Timothy Hurst

  • Range View Elementary School third grader Dane Best presents his argument to town board trustees to change a law in Severance that bans snowball fights on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at the Town Hall in Severance, Colo. The 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of the small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights. (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP) Timothy Hurst



Tuesday, December 04, 2018

A 9-year-old boy has convinced the leaders of a small northern Colorado town to overturn a nearly century-old ban on snowball fights, and he already knows who his first target will be – his little brother.

Dane Best, who lives in the often snow-swept town of Severance, presented his arguments at a town board meeting Monday night, and members voted unanimously to lift the ban.

“I think it’s an outdated law,” Dane said in the lead-up to the meeting. “I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.”

Dane’s mother, Brooke Best, told The Greeley Tribune her son had been talking about snowballs since he found out about a month and a half ago that it was illegal to throw them within town limits. The last time it snowed, Dane said he and his friends looked around for police and joked about breaking the law.

Kyle Rietkerk, assistant to the Severance town administrator, said the rule was part of a larger ordinance that made it illegal to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles. Snowballs fell under the town’s definition of “missiles.”

“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Rietkerk said before the meeting. “So, what ends up happening is (town leaders) always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power you can change the law.’ No one has.”

Then Dane took up the cause, writing letters with his classmates in support of overturning the ban.

And after Monday night’s success, his 4-year-old brother Dax had better watch out. When board members asked Dane during a meeting in November who he wants to hit, he pointed directly at his little brother.

Dane and his family have researched other Severance ordinances, including one that defines pets only as cats and dogs.

Dane has a guinea pig, which is illegal in Severance, too.