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Another successful car show

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The Shades of the Past Car Club held another successful car show Saturday in Marshall. Club President Mark Mather said almost 400 vehicles were on display during the 31st annual show. Not only did car owners travel to the Runnings location in Marshall from all over Minnesota, but they also came from such states as Kansas, Iowa and South Dakota. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., car enthusiasts and those just looking for something fun to do on a gorgeous summer day showed up to roam up and down the rows of vehicles. And the music provided by the Starfire band was pretty good too.

Mix review from legislators

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Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls and Rep. Chris Swedzinski held a town hall meeting in Marshall Tuesday to report on the 2017 Minnesota legislative session and to take questions from constituents. Both declared that the session was productive and praised Gov. Mark Dayton’s staff who worked with legislators much more actively this year than in past sessions. The result was a lot more compromises. Dahms and Swedzinski cited several accomplishments such as the $300 million in funding for the Corridors of Commerce program. It will improve regional transportation corridors like Highway 23 in southwest Minnesota. They also cited increases to county program aid and a 40 percent agriculture tax credit on school capital improvement levies. However, the session had a sour ending after Dayton’s action to eliminate funding for the operation of the Legislature to lure Republicans back to the negotiation table. One audience member asked about a bill provision that would withhold funding for the Department of Revenue unless the governor signed a tax cut package. Dayton called the measure a “poison pill” put in at the last minute. Dahms said the provision wasn’t the sneak attack Dayton characterized it as. So Dayton’s veto on funding for the legislature is prompting legal action. “It’s our belief that one branch of government cannot do away with another branch,” Dahms said.

A boost for affordable housing

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On Wednesday, United Community Action Partnership joined officials from other organizations, companies and the city of Marshall to break ground for the first of five new single-family homes planned in Marshall’s Parkway II addition. The development is intended to address needs for affordable family housing in Marshall. “Hopefully, this will be the start of something bigger,” Cal Brink said. He is the Economic Development Authority director. UCAP Housing Director Jeff Gladis said the project has been more than a year in the making with an investment of $1.1 million. UCAP received funding from the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to help build the homes. UCAP also received help from the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and area businesses. “As an employer, we see the need” for more available housing in the Marshall area, Scott Rowe of Turkey Valley Farms said.

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