Short Takes

Big news for Marshall, region


Marshall scored a major economic victory Wednesday when tru Shrimp announced it intends to build a shrimp hatchery in Marshall, which will serve as a hub for a new aquaculture business. Tru Shrimp also plans to renovate a vacant USDA-approved processing facility in Marshall to prepare shrimp for consumption. “The last 60 days have been very exciting, as our plans have come together,” tru Shrimp CEO Michael Ziebell said. And it gets even better for southwest Minnesota. Tru Shrimp also plans to build a more than $50 million shrimp production facility in Luverne and training facility in Balaton.

Disturbing crime events


Some criminal reports this week are disturbing. First, firearms were stolen during a burglary at Borch’s in Marshall. This time, the break-in happened around 3 a.m. Sunday by one person who appeared to be wearing black clothes and a black hoodie. That person, according to police, smashed a glass door in the front of the store to gain entrance. Firearms were also stolen during burglaries of the store in July 2014 and October 2013. On Friday, a covert law enforcement sex sting snared the police chief of Walnut Grove. Redwood County Attorney’s Office reported Police Chief Robert Zeug was arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with individuals they believed to be teenage girls younger than 18.

Doing something about opioids


The bad news: the misuse of opioids has become a national epidemic. Avera Marshall CEO Mary Maertens said there is an increasing tendency toward addicts attempting to get multiple prescriptions from various emergency rooms across the country. The good news: Maertens recently announced the health care system’s project to reduce opioid use in its emergency rooms. “The purpose of this action is to do our part to address addiction and deal with deaths associated with overdoses. There have been an increase in the use of opioids in the U.S. and in opioid-related deaths. Emergency room prescriptions have contributed to this problem,” Maertens said. Avera is looking at alternative pain management measures such as non-addictive anti-inflammatories and using ice and elevation for swelling.