Short Takes

More students challenging for MPS


Looks like Marshall Public Schools face more challenges. Superintendent Scott Monson reported Tuesday that the district is likely looking at another significant increase in student enrollment. He said the situation is still fluid, but the district may see a 5 percent increase in student enrollment from the 2016-17 school year. Voters rejected a bond referendum last spring to expand facilities. So the district will continue to deal with staffing and space. “All of our buildings, I believe, are going to have more students this year in September — some of them could have 30 more students than last year,” Monson said.

Major milestone for Bisbee Plumbing


Another Marshall business is celebrating a major anniversary. Bisbee Plumbing and Heating has been in business for 50 years. Scott Williams and CJ Mortier purchased Bisbee Plumbing and Heating in 1967 and hit as been a major player in the construction industry in Southwest Minnesota ever since. Like many businesses in the area, Bisbee Plumbing “is all about family.” Williams describes the family members and employees as part of a team. “It’s the Bisbee team,” he told the Independent. It’s like the quarterback can’t play the game by himself, and the lineman can’t win the game without a quarterback.” That’s a successful playbook.

Once again Box Car Days a hit


Tracy celebrated its 90th Box Car Days celebration last weekend. “A lot of creativity” entertained the crowd. As in the past, the kiddie parade was one of the most popular events. There were lots of smiles and giggles to watch children parade by dressed up in storybook characters or in Oompa Loompa costumes representing the “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” On Monday, there were 110 entries in the Grand Parade. “Everyone said that this was the best parade in years,” Tracy Chamber Director Kim Roggatz told the Tracy Headlight Herald. Residents of Tracy can be proud of their special Box Car Days.