Short Takes

New start for city administrator position


With Sharon Hanson’s appointment, hopefully stability will return the city administrator position at Marshall City Hall. The present Pipestone County administrator accepted the job offer from the city and will start Nov. 16. Her appointment is the second time in as many years for the city of Marshall. In June, the city council approved a separation agreement with city administrator Nicholas Johnson. In 2016, the city accepted the resignation of city administrator Ben Martig, who took a position as the city administrator of Northfield.

Mr. Boerboom goes to Washington


It’s good to see our area farmers taking the time out from their busy schedules to visit with Congressional representatives over needed visa reform. Lyon County hog producer Greg Boerboom was in Washington, D.C., Sept. 12-14 for the National Legislative Action Conference for Pork Producers. “We were lobbying to get meaningful visa reform legislation in place to make it easier for farm employment and potential farm employees to navigate the visa system process,” Boerboom told the Independent. Lawmakers need to hear from farmers first-hand on what it takes to operate a agriculture business successfully.

What’s causing failed wastewater tests?


The Marshall City Council found out Tuesday that city wastewater treatment facility has failed past toxicity tests and is currently in a toxicity reduction evaluation with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Why is this happening? Facility manager Bob VanMoer explained that it’s possible a salty discharge is the reason or it could be other pollutants. The city council correctly approved a testing proposal because figuring out what’s causing the toxicity will be crucial in order for Marshall to get back in compliance with its wastewater permit.