Short takes

What happened to the Marshall Plan?


What’s really good news for Luverne and southwest Minnesota in general, turned out to be somewhat disappointing news for Marshall. The tru Shrimp company announced last week that it will be building its first shrimp hatchery in Luverne instead of Marshall, which was originally planned. Tru Shrimp President and CEO Michael Ziebell told the Independent that a breakthrough was made in the process for raising shrimp larvae and transferring them to the harbor facility, where they will grow to desired size. “We thought we had to have a significant physical separation between the hatchery and the harbor,” Ziebell said. Meanwhile, Marshall has been advertised as a regional hub by the city and Chamber of Commerce officials. But now the first significant amount of good jobs in this enterprise are going 60 miles away. Ziebell claims “Marshall is still very much in our plans.” We will see.

Good news for WWG School District


Voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved an operating referendum for Westbrook-Walnut Grove schools. WWG Superintendent Loy Woelber said he was pleased with the 74 percent of the voters were in favor of the referendum. The operating referendum will increase the district’s revenue from $760 per student to $1,750 per student.

More good numbers to report


Another southwest Minnesota school district reported some positive numbers. Hoffman & Brobst representatives presented an audit report that showed Marshall Public School’s general fund balance is topping $5 million. “It’s the highest you’ve been with your fund balance — and your adjusted cash is increasing as well,” the auditor said. It was noted that the growing cash balance was due to timely state funding.

Ivanhoe celebrates economic boost


The city of Ivanhoe last week celebrated a recent economic boost spurred by a Red Pine Project with a blade signing event held at the VFW Club. Mayor Dennis Klingbile proclaimed that the wind turbine project has given Ivanhoe a 75 percent boost in the economy. “Every available rental unit has been rented, and at least eight houses have sold. There has been an increase in elementary student population, too, due to the project,” Klingbile said.