Short Takes

Smith right choice to replace Franken


Gov. Mark Dayton made the logical choice in appointing Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Sen. Al Franken’s seat until a special election is held in November. During the governor’s press conference, Smith said she is fully committed to running for the seat next fall. It is expected that Smith will be facing a bruising battle during the special election campaign.

More improvements ahead for parks


More good news for the city of Marshall. The City Council officially accepted five donations totaling $20,000 in value from a group of local organizations and residents. The donations will be used for improvements at Independent Park and Legion Field Park.

Tracy to lose mayor to judgeship


Congratulations to Tracy Mayor Stephen Ferrazzano who was appointed to the Fifth Judicial District judgeship by Gov. Mark Dayton’s office. Of course, the Fifth District’s gain, but is Tracy’s loss. His last City Council meeting will be Jan. 8. According to City Administrator Shane Daniels, the Council will be asked to appoint mayor pro-tem Pamela Cooreman as mayor. That would mean Cooreman’s seat will become open and the Council will have to determine how to fill it.

Thanks to Heart to Heart volunteers


Many people and children will be able to celebrate Christmas with food and toys thanks to the efforts of many volunteers with Heart to Heart. These volunteers have been working hard inside the National Guard Armory wrapping gifts and getting everything in order for distribution. Thanks to these volunteers it really ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly!