Short takes

Incentives needed to open day cares


More needs to be done to encourage the opening of more child day care facilities in southwest Minnesota. An Independent article reported on a very important issue to families in the area. There just isn’t enough affordable child day care facilities. Compounding the problem is the trend of in-home providers leaving the business. There are a number of factors that’s creating the situation of lack of day cares. New day cares opening their doors now face many hurdles such as increasing state regulations. And inconsistencies among county governments was also cited. There are time and financial hurdles as well.

Smith goes to Washington


A new era begins at the U.S. Senate for Minnesota as Tina Smith took the oath Tuesday in Washington, D.C. How long that era will last nobody knows for sure. The seat she holds is up for election in November. She will face many challenges in a Senate chamber that split 51-49 in favor of the Republicans. But there are many important issues such as immigration and improving infrastructure that are on the line. Hopefully, Smith can break through some of the partisanship and help push through some needed sanity in Washington.

First responders are heroes


Thanks to the quick actions by several people, college basketball referee Jeff Schroder was is in stable condition at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota according to family members reached on Thursday. Schroder suffered a cardiac arrest during a men’s game at Southwest Minnesota State University on Sunday. Training staff from SMSU and Wayne State quickly responded and Schroder was eventually rushed out by ambulance. A good example of the amazing work first responders do in our community.