Short Takes

Exercise your right to vote in Tracy


A recall election is being held in Tracy Tuesday. The ballot will ask voters, “Shall Council member Tony Peterson be recalled?” The certified recall petition alleges that Peterson overstepped his authority and bullied city employees. Peterson has gone on record denying those claims. According to Interim Administrator Shane Daniels, a simple majority of either “yes” or “no” votes will decide Peterson’s fate on the ballot. If the “yes” votes prevail, Daniels said a special election will be held. The Independent will not take sides on this issue. We will let the voters of Tracy decide if Peterson’s alleged behavior is worth removing him from office. But we do urge Tracy voters to exercise their right to submit a ballot.

Democracy in action during caucuses


It was good to see democracy in action Tuesday evening during the Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor caucuses in Marshall. While Democrats were pleased with the turnout, some Republicans said they were disappointed in the numbers on a cold, snowy night. However, both caucuses displayed lively, but civil discussions.

Patiently waiting for retail options


Lyon County Economic Development Authority officials attempted to downgrade rumors involving the old Kmart building during a county commission meeting Tuesday. The building has been vacant since it closed in 2014 and was purchased almost year ago by The Furniture Mart USA of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It announced plans to develop the building into retail spaces that include Ashley Furniture HomeStore. “They’re still very much 100 percent committed to Marshall,” EDA representative Tara Onken said. The new owners have resurfaced the parking lot and are looking for tenants. Marshall residents however, are hungry for more retail options and would like to see things happen sooner.

Good news for health care


Affiliated Community Medical Centers officially became part of a new health system called Carris Health. Dr. Steven Meister was quoted as saying that the changes for patients will “be fairly seamless” and shouldn’t expect “any disruptions.” Which is good news because southwest Minnesota residents deserve options and quality when it comes to health care.