Short Takes

Wind energy giving area a big boost


The wind industry continues to take off in southwest Minnesota. The Murray County Board received a report Tuesday on the Plum Creek Wind Farm that is being developed. The report suggests that the project will inject millions of dollars into the region during the next 20 years. That is good news for economic growth in the region. Wind energy also comes with permanent jobs.

Can’t ignore the assessment issue


Give Marshall City Councilman James Lozinski credit for being concerned with the assessment process for street construction. Lozinski was the lone vote against approving the street and utility reconstruction on parts of both Marguerite Avenue and South Bend Avenue. The $784,500 project is expected to begin in the spring. Lozinski said he couldn’t personally support the projects. He’s not necessarily opposed to the construction, but feels the city needed to address the assessment process. Homeowners and landowners in the construction probably can appreciate his concern.

Drama builds inside the Capitol


The start of the 2018 Legislative session is on a roller coaster ride. On Tuesday, Republican lawmakers criticized the Gov. Mark Dayton administration for the botched rollout of the state’s vehicle license and registration system. MNLARS officials are asking for another $43 million on top of the $93 million already spent to fix the system. Then on Wednesday, it was announced that the state has a $329 million surplus, which is good news. Then on Thursday, a Democratic move to force a hearing on two bills aimed at gun violence ended in defeat, with Republicans who control a House committee tabling the bills despite a heavy turnout from supporters. Makes you wonder how the rest of the session will go.