Short Takes

Visit more often and stay awhile


It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra visit Marshall the past two weeks. But both arrived in town with agendas. Both are lobbying the Legislature for more funding for education. Dayton stayed long enough to have a nice chat with second graders in their classroom and he made some statements to the press afterward. Malhotra spent 20 minutes at the Independent office delivering his message for more higher education funding, leaving little time for questions. How about visiting southwest Minnesota more often without any specific agenda. But just to talk to residents and students. At least U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a productive hour-long roundtable discussion at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce office with area residents over child care issues.

Funding process is challenging


Both sides of the education debate that is presently taking place in St. Paul over the state’s budget are making good points. Providing a quality educational system for students requires major investments. Even during good economic times, funding decisions are complicated. There are many needs such as roads and health care. In the case of higher education, legislators are pointing to declining enrollment. Both sides are going to have to make concessions.

Tough to stop a good Marine


Congratulations to Pam Gregor. She was installed as the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Minneota. She is Minneota-Taunton VFW’s first woman post commander since 1960. She served in the Marines for four years in the 1980s. The appointment is a special accomplishment for Gregor because she has been recovering from life-threatening injuries suffered in a car crash in October near Richmond. She said she is going to draw from her experience of overcoming adversity in dealing with her injuries when she visits with other veterans.