Short Takes for May 25

45 years of service recognized

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Who among us can say they have worked for a company for 45 years? Not many. It says a lot about an employee — and the company — when someone commits to the long haul. At an awards ceremony May 16, John DeCramer of Marshall, Pat Braun of Cottonwood and Deb Warnke of Marshall were recognized for being employed at BH Electronics for 45 years.

Way to go, BPA, speech team

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Congratulations to the Marshall High School Business Professional of America’s team. The members qualified for the finals, facing tough national competition. Kudos as well to the Marshall High School speech team members who qualified for and attended the National Individual Events Tournament of Champions in Denver, Colo., May 12-13. Nine MHS students qualified and four broke into octafinals, which is one spot away from advancing to quarterfinals.

We must do a better job of keeping young people home

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Southwest Minnesota must do a better job of selling itself to young people. They need to know about the great job opportunities available right in their backyard — even the companies where their parents work might be something to look into. That’s the conclusion Luke Greiner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development told the Yellow Medicine County commissioners this week. According to his survey of 10th-graders at an employment fair, 75 percent would like to live and work in their own communities after graduation. Satisfying and well-paying jobs would go far to keep them here.

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