Short Takes

Lots of trade war buzz at Farmfest


Donald Trump’s trade war with China and the upcoming primary election gave everybody attending this year’s IDEAg Farmfest a lot more to talk about then just the newest equipment available to put out in the fields. There was a lot of buzz on what does the future hold for those in the agriculture industry. One thing is for sure, the economics of the trade war is trickling down to those living in rural America.

Anything to reduce crashes is good


More road construction for the Marshall area. Representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation outlined the construction plan for a reduced-conflict intersection at Highway 23 and Lyon Street during Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Council members rightly criticized MnDOT on how businesses and residents were notified about the construction. Construction will begin Monday. “I would expect the onus would be on the state to reach out to the business owners,” Council member Steven Meister said. To their credit, MNDOT officials did hold an information meeting that same night at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. The construction of the J-turns on Highway 23 is good news. A reduced-conflict intersection is designed to cut down on right-angle crashes caused by vehicles crossing lanes of oncoming traffic. Instead, vehicles use a system of turn lanes and U-turn lanes to get across the intersection or make a left turn. Anything that will make our highways safer is worth the inconvenience of construction detours.

College football returns


Excitement is in the air as Southwest Minnesota State University officially begins its 51st football season of college football today. The team reports today with equipment check-in and various team meetings before beginning conditioning Saturday. Go Mustangs!

Thanks for your service


Good luck to Marshall Public Safety Director and Police Chief Rob Yant. His retirement plans were announced Tuesday. He is retiring in November after 43 years of public service.