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Short takes for May 20

May 20, 2011
Marshall Independent

Bracing for a special session

THUMBS DOWN: State legislators in Minnesota have bitten off more than they can chew this session and it looks like the result will be another special session, which puts the state one step closer to a government shutdown this summer. While policymakers have fiddled with policy issues and potential Constitutional amendments for the last couple of months, the state's budget - public enemy No. 1 for the governor and members of the House and Senate - is still on the loose. Nothing against Constitutional amendments and putting state issues in the hands of the voters, but surely many, if not all the proposed ones could've waited until 2012. We're not saying our elected officials have been sitting on their hands and doing nothing, we're saying this freshmen-laden Legislature might have been a bit naive to think they could handle so many issues while nursing the state's biggest headache. They weren't doomed from the start; this is pain they've inflicted on themselves during a three-month stretch.

Marshall golfers setting the bar

THUMBS UP: Don't look now, but the best boys golf team in the state of Minnesota is right here in Marshall. The Tiger boys golf team has the lowest 18-hole average of any team in the state at 303.9, the Minnesota Golf Coaches Association said. That's more than two strokes better than second-ranked Hermantown. And, of course, they're deep, too. On Tuesday, the Tigers' No. 4 golfer shot a medalist-earning 74 in a 36-stroke victory over New Ulm. Golf is a specialized sport that doesn't get much attention outside its circle, but the Tigers are well on their way to earning some statewide course cred in 2011.

Remembering the 'Killer'

THUMBS UP: Instead of mourning our great loss, we want to take this moment to remember the good things about Harmon Killebrew. This generation of sports fans probably can't appreciate the kind of player and person Killebrew was, but they should know he was more than a slugger who hit 573 home runs in an era where pitching reigned supreme. The powerful home run hitter has often been referred to as a gentleman, both on and off the field. Today's ball players, while faster, stronger and more sculpted than their predecessors, can't hold a candle to Killebrew when it comes to being a good person - not just a good player.



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