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January 27, 2012
Marshall Independent

Kid's World purchase

THUMBS UP: However the tax structure plays out for Kid's World in Tracy, we applaud the Tracy School District for stepping up and purchasing the building. It's a good move, not only for the school district itself, but for the kids. As Tracy Area Elementary Principal Tracey Olson said at Monday's school board meeting, the school has outgrown its space for the preschoolers. Plus, the building is only a few years old; if the school district can put it to good use, more power to it.

2012 session begins

SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Local politicians said all the right things this week leading up to the start of the 2012 legislative session, now it's up to them to follow through. Republicans are eyeing a quick session this year (out by Easter?) but that will only happen if lawmakers work together with the governor, and vice versa. It didn't take long Tuesday for legislators to "party-up" as Republicans this week voted to cut Senate Democrats' budget. We hope this a blip on the bipartisan screen and our elected officials avoid reverting back to the finger-pointing and vitriol that became commonplace last summer. Legislators on Wednesday were invited to a conference at the U of M that dealt with, among other things, practicing bipartisanship and conflict resolution. We hope it sinks in and there's more "reaching across the aisle" this year, but we'll stick with a sideways thumb for now, until we're assured that compromise becomes more than just a word at the Capitol.

Somali conference

THUMBS UP: Minnesota has the most Somali residents in the U.S. and there is a strong presence here at home as well. According to Iftiin Inc., a non-profit group in Marshall that acts as an intermediary between the East African community and the greater community, there are roughly 400 Somalis living in Marshall. That's why we were pleased to see Tuesday's extensive seminar at the Lyon County Courthouse. It's one thing to see Somalis around Marshall and know they've made a home here, but it's good to be educated about their culture as well. Marshall is a great community and part of what makes it great is because of its cultural diversity, which includes our Somali friends.



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