Short Takes

MPS needs input on referendum


The Marshall Public Schools District launched an online survey Thursday to obtain community feedback on a likely school bond referendum this spring. Superintendent Scott Monson said most of the questions deal with the overall performance of schools, but there are some questions on the referendum. The school board has authorized district staff and consultants to prepare documents that must be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Education for a May referendum. On Feb. 19, the school board approved those document. So that means the district is serious about placing a school bond referendum on an election ballot. Marshall residents — especially voters should participate in this survey. Don’t wait to just weeks before the election to express displeasure. Be part of the process, not part of the problem. The online survey is available on MarshallPublicSchoolsResidentialSurvey

Behavior unbecoming of commissioner


Trouble seems to follow Lincoln County Commissioner Richard Hamer. Last August, Hamer pleaded guilty in Lincoln County District Court to disrupting a funeral procession in Hendricks in March 2018. The judge sentenced him to stayed jail sentence and a year of probation. On Wednesday, Hamer was arrested when law enforcement seized guns and drugs from a Hendricks address. Hamer is entitled to his due process in the courts. But if found guilty, Hamer should resign from his commission seat.

Proceed with caution with state budget THUMBS SIDEWAYS:

The Minnesota budget surplus has shrunk to just over $1 billion. That leaves lawmakers with $500 million less to work with in working on the sate’s next two-year budget. State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, is right to urge lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to “proceed with caution in setting a new spending total.” He says lawmakers should make sure we’ve got a “little buffer room.”