Short Takes

Taking care of downtown eyesore


Progress is finally being made when it comes to the Marshall Hotel building. The building next to City Hall has been an eyesore on Main Street in the downtown area. Members of the Marshall City Council last week approved a $72,000 bid for the cleanup of the building. The building has been vacant for many years and in 2009, the fire marshal found the building to be a fire hazard and unsafe for firefighters to enter. The city is currently talking with a private developer on the possibility to develop the property.

Walz on track with carbon-free goal


Let’s hope by 2050 Minnesotans and Americans won’t have to depend on energy sources that produce carbon emissions. Advancements in technology is moving with lightning speed. Gov. Tim Walz’s goal for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 shouldn’t be that hard to achieve.

Community will benefit from UW


It’s unfortunate that the United Way of Southwest Minnesota fell just short of its fundraising goal of $625,000. But it still managed to raise $615,301, which is a lot of money and a lot of good will be achieved in the community with that amount. According to United Way, more than 2,750 individuals, families, service organizations, clubs, schools, foundations and businesses contributed to the campaign.

Monson staying in Marshall


Good news from the Marshall Public School District. Superintendent Scott Monson has taken his name out of the running for the superintendent position in Harrisburg, South Dakota. He was one of three finalists for the job. Monson has been superintendent in Marshall since 2014 and has done a good job.The district will need his experience as it approaches another attempt in passing a bond referendum this spring.