Short Takes

Highway 14 work worth the trouble


Many roads and highways need attention in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and project contractors held a informational open house for the resurfacing of Highway 14 that starts this spring. The project targets Highway 14 between East Fourth Street in Tracy and Redwood County Road 7 in Revere. Of course road construction means detours, but the inconvenience will be well worth it at the end.

Walz faces uphill battle with GOP


One thing you can say about Gov. Tim Walz, he’s a good communicator. He offers his past teaching skills to his new job as top state administrator. During Wednesday’s State of the State address, Walz shared stories of fellow Minnesota residents to put faces on policy debates. Getting his way on some of those policies proposals face an uphill battle with Republicans in the Senate. One example of a policy change facing that hill is raising the gas tax to raise money to fix highways and bridges.

Keeping an eye on the water levels


Officials in Lyon, Murray, Lincoln and Yellow Medicine counties have been doing a good job keeping an eye on the potential for flooding this spring. While damage so far as been minimal, we’re not out of danger yet.

Council members looking for feedback


Marshall City Council members held three town halls this past month. Neither of them drew big audiences. That’s too bad. On a positive note, of those who did take the time to attend the town halls, many of them asked good questions.