Short Takes

Important visitors in Marshall

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Southwest Minnesota received some welcomed attention by the Gov. Tim Walz administration this past week. First, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was in Marshall on Monday to participate in a roundtable discussion on chronic homelessness in southwest minnesota. Then on Tuesday, Minnesota Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker paid a visit to Marshall Middle School for a roundtable discussion with area school staff, administrators, parents and school board members. She also toured Marshall Middle School and early childhood classrooms.

Taking on the homelessness issue

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During the roundtable discussion, it was also announced by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Department of Housing and Urban Development that the Southwest Minnesota Continuum of Care has ended chronic homelessness. That is good news that needed resources are reaching the people who need it.

Grace Life has a right to celebrate

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The members of Grace Life Church should be commended for all of their contributions toward the new addition to the East Side campus. The Grace Life congregation gathered to dedicate the building expansion on Sunday, which really was a celebration.

Battling Mother Nature

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Mother Nature was not kind to southwest Minnesota at the end of last week. The effects of two days of blizzard conditions left hundreds of people without power. One business in Slayton reported that it was still waiting for power on Monday. Overall, the crews from Lyon-Lincoln Electric did a great job fixing the broken power poles and restoring power.

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