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Preparing for the worst in Minneapolis

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The President Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis was a no-win situation for Minneapolis officials. Trump and the Republican party have every right to hold the rally at the Target Center. But with thousands of supporters and protesters spilling into Minneapolis Thursday, city officials and law enforcement had to prepare for the worst. While Mayor Jacob Frey could have been more diplomatic over Trump’s planned arrival, his concerns on the president’s campaign covering expenses are valid.

Farmers looking for some good news

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The White House announced on Thursday that President Donald Trump will be meeting with the leader of the Chinese trade negotiating team today at the White House. Hopefully this meeting will spark some kind of momentum toward ending the tariff war. Farmers, facing winter weather-type conditions this weekend just before harvesting, need some good news.

Boosting K-12 education

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The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for its new K-12 campus in Tyler. Soon Marshall Public Schools will be holding the same kind of ceremony for its planned new elementary school. All positive news for education in southwest Minnesota.

More housing makes city attractive

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Tuesday’s ribbon cutting for the 36-unit apartment complex on Legion Field Road provides much needed housing options in Marshall. Such economic development advances will position Marshall to draw potential large employers into the area. Housing for employees is a big factor for manufacturers or other big companies looking to invest into a community.

Tracy offers good opportunity

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The Tracy Area Headlight Herald reported Wednesday that the Tracy City Council’s pick for the city administrator position rejected the offer. Apparently he accepted another offer. That’s too bad. Tracy has a lot of potential for economic growth and is a good opportunity for some one looking to advance into a city administration position. Perhaps the Council will take a closer look at one of the other finalists — Jeff Carpenter. He knows the city well as its Economic Development Authority director.

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