Short Takes

It’s time to get back to work


Gov. Tim Walz made the right decision in transitioning Minnesota from the stringent restrictions of the original stay-at-home order. The governor announced Wednesday that he was letting the stay-at-home order expire on Monday. Most retail stores now closed will be able to open their doors. COVID-19 is not going away any time soon. Walz cautioned Minnesotans against sudden movements. “We believe that the safest place we can be is at home. But we know we can’t continue like this forever,” he said. After the address, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce communications Anne Mason Yoder endorsed Walz’s decision. “Businesses throughout the state are eager to get our economy going again. Those who have not yet opened their physical doors have been taking responsible steps to design safe work environments and inspire consumer confidence,” Yoder said. We agree.

Some consumers will be leery


No matter how many safety procedures retail stores, restaurants, bars and gyms put into place, some consumers are going to be leery about spending too much time in public establishments. We expect it will take many months for some businesses to get back to where they were before the pandemic hit. And that’s if there are no major flareups in the future. According to a survey of gym members conducted by runrepeat.com, 50% of Minnesotans who previously held memberships, will likely not return.

Recognizing seniors


It wasn’t what they envisioned when their senior year started, but the drive-by celebration for Marshall High School seniors held Wednesday was a great opportunity to recognize their graduations. The celebration allowed the seniors to pick up their cap and gown as teachers welcomed them with cheers and ringing cowbells.


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