THUMBS DOWN: The rash of coaches leaving Marshall High School is a true sign they're all quality teachers, leaders and coaches desired by other schools, but they will be hard to replace. We're confident the school will fill these now-vacant positions with some quality successors, but we're sad to see them go. Just last weekend, popular baseball coach Steve Fleck announced he was leaving and will be relocating with his family to Waconia. Before Fleck, boys hockey coach Kori Pearson and boys basketball coach Tom Critchley had announced they were leaving Marshall. The school also had to replace its soccer coach this summer. We wish all the former Tiger coaches the best of luck in the future and the school the best of luck in finding their replacements.
THUMBS UP: Many people might not know much about them, or have even heard about them, but a nine-man football team from the area is one game away from playing at Mall of America Field (Metrodome) for the national nine-man title. The Buffalo Ridge Wildcats' 27-24 win over Albert Lea last weekend earned them a spot in this weekend's Southern Plains Football League title game against the South Central Hawgs, with the winner moving on to play for the title against a team from Oregon. Football is normally an afterthought in July, but this team is doing southwest Minnesota proud, and we wish them the best of the luck in Saturday's big game.
Food shelf expansion
THUMBS UP: The Western Community Action office was the place to be Tuesday, as city officials, volunteers and residents gathered for a ceremonial groundbreaking for expansion of the Kitchen Table Food Shelf. Plans call for construction of a receiving area and donations and a walk-in freezer and cooler. Food shelves are an important, yet often overlooked asset in many communities, and we're glad to see Marshall's is thriving - for the sake of local residents and those from around the entire region.