Short takes for May 24

Success on the links

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Marshall boys and girls golf teams, which swept their way to sub-section titles Wednesday. The boys won by 22 strokes over Worthington, while the girls, second at sub-sections at year ago, took the title by a whopping 32 strokes. Marshall High School’s golf program has made huge strides in the last half decade and continue to build on an already-solid foundation.

Heartbreak in Oklahoma; are you prepared?

THUMBS DOWN: Our hearts go out to the residents of the city of Moore, Okla., who have a long road of healing and recovery ahead of them. Two dozen people – including nine children – were killed in the storm that created as much as $2 billion in damage. Of course, Minnesotans know a thing or two about tornadoes, and now is as good a time as any to sit down with your family to discuss what to do and where to go in your home when and if the sirens sound in your city. We hope it doesn’t happen here, but violent storms seem to be more prevalent today than in past years. It never hurts to be prepared.

Wheelchair drive

THUMBS UP: In case you missed it in Monday’s paper, Marshall’s Rotary clubs got together recently for an important mission that will help many disabled people. The clubs joined forces with clubs in Canby and Minneota for a wheelchair drive, and you can still donate to the cause by bringing your old wheelchairs to The Bike Shop in downtown Marshall. Your chair will be brought to Sioux Falls, S.D., to be refurbished or rebuilt if needed.

Check out the museum

THUMBS UP: We encourage Marshall and Lyon County residents to stop in and check out the Lyon County Historical Museum’s new digs in the old library building. The museum had its grand opening last Thursday and attendees got their first look at one of the more interesting exhibits – a high-tech computer station with a touch screen that profiles Lyon County veterans. We congratulate the museum staff and all the volunteers who worked hard during a time of major transition.

You call that a bonding bill?

THUMBS DOWN: Are we disappointed the petite bonding bill that was squeezed out by legislators didn’t include any funding for the regional amateur sports complex or MERIT Center? Yes. Are we surprised? Not at all. But are we hopeful for the future? Definitely. Supporters of the two projects may have walked away from another session empty handed, and could very well have to alter some of its immediate plans until funding is secured, but at the least they have created momentum for 2014, which, unlike this year, is a bonding year. While we know there is no guarantee the city’s efforts will finally pay off and Marshall’s projects next year will receive the millions of bonding dollars it has been going after year after year, Marshall is poised for good things in 2014 from the Legislature. It’s up to our local lawmakers to work this off-season to help build on the momentum they’ve helped create. Gaining bonding dollars is not a three-strikes-and-you’re-out proposition; the city will keep fouling off pitches until it eventually connects, and when it does, it will be rewarded.