Short takes for June 1

On to state

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Minneota girls, and the Dawson-Boyd, Marshall and Murray County Central boys golf teams for earning a place in their respective state tournaments. Kudos also to the individual golfers who made it to state this year.

Let the celebrating begin

THUMBS UP: The summer of celebration in southwest Minnesota kicked off Thursday with Clarkfield’s Heart of the Prairie Days, and Marshall’s annual Shades of the Past event kicks off at 7 p.m. today with the popular cruise around town. If you’re still suffering from cabin fever after a long, long winter, here’s your first of many chances to cure yourself. This will be a big summer in southwest Minnesota, as a number of cities are celebrating 125th anniversaries. The myriad summer festivals in the area are proof that you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles and spend all your money on gas to have a good time.

What’s next for Bachmann?

SIDEWAYS THUMBS: We’ll stay neutral on this one, but will be interested to see what Michele Bachmann’s plans are for the future. The Republican U.S. representative from Minnesota’s 6th District announced Wednesday that she won’t run for a fifth term in Congress. Don’t be embarrassed if you missed the announcement – for some reason unbeknownst to us, the high-profile, lightning-rod-of-controversy Tea Partyer made it at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Now the only question – besides the obvious one of who will run for the GOP nomination in the 6th District in 2014 – is what Bachmann will do now with all her clouds hovering overhead. Another presidential run perhaps? Or, how does Governor Bachmann sound? Is there a Senate seat with her name on it? With Bachmann, it’s anyone’s guess as to what she will do next, but it sure will be fun to keep close tabs on.

Unionization heads to courtroom

THUMBS UP: Another interesting thing to keep an eye on in Minnesota is the in-home and child-care unionization issue, which went to court Wednesday, kicking off a legal battle over unions, just days after opponents of unionization lost their political battle. Anti-union providers want to block a potential union election that was given the Legislature’s and Gov. Dayton’s stamp of approval in the waning days of the 2013 session. Here’s hoping they succeed in their quest to right this wrong.

Tracy council wants more candidates for administrator post

THUMBS UP: A strange situation cropped up in the city of Tracy recently when only one candidate for the city’s administrator position showed up for an interview last week. The number of candidates who apply is obviously out of the city council’s control, but we commend the council for holding out for more candidates to interview. Surely the one candidate who did show – Mark Baker of Holstein, Iowa – should be considered a worthy candidate – but it’s clear the council agreed that interviewing more than just one candidate is the best way to go. In that regard, the council will continue to advertise and take applications through the end of the month.