Short takes for Aug. 16
Stadium in limbo
THUMBS DOWN: What can we take from recent news about Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s business ethics? It’s hard to say right now, but it’s scary knowing his actions could end up risking the future of the Vikings’ new stadium – and the team’s future in Minnesota. Earlier this month, the Wilfs were found to be in violation of New Jersey civil racketeering and fraud laws in an apartment development deal, and while typical fans don’t care much about an owner’s business away from the team, Wilf’s actions are an eye-opener to everyone, including Gov. Mark Dayton, who said his confidence in the team’s owners has been “undermined.” The judge who ruled on the case used words like “bad faith” and “evil” when describing the Wilf family’s business tactics. Those are strong words you surely don’t want associated with the owner of your favorite sports team. And from a political standpoint, if the stadium deal falls through there could be some major repercussions for Dayton and the pro-stadium legislators in 2014. The governor is seeking a second term, and the group of Republicans already signed up to try to unseat him would no doubt use this as ammunition against the incumbent.
Active shooter training
THUMBS UP: We wish our schools didn’t have to deal with it to this extent but are glad to see training drills are being conducted like the one earlier this week at Southwest Minnesota State University. Local law enforcement spent two days taking part in active shooter training at the university to discuss protocol and physically apply that protocol in real-life, simulated situations. Also involved in the training and drill was the emergency response team at SMSU. Campus shootings have become a grim part of our society and to dismiss them because you “never think it could happen here” is a mistake too many communities and schools have made in recent years. The best way to deal with these situations is to prepare as much as you can for them, and these kind of drills go a long way in that preparation.
Enjoy Sounds of Summer
THUMBS UP: Sounds of Summer is officially under way, so there will be plenty of things to do in Marshall for the next few days. We don’t have too many summer weekends left – and the kids don’t have much time left before school starts again – so take advantage of this annual event as much as possible, and if you see one of the organizers running around downtown this weekend, be sure to take a moment to thank them for all their hard work.