Short takes for Jan. 24

Speakers come to town


A couple of weekends ago, high school dance team members descended on Marshall for the Tiger Dance Team Invitational. This weekend, the speakers take the stage at the annual Schwan Speech Spectacular. Students from 34 schools, including some from Colorado, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, will take part in what has grown into a highly-competitive and well-respected high school speech tournament. Locally, students from Marshall, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Pipestone, Lac qui Parle, Fulda and Adrian will compete among the 800 participants. We wish all the participants the best of luck at the invitational and also want to recognize the speech parents for all the work they do to make this event such a huge success.

CTL coming to MHS


We were glad to see the proposal to start a Clay Target League at Marshall High School receive such strong support from the Marshall School Board, which voted unanimously this week to start a team in Marshall. A number of local groups raised money for the program to help keep costs to participants limited to just the activity fee. Marshall youth will get the chance to compete against more than 160 teams from across the state, and this is a great opportunity for those students who aren’t involved in athletics to compete at the state level and show off a skill set that isn’t typically recognized by the general public.

MNsure mess


We learned this week that the problems surrounding the MNsure web site won’t all be fixed by the time the deadline for all Americans to enroll rolls around (March 31). A review of the website uncovered major flaws that could take up to two years to completely fix. The review also addressed problems with the MNsure toll-free call center and called out its design and need for more staff and found that MNsure had a lack of leadership when the website meltdown occurred. Even though more than 80,000 Minnesotans have been able to enroll, all the problems surrounding MNsure are troubling to say the least.