Short Takes

Shooting for success

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Congratulations to all the youth who took part in the recent Minnesota State High School Clay Target League Championship on June 9. The Marshall High School Clay Target League (MHS CTL) team had 12 shooters at the tournament. This tournament is more than just who wins medals and championships, it’s about opening a door for youngsters who wouldn’t otherwise be able to compete at state and feel what it’s like to be involved in a high-caliber competition against their peers. Nearly 800 competitors from around the state took part at the state shoot, and we’re proud that a bunch of area kids got to take part as well. Hats off to area coaches, sponsors and all the volunteers for providing these kids the chance to step up on the big stage.

State golf

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A big shout-out to the Dawson-Boyd boys golf team for winning the Class A title this week. Yet another feather in the school’s cap. Also, congratulations to the Marshall boys golf team for its runner-up finish in the Class AA tournament. Future Tigers will miss the tutelage of coach Allen Lucht, who has decided to retire. Under Lucht, this program has blossomed into a perennial Class AA powerhouse, and the girls team has made plenty of noise as well with two more state qualifiers this year. Well done, Blackjacks, Tigers and all the other individual golfers who took part in this week’s tournament.

Overpass moving ahead, but more needs to be done on 23

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Since there is virtually no way the speed limit will be dropped on Minnesota Highway 23 in and near Marshall (something we would like to see happen) we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the overpass makes a difference safety-wise and doesn’t come back to haunt the city. We’d like to think this project – which was OKd by the city council this week – will make some difference when it comes to improving safety at the highway’s intersection with Saratoga Street, but as a Lynd resident who was at Tuesday’s council meeting said, safety precautions shouldn’t end with the overpass. If Marshall continues to grow, and more and more vehicles are using that stretch of highway (these are good things), the city and state need to keep pace with additional safety measures. The overpass should be just the start of a safety renaissance on 23, and each crash that has happened along the highway should be all the motivation the city needs to forge ahead with more changes in the future.

Head to a state park Saturday

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We’ll have to wait and see if the weather holds up, but if it does, here’s an idea for something to do Saturday: Go to a state park – call it an early Father’s Day treat for your dad. It won’t cost you a thing to get in. The Department of Natural Resources is waiving the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 one-day or $25 year-round) and will provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas Saturday in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. A fly-fishing workshop will take place at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Camden State Park, which is 10 miles south of Marshall on Minnesota Highway 23.