Short Takes for Aug. 29

Fall sports season is here

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The 2014 high school football season in Minnesota got under way last week, but area teams had to wait until this week to hit the field. A number of local teams opened their seasons on Thursday and more will take the field for the first time tonight, signalling the beginning of what might be the most anticipated high school sport in the country. We wish all the area teams the best of luck this year. And, lest we forget, we have some pretty decent volleyball teams around these parts, too, and we wish all the volleyball coaches and players, as well as the cross country participants all the best in 2014 as well.

Good for the city of Marshall

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Marshall leaders can pat themselves on the back this week after the city was recognized by Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts by being named a Legacy Destination City. The distinction basically says that the city of Marshall effectively uses Legacy funds to make the city a better place to live. Marshall is one of 11 cities in Minnesota to be recognized in 2014. The award tells us something we already know: that the city cares about its arts, its outdoors and its residents.

Start of something special for Wolves

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On a Minnesota sports note, we like the deal the Timberwolves made by trading away a superstar who doesn’t play defense for a couple of very young players – No. 1 draft picks who have the ability to become the foundation of years of success for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs in a decade. We don’t live and die by the Timberwolves, but having a good NBA team sure makes the winters go by a little more quickly.