9/11 Memorial Park dedication
THUMBS UP: A significant day in Marshall is just a little more than a month away, as the city will officially dedicate the 9/11 Memorial Park in downtown Marshall. This will be more than just another park and more than just a centerpiece of Marshall's downtown area. It will, as Marshall Fire Chief Marc Klaith said, "celebrate the American spirit." Of course, the centerpiece of the park will be a steel beam from the World Trade Center that was secured and brought to Marshall by resident Craig Schaffer. The special, day-long event will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 - the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks - and will include, among other things, the reading of the names of police officers, firefighters and emergency personnel who lost their lives in the attacks, a flyover, a 9/11 Honor Parade and a candlelight vigil and lighting of the beam. Dignitaries invited to attend the event include Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks will be an important day in this country and in Marshall as well.
Bridge site defaced
THUMBS DOWN: What a disgrace. Two days after the 1-35W Remembrance Garden was unveiled to the public some idiot(s) decided to stomp all over the memory of the lives that were lost in the bridge collapse, removing more than 20 letters from a message that was affixed to the wall of the memorial. The remaining letters were taken down Wednesday by a manager of the project. Vandalism like graffiti is one thing, this sinks to another level. We've all heard of Minnesota Nice; this looks to be a case of Minnesota Mean.
Toys for Tots Fun Run
THUMBS UP: By the time Christmas rolls around, not too many people are thinking about summer or, for that matter, the annual Toys for Tots Motorcycle Fun Run. But it's an event worth remembering all year around, especially at Christmastime. The event, which raised more than $10,000 this year, also brings in lots of toys for Heart to Heart to ensure that kids who otherwise might miss out on some Christmas fun receive a toy or stuffed animal. The fun run more than defines "Christmas in July," it reminds us all that the spirit of giving should be practiced all year long.