Museum soon on the move
THUMBS UP: The Independent sat down with the Lyon County Historical Society's new museum president Jennifer Andries earlier this week and came away impressed. Andries brings a fresh face to the museum in what has turned out to be a pivotal time in its history, as it prepares for its big move to the former library building. Andries also brings with her a strong historical background, as well as a technological skill-set which will pay off as the museum will eventually blend present technology with artifacts from the past with some new and exciting software that will allow museum employees and volunteers to easily track every item in the new building. The museum staff has plenty of work to do this summer, so encourage anyone who has a few hours to give the museum a call and tell them you want to help with the move this summer.
THUMBS UP: The Independent wishes the best of the luck to area golfers who qualified for the state tournament and will hit the links next week, and to all those competing in the state track and field meet, which begins today.
THUMBS DOWN: Tuesday's semi/car crash on Minnesota Highway 23 outside of Cottonwood was the second such tragedy in the area in the last two months. In April, a Kentucky man was killed when he collided with a semi on U.S. Highway 59 South a couple miles out of Marshall, and Thursday we learned the name of the victim killed in Tuesday's crash. Their similarities are eerie in that both involved a semi and in both instances at least once of the vehicles became engulfed in flames. While we mourn the loss of two lives and keep their families in our prayers, we commend the response of all the law enforcement and the area's emergency personnel who responded to the scenes. These horrible crashes weren't a result of poor driving conditions, they just happened, and because of that they should serve as a stark reminder to everyone to drive safely this summer.
THUMBS UP: The festival season is officially under way. The city of Clarkfield got things started this week with Heart of the Prairie Days, and this weekend is Bandwagon Days in Russell. These towns may be small, but they've been known to throw some pretty big parties. Nearly every weekend throughout the summer and into September is filled with at least one of these special occasions, so get out and enjoy them while you can.