Fireworks on the 4th
THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota residents who love fireworks are fortunate to have options when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. The city of Marshall offers hours of fun at Independence Park for kids and adults alike before setting its works off, and the small town of Currie has become nearly legendary in these parts for its grandiose fireworks display that draws hundreds of people every year. We say "well done" to these two cities for capping off the 4th in grand style once again this week.
THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota DNR said Thursday that more people have drowned in Minnesota already this year than in any other year in the last decade. There have been 25 drownings in the seven-county metro area as of July 1, plus six boating-related drownings - there were five all of last year, according to the DNR. If these numbers don't open your eyes to the danger that lurks on lakes, nothing will. We have a number of wonderful lakes in our region that offer good fishing and good recreational opportunities, and anyone who spends time at a lake this summer, even it's just once for a few hours of fun, needs to put safety first.
Retooling Redwood Street
THUMBS UP: While it's a shame previous plans for the three old Redwood Street houses in Marshall have fizzled, at least now we know something will be done with them. Wesley United Methodist Church has purchased the structures that date to the 1800s from the Schwan Food Co. and will likely tear them down. Certainly it would've been nice to have one or each of them restored since they are such a rich part of Marshall's history and really speak to the architecture of days gone by, but as time marched on it unfortunately became clear there wasn't much of a future for them. Now the church is mulling over its options on what to do with the space in the future, hopefully something productive. Meanwhile, we take solace in knowing that perhaps some of the interior like the old woodwork, can be salvaged and put to some good use.