Grateful for ‘normal’ | News, Sports, Jobs
As the upcoming holidays approach, it reminds us of how much we have so much to be thankful for in 2021.
Around the same time last year, Governor Walz had just issued a 4-week recall period in which face-to-face social gatherings with people outside your household were banned (our own police chief, Jim Marshall, had to face a demand – “are you going to enforce the violations of social gatherings?); bars and restaurants have been ordered to offer only take-out and delivery; gymnasiums, fitness studios, entertainment venues, event spaces and similar establishments have been closed; and sports for adults and young people have also been eliminated.
Many schools were either in distance learning or in blended learning. The Minnesota State High School League had just canceled the remaining football and volleyball seasons – Marshall VB swept New Ulm 3-0 to win the conference championship as the last game of the season and the Marshall football team ranked No. 8 beat the No. 4 Jordan ranked 14-10 in the football section to end their season. More importantly, for most of us, COVID meant we couldn’t spend Thanksgiving with our extended family or visit loved ones who didn’t live near us.
This year we can dine in bars and restaurants, visit gymnasiums and cinemas, visit the Lyon County Museum and their wonderful new exhibition on the return from WWII, enjoy MAHA Hockey / open skate in our Red Baron Arena and above all we can be safe with our families.
Recent visits to local businesses across town revealed improved interior and exterior facades and a willingness to help customers without limitation, as was the case in 2020. Two vacant spaces on Main Street were recently filled – the Graceful Marilyn Quilt Shoppe and the Marshall Area Chamber. Trade. Across the street, City Hall shines brightly and it sure feels good to be back in downtown Marshall.
Businesses are actually doing better than last year, but the need to support small businesses is still great, after all, you are supporting your friends, family and neighbors.
COVID and booster injections are available, as evidenced by a recent stop at the local grocery store where the busiest area was not the toilet paper aisle, but the pharmacy where appointments for injections were filling up. the lounge area.
The pandemic has highlighted the immeasurable value of our health, and Avera Marshall has yet to respond, resulting in continued pressure to meet demands for health care. However, the former Avera Carlson Street Clinic will be reopened in January 2022 to help reduce space and patient requirements. We can all appreciate that this space is being used again.
Last year, the mandate “new normal” were the buzzwords, but honestly it feels like this year we’re just plain old “Ordinary”, and for that we are grateful.
– Sharon Hanson is the municipal administrator for the Town of Marshall