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March 10, 2012
The Journal

A nice thought, but

THUMBS DOWN: Republican legislators who are pushing to speed up the payback of money the state "borrowed" from school districts are to be commended. School districts can certainly use the money the state promised them, but withheld to balance the last couple of state budgets.

But the idea of pulling the money out of state reserve funds that just recently got refilled is not exactly fiscally judicious. The reserve funds are there for emergencies, and for cash flow. Drawing down the funds increases the chances the state might have to borrow money in the future, and could impact the state's bond ratings.

Minnesota's financial situation was created in part because some legislators would rather rob Peter to pay Paul than actually raise sufficient revenue to fund the state's needs. This idea is more of the same.

Wanda would be 119

THUMBS UP: The Wanda Gag House Assocation is celebrating Wanda's 119th birthday today with events from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Gag House.

Wanda Gag was truly a uniquely talented artist. Her work as a writer and as an artist complemented each other. She was more than just a children's author. She was an artist whose work turned everyday objects and scenes into shifting, fluid pictures, as if she was drawing a memory rather than an object.

Happy birthday to Wanda, and we hope all her fans have a happy day.

Tournament time

THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the New Ulm Eagles hockey teams. Both boys' and girls' teams continued their tradition of making it to the state tournament from this region. While the results at the state tournament may be frustrating for local fans, the achievements of the teams should not be diminished.

Congratulations as well to the boys and girls basketball teams making their way through postseason play, especially the surprising Sleepy Eye High School girls team, and the St. Mary's boys who won a high-scoring match against ACGC Thursday night. Good luck to all.



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