Stadium deal done
THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Legislature struggled to come up with a deal for a stadium for the Minnesota Vikings. We know it was not easy, but it will mean a vast improvement in the Minnesota quality of life.
The decision means that the Vikings will remain in Minnesota for the next 30 years at least, during which time they may finally win a Super Bowl. That will be a nice addition to the quality of life, but not the biggest one.
The real improvement will be that now, for the first time in a decade, we won't have to listen to the Vikings complain about their facilities, their lack of revenue, and the lack of respect for their needs. The squeaky wheel has been greased. Now we can have some silence.
Postal service needs
THUMBS DOWN: The U.S. Postal Service this week announced it was dropping plans to close thousands of rural post offices as a way to cut costs and reduce its operating deficit. The rural offices may have greatly reduced operating hours, but they remain in place.
But this reprieve may only be temporary. the Postal Service still needs a way to address its losses, which it forecasts at $14.1 billion by the end of this year. It is working on a plan, which will need congressional approval, to close post offices across the country, end Saturday mail delivery and phase out some full-time postmasters.
THUMBS UP: Opal Dewanz was honored this week as the New Ulm Tourism Person of the Year. It is an honor that is a long time in coming. For year Dewanz was the director, conservator, curator or what have you of the Harkin Store in West Newtown Township. She has continued to be involved in tourism-related organizations in New Ulm like the Brown County Historical Society and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.