Often times things in life come in good news – bad news scenarios.
Or so it seems.
Here is a ‘for instance.’
Our local Blue Earth Area High School volleyball and football teams are doing quite well this fall season.
If you haven’t been paying attention, both are riding high atop the South Central Conference, and, who knows, they have a good chance to go somewhere in the post season.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that our state professional teams of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings are not doing so well.
In fact, they are not doing so well at all.
The Twins got a win in their final game to avoid hitting the 100 loss mark for the year.
The Vikings are still looking for that first win so they can avoid an 0-fer season. They can’t hit 100 losses but they sure could hit 16 of them.
The Timberwolves and Wild? Who knows and who cares.
The only sparkle on the pro-sports scene is the Minnesota Lynx, who are playing well in post season.
More examples of good news – bad news on the local scene.
The good news is that local industries such as Aerospace and Kerry Ingredients are busy hiring new employees as fast as they can.
The bad news is that the state still considers Faribault County high on the unemployment list.
How is that possible?
The good news is that the groups who work hard on economic development had a summit last week to work out different issues.
The bad news is that two key players in the county did not give much input. Both Wells and Winnebago need to be players in whatever economic development plans are for the county.
The good news is that the United South Central school board has determined something needs to be done with their school – build a new one or remodel the old one.
The bad news is that they may try just to pass a bond referendum to remodel, even though they actually feel a whole new building is the way to go. They don’t think a vote for a new school has a chance to pass.
Either way, we are talking about millions of dollars, so why not try and get done what actually needs to be done.
The good news is the city of Blue Earth has decided to keep their own police department.
The bad news is that they are cutting it down to the bone, and are still talking about continuing discussions with other entities – the county sheriff and the city of Winnebago.
How can a police chief be hired if he – or she – has no guarantee of a job for even one year?
The good news is that most of the governmental bodies in the county have decided not to raise local property tax levies sky-high despite big cuts in state aid.
The bad news? They also are not reinstating some local programs which were cut out of the budgets during the state cuts.
The other bad news is that no one knows if the state is going to continue to massacre local funding this coming year. More bad news – the state is shifting funding to local taxpayers in order to settle their budget woes.
The good news is that a couple of local people in Wells and Winnebago are interested in raising funds for some Veterans Memorials.
The bad news is that they want to raise some significant money for these memorials. That is only bad news because these are not the best times to be out soliciting funds for anything. Raising a quarter million dollars – even for something as significant as a memorial that honors our veterans – may not be an easy task.
The good news is that the Blue Earth Area School Board is trying to keep up with maintenance on one of their three buildings, the middle and elementary school facility in Blue Earth.
The bad news is that this maintenance has a price tag of $6.7 million. It is so significant a number that a bond is required which means a payment over a number of years.
The good news is that there are a half dozen construction projects going on in Blue Earth, and more around the county, proving that improvements are on the way.
The bad news is that residents have had to put up with some major inconveniences.
Back to the good news. When the projects are all completed our roads and infrastructure are having very necessary upgrades accomplished.