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Strong slate for superintendent

THUMBS UP: The list of six candidates who will be interviewed for the ISD 88 superintendent’s position is a strong one. Five of the six have experience as a superintendent in smaller districts, and the sixth has 13 years experience as a high school principal in St. Peter.

The process guided by the South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) will finish up in the next couple of weeks. One of these candidates will be the new superintendent of schools. The public is being given ample opportunity to observe and participate in the interviews, and we’re sure the District 88 School Board will have plenty of input to make a good decision.

One of the nice things about the process is that the SCSC is providing this service free for its members. Consultant fees would normally run in the $5,000 to $10,000 range. This is a valuable service being provided to the New Ulm school district.

A little bit more?

THUMBS DOWN: Gov. Mark Dayton was on the phone Friday to tout the benefits of his new tax and spend plan. His office listed about $1.21 million in new investment in New Ulm that would result from his plan, including a $671,715 for New Ulm Public Schools, and $538,680 in Local Government Aid for the city. The tax increase he proposes would affect 110 Brown County taxpayers who would be asked “to pay a little bit more in income taxes,” the governor’s press release said.

How much is “a little bit more?” For a single taxpayer with income of $428,000 a year or more (the average for a 4th tier taxpayer), the little bit would be $5,556 a year. That doesn’t quite add up (at least in Brown County) for the $1.21 million in new investment that the governor is speaking of. A married taxpayer making $1 million a year would pay an extra $15,000.

Right, just a little bit more.

Protect chili cooks

THUMBS UP: We are glad to see a good, common sense bill is making its way through the Legislature to protect the chili cookoffs in this state.

Rep. Joe Radinovich (D-Crosby) has introduced a bill to ease Minnesota Department of Health Regulations for chili cookoffs. Right now, all food preparation for these delectable contests must be done on site. No preparations at home, like smoking the meat overnight, or grinding the special seasonings.

Minnesota had to pass a law in 2000 exempting potlucks from such stringent regulations, “the law that save the hotdish.”

We have enjoyed the occasional chili cookoff, especially the couple that the Schell’s Brewery held a few years ago between competing fire departments.

Maybe, with a more realistic health regulation, these can be held again.

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