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Editorial: District's actions protect skaters

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Soaring high: Red Wing School District had no sensible option this week other than to close Prairie Island Arena to Red Wing Hockey Association. A few parents became outraged that their children were denied ice time, but district staff had no choice when insurance paperwork was unresolved.

The ins and outs of how the situation arose are explained in today’s paper. Red Wing School Board will meet Tuesday morning in special session to consider amending facility use policy.

The point all parents should understand is simple: Red Wing School District cares about children and their families. Imagine what would have happened is a child had gotten hurt — which isn’t uncommon in sports — and there were no financial security net.

Soaring high: The federal government mess, but we give a little nod of approval to the region’s Congressional delegation for not keeping their salaries during the shutdown. They’ve also pledged to keep working.

Reps. John Kline of Minnesota’s 2nd District and Ron Kind of Wisconsin’s 3rd District immediately asked for their pay to be withheld.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said she intends to donate her shutdown pay to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health while Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he’d donate to a charitable organization that’s helping people affected by the shutdown.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he will send any monies paid during the shutdown back to the U.S. Treasury. Meanwhile, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., closed her office but soon came back with a “bare bones” staff and now says she’ll forgo pay.

Of course, you deserve a full-court press from these lawmakers — regardless of payment status — to get and keep your government working again. In case you don’t know, your taxes help pay each of the 435 House and 100 Senate members $174,000 a year to do just that.

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