Opinion

Short takes Feb. 24

Editorials

Seniors ‘heart and soul’ for Tigers THUMBS UP: Sports reporter Brennen Rupp reported in Wednesday’s Independent that the 2017 senior class for the Marshall Tiger basketball team went out in style during Tuesday’s Senior Game against Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The seven players ...

What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

Local Columns

If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could ...

Correcting the numbers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a letter to the editor that was printed in the Marshall Independent on Feb. 1, Harold Dieken shared his perspective on rising taxes in Marshall. With all due respect, Mr. Dieken’s letter contained inaccuracies. We value everyone’s opinion, but at ...

Value immigrants

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The physicians and staff of ACMC Health have been serving the health needs of the people of west central and southwest Minnesota for nearly 50 years. During that time, we have benefitted from the commitment of physicians, nurses and supporting staff who have emmigrated from ...

Recognition of school bus drivers well deserved

Editorials

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared Wednesday Minnesota School Bus Driver Recognition Day. The Independent on that day published a profile on one of Marshall’s dedicated individuals willing to go the extra mile to make sure students get to school and back home safe daily. According to ...

A history lesson on walls

Local Columns

The Great Wall” opened at theaters in North America Feb. 17 after having opened in China on Dec. 15, 2016. The movie stars the famous actor Matt Damon as an European mercenary searching for some black powder. The action takes place during China’s Song Dynasty approximately 960-1280 CE ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: We live in Minnesota but travel south for several winter months. Many other states only have a rear license plate. Why does Minnesota have two? Thanks! Answer: Minnesota state law required two license plates on your vehicle with some exceptions. Some vehicles are allowed to ...

City neglected 7th Street

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the Feb. 3 edition of the Marshall Independent, on the front page was the headline “The $2 million question: How to pay for 7th street reconstruction.” Our city government appears to again be hung up on who they can hang the price tag on, rather than actually fixing ...

Referendum meetings set

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to invite the Marshall community to attend one of the informational meetings regarding the upcoming Marshall Public School District referendum. Two meetings will take place, one on March 2 and one on March 29. Both informational meetings will be at 6:30 p.m. at ...

Time to end ban on Sunday liquor sales

Editorials

The Minnesota House voted 85-45 Monday to repeal the Prohibition-era Sunday liquor sales ban. The passage was historic because state lawmakers have never allowed a full vote on a bill to overturn the law and defeated parliamentary amendments to sneak a repeal into larger bills. Even Rep. ...

One fish, two fish…heart healthy heroes

Local Columns

February is American Heart Month. Your heart health is dependent on your lifestyle habits. One of the most important behaviors is diet. One specific dietary habit in need of improvement in Americans’ eating patterns is increasing consumption of seafood. Current advice from our government ...

When ciao becomes buongiorno

Local Columns

Blame it on a glass of Chianti. Many moons ago and on a different continent, I tasted my first glass of Chianti wine and at first, we just greeted each other with ciao! Many moons later and on this continent, Chianti and I have become good friends and now we say buongiorno to each other. ...

A mild midwinter

Local Columns

As I write this, the area where we live is suffering an extended spell of mild midwinter weather. I say “suffering” because, as we in the Midwest all know, no nice weather ever goes unpunished. We’re going to pay for this; it’s just a matter of when and how. I go for my daily ...

Found answer in letters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Lately every morning one of the first things I do is go to the front door to retrieve your paper (Independent) and look for new letters to the editor. The last two, three weeks I found an answer, while reading the various letters, to a question that has been plaguing me ...

Letters to the Editor

To the editor On Feb. 17, an accusing letter toward Charlie Sanow was printed. It was an error filled commentary about Charlie Sanow’s public service record, instead of the letter Mr. Sanow submitted a week prior, describing the debt level of the city of Marshall and the public school ...

Legislation urges hiring of military veterans

Editorials

State Sen. Michael P. Goggin introduced a bill last week that would allow tax credits for employers who hire military veterans. S.F. No. 484 proposes to allow qualified employers a nonrefundable credit for each disabled veteran, unemployed veterans or 9/11 veterans employed by a qualified ...

The shift is on

Local Columns

The flock rose and fell like a slow pulse, banking and turning against the southerly gusts. They made the sky look like static on an old black and white TV screen long after the daily programming had stopped and the national anthem signaled the end of the broadcast day. The growing crowd ...

Why give away East Side School?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am concerned about the upcoming vote on the suggest need for a new grade school. Was it not just a few years ago the school officials and board decided that we didn’t need East Side School and they gave it away to a private school? The population of Marshall in that ...

New southern Minnesota WMA will be a ‘Buetiful Thing’

Local Columns

PART II: “A NEW MINNESOTA The post-World War II era witnessed extraordinary changes in farming. Horses had been almost entirely replaced by tractors, and the country was hell-bent on putting as much land as possible under plow. ‘Drainage, there was so much drainage going on, it was ...