Opinion

Prescription drugs: plans won’t impact prices much

Editorials

While President Donald Trump has finally put some action behind his tough talk to lower “outrageous” prescription drug prices, his recent proposal will barely scratch the surface. And it treats the pharmaceutical industry with kid gloves. Instead, it puts pressure on hospitals, doctors ...

A retired chariot driver

Local Columns

Without a doubt, one of the strangest constellations in the Marshall winter heavens is Auriga, the chariot driver with goats on his shoulder. It must have been quite a party when folks looked into the heavens and came up with that constellation. Libations must have been aplenty at that bash! ...

What’s going on?

Local Columns

When I started to read the Facebook post, I felt a knot growing in my stomach. “It is with a heavy and grief-stricken heart that I tell my friends and family on Facebook that my first-born son Nathaniel passed away this weekend.” Wait. What? I remember Nathan. He was younger than me. Way ...

Tough discussion on Lakeview school bus crash

Local Columns

The discussion inside the Independent conference room was lively at times. But the one statement made by a reporter stood out the most to me. “These are our friends and our neighbors.” The reporter, like everybody else in the room, was concerned how the staff would treat a scheduled ...

A Chocolate Affair

Local Columns

For the past decade I’ve been going to the Friends of the Minneota Library’s Chocolate Affair. The first time I went was before I started seeing Ross. I recall it being a good meal, good entertainment, chocolate, of course, and an overall good time. Since then, it’s been our “go-to” ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Since their founding, communities in Lyon County have shown their civic pride through progress reports, parades, schools, sports, infrastructure, and so forth. Several historic resources show that city leaders and business leaders in Lyon County boosted their community’s progress frequently. ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Can we ignore gun violence forever? THUMBS DOWN: Our hearts go out to the families affected by Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sent scores to hospitals. Just like the Las Vegas shooting rampage, the dead and survivors in Parkland are victims of ...

Ginger tea good for thee

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To commemorate the Chinese New Year I am offering one of my favorite tea recipes. It is a ginger tea recipe that I have shared with several friends and would like to share with the community of Marshall. Although I don’t pretend to be a doctor, I have found this tea to be ...

Why wait for ruling on Fishbach

Editorials

A lawsuit was filed last month against Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, who intends to keep her seat in the Minnesota Senate as she serves as lieutenant governor. This week Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that she hasn’t tried to serve in the ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Last summer at a stoplight, my car was vibrating from the bass boom of the car next to me. I looked over and saw, what I assume was a person driving — but could see only the outline of his pulled up hoodie. As we drove away, I thought there is no way he is going to be able to hear ...

Important session for 2018 Legislature

Editorials

The opening of the 2018 Legislature is just around the corner and it has the makings of a very important session. Needs such as education, roads and infrastructure continue to be key issues. But when Rep Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent and Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, join their fellow legislators ...

The perfect cup of tea

Local Columns

Tea has been consumed for nearly 5,000 years, and its popularity is continuing to grow. The Tea Association of the USA states that next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. On an average day, over one half of the American population drinks tea — about 158 million ...

Why?

Local Columns

When I ponder, I reach for the red. I received an email from a colleague of mine saying this person was resigning from a position which was near and dear to this person’s heart. After reading the email, I subconsciously reached for and then, actually grabbed a bottle of Robert Mondavi’s ...

Wintertime Dairy Farm Olympics

Local Columns

That curious quadrennial occurrence called the Coca-Cola Visa Intel Samsung Panasonic Toyota Eat at Joe’s Winter Olympics is currently being beamed through our eyeballs and into our brains. It’s astounding to watch those exquisitely-honed athletes performing astonishing feats of cold ...

Returning to the Capitol with more good work in mind

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The major tax relief and historic investment in roads and bridges we achieved last year will fuel the Legislature to do even more good work during the upcoming 2018 session. Minnesotans are benefiting from more than $650 million in tax relief we passed for the 2018-19 biennium ...

Lowering drug costs

Editorials

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but this past week the White House Council on ...

Juice it

Local Columns

Some of the most memorable fishing trips I’ve been on have been the result of disaster. OK, not disaster in the terms of life-threatening circumstances, but, it would probably be fairer to say major inconvenience. Whether motorless in the flow, or without power on hard water, finding the ...

More on county robberies

Local Columns

Part IV “Minneota’s robbery of the century took place early one Thursday morning in August of 1923. The burglars, who were never apprehended, gained entrance to the building through the rear window of the office. They had tried the rear door but were unable to pry it open. An estimated ...

Social Security celebrates Black History Month

Local Columns

In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history ...

Make it a heavenly valentine

Local Columns

Once again Valentine’s Day is upon us. With Valentine’s falling on Wednesday night this year I know many of you are celebrating in advance this weekend. Without a doubt, Valentine’s Day is great for greeting card and candy sales, florists, restaurants, jewelers, media folks, and many ...