Opinion

Understanding Social Security disability benefits

Local Columns

District manager Disability is something most people don’t like to think about, but the chances that you’ll become disabled probably are greater than you realize. Studies show that a 20-year-old worker has a 1-in-4 chance of becoming disabled before reaching full retirement ...

Amos W. Muzzy

Local Columns

Part III: The arrival of the following men had much to do with the future growth of Lyon County. On the first day of May of1869, 10 men set out from Olmsted County in search of new homes: C.H. Whitney, C. H. Upton, E. G. Bascomb. T. S. Eastman, V. Eastman, W. S. Eastman, O. A. Hawes, R. ...

Global warming is still fake news

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Nov 27, 2018 “We can’t afford to ignore climate change report,” said: “More investment in renewable energy will help.” And, “Spending a few extra dollars now may prevent the nation from paying a whole lot more in the future in recovering from weather ...

Celestial meditation and a close encounter with a comet

Local Columns

Stargazing is so great for the soul. Have you honestly spent the better part of the evening under the stars, just lying back on a reclining lawn chair? You can actually enjoy anytime of the year but I think this time of year is so great. Just layer up and head outside! With the long nights you ...

In ironic twist, judges give Trump legal carte blanche

Local Columns

As part of its “first in the nation” distinction regarding the presidential primary campaign, Iowa plays host to its fair share of candidates seeking the highest office in the land. So it was no surprise on a chilly, January evening in 2016, one of the Republican front runners stood at a ...

15 years and counting

Local Columns

This past Sunday was a bit of an anniversary for me. Back in the fall of 2003, I learned, at age 31, that I had a congenital heart defect. It seemed like just last year when I got the news. I hadn’t been feeling well and went to the clinic to get checked out. Honestly, I rarely go to the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Getting more efficient at city hall THUMBS UP: Change is never easy. The status quo is always so comfortable, but it also can be less productive. Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson is steering some sensible reorganization in the finance department. During Tuesday’s City Council ...

Trump should not hesitate in signing

Editorials

The farm bill is finally on the fast track. After clearing the Senate hurdle on Tuesday, the House passed the legislation late Wednesday afternoon. It’s now heading toward President Donald Trump’s desk. This bill is not perfect, but it gets the job done. While many conservatives were ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: If a person has a permit to carry in Minnesota, can they transport a loaded rifle or shotgun in a vehicle? Answer: The permit to carry law applies only to handguns, so the answer is no with some exceptions. MS 97B.045 — A person may not transport a firearm in a motor vehicle ...

Worry about grandchildren’s Future

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski, I am unable to attend your 7 a.m. meeting in Marshall. During the meeting time I am doing granddad day care for one of my grandchildren. I worry about the future that my grandchildren will inherit. I submit this letter ...

Ringing in the Christmas season with a message

Editorials

What is the true meaning of Christmas? Well, Marshall siblings Whitney and Sam Kontz believe they know the answer. The Salvation Army bell ringers were featured in the Independent Tuesday. “Our parents don’t want Christmas gifts,” Whitney Kontz said. “They want us to volunteer, so ...

Child identity theft: A hidden but real danger

Local Columns

Chances are you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children? You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ...

Wine and song

Local Columns

Research tells us that listening to music has multiple positive effects on us. Music soothes us, energizes us, makes us laugh and cry, heals us and brings us together. To the listening public, there are three elements that carries music home to us. First, there’s the beat and that’s ...

‘Voice of reason’ needed during legislative session

Editorials

On Thursday, the State of Minnesota projected a $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period. It was good news because it gives Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz and the Legislature more room to negotiate spending initiatives, tax cuts or the combination of both during the upcoming ...

Congress should get more involved in making war authority decisions

Editorials

For too long, Congress has abdicated its constitutional obligations with respect to war powers. On Nov. 28, the Senate took an important step toward reasserting this authority by voting 63 to 37 in favor of moving ahead on a resolution directing the removal of US armed forces from hostilities ...

Signs of weakness

Local Columns

Every year about this time there are stories in the headlines that have most people shaking their heads. A truck goes through the ice, a towable shack house sinks during an untimely warm-up, or an angler unfamiliar with the elements of a body of water finds himself in trouble. While most of the ...

A garden Christmas

Local Columns

Christmas would be much more enjoyable if it didn’t come at Christmastime. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the Yule season just as much as when I was 9 years old and was convinced, despite mountains of incriminating evidence, that I’d avoided landing on Santa’s “naughty” list. The ...

Deer disease deserves federal policies — and funding

Editorials

Let it not be said that bipartisanship is dead. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota whose name keeps coming up as a possible presidential candidate, has joined forces with Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, in the effort to stop the nationwide spread of chronic ...

Amos W. Muzzy

Local Columns

Part II: The village of Lynd was laid out by Mr. Muzzy on the south side of the Redwood River on section 33. In 1871 he sold out to W. T. Ellis who put up several buildings. Case describes Ellis as quite a character. “Governed mostly by impulse, he was always ready to preach a sermon, run ...