Opinion

Dot to dot puzzles in the heavens

Local Columns

When you gaze upon the Marshall night sky, especially in the dark skies of the countryside, you can allegedly see all kinds of people and creatures up there. Right now there’s a disgraced hunter turned hero, two bears, another mighty hunter chasing the bears, a goose, a giant scorpion, a ...

On the bison range

Local Columns

Last Saturday afternoon found us racing toward Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne to hop on board the “bison buggy” for the 3 p.m. Prairie and Bison Tour. This is something I’ve been wanting to do all summer after the Minnesota DNR announced it. It just never really worked out until ...

Short takes

Editorials

Take the time to thank a firefighter THUMBS UP: The Independent front pages this past week took on a common theme: First responders in action. Everybody in Marshall is grateful to the city’s firefighters for responding to every call in such a swift manner. It started out with a fire in one ...

Can you count on a bountiful investment ‘harvest?’

Local Columns

We’re officially in autumn — the season when we bring in what we planted in the spring. But the concept of planting and gathering isn’t confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing. So what can you do to help work toward a successful ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Other night my coworker got pulled over and was given warning about ride height. It was not slammed to the ground but the trooper said that it was illegal. What is the MN state law for ride height?  Answer: Minnesota law states that if a vehicle’s suspension has been altered by ...

Minnesota deserves Keith Ellison

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Minnesota voters: I urge you to support Keith Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General. There has been a lot of attention on the allegations against Ellison. Those are very serious. I don’t take those lightly. While I don’t know what happened, Ellison has cooperated ...

School districts taking temperature of voters

Editorials

Back in June, newly appointed Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District Superintendent Dave Marlette stood in front of small crowd inside the Russell school gymnasium. The area residents sat in the stands as Marlette told them it's time for the district to “pull together.” Marlette was asking ...

Times are changing

Editorials

We already have ample evidence that the world of internet commerce has shaken the “bricks and mortar” businesses. Now, the nation is witnessing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Sears, Roebuck and Co., at one time the biggest retailer in the world. Sears got its start in Minneapolis ...

Smoothie sensations

Local Columns

Creamy, dreamy, delicious... and, of course, nutritious” was the intent of the National Dairy Council’s recent smoothie contest this past summer. They invited entrants to submit a smoothie recipe that contained a full serving of a dairy food. This could include fluid milk, yogurt or other ...

He’s back!

Local Columns

The Irish folk story goes like this... Once upon a time, there was a man by the name of Stingy Jack. He was known far and wide as the stingiest man on the Emerald Island and the good folks of his area learned not to trust him. They didn’t trust him because he would invite people to drink ...

The October garden

Local Columns

October blew in on a wild bronco of bone-chilling rains, a killing frost and a spiteful spattering of snow thrown in for good measure. The 10th month continues to maintain its reputation as a mass executioner of gardens. As inevitable as all of that may have been, it’s always somewhat ...

Saudis must answer for missing journalist

Editorials

Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist with the Washington Post who has written critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2, and disappeared. Turkish officials believe he was tortured and killed by a Saudi assassination squad. The ...

Target tips

Local Columns

A great target shooter is a great field shooter. The ability to hit a clay streaking away at 43 miles per hour correlates closely with the same form, pivot, focus and follow through necessary to hit a rooster flushing into the sky, a ruffed grouse rushing down a forest path or a group of ducks ...

Sturrock deserves reelection to council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are long-time leaders of the DFL and Republican parties in Lyon County. Over the years we have disagreed on many things but this year we are in firm agreement that David Sturrock deserves reelection to the Marshall City Council. As residents of Ward Two, we have been ...

School days

Local Columns

In the “olden days” most schools consisted of a one-room building that sat out on the open prairie. There was no electricity, no running water, two outhouses and one teacher for about 30 students from grades one through eight. School lunches were packed by mothers and consisted of ...

Social Security and Medicare, working side by side

Local Columns

District manager Social Security and Medicare have worked side by side for decades. Both programs have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans. Social Security reaches almost every family and, at some point, touches the lives of nearly all Americans. We’re with you ...

The truth about celestial photography

Local Columns

My first love as it has been for over 50 years is still visual astronomy and always will be but about 10 years ago I added the dimension of astrophotography mainly thanks to the blossoming of better and better astronomical digital cameras and innovated adapted optics. As good as you can observe ...

The amazing story of an American staple

Local Columns

The amazing story of an American staple His name is Steve Henson, and his little-known story is the personification of the American Dream. You’ve probably never heard of Steve Henson, but you are aware of his legacy and impact on the American way of life. Steve was from the little town ...