Opinion

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Editorials

Kicking the can down the road again THUMBS DOWN: The can got kicked a little further down the road. On Tuesday, Lyon County Commissioners again delayed a decision on whether or not to help fund a veterans memorial in Minneota. The saga started two years ago when Minneota American Legion ...

Are you ready to be an entrepreneur?

Local Columns

July is Independent Retailer Month. As you know, local stores bring vitality, creativity and economic growth to their communities, so it’s worth celebrating those “mom and pop” shops. But they aren’t the only entrepreneurs in the country – about 10 percent of workers in the U.S. are ...

When it comes to low wages, start with higher education

Editorials

ccording to 2016 U.S. News report, young workers are making about 20 percent less than the generation before them. Low wages are a problem throughout the U.S. and in Southwest Minnesota. Blame for the low wages has been directed toward politicians, too many government regulations on ...

Proposed wind farms need to be scrutinized

Editorials

Clean energy generators such as wind power are the wave of the future as the U.S. and other countries wean themselves off pollutant makers such as oil and coal. Wind energy has several benefits. It doesn't pollute the air or require any destructive chemicals. The wind is also free and it's a ...

Add variety and health to your grill

Local Columns

We are a couple of months into grilling season — a great time to add variety to your grilling adventures beyond traditional hamburger or hot dog options! While we all love those summer favorites, it can be nice to add some variety, as well as some healthier choices, to our gatherings. If you ...

They feel so good

Local Columns

There are those moments when it feels so darn good to scratch an itch. You know the feeling, right? It’s when the itch appears in the middle of your back and, although you can kind of reach it by bending your arm behind your back, total satisfaction isn’t achieved until either you use a ...

Summer family vacation

Local Columns

Summertime is the season for that strange annual tradition known as the family vacation. When you think about it, taking a vacation with your youngsters is an odd notion. Why would one choose to be trapped in a car with miniature humanoids who, through a fluke of genetics, happen to be ...

The answer to pro life question found in Bible

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Welcome to the Independent publisher Gregory Orear and editor, Mike Lamb. This is a four-part letter. I. “Are you sure you’re pro-life...really?” This question was asked in an editorial July 8-9, 2017. There are two sources for answers to life’s questions: man’s ...

A Bue-tiful act of generosity for wildlife management

Editorials

Recreation and conservation received a boost Saturday with the dedication of Bue-tiful Acres Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County. Saturday's dedication honored Marshall resident Jerry Bue, who was one of the 12 original game managers hired by the Minnesota Department of Conservation. The ...

Defense spending still a problem

Editorials

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

Seven tips for late summer

Local Columns

The heat of July means fast fishing, and with that comes added stress to all the things that help us catch fish. Line gets nicked by sharp teeth and structure, knots shift and slip, reels require maintenance and all sorts of other little things can get overlooked as fish after fish comes to ...

44 states correct to balk at releasing voter information

Editorials

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced June 30 that he would defy a request from the president’s Election Integrity Commission to turn over detailed voter information to the federal government. “I will not hand over Minnesota voters’ sensitive personal information to the ...

Summer food on the farm

Local Columns

Summer was a backbreaking season of work on the farm for my father and two older brothers. There was no daylight-savings time for farmers — it was work from dawn to dusk. Then during harvest season, help in the form of hired men and day laborers was brought in to cut, shock and thresh the ...

How you can grow your benefits beyond retirement age

Local Columns

District manager For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re willing and able, maintaining ...

High flying sweet music in the stars

Local Columns

It’s certainly not one of the largest constellations, but Lyra the Harp is very distinctive and also possesses a super bright star. It’s Vega, the third brightest nighttime star we can see from southwest Minnesota. This is a super easy time of the year to locate Vega and Lyra in the early ...

Two women following family tradition

Local Columns

Becky Lanoue hopped onto the muddy race track at Yellow Medicine County fairgrounds with trophy in hand Thursday night. Black soot draped on the side of her nose and on her cheek as she smiled for the camera. The Garvin resident stood next to her No. 13 car after taking off her pink helmet. ...

How times have changed in America

Local Columns

He was in Sioux Center, Iowa a little over a year ago when he said the now prophetic words: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, okay, and I wouldn't lose any voters, okay?” I vividly remember the day then Presidential Candidate Donald Trump spoke those ...

The benefits of donating IRA distributions to charity

Local Columns

If you’ve accumulated a significant amount of money in traditional and rollover individual retirement accounts (IRAs), you may want to consider tax-efficient strategies that can reduce your tax burden and benefit your favored charities. IRAs, while an effective tool for retirement savings, ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 fishable lakes. At one point, many of these lakes had at least one resort on them. The history of the resort business has been recounted in books such as “Resorts of Minnesota” by Neil Johnson with Adam Swenson and “The Early Resorts of ...