Opinion

One size fits all just doesn’t work

Local Columns

The front page headline on today’s Associated Press story says it all: Big issues in dispute as Legislature approaches home stretch. One of those big issues is taxes. Gov. Tim Wald wants to raise the gas tax by 20 cents per gallon to create a bigger dedicated revenue stream for road and ...

Goats take on multiflora rose

Local Columns

If you take a drive out to Flandrau State Park near New Ulm in the next couple weeks, you might get to see something unusual. No, it’s not green grass or ground absent of snowbanks, although that is something we have sorely missed for what seems like too long. More unique than that ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Important visitors in Marshall THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota received some welcomed attention by the Gov. Tim Walz administration this past week. First, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was in Marshall on Monday to participate in a roundtable discussion on chronic homelessness in southwest ...

Can’t afford to wait for politicians to keep students safe

Editorials

Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting left 12 students dead, America is still desperately searching for ways to protect students inside schools from deviant attackers. Since Columbine, several more massacres have occurred at school sites across the nation, including the Sandy ...

It’s not OK to shoot someone’s pet

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is a public notice to anyone who has beloved pets in or near Green Valley. Over two weeks ago, our cat came home after being missing for a couple days. She was very weak so we brought her to the vet. We discovered she had been shot with a pellet gun, requiring surgery and ...

A great world treasure damaged

Editorials

It is hard to find words to express the shock of watching the reports from Paris as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned into the night. Four-hundred firefighters battled to contain the blaze that was consuming one of the world’s most iconic architectural and religious edifices. We don’t ...

Love, Grandma

Local Columns

My grandmother was very stern. As a young lad, she was, well, you know, just grandma. She always seemed fiercely focused and so intent on accomplishing whatever it was she was doing. I don’t remember her smiling. Her life was hard. As the matriarch of a farming family and with a ...

The Easter season

Local Columns

Following several cruel false starts, it appears that the vernal season has finally arrived. But the jury is still out for some of us hardened old Northerners who won’t believe that spring is well and truly here until it’s warm enough outdoors to fry an egg on our foreheads. No matter ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I see vehicles with straight pipes, motorcycles with straight pipes and hear many others that sound as if they have no muffler. If the law is there why is it not enforced? Answer: Minnesota State Statute 169.69 states: “Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a ...

Tigers complete their missions

Editorials

Congratulations to Chad Wyffels, La Oeltjenbruns and James Carr. All three were inducted into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Fame Saturday evening. The foundation has been recognizing Marshall alumni, faculty and staff members since 2000. Each of the inductees, according to ...

Fishing memories

Local Columns

A year ago, the pike ran so thick at the end of the late spring it almost seemed likely that one could walk on their backs across the surface of the water below the small rock dam. This year, under the warm white light of the mid-April sun against a pure azure sky, however, they were nowhere to ...

Financial Literacy Month

Local Columns

There’s no better time than right now to begin to save for your future. The earlier you start saving, the more you can accrue in a 401k individual retirement account and other types of IRAs. Social Security helps secure your future, but Social Security is only one part of a more complete ...

The Marshall Business College

Local Columns

The Marshall Business College opened in 1901 and was located on the second floor of the Baldwin Building at 112 N. Third St. Course offerings were listed as bookkeeping, business penmanship, commercial law, commercial arithmetic, business correspondence, grammar and composition, spelling, ...

Being counted in the next federal census makes a difference

Editorials

The actual collection of information is a year away, but awareness needs to be beefed up now about how important it is for Minnesota residents to participate in the 2020 census. The attempt to count everyone — not just U.S. citizens but anyone who lives here — is a big undertaking that ...

Chasing our Tails? More like tucking our tails in shame

Editorials

We should be ashamed. We should be ashamed because a viable company that would have created 30 jobs and filled the massive, empty County Fair building was turned away. We should be ashamed we allowed fear to rule our thought process which when it inevitably does, leads to bad decisions ...