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Opinion

Posting caused panic about deer

Editorials

Of course, it’s easy. Of course it’s fast. Of course, it’s going to attract lots of attention. But, oh dear, what a complicated mess. Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm learned that firsthand when a post on social media in September bemoaned the condition of the deer on the brewery ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Local Columns

Part II Marshall Dairy had a dairy located 3 miles south of Marshall. They started with two dairy cows at $32 each. They started milking in 1932 and began to sell and deliver raw milk in Marshall up until 1937. Evelyn Reese Hand was the first delivery person in the area. Shortly after, they ...

Understanding Social Security spouses’ benefits

Local Columns

Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re ...

Multiple moon myths

Local Columns

Another full moon is upon us this week, whitewashing the Southwestern Minnesota night sky and making it tough on stargazers. We’re also getting into the time of year when the full moon makes a higher arc across the sky as it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Don’t get me wrong. I love ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Preparing for the worst in Minneapolis THUMBS DOWN: The President Donald Trump rally in Minneapolis was a no-win situation for Minneapolis officials. Trump and the Republican party have every right to hold the rally at the Target Center. But with thousands of supporters and protesters ...

EDA ‘boots on the ground’ making a difference

Editorials

Last spring members of the Marshall City Council held a series of town hall meetings. Council members Russ Labat and Steven Meister held the first one at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. While Labat and Meister fielded questions involving a number of topics, economic development was the No. 1 ...

A smoke screen to hide global warming facts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the Oct. 2 issue of the Independent, Phil Drietz of Delhi strikes again. This time, Mr. Drietz assures us that we don’t have to worry about global warming. He distracts us by discussing the heat capacities of various greenhouse gases. First, Mr. Drietz’s discussion of ...

Congress should be able to multitask

Editorials

Are leaders in Congress unable to walk and chew gum at the same time? That is, are they capable of multitasking on major issues? Some are speculating they are not. Recall that just a few weeks ago, in the wake of more mass murders, lawmakers vowed to debate steps to reduce the likelihood of ...

What a finish

Local Columns

On the backside of the first hill, which dropped off sharply into the drain leading to the large slough at the end of the waterfowl production area, my lab Ole lit up with the hint of something carried by the northwest winds. As he advanced on the invisible trail through the short grasses under ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Local Columns

Part I At one time there were 11 working dairies in or around Marshall. Marvin Kiel and Art Reese spent a great deal of time researching information about these dairies then donated it to the Lyon County Museum. We are very grateful for their interest in documenting this part of our area’s ...

Social Security can help you get back to work

Local Columns

Having a job means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their work. Others may enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) ...

Will foreign leaders want to talk anymore?

Editorials

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

A celestial swan song

Local Columns

There are all kinds of celestial characters among the constellations and all of them have stories dreamed up by people over the eons. That’s certainly the case with the constellation Cygnus the Swan. Without too much of a stretch it really resembles a swan in the high early evening southwest ...

Dreaming of retiring early? Here’s your playbook

Local Columns

Currently trending in the media is the concept of an incredibly early retirement, called the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement. News outlets are printing stories of people successfully retiring in their 50s, 40s and even 30s. If you are intrigued by the idea of retiring ...

Four hours at the Ren Fest

Local Columns

Note to self for next year…don’t wait until the last weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival to go. Well Saturday was a somewhat sunny day weatherwise. It wasn’t too cold or hot, and I guess everyone had the same idea we had — “oh, we haven’t been to the Ren Fest yet this ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually replaced the smaller carte de visite format. Carte de visite (originally a calling card) is a small photograph. The front of the cabinet card is often printed or embossed with ...

Short takes

Editorials

Enjoying a cup of coffee with a cop THUMBS UP: So often our conversations with law enforcement are during situations like being stopped for speeding. On Wednesday, members of the Lyon County and Marshall law enforcement held a Coffee With a Cop at Hy-Vee Market in Marshall Wednesday. What a ...

‘Red Flag’ laws should have limits

Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...