Editorials

Skeptical voters urged to take tour of school sites

April 18 will be the last day for Marshall voters to cast their ballots to decide the fate of a $39.4 million bond referendum. The school district claims there are safety and security issues at various school sites. The district also says enrollment increases require more space at these ...

Maintain funding for Meals on Wheels

President Donald’s Trump’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts in many domestic programs. The Meals on Wheels program is one of those programs that stand to lose federal funding under Trump’s plan. There doesn’t appear to be a clear consensus on how deep a cut the Meals on Wheels ...

Short Takes

Tax break for shrimp farmers proposed THUMBS UP: Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, has authored a bill that would provide tax incentives to entrepreneurs who want to get into shrimp farming. Swedzinski claims there is a lot of interest in his district for shrimp production, but the start-up ...

Education leads to opportunities

Sen. Al Franken has joined Sen. Tammy Duckworth in reintroducing legislation to close the “skills gap” in the U.S. It’s called the Community College to Career Fund Act. According to Franken’s website, the legislation would encourage partnerships that link up businesses with schools ...

Lead by example in tackling health care insurance crisis

Health care insurance coverage in Minnesota and the nation appears to be on life support. The individual insurance market is unraveling and Republicans are determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act and millions of Americans are worried. Americans and Minnesota residents have good reasons ...

Students need more than brick and mortar

A letter to the editor in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune brought up some good points to ponder while debating whether or not the community should support a $40 million bond referendum to upgrade facilities in the Marshall Public Schools District. “Our public schools are designed like ...

Shining the light on government

Welcome to Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote openness in government. Sunshine Week is brought to you by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. When we are experiencing “fake news,” “alternative facts,” frequent falsehoods and ...

Short takes

I did it my way THUMBS UP: Bill Ziegenhagen hung banners on his Marshall Small Engine shop on Monday announcing a going out of business sale. Unfortunately, businesses close all the time because of the tough retail climate in small communities across the nation. That factor makes ...

Local control best for buffer zone enforcement

The Lyon County Board of commissioners Tuesday voted to take on the enforcement responsibilities for Minnesota’s new buffer law. The vote came with some reservations because commissioners said they are not big fans of the law or the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources’ enforcement ...

Raising shrimp in Lyon County adds up to more jobs

"Americans love shrimp.” That quote came out of a 2014 New York Times article. That same article reported that shrimp overtook canned tuna as the most-consumed seafood per capita in the United States in 2012. Undercurrent News reported in 2015 that shrimp consumption in the U.S. increased ...

Let farmers mow ditches without extra regulations

A legislative battle is being fought this week over roadside ditches. That’s right — ditches. To the average motorist traveling along state highways and roads, these ditches are just part of the landscape. But to farmers, the ditches are considered vital resources. Many farmers have ...

Short takes

Personal look into immigration THUMBS UP: Saturday’s profile on Southwest Minnesota State University international student Nikolay Ivanov drew several responses from readers. Ivanov is an immigrant from Russia attending SMSU. One was critical of Ivanov’s decision to ...

SMSU men’s basketball team takes major step

The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball team has officially caught March Madness. The Mustangs defeated Upper Iowa in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Championship Tuesday to gain a berth in the NCAA Division II tournament March 11, 12 and 14. The 64-team field will be ...

Moving forward with natural gas, renewable energy

Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday signed a bipartisan bill to allow Xcel Energy to move forward with converting a retiring coal plant to natural gas and renewable energy in Becker. The bill passed with strong bipartisan support in the House 80-45 and Senate 39-25. According to the governor’s ...

Time for conversations, brainstorming

Last week the Minnesota Department of Education report showed the Marshall High School 2016 graduation rate falling to 83.5 percent from 86.8 percent in 2015. The rate was 89.8 percent in 2013. While any kind of decrease in graduation rates is reason for concern, Marshall High School is still ...

Short takes Feb. 24

Seniors ‘heart and soul’ for Tigers THUMBS UP: Sports reporter Brennen Rupp reported in Wednesday’s Independent that the 2017 senior class for the Marshall Tiger basketball team went out in style during Tuesday’s Senior Game against Sioux Falls Roosevelt. The seven players ...

Recognition of school bus drivers well deserved

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared Wednesday Minnesota School Bus Driver Recognition Day. The Independent on that day published a profile on one of Marshall’s dedicated individuals willing to go the extra mile to make sure students get to school and back home safe daily. According to ...

Time to end ban on Sunday liquor sales

The Minnesota House voted 85-45 Monday to repeal the Prohibition-era Sunday liquor sales ban. The passage was historic because state lawmakers have never allowed a full vote on a bill to overturn the law and defeated parliamentary amendments to sneak a repeal into larger bills. Even Rep. ...

Legislation urges hiring of military veterans

State Sen. Michael P. Goggin introduced a bill last week that would allow tax credits for employers who hire military veterans. S.F. No. 484 proposes to allow qualified employers a nonrefundable credit for each disabled veteran, unemployed veterans or 9/11 veterans employed by a qualified ...

SMSU students make connection with community

Education and community cooperation were on display Wednesday inside the Holy Redeemer School gymnasium. Fourth and sixth-grade students put their science fair projects on display. The displays were impressive. The evidence was clear that the students put a lot of hard work into their ...