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Manufacturing optimism rises THUMBS UP: The Enterprise Minnesota’s annual State of Manufacturing Survey revealed a lot of optimism among Minnesota Manufacturing executives. The results of the 2017 State of Manufacturing survey were presented Monday at Southwest Minnesota State ...

City Council ends up making right decision on taxis

The Marshall City Council on Tuesday decided against repealing the ordinance regulating taxi businesses. The decision was reached after push back from the very businesses being regulated. The ordinance requires taxi cab operators be licensed, that they have public liability and injury ...

Making a difference in narrowing the skills gap

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care industry will add more than 4 million jobs between now and 2022. Among the several reasons for that projection cited by the bureau: • An aging population. The number of people ages 65 and older is projected to grow by 40 percent ...

Make voting easier and more secure

A campaign to making voting easier and more secure is gaining momentum in Minnesota. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in Marshall Friday visiting with Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg to get feedback and talk about election-related issues. Simon met with Independent ...

Licensing reforms promise to improve teacher recruitment

Minnesota needs more teachers, and it needs more minority teachers. School districts across the state can’t find enough qualified teachers to fill positions, especially in areas such as special education, English as a second language, math and science. Large, urban districts struggle to ...

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More opportunities for girls THUMBS UP: Marshall Public Schools is adding high school girls soccer beginning with the 2017-18 school year. The school board approved the new sport Monday. “This is something we've talked about for awhile and we're sort of moving forward in order to get ...

Firefighters save Main Street Ivanhoe

The fire that destroyed a business in Ivanhoe Friday morning was a good reminder of the important role volunteer firefighters serve in communities. The Ivanhoe Times credited the quick response by fire departments in Ivanhoe, Hendricks, Arco, Tyler and Lake Benton for saving surrounding ...

Don’t forget to thank our law enforcement

The White House was lit up in blue on Monday to honor the nation's police officers as part of National Law Enforcement Memorial Day. Police officers were also honored during a ceremony at the Minnesota State Capitol. In remarks earlier in the day to police families of fallen officers at the ...

School discipline and the courts

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Heading toward another government shutdown

Two weeks was apparently not enough for Governor Mark Dayton and the Republicans controlling the Minnesota Legislature to work out a budget agreement. Instead, talks broke down this week and Republicans began passing their own budget bills, which the governor says he will veto. He’s not even ...

Legislation looks to fill open teaching slots

School boards and school administrators in Minnesota could soon get more discretion in hiring prospective teachers. That’s a good thing. Minnesota is facing a teacher shortage in areas such as math, science and special education, and these shortages are most acute in outstate Minnesota, which ...

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Another grand SMSU graduation THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota State University celebrated its 49th commencement Saturday with 469 graduates walking up to President Dr. Connie Gores and accepting diplomas. It was another grand ceremony by the university to honor a major achievement for ...

FOI law doesn’t extend to Congress

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Teachers deserve recognition

The Marshall Independent recently received an email from a “proud” parent and supporter of the Marshall School district. The email was a reminder that May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week. The email also mentioned that the recent defeat of school referendum is not a reflection on the ...

College degree can be well worth the cost

For the 49th time in Southwest Minnesota State University history, students celebrated the ultimate educational accomplishment — receiving a college degree. This time 469 out of an eligible 669 students participated in the commencement ceremony. SMSU Student Association President Ashanti ...

Time for Senate to show more courage than House to reform health care

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Don’t throw away all new lunch standards

Change is never easy, especially when it comes to our food. School districts throughout the nation were required to make major adjustments to their lunch programs after President Barack Obama in 2012 signed into law new requirements to provide healthier options. The law was spurred by then ...

We hope our political leaders never forget what’s real

“It’s just politics” is something people say, and often rightly so. But not always. What they mean is that the political process is corrupt, with special interests able to gain special access, or that politicians are just in it for themselves, or that politics is all about favoritism and ...

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Moving the rail cars down the line THUMBS UP: Residents in Hanley Falls don’t like looking at rail cars just sitting on tracks. Residents have been telling the City Council the cars were blocking their views and in some cases blocked the summer breeze. Even the farmers complained. One ...

The good and bad proposed for Minnesota budget

Legislative negotiations on finalizing budget targets are getting down to the nitty-gritty. All sides have been reaching out to the public and the media in soliciting support for their proposals. Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Gent, sent out a press release Wednesday urging Gov. Mark Dayton to ...