Editorials

Short Takes for Jan. 20

Volunteering on MLK Day THUMBS UP: It’s great that companies offer paid-time-off to employees who volunteer, particularly on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What a great way to honor his sacrifice. Back to the drawing board SIDEWAYS THUMB: Marshall School District school board ...

Let liquor stores open on Sunday

Every year the Minnesota Legislature gets a new version of an old bill, one to allow liquor stores to be open for business on Sundays. For more than 80 years, state law has decreed that liquor stores should be closed on Sundays. It is the last vestige of the “blue laws” that existed on ...

Short Takes for Jan. 13

Tracy Public Schools gets funding THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Tracy Public Schools receiving state funding for high-speed Internet expansion. The school system was included in grants made possible by legislation passed during the 2016 Legislative Session. SMSU men’s BB ...

Short Takes for Jan. 6

Letter not appreciated THUMBS DOWN: The newsroom received a letter Dec. 30 all the way from California from a Kyle Dickinson of Hemet. He was concerned that “Caucasian Americans” are being subjected to advertisements comprised of “white women or girls with some other race of men. ...

State program constitutional but still problematic

Managing Editor The Journal of New Ulm A federal appeals court has overturned a federal judge’s ruling that the Minnesota Sex Offender Program is unconstitutional. This is the program that allows the state to keep sex offenders who pose the greatest risk of offending again in detention ...

Short Takes for Dec. 30

Remembering a fallen hero THUMBS UP: It’s great that the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office has not only kept in touch with a fallen officer’s family in the 40 years since his death in the line of duty, but the deputies are conducting a fundraiser to send Tracy native Jack Warden’s ...

Short Takes for Dec. 23

Slow down on icy roads THUMBS DOWN: There have been too many fender-benders and crashes this winter. Some are unavoidable, but others are caused by driving too fast and too close to other vehicles for the conditions. Slow down in winter and allow yourself some stopping room. Santa ...

Short Takes for Dec. 16

Heart to Heart THUMBS UP: Lyon County Heart to Heart has been providing Christmas gifts and food to needy families for 30 years and this year is no different. Six hundred families will find their holiday a little brighter this season thanks to Lyon County Heart to Heart and the many ...

Short Takes for Dec. 9

Santa visits THUMBS UP: Ho, ho, ho to area businesses for providing a Santa lap for children to sit on and tell their secret Christmas wishes to. Winter is here THUMBS DOWN: Can’t someone fix this weather? We’re not ready for the harsh cold of winter after being lulled ...

Short Takes for Dec. 2

Independent’s new website THUMBS UP: The Independent has a new website that readers should find easier to read and navigate. The new website is more mobile friendly. More photos can be seen on the website, and maps will be added in the next few weeks, so readers will know exactly where ...

Short takes for Nov. 24

Hy-Vee shows appreciationTHUMBS UP:Kudos to Hy-Vee for offering breakfast to any state, county or city snowplow drivers Saturday morning. Hy-Vee store manager Kyle Thornsbrough got on the radio and put the word out offering to buy breakfast for hard-working snow plow drivers.Prairie Home ...

Short Takes for Nov. 11

Football frenzyTHUMBS UP:There's no question high school football in the Independent's coverage area is as strong as it's ever been this year. Four teams, count 'em four teams - Lakeview, Marshall, Murray County Central and Wabasso - are playing in the 2016 state tournament, which begins today. ...

New-look council needs to remember to work together

The Marshall City Council has two fresh faces, and we have absolutely no problem with new representation on the council. We wish these two new members the best of luck as they transition into their respective hot seats. All we ask is this: Work together. Cooperate. Be humble. Listen. Be open to ...

It’s over, and it’s just beginning

It's over. Well, at least the process is.Yes, there are election-related stories in today's paper, and there's a pretty good bet there will be more political stories on Page 1A of the Independent for the rest of the week, maybe even into next week - it's not going away. However, today, on some ...

Short Takes

It's almost over - get out and vote if you haven't alreadyTHUMBS UP:Pretty soon, the random Trump emails that refer to you as "friend" will stop. Pretty soon, the non-stop barrage of TV ads that make us want to throw our set out the window will cease (the Star Tribune says more than $83 million ...

Short Takes for Oct. 28

Rest in peace, Bobby VeeTHUMBS DOWN:The musical world has lost a number of its biggest names in recent years - from Michael Jackson, to Prince - and while Bobby Vee wasn't quite as well renowned as those two, he does hold a special place in our hearts, and his death earlier this week saddens ...

It took THIS long to reach a tipping point?

So, now it's time for a special session?Don't get us wrong, we're glad our elected officials could soon be getting together in St. Paul to sort out the health care mess this state is in, but couldn't this have been taken care of, or at least officially addressed behind closed doors, already?Our ...

Short Takes for Oct. 21

Tournament timeTHUMBS UP:The regular season of high school football wrapped up Wednesday, and we wish all our local teams good health and good luck in the postseason. Same goes for the volleyball teams, which also begin the tournament season next week, and the area cross country teams and the ...

Short Takes for Cot. 14

Police protocol positive in MarshallTHUMBS UP:We've all seen the stories about cops abusing their power in the line of duty, taking actions that sometimes result in the senseless deaths of suspects. Wednesday's incident in Marshall should serve as a reminder that we don't have such problems ...

Lesser of two evils — is that really what this is coming down to?

We've used space on this page over the last few months to remind readers to give Donald Trump a chance to make his mark, to not write him off because of something he said.We can't do that anymore.Trump's mouth has gotten him into big trouble over the last year. The billionaire celebrity ...