Editorials

Walz: Enbridge now needs a ‘social permit’

Enbridge Energy has operated a crude oil pipeline — called Line 3 — across northern Minnesota since the 1960s. It begins in Canada and ends at a terminal in Superior, Wis. The oil is processed by refineries in the Midwest that turn it into many products, including gasoline. Line 3 is ...

Tobacco 21 deserves support in Legislature

Minnesota’s success at reducing the percentage of people in the state who smoke has stalled recently. About 13.8 percent of Minnesotans smoke, compared with 14.4 percent four years ago. It could be that those who want to quit have managed to do so, and the rest are hard-core ...

Short takes

Military veterans deserve extra help THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical College are doing their part to provide educational opportunities to military veterans. A national survey ranked SMSU third among all institutions in its small ...

Clear out the snow before tragedy strikes

Clearing snow this winter has become a big pain for Marshall residents. One resident interviewed while in the middle of snowplowing his sidewalk told the Independent that this winter has been “as bad as it was seven years ago.” “I have 142 feet of sidewalk to take care of, and every ...

Sex harassment should be obvious

Legislators are looking at a bill that would redefine what constitutes sexual harassment in Minnesota. Advocates of the bill say it is needed to lower the legal bar that makes it too hard for victims of harassment to seek protection. It’s sad that we have to do this. Sexual harassment is ...

Klobuchar faces her biggest political fight

On Sunday, Minnesota’s senior senator, Amy Klobuchar, announced her intent to run for president. She joins a growing crowd of Democrats who want to regain the White House in 2020. We know Minnesotans like Klobuchar, and have elected her three times to the Senate with increasingly strong ...

LGA: Walz city aid plan makes up losses

With the federal government increasingly dysfunctional and state political parties often taking the lead from their federal counterparts, the government that works best in the future may be the city. So Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to increase local government aid by $30 million, bringing it back ...

Short Takes

Polar blast puts heat on school districts THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Not only did the dangerous driving conditions caused by snowy weather surprise motorists, but it also put some heat on superintendents in southwest Minnesota. With students in the schools, decisions were made to not send them home ...

Can’t ignore need to increase renewable energy

There is a proposal being pushed in the Legislature to make Minnesota the fourth state to set a 100 percent clean energy plan. It would require electricity providers to generate all energy from renewable sources by 2050. One sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Jamie Long, D-Minneapolis, claims ...

Northam lost confidence of people

Despite threats, pleas, and entreaties from senators and citizens, Democrats and Republicans, former governors and most of the General Assembly, Ralph Northam remains Virginia’s chief executive — at least the last time we checked. And it appears, according to the law, that might not change ...

Giving companies in rural areas a boost with international markets

While President Donald Trump's battle with Congress over funding for a border wall with Mexico is sucking up all the attention in the news lately, U.S. Sen. Amy Kolobuchar, D-Minn., has been quietly working on legislation that could boost the southwest Minnesota economy. Klobuchar joined ...

Past indiscretions will come back to haunt you

The governor of Virginia,  Ralph Northam, is being roasted by the outrage over a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two men, one in blackface, one in a KKK robe. Northam at first apologized and said he was one of the men in the picture, but on Saturday he said he ...

Short Takes

Hobby Lobby a boost for Marshall THUMBS UP: Marshall received another economic development boost this week with the announcement of Hobby Lobby opening a store at the former Kmart building along Minnesota Highway 23. This comes on the heels of the opening of the recent opening of Aldi's ...

Staying on the go even in frigid conditions

It takes a weather event like the one being experienced this week in southwest Minnesota and throughout the Midwest to truly appreciate the people who battle the snow, the rain and the intense heat to make sure we enjoy certain services. We all are conditioned to expect no mail on holidays, ...

Tackling the child care crisis at all levels

Last May U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar sat inside the conference room of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and listened to community stakeholders share child care issues during a roundtable discussion. Chamber President Brad Gruhot said child care used to be a cost issue, but he ...

Equal school funding with local control

Replacing infrastructure is a huge national problem. It’s a big concern in rural America. And you don’t have to look farther than right here in southwest Minnesota. Supporters of education in the Russell-Tyler-School District would like to replace old facilities that are in some instances ...

Dear Gov. Walz, Thanks for your agenda; here’s ours

Dear Gov. Tim Walz, Congratulations on your election and inauguration. The Times Editorial Board is encouraged by many of the points, promises and priorities you made campaigning and in preparing to take office. That said, here are top priorities from this board’s perspective. • Build ...

tru Shrimp responds to media coverage

We have received many questions about our recent announcement to build our first Harbor, a shrimp production facility, in Madison, South Dakota. There has been significant media coverage on the topic as well. We want to take the opportunity to clarify some points and answer questions that ...

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he — more than the sturdy, substantial elephant — is emblematic of his party ...

Short Takes for Jan. 25

Making up for lost federal funding will be tough for Minnesota THUMBS DOWN: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the state will not leave anyone behind during the government shutdown. Walz made that pledge during a public event held at a cafe in Ivanhoe. That pledge is going to get tougher and ...