Editorials

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Tru Shrimp groundbreaking big news THUMBS UP: There was more than dirt flying off shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony in Balaton Monday. Excitement was circulating through the air as well, as the tru Shrimp company celebrated the start of construction for the new training facility at ...

Health care drama just politics as usual in Washington

The repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act drama returns to Washington D.C. President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders are once again pushing for enough votes to pass new health care legislation called the Graham-Cassidy bill. Supporters of the legislation say that states will now get ...

Marshall Public Schools deserve recognition

The American College Testing college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. While ACT scores are used as one factor in the admission process at colleges, they are also used by some states to assess the performance of ...

Protect our elections from foreign interference

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, took to the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday to make her case for her bipartisan amendment with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure from foreign interference. According to Klobuchar, the amendment would help states block cyber attacks, ...

Short Takes for Sept. 15

A friendly piece of advice to council SIDEWAYS THUMB: Lyon County commissioners were right to express concerns over Marshall’s desire to establish a new tax increment financing district (TIF). Revenue raised by the TIF would help finance infrastructure improvements at the Marshall ...

Licensing fail

It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

Americans will never forget Sept. 11, 2001

Across this great nation, communities like Marshall observed another 9/11 anniversary on Monday. Once again we are reminded of that sorrowful day when al-Qaida hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center. The large U.S. Flag was waving in the wind on top of fire ...

How not to treat customer security

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

NAFTA talks loom large for Minnesota

Minnesota has much at stake as talk between the Trump administration and Canadian and Mexican officials begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, commonly known as NAFTA. Minnesota’s rich agricultural base and its diverse manufacturing sector, creating everything from ...

Short Takes

More students challenging for MPS THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Looks like Marshall Public Schools face more challenges. Superintendent Scott Monson reported Tuesday that the district is likely looking at another significant increase in student enrollment. He said the situation is still fluid, but the ...

Lyon County gets it right on veteran memorials

Lyon County on Tuesday reinforced its support in recognizing our military veterans. The board of Commissioners approved $15,000 in county funding to help with the construction of a veterans memorial in downtown Marshall. Bruce Knieff and Marshall Fire Chief Marc Klaith presented concept ...

Trump challenges Congress on immigration

President Donald Trump just passed another hot potato to Congress. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is a President Barack Obama program that protected hundreds of thousands of young ...

Trump’s strategic reset

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Short takes

Thanks for the memories THUMBS UP: Heritage is precious treasurer that is important to be preserved. On Thursday, the Independent shared memories of former District 41 schoolhouse students. They stood inside the schoolhouse they fondly remember from their childhood while being interviewed. ...

Attacking the market for sex with underage girls

"Some people think sex sting operations can’t happen in small towns, but this is proof that they can. I believe these eight arrests show that this problem is far more prevalent than anyone thought. No one is policing the Internet. These arrests are the reality of the situation.” — Brown ...

Looking for more efficient ways to grow crops

These are not easy times for southwest Minnesota farmers. So it’s inspiring to hear about stories involving our farmers willing to try out some agricultural innovations. Taking advantage of these new techniques appear to be paying off. One such farmer is Brian Velde who installed a ...

It’s a matter of checks and balances for justices

The Minnesota Supreme Court began hearing oral arguments Monday on an important question dealing with checks and balances in government and the separation of powers. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton’s attorneys will be arguing that he had the power to line-item veto the Legislature’s funding ...

Little particles could become big problem

On the heels of the governor traveling to the area to talk about water quality last week, it was clear that plenty of issues need to be addressed. One of those involves microscopic particles that could lead to big problems. Microplastics should be on the radar when addressing water quality ...

Slow down, be safe

Here’s a warning to kids who are dreading the thought of returning to school. You may want to turn to the comics page rather than read any further. But the fact is, schools are getting ready to reopen. Teachers are having meetings, food services are getting their big boxes of beef patties ...

Short Takes

Voters support school referendum THUMBS UP: Bond referendums usually set off heated debates in communities. There is always the need vs. the cost. It was no different in Minneota for the past several months as registered voters mulled over the need to upgrade school district ...