Editorials

Short Takes

Important visitors in Marshall THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota received some welcomed attention by the Gov. Tim Walz administration this past week. First, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was in Marshall on Monday to participate in a roundtable discussion on chronic homelessness in southwest ...

Can’t afford to wait for politicians to keep students safe

Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting left 12 students dead, America is still desperately searching for ways to protect students inside schools from deviant attackers. Since Columbine, several more massacres have occurred at school sites across the nation, including the Sandy ...

A great world treasure damaged

It is hard to find words to express the shock of watching the reports from Paris as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned into the night. Four-hundred firefighters battled to contain the blaze that was consuming one of the world’s most iconic architectural and religious edifices. We don’t ...

Tigers complete their missions

Congratulations to Chad Wyffels, La Oeltjenbruns and James Carr. All three were inducted into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Fame Saturday evening. The foundation has been recognizing Marshall alumni, faculty and staff members since 2000. Each of the inductees, according to ...

Copycat bills demand questions from voters, transparency from legislators

For anyone who follows state government, it’s always been a question: Why are Minnesota legislators so often addressing the same issues as legislators in other states? Is it the zeitgeist, or something else? Think marijuana, tort reform, minimum wage, gay marriage, taxes on sugary drinks, ...

Being counted in the next federal census makes a difference

The actual collection of information is a year away, but awareness needs to be beefed up now about how important it is for Minnesota residents to participate in the 2020 census. The attempt to count everyone — not just U.S. citizens but anyone who lives here — is a big undertaking that ...

Chasing our Tails? More like tucking our tails in shame

We should be ashamed. We should be ashamed because a viable company that would have created 30 jobs and filled the massive, empty County Fair building was turned away. We should be ashamed we allowed fear to rule our thought process which when it inevitably does, leads to bad decisions ...

Short Takes

Area educators honored by state THUMBS UP: Two area educators were honored with statewide honors recently. Lakeview Public Schools District Superintendent Chris Fenske was named the 2019 Administrator of Excellence by the Minnesota Association of School Administration. And Marshall High ...

Allow cameras in court

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor for the killing of Justine Ruszczyk raises once again the question of whether cameras should be allowed in Minnesota courtrooms. Minnesota courts are usually closed to cameras, except during very limited situations, usually after a ...

Medications that can reduce opioid deaths

Walter Ginter began using heroin in the early 1970s while serving in the Army. By 1977, desperate to kick the habit, he turned to daily doses of methadone, a synthetic opioid that eases withdrawal and decreases cravings. The treatment worked. “I have a good life today,” says Ginter, 69, ...

Hatred is not patriotism

A disturbing news story came from the Associated Press on Friday. The FBI has arrested a western New York man who is facing federal charges of threatening to kill Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District. Rep. Omar, elected this past year, is one ...

State takes the lead on special education

Craig, Stauber rightly team up in bipartisan push to close the gap in federal funding. It wasn’t so long ago that 1 in 5 children with special needs were kept out of public schools in this country. In many places they were shunted off to state institutions or subpar facilities, far away ...

Thwart leakers with Mueller report release

We believe the Mueller Report on Russian interference in our 2016 election should be made public; at least, as much as can be responsibly released without affecting national security or interfering with other investigations. We’ve said before it is our right to know what’s in the report, ...

Other Views

School safety: Fund more counselors for students’ emotional health While there’s a renewed push to boost spending on school safety through more locks and tighter security to fortify schools, a new study of school shootings suggests that will not be enough to prevent future school ...

CUP for County Fair building too vague

On March 28, I attended the Marshall Planning Commission’s public meeting concerning a requested Conditional Use Permit by Carr Family LTD Partnership, the owners of the building formerly housing County Fair Foods, to allow Chasing Our Tails, out of New Hampshire, to operate a pet treat ...

Short Takes

Highway 14 work worth the trouble THUMBS UP: Many roads and highways need attention in southwest Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and project contractors held a informational open house for the resurfacing of Highway 14 that starts this spring. The project targets ...

It’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to filling empty buildings

The trend of big-box stores and restaurants closing and leaving large empty buildings doesn’t discriminate between rural and metro. Communities large and small are struggling to fill these buildings. Marshall is also no stranger to the “retail apocalypse.” Marshall economic ...

Replacing ACA harder than repeal

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Barr should release nearly the full report

Two considerations need to be taken care of before Attorney General William Barr makes the special counsel Robert Mullers report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national security. It may be that the report contains some material that would be helpful to our ...