Editorials

Possible steel tariff would be too costly for farmers

There is growing support in some parts of Minnesota for a U.S. tariff on imported steel. The loss of thousands of mining jobs on the Iron Range in recent years has moved state leaders to criticize overproduction and public subsidies of steel in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and ...

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Kicking the can down the road again THUMBS DOWN: The can got kicked a little further down the road. On Tuesday, Lyon County Commissioners again delayed a decision on whether or not to help fund a veterans memorial in Minneota. The saga started two years ago when Minneota American Legion ...

When it comes to low wages, start with higher education

ccording to 2016 U.S. News report, young workers are making about 20 percent less than the generation before them. Low wages are a problem throughout the U.S. and in Southwest Minnesota. Blame for the low wages has been directed toward politicians, too many government regulations on ...

Proposed wind farms need to be scrutinized

Clean energy generators such as wind power are the wave of the future as the U.S. and other countries wean themselves off pollutant makers such as oil and coal. Wind energy has several benefits. It doesn't pollute the air or require any destructive chemicals. The wind is also free and it's a ...

A Bue-tiful act of generosity for wildlife management

Recreation and conservation received a boost Saturday with the dedication of Bue-tiful Acres Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County. Saturday's dedication honored Marshall resident Jerry Bue, who was one of the 12 original game managers hired by the Minnesota Department of Conservation. The ...

Defense spending still a problem

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...

44 states correct to balk at releasing voter information

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced June 30 that he would defy a request from the president’s Election Integrity Commission to turn over detailed voter information to the federal government. “I will not hand over Minnesota voters’ sensitive personal information to the ...

Short Takes

Stepping up to help the community THUMBS UP: On a weekly basis, the Independent has reported on some examples of individuals stepping up to help their community. One example this week can be found at Freedom Park every Friday during the summer. Five years ago, Chad and Trisha Bergjord ...

We can’t afford to let hate drive doctors away

According to Voice of America, hate crimes targeting Muslim Americans were up nearly 600 percent from 2014 to 2016. A Muslim advocacy group blames the anti-Islam rhetoric during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election for fueling those hate crimes. This hate is mostly based on ignorance. A Public ...

Dissing the police with naming of training fund

Gov. Mark Dayton no doubt meant well last week when he suggested a new state law enforcement training fund be named for Philando Castile. Castile was the victim in a police shooting in Falcon Heights last July, and while the St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second ...

Law enforcement doing its job in keeping us safe

Speed kills. That has proven to be the case many times in recent history of Lyon County. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department announced this week that it’s joining forces with other Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Minnesota on Thursday to curb speeding on roadways. The agencies ...

The real reason to celebrate the Fourth holiday

The price for Independence is not cheap. Fourth of July festivities in Southwest Minnesota reminded us of that. Especially in Hendricks. The July holiday is often a reason to spend time on the lake or hold a barbecue with friends and family. It's all topped off with magnificent fireworks. ...

The Constitutional convention

What came to be called the “Constitutional Convention” began on May 25, 1787. The thirteen states were all represented, with the exception of Rhode Island. The delegates were probably not upset with its absence, that state having a somewhat “checkered reputation”. It was not too ...

Health care: The complications mount for Republicans

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated. Many Republicans in Congress ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. For years, the House regularly took symbolic repeal votes, knowing the legislation was unlikely to get through the Senate and knowing that ...

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Cheaper power adds up to savings THUMBS UP: Marshall Municipal Utilities announced that it will be paying off more than $3 million bond early, saving around $500,000 in interest costs. It was accomplished by changing the power supplier, according to MMU General Manager Brad Roos. Last ...

The rush to repeal health care law

Last Thursday the Senate leadership pulled the veil off of their health care repeal and replacement act. While Senators struggled to read and understand the 142-page bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said leadership wanted to have the bill approved before the July 4 recess. Why the ...

Youths complete big mission in Dominican Republic

"It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” That’s a famous Mark Twain quote and it may best describe the attributes of a group of young people from Victory Christian Church who recently accomplishment something “amazing.” The thirteen ...

Minnesota-made health solutions needed as feds create leadership vacuum

Minnesota-made health solutions needed as federal government creates leadership vacuum Minnesota lawmakers took a welcome step this year with a “reinsurance” program to help consumers struggling to afford individual health insurance policies. The Legislature’s work, however, is far from ...

Short Takes

Board kicking the can down the road THUMBS DOWN: Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink is discovering how slow the wheels of government can turn. Fink is spearheading an effort to raise funds and build a veterans memorial park in Minneota. He was hoping to get some funding help from ...

Teacher salaries too low in rural school districts

The Ivanhoe Times this week put the spotlight on a real problem plaguing rural school districts in Minnesota. A report from the June 14 Ivanhoe School District board meeting focused on a high turnover rate for teachers. The report said the district hired three new teachers in 2014-15, four in ...