Editorials

Response to Wildlife killing contests despicable

A few years ago I saw a PBS documentary about coyotes and coywolves, an eastern wolf-coyote cross. Other than man, coyotes are about the most successful species out there. The city of Chicago is supposed to have about 2,000 of them. They are very smart and stay out of sight. Most people would ...

School choice

It’s School Choice Week. School choice is a noble cause. In much of America, parents have little or no control over where their kids attend school. Local governments assign schools by ZIP code. Having choice is better. Whether it’s vouchers, scholarships, charters, private schools or ...

Parental choice in education is vital

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring this week, Jan. 20-26, as National School Choice Week. The proclamation expresses concern about performance of U.S. students in international surveys: 24th in reading; 25th in science; 40th in math. And it ascribes the cause of these ...

Let RTR voters cast their ballots

A lawsuit was filed on Jan. 17 in Lyon County District Court against the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District. It seeks a temporary restraining order on the Feb. 12 bond referendum election. It was filed by a group of area residents, two of whom are former school board members. The ...

MLK Day a chance to reflect on history, divided nation

Civil Rights activist Gwendolyn Middlebrooks was the keynote speaker for the MLK breakfast held at the Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center Ballroom Monday. She knew the Martin Luther King Jr. family well. She’s a former babysitter for the King family and a longtime member ...

Minnesota River cleanup: Nutrient trading offers solutions

When it comes to cleaning up the Minnesota River, the state and cities along the river have two choices: negotiate or litigate. We prefer negotiation. The Walz administration would be wise to go with that flow. Many of the small cities along the Minnesota River face new wastewater pollution ...

Short Takes

Good news for Marshall Shopko THUMBS UP: Some good news for Marshall came out of the bad news involving Shopko Stores. The retail chain announced Wednesday it was filing for bankruptcy protection and closing 39 more stores in 19 states. Fortunately, the Marshall store is not on the closure ...

Making a difference in your community

Running for elected local office — why do it? It involves a lot of time and dedication. And often times there are more criticisms than thank yous that go with the job. Well, Karen VanKeulen has an answer to the question. For VanKeulen, running for office and then sitting on the Marshall ...

Rising pull factor makes Marshall regional center

A letter writer recently made the claim that city officials are “trying to pretend Marshall is the regional center of southwest Minnesota.” The big complaint was building new facilities when the city is “almost $100 million in debt.” The writer also argued that most of the residents go ...

Setting priorities in Legislature

Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...

Short Takes

A time of year to be optimistic THUMBS UP: The first full week of January featured newly-elected officials taking their positions on boards and commissions. In St. Paul, Tim Walz was sworn in as the 41st governor of Minnesota. Three elected members of the Marshall Public Schools District ...

No agreement, no surprise

On Tuesday President Donald Trump gave a prime-time Oval Office speech calling for funding for a wall to curb the “crisis” on our southern border. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded, telling Trump to quit exaggerating the dangers and to stop holding the American ...

tru Shrimp news is a call for action in Minnesota

Two years ago tru Shrimp delivered the news that Marshall did not want to hear. The innovative agriculture company based in Balaton would build its first commercial shrimp hatchery and harbor in Luverne. That was somewhat of a gut shot for Lyon County and the surrounding area. Shortly after ...

Walz sounds strong theme in inaugural message

Gov. Tim Walz, sworn in on Monday as Minnesota’s 41st governor, set out his hopes for Minnesota in his administration. As he said in his campaign, he wants “One Minnesota,” which benefits everyone, “regardless of zip code.” He called on Minnesota to come together by closing ...

Time to slow the budget swing

Now that Tim Walz is sworn in today as Minnesota’s governor, and as the DFL-controlled House takes its seat, it is time to look at where Minnesota stands after eight years of Gov. Mark Dayton. Under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the state had followed a strict “no tax increase” philosophy in ...

Congress, codify bump-stock ban

The Trump administration was right to ban “bump stocks.” Now Congress should confirm the sensible step by passing legislation to ban the devices, which can transform semi-automatic rifles into automatic rifles. A bump stock was used by the killer in the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting ...

Short Takes

Alcohol and snow can lead to tragedy THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says more people lost their lives on state roadways in 2018 compared to the year before. That is according to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article this week. This report comes after tragedy struck ...

Democrats won’t deal on the wall

It is astonishing that the federal government has shut down over what essentially amounts to $4.4 billion. That is the difference between what Senate Democrats are willing to spend on border security and what President Trump wants ($5.7 billion) for a border wall with Mexico. It is ...

He likes dogs

I wanted to write this column about dogs. If you follow me on Twitter or have read my work elsewhere, you probably know that about me: I like my dogs. Though truth be told, I probably like your dogs, too. Because I just like dogs. It’s a common sentiment. Dog ownership has been going up ...

Sweden isn’t socialist

For years, I’ve heard American leftists say Sweden is proof that socialism works, that it doesn’t have to turn out as badly as the Soviet Union or Cuba or Venezuela did. But that’s not what Swedish historian Johan Norberg says in a new documentary and Stossel TV video. “Sweden is ...