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Vet memorial, county museum upgrade two worthwhile projects THUMBS UP: The Marshall City Council on Tuesday approved funding for two worthwhile community projects. A total of $30,000 was approved for the veterans memorial being built at Memorial Park and $25,000 was approved for a project ...

Casualties in the trade wars

This year he has sparked a trade war with tariffs on Chinese and European goods, and even on Canada, our good neighbor to the north. This is sparking a trade war that is hitting a lot of the U.S. economy hard as trading partners retaliate with their own tariffs. Pork producers who export a ...

Grace Life steps up to save Head Start program

The United Community Action Partnership’s Head Start and Early Head Start program found itself in a tragic predicament earlier this year. The program that offers vital educational and health services to low-income children was without a home for the upcoming school year. It’s a tragic ...

‘Get this Farm Bill done’

American farmers and ranchers face an uncertain future as they navigate through some difficult economic obstacles. President Donald Trump is pursuing an aggressive trade agenda that leaves the agriculture industry in the cross hairs of countries being targeted by U.S. tariffs. They also face ...

Minnesota should take the lead on rebuilding mental health system

“Deaths of despair.” Overdoses. Alcohol. Suicide. They are causes of death that have been growing steadily for more than a decade, but they only take the spotlight as singular problems — “the opioid epidemic” or “a suicide outbreak.” That’s a fallacy. The so-called “deaths ...

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Saddle up for a good time THUMBS UP: It’s good to see such events as the Saddle Horse Holiday that was held in Lake Benton last weekend continue to thrive. These type of events showcase southwest Minnesota's rural lifestyle. At 72 years old, the longevity of this event is amazing. There ...

Walk to bring awareness to dementia

It first, it’s just some memory problems. But that’s the first sign of cognitive impairment. And as time goes along, the memory loss gets worse. There are problems like wandering and getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills and repeating questions. It takes longer to complete ...

Dealing with the young immigrants

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem -and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 2,000 children have been separated from their children after their parents brought them across the border from ...

Immigration is not the only border issue

While the debate wages over U.S. Immigration policies, another disturbing trend is being reported that also develops from the border with Mexico. A report last week given by the commander of the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force is disturbing. Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall ...

Primaries temper the excesses of conventions

It’s a reasonable question when candidates ignore the major business of the conventions — the endorsements — and just move on to the primary. That’s happening this year in the race for governor for both major parties. Sure, there are the after-parties at the conventions, the enticing ...

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A little patience needed by motorists THUMBS UP: The summer months often are a time for the needed, but inconvenient road construction. Motorists will be facing some of that inconvenience starting next week when construction begins on Saratoga Street. Motorists are urged to use alternate ...

Another N. Korean promise to denuclearize

This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un contained a lot of good things for Kim. He got a face-to-face meeting with the American president and the recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power that has to be respected on the world stage. He got a ...

It takes a team effort to fight blight

Communities big and small are constantly fighting blight. And there’s a lot of reasons to fight it. No. 1, it makes the community look undesirable to present residents and to those who might want to invest or live in there. It also has a negative effect on surrounding properties and it can ...

Thoma’s efforts pay off in a big way

As a large crowd of people watched Saturday’s “Never Forget” remembrance event for the 50th anniversary of the Tracy tornado that killed nine people, Scott Thoma stood on the corner of Rowland and Park Street in Tracy and released nine balloons one by one. And a church bell rang nine ...

Stalled farm bill falls victim to extreme partisanship

To know how far relationships have broken down in Congress, consider this: Just as lawmakers should have been negotiating furiously to nail down the 2018 farm bill, a $489 billion behemoth that would fund agriculture and food assistance for five years, Minnesota U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, the ...

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Loyalty still important in business THUMBS UP: Loyalty is important in business. Just ask Paul and Jim Huber. The owner and former owner of Jim's Market in Canby celebrated the business’ 50th anniversary with employees and customers Wednesday. They also recognized long-time employees such ...

Good deal turns bad for Lynd school district

The Lynd Public School board is facing a major decision when it meets Monday evening — should the district pull out of the management contract with SouthWest Education Cooperative? At one time, the contract with SWEC made a lot of sense for a tiny school district such as Lynd (student ...

Legislative session ‘very disappointing’

Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, summed up the 2018 Legislative session best. “I’m very disappointed,” he said during a town hall meeting in Marshall held to give area residents a report on the session. There were some positive developments for southwest Minnesota. After using his veto ...

Legacy funds help, but water problems persist

A decade ago Minnesotans approved a historic change to the constitution that funnels up to $300 million a year to land conservation, clean water protections, parks and the arts. The Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment, which runs for another 15 years, has brought huge benefits in many ...

Seamans’ heroism ‘only acceptable action’

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...