Editorials

Another successful Relay for Life event held in Marshall

Another successful Lyon County Relay for Life event was held in Marshall Friday. This year, the event was held inside the Red Baron Arena and Expo. There were plenty of activities and entertainment at the event. Many events were youth orientated, such as a costume parade. More importantly, ...

Isolate N. Korea’s murderous regime

Last week North Korea made a “humanitarian” gesture, releasing U.S. college student Otto Warmbier from custody, 17 months into his 15 year hard labor sentence for the crime of allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster. His parents had only recently learned that Warmbier, held without ...

Virginia shooting: Change the causes of hate and violence

It’s become an all too familiar story. A group is gathered in a public place. Shots are fired. Panic ensues. A number of people are left dead or seriously wounded. On Wednesday, the victims were Republican congressmen and their staffs just outside our nation’s capital. We’d like to ...

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Big news for Marshall, region THUMBS UP: Marshall scored a major economic victory Wednesday when tru Shrimp announced it intends to build a shrimp hatchery in Marshall, which will serve as a hub for a new aquaculture business. Tru Shrimp also plans to renovate a vacant USDA-approved ...

A step in right direction with VA legislation

Democratic Congressman Joe Tester declared “we got a few bad apples” working at Veterans Affairs clinics. On Tuesday, Congress approved the long-sought legislation to make firing those “bad apples” easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The bill is called the Department of ...

A better way to reduce tobacco use in Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton’s office released some startling numbers involving tobacco use in Minnesota. It was part of a campaign to urge the Republican Legislative leaders to reverse the tax cuts for tobacco. According to Dayton’s release, the Minnesota Department of Health reports 6,300 ...

Project gives boost to affordable housing

The affordable housing crisis has been mushrooming in this country for several years now. According to a February Business Insider report, Americans are now spending their highest share of their incomes on mortgage payments since 2010. Southwest Minnesota is not immune to this crisis. ...

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Another successful car show THUMBS UP: The Shades of the Past Car Club held another successful car show Saturday in Marshall. Club President Mark Mather said almost 400 vehicles were on display during the 31st annual show. Not only did car owners travel to the Runnings location in Marshall ...

Family hardware store survives on Main Street

Is brick-and-mortar on Main Street USA dead? Patzer’s Hardware Hank says no. For 50 years, Hardware Hank has stood tall on Main Street Marshall thriving in a tough retail environment of recessions, big box retailers and Amazon. This week, the Patzer family is celebrating 50 years of ...

Minnesota West, SMSU partnership a winner

Higher education in southwest Minnesota received a boost Monday with the announcement of a collaboration between Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical college. The program is called “Blue to Brown” and it will allow students the opportunity to ...

Prepare now for Fourth Industrial Revolution

Student speakers at Marshall High School’s 2017 graduation ceremony on Friday spoke of their upcoming journey in life. Marshall High School Principal Brian Jones said 167 students were receiving their diplomas. “After this point, our future is in our hands,” student Speaker Brooke ...

They knew long ago they didn’t agree

One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders never really put together a budget deal that both sides could live with. While Dayton signed most of a $46 billion budget on Tuesday, he vetoed funding for the Legislature, ...

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Taking advantage of a second chance THUMBS UP: Marshall Area Technical Education Center graduated its largest class ever with 15 earning diplomas. Torin Squires-Shaw was among those graduating. In fact, he was the class speaker. His message should be motivating for area students who are ...

Legislature, Dayton help out farmers

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday released a statement hailing the Minnesota’s Legislature's passing of the omnibus tax bill. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The bill included a 40 percent tax credit on the portion of agriculture property taxes going toward school ...

Finding some positives from 2017 Legislature

There were winners and losers in the 2017 Minnesota Legislature session. However, southwest Minnesota can find some positives. For instance, the education budget includes $50 million to further expand prekindergarten classes in public schools. Hopefully, Marshall Public Schools and other ...

Federal government has spending problem

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from Minnesota and Iowa ...

Assault on reporter is assault on you

So it has come to this. Donald Trump spent his whole campaign dissing reporters who were assigned to cover him. He called them dishonest, disgusting and liars. He used them to inflame the crowds at his rallies, ordering news crews to turn their cameras to show the size of the crowd and then ...

Dealing with the diversity problem on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

When Associate Justice David Stras was appointed by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Minnesota Supreme Court at the tender age of 35, liberal eyebrows shot up. Stras was active in the conservative Federalist Society and had been a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Critics ...

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Manufacturing optimism rises THUMBS UP: The Enterprise Minnesota’s annual State of Manufacturing Survey revealed a lot of optimism among Minnesota Manufacturing executives. The results of the 2017 State of Manufacturing survey were presented Monday at Southwest Minnesota State ...

City Council ends up making right decision on taxis

The Marshall City Council on Tuesday decided against repealing the ordinance regulating taxi businesses. The decision was reached after push back from the very businesses being regulated. The ordinance requires taxi cab operators be licensed, that they have public liability and injury ...