Editorials

Pheasant hunting still important in southwest Minnesota

This weekend, Marshall will be hosting the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Opener for the second time. This is a boost for Marshall for a couple reasons. First, Gov. Mark Dayton's visit will shed a spotlight on Marshall and the surrounding areas. Second, it also promotes southwest Minnesota as ...

Turn the heat up on illegal possession of firearms

The recent Las Vegas mass shooting has once again ignited the gun ban debate. And like other major issues, the nation is divided on how to prevent gun violence. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in its Monday edition that more illegal firearms are turning up in evidence rooms across ...

Pork producers expanding, creating more opportunities

October is National Pork Month. Pork is considered “the other white meat” and is a healthy alternative to red meat. According to the Minnesota Farm Guide, the pork industry is experiencing a major growth spurt. A growing world population and improving U.S. economy is helping to drive ...

Calm heads needed in wake of shooting

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of Tuesday’s newspaper tells the story: At ...

Release the files on JFK assassination

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Consider this: Just outlaw tobacco

The city of St. Cloud is considering whether to increase the age to buy tobacco in the city to 21. Really, though, if elected and professional officials of any government wanted to do what’s best for their constituents, they would simply outlaw tobacco. Yes, admittedly, that seems ...

Disrupting’ public meetings too tricky to define

The Minnesota Supreme Court threw out parts of a law few people knew existed. The statute is part of a disorderly conduct law that bars people from disturbing public meetings. The case stems from a 2013 City Council meeting in Little Falls where a woman was escorted out and charged with ...

Short takes

No stopping the sounds of music THUMBS UP: Mother Nature was unsuccessful in stopping the sounds of music at Mattke Field at the Schwan Regional Event Center at Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday. High school bands throughout the region marched on despite rain and the threat of ...

Community trust critical for police

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Pride and determination on display at SMSU

There are two words to describe the 50 years of rich history involving Southwest Minnesota State University — determination and pride. It was the determination of a community to address a need for higher education. Individuals like Warren Quarnstrom formed a committee more than 50 years ...

Law enforcement faces many hidden dangers

The FBI released its violent crime report for 2016 on Monday. It showed violent crime in 2016 rose for the second straight year, but still remains at historical low levels. Violent crime such as shootings and robberies rose 4.1 percent in 2016 from the year before. Homicides increased 8.6 ...

UN harrumphs over Trump

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Short takes

Tru Shrimp groundbreaking big news THUMBS UP: There was more than dirt flying off shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony in Balaton Monday. Excitement was circulating through the air as well, as the tru Shrimp company celebrated the start of construction for the new training facility at ...

Health care drama just politics as usual in Washington

The repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act drama returns to Washington D.C. President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders are once again pushing for enough votes to pass new health care legislation called the Graham-Cassidy bill. Supporters of the legislation say that states will now get ...

Marshall Public Schools deserve recognition

The American College Testing college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. While ACT scores are used as one factor in the admission process at colleges, they are also used by some states to assess the performance of ...

Protect our elections from foreign interference

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, took to the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday to make her case for her bipartisan amendment with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure from foreign interference. According to Klobuchar, the amendment would help states block cyber attacks, ...

Short Takes for Sept. 15

A friendly piece of advice to council SIDEWAYS THUMB: Lyon County commissioners were right to express concerns over Marshall’s desire to establish a new tax increment financing district (TIF). Revenue raised by the TIF would help finance infrastructure improvements at the Marshall ...

Licensing fail

It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

Americans will never forget Sept. 11, 2001

Across this great nation, communities like Marshall observed another 9/11 anniversary on Monday. Once again we are reminded of that sorrowful day when al-Qaida hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center. The large U.S. Flag was waving in the wind on top of fire ...

How not to treat customer security

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...