Editorials

Time to be part of the solution for school district

Last month Marshall voters handily rejected $39.415 million in general obligation school building bonds to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of school sites and facilities. The measure went down in defeat by almost 1,000 votes. During the days leading up to the special ...

Divisiveness big drag on presidency

This week’s poll conducted on the Independent website appears to reinforce trends nationally and within the state when it comes to the Donald Trump Presidency. The polls asks participants to grade the first 100 days. The poll, however, was not conducted scientifically. Participating in the ...

Short Takes

Ordinance changes positive step THUMBS UP: The Marshall City Council on Tuesday heard a proposed change to city ordinances to make it possible for Ralco to build a shrimp growing facility in Marshall. Tru Shrimp, a subsidiary of the Balaton-based agricultural company Ralco, is planning on ...

Wage theft is stealing, hurting vulnerable workers

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith has been shedding some light recently on wage theft in Minnesota. She has been urging the Legislature to pass legislation cracking down on wage theft this session. She took part in a Capitol rally in February and on Wednesday she joined legislators and Minnesota workers in a ...

No excuses — get children vaccinated

he Minnesota Department of Health reported a measles outbreak in Hennepin County last week with 12 people infected — all unvaccinated children. And the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday public health officials have asked more than 200 people to quarantine themselves if they had ...

Sustainability will matter during process of replacing Obamacare

With a new move to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance law gaining steam, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizations representing the health care and health ...

Short Takes

Back to the drawing board for district THUMBS SIDEWAYS: The voters have spoken and the Marshall Public Schools District will have to go back to the drawing board. The $39.415 million general obligation school building bonds referendum was voted down in a special election Tuesday ...

Higher education good investment for Minnesota

The “nudging” begins. That’s what Minnesota Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller calls the process in which the Legislature holds conference committees to discuss among other things, budget proposals. Pogemiller visited the Southwest Minnesota State University campus Tuesday ...

VA must make suicide prevention a priority

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Make the tax system fair

Tax day is here. The deadline to file federal tax returns is today. It was pushed back because the usual April 15 deadline was Saturday, and because Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Millions of Americans still need to rush to the post office or rush off payments electronically ...

Short Takes

A ‘big deal’ for farmers, landowners THUMBS UP: Rep. Chris Swedzinki, R-Ghent, scored a political victory for farmers and landowners when Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation April 7 that put the brakes on state agencies implementing ditch-mowing regulations. The legislation is the ...

Give our vehicles a break from all of the potholes

Lyon County Commissioner Charlie Sanow joined Association of Minnesota Counties Executive Director Julie Ring on Monday touring different regional sites to talk about transportation funding. Ring said the association is pushing legislators to get a transportation bill accomplished before the ...

School referendum still too much

Almost a year ago the Marshall Independent published an editorial taking a stand against a $38.81 million Marshall Public Schools bond referendum. The editorial did recognize the mounting infrastructure issues the school district faces spurred by rising enrollment, shifting educational needs ...

Texting and driving ban should pass now in Minnesota Legislature

In Texas last Wednesday, a church minibus full of passengers was heading down the road when an oncoming pickup truck swerved across the center line and into its path. In the horrific collision that resulted, 13 people aboard the bus were killed. A witness who had followed the pickup as it ...

Short takes

Teachers deserve better THUMBS DOWN: If Gov. Mark Dayton and the Legislature are truly serious about improving education in Minnesota they must address the teacher shortage. An Associated Press article published in the Monday Independent put the spotlight on this issue. Bob Jaszczak, ...

Increased DNR fees still a bargain

Outdoor recreational dollars are vital for the Marshall area. Just ask Economic Development Director Cal Brink. Pheasant hunters alone, according to Brink, boost the Marshall economy on a daily basis during the fall and winter season. “They stay in motels, they go to Runnings, they go to ...

Education needs spending increases and reforms

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton sent out a reminder Wednesday that there are less than seven weeks left in the 2017 Legislative session. Attached to that reminder was some charts and information on how much he proposes Minnesota spend on education compared to Republican proposals. The governor ...

Brush up on your civic knowledge

In February, the Independent featured a Southwest Minnesota State University student from Russia who participated in “A Day Without Immigrants.” History professor Tom Williford was quoted in the article saying Nikolay Ivanov was the only one in the class of 40 who was able to name both ...

Short Takes

Small victory for farmers, landowners THUMBS UP: Farmers and landowners received a small victory over cumbersome regulations on Tuesday when the Minnesota House on Tuesday approved legislation to establish a moratorium on placing new mowing regulations on ditches along state highways until ...

Street agreement for Kmart building a good decision

The Marshall City Council on Tuesday was pressed into making an economic development decision. City staff asked Council members to approve an agreement to improve and maintain the service street along the former Kmart building off of Highway 23. Furniture Mart USA out of Sioux Falls, South ...