Editorials

Gun violence: Inaction is deafening with every shot

When these pages decried the gun violence that killed 58 concertgoers and injured 500 more at the hands of a madman with “machine gun” in Las Vegas, we said more such tragedies were likely on the way. We only needed to wait about four months. We watched in horror again as panicked ...

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Wind energy giving area a big boost THUMBS UP: The wind industry continues to take off in southwest Minnesota. The Murray County Board received a report Tuesday on the Plum Creek Wind Farm that is being developed. The report suggests that the project will inject millions of dollars into ...

Suppressing speech with high fees

Some higher education administrators seem to have decided to bring back the ’60s — in a completely unacceptable manner. Veterans of civil rights and anti-war demonstrations during the 1960s may remember one tactic employed against them: parade permits. Public officials who just didn’t ...

Snow plow crews successfully take on challenge

Snow plow crews with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the city of Marshall put on an impressive display of team work on Friday morning and Saturday in removing snow from city and surrounding area streets. According to Lyon County Engineer Aaron VanMoer and Marshall Public Works ...

The time is now to deal with threat of mass shootings

A teacher would have shot the hell outta (the shooter) before he knew it,” — President Donald Trump The president was responding to the Parkland school shooting that killed 17 students when he spoke Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Could it be that simple? Not ...

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Broadband service gets a boost THUMBS UP: Lincoln County took another major step in establishing broadband service in areas not yet covered. The board of commissioners on Tuesday approved the next step that includes talking to current service providers in partnering for the upgrade. A ...

Lamprecht set high standards at MPS business office

For more than 20 years the name “Bruce Lamprecht” has popped up in Marshall Independent news stories dozens and dozens of times. And that name was often connected to words of wisdom and important financial information regarding the Marshall Public School District. Lamprecht has served the ...

One quote is not enough for getting a good deal

The Yellow Medicine County Board last week unanimously approved the expenditure of $58,845 to update software for the prosecutor's office inside the courthouse. This vote took place after County Attorney Keith Helgeson told the board that the software will replace the Minnesota Counties ...

The need to fortify our schools

Remember when public school officials could plan capital improvements campaigns focusing only on new gymnasiums, better science lab equipment, nicer classrooms and the like? Remember when they could spend personnel money on teachers, custodians, bus drivers, etc.? Now, they have to think ...

Prescription drugs: plans won’t impact prices much

While President Donald Trump has finally put some action behind his tough talk to lower “outrageous” prescription drug prices, his recent proposal will barely scratch the surface. And it treats the pharmaceutical industry with kid gloves. Instead, it puts pressure on hospitals, doctors ...

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Can we ignore gun violence forever? THUMBS DOWN: Our hearts go out to the families affected by Wednesday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people and sent scores to hospitals. Just like the Las Vegas shooting rampage, the dead and survivors in Parkland are victims of ...

Why wait for ruling on Fishbach

A lawsuit was filed last month against Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach, who intends to keep her seat in the Minnesota Senate as she serves as lieutenant governor. This week Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that she hasn’t tried to serve in the ...

Important session for 2018 Legislature

The opening of the 2018 Legislature is just around the corner and it has the makings of a very important session. Needs such as education, roads and infrastructure continue to be key issues. But when Rep Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent and Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, join their fellow legislators ...

Lowering drug costs

President Donald Trump, in his State of the Union speech, promised that lowering drug prices would be a top priority for his administration. “Prices will come down substantially,” he said. “Watch.” He didn’t say how he would do that, but this past week the White House Council on ...

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Exercise your right to vote in Tracy THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A recall election is being held in Tracy Tuesday. The ballot will ask voters, “Shall Council member Tony Peterson be recalled?” The certified recall petition alleges that Peterson overstepped his authority and bullied city employees. ...

Crew 52 displays Minnesota nice to SB visitors

The temperature outside on Super Bowl Sunday was the coldest on record. However, the warmth extended to fans attending the game was at record level as well. After all the preparation and hype, it's finally over. Hosting Super Bowl LII was a major success for the state of Minnesota. It's ...

Easing burden of regulations

A lot of the credit for a rejuvenated U.S. economy seems to be going to Congress and President Donald Trump for their efforts to reform the job-killing federal tax code. Indeed, news of the change seems to have been the catalyst for decisions by many companies to build new facilities and pay ...

Open government: Amazon bid should be public record

Minnesota recently lost its bid to land a second Amazon headquarters and a potential 50,000 jobs, but unfortunately Minnesota taxpayers won’t know much about the bid. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development and Greater MSP, a nonprofit development organization that ...

MNLARS insanity

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” State lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the Minnesota ...

Plan now for rising population of people 65 and over

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Karin Housley put the spotlight on a very important issue while campaigning in Marshall Tuesday. She claims that by the year 2030, the population of people living in Minnesota ages 65 and over will double. She said the scary part is that there will only be ...