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Area students better than average THUMBS UP: Several school districts in Southwest Minnesota recorded major improvements and testing scores above the state average in the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments released by the state's Department of Education. Minneota Public Schools led the way ...

Kim doesn’t care about sanctions

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

Education reforms needed early in student’s life

This week’s release of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments revealed a familiar tale for Minnesota schools. School districts throughout the state are not making improvement in closing the achievement gap in school testing. “Frustrating,” Education Commissioner Brenda Casselius said ...

Don’t forget about the 9/11 memorial at Lyon County Fair

It’s Lyon County Fair time again. While the lineup offers the traditional agriculture-type events and judging, there are plenty of things to do and see for all residents of the county. There will be a carnival, rodeo, demolition derby, rolle bolle, music, food and more. We also urge Lyon ...

Hearings needed to look at all of the building ordinances

The Marshall City Council will be holding hearings at today's meeting to examine proposed amendments to the city’s building ordinances. The amendments are intended to make slight changes to the part of ordinances dealing with appearance standards for buildings in Marshall. The appearance ...

Short Takes

Lyon County acts to save lives THUMBS UP: The Lyon County board took positive steps after taking up a couple traffic issues on Tuesday. First, Clifton Township residents who live near the intersection of Lyon County Road 6 and Lyon County Road 11 expressed concerns over multiple crashes at ...

Mr. Marshall aviation will be missed

Perhaps Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes said it best when it comes to Ray Johnson. “Certainly, Ray will be missed. He was aviation” in Marshall. Marshall lost its aviation leader when Johnson died Monday from injuries he suffered in a Wisconsin plane crash. Johnson was a pilot, flight ...

1-35 Bridge collapse forced changes

Ten years ago today the Interstate 35 bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis suddenly shuddered and collapsed, sending dozens of cars, trucks and buses tumbling. Some stayed on the collapsed bridge decking, others tumbled into the water. A massive rescue effort began immediately, but ...

Don’t give up on Obamacare

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

Nitrates put more demand on aquifers

In a state rich in water resources, there haven't been a lot of worries about water supplies. But in recent years the Department of Natural Resources, cities and others have raised alarms about the overuse of deep aquifers and about pollution dangers to surface water. Hundreds of feet below ...

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Motorcyclists giving for 25 years THUMBS UP: The Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Fun Run in southwest Minnesota will be observing its 25th year, which is a remarkable accomplishment for any organization. It takes a lot of work from volunteers to keep such a venture to be successful. Lee Seiler and ...

Opening doors to children who need a family

The Independent reported on two inspirational stories in Wednesday's edition. First, the Independent reported on the Yellow Medicine County Services telling board members the department received high marks from an audit report. “We received 100 percent on nearly every item,” Family ...

Asset forfeiture needs safeguards

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Chamber offers worthwhile presentation

The Marshall Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an important presentation on the American Disabilities Act by David Fenley from the Minnesota State Council on Disability at noon Aug. 1. The Chamber urges all area businesses to send at least one representative to this event at the ...

Possible steel tariff would be too costly for farmers

There is growing support in some parts of Minnesota for a U.S. tariff on imported steel. The loss of thousands of mining jobs on the Iron Range in recent years has moved state leaders to criticize overproduction and public subsidies of steel in countries such as China, Russia, Brazil and ...

Short takes

Kicking the can down the road again THUMBS DOWN: The can got kicked a little further down the road. On Tuesday, Lyon County Commissioners again delayed a decision on whether or not to help fund a veterans memorial in Minneota. The saga started two years ago when Minneota American Legion ...

When it comes to low wages, start with higher education

ccording to 2016 U.S. News report, young workers are making about 20 percent less than the generation before them. Low wages are a problem throughout the U.S. and in Southwest Minnesota. Blame for the low wages has been directed toward politicians, too many government regulations on ...

Proposed wind farms need to be scrutinized

Clean energy generators such as wind power are the wave of the future as the U.S. and other countries wean themselves off pollutant makers such as oil and coal. Wind energy has several benefits. It doesn't pollute the air or require any destructive chemicals. The wind is also free and it's a ...

A Bue-tiful act of generosity for wildlife management

Recreation and conservation received a boost Saturday with the dedication of Bue-tiful Acres Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County. Saturday's dedication honored Marshall resident Jerry Bue, who was one of the 12 original game managers hired by the Minnesota Department of Conservation. The ...

Defense spending still a problem

Corruption is the elephant in the room on U.S. defense spending. An investigation into an Air Force unit nicknamed Big Safari may be just the ticket to at least wounding the pachyderm. An Air Force unit called Big Safari, formerly known as the 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, is involved in ...