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Listen to concerned citizens To the editor: This is some information that I feel needs to get out to residents of this city (Marshall). Do you know the city is looking at spending tens of millions of dollars of city money (your tax dollars) so they can help build a hotel and convention ...

Legislature moving toward fixes for broken teacher licensing system

Editorials

At last, the Legislature is moving toward fixing Minnesota's confusing, overly complicated process to become a classroom teacher. Though some specifics are yet to be worked out, lawmakers are rightly poised to make much-needed changes. Nearly a year ago, an evaluation by the Office of the ...

The year 2017 brings changes to ‘full retirement age’

Local Columns

District manager Every worker’s dream is having a secure retirement to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Social Security is here to help you secure today and tomorrow. Part of that commitment is ensuring you have the most up-to-date information when you make your retirement ...

Addressing Marshall schools referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In reading the brochure sent out by our public school, I can’t find a real reason why we need to borrow $40 million. The school district tells us that the West Side school needs millions of dollars to fix up. Just a thought — when they sold East Side school for $50,000, ...

You can be the optimal medical historian

Local Columns

Last week I visited the Big Store in Minneota to hear author Dana Yost, a former Minneota and Cottonwood resident and former Independent editor, discuss his recently-published work “1940: a History of Minneota, Minnesota.” Its well-researched pages describe daily life in this pre-World War ...

Valentine sky 2017

Local Columns

The night sky is a giant bay window with a great view into our universe, and it’s made for lovers. It can really set the stage for a romantic evening, especially with a full moon! Unfortunately we don’t quite have a full moon on Tuesday night, but it’s almost full, rising in the east ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

James J. Hill was a railroad tycoon responsible for greatly expanding railways in the country’s northwest. He was the chief executive officer of a family of lines headed by the Great Northern Railway, which served a substantial area of the Upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains, and the ...

A trip to the ‘big city’

Local Columns

When I was a kid, it was a big deal to go to the cities to go shopping. In my case, the Maplewood Mall was the closest “big” mall. Sure, there were other malls in the Twin Cities, but we tended to stick with what was close by and familiar. Now that I’m in Marshall, Sioux Falls is the ...

Short Takes for Feb. 10

Editorials

Thinking out of the box on the farm THUMBS UP: These are challenging times for farmers. Low corn and soybean prices are dragging down net farm income. According to the University of Minnesota, southwest farmland values declined 2.6 percent in 2016. Farmers here in this area are ...

Try to overcome ‘roadblocks’ to a comfortable retirement

Local Columns

In your life, you will want to take many journeys. Some are physical — perhaps you’ll finally visit the French Riviera or the Caribbean. Others involve personal growth — one day, you’ll finally become fluent in that foreign language you’ve been studying. But of all the destinations ...

Public Forum

Letters to the Editor

Reasons for concern on school referendum To the editor: I am very concerned about the upcoming school bond referendum for the below reasons. 1) Not very long ago the Marshall school district closed and did away with East Side Elementary School. I remember reading that one of the ...

Minnesota pre-K children deserve better

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton held a telephone news conference Wednesday morning that included Marshall Public School District Superintendent Scott Monson. The morning session in St. Paul was held to gain support for Dayton’s proposed increase in education funding. Presently, it appears Marshall is on ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: How fast can I drive before getting stopped? Is there a tolerance? Answer: State Patrol policy does not allow for speeds in excess of the posted limit. Officers are required to follow their departmental policy and take into consideration many other factors (roadway, weather, ...

Public Forum

Letters to the Editor

Answering the $2 million question To the editor: I read with interest your article today (Friday, Feb. 6 Independent) about where the $2 million needed for the North Seventh Street reconstruction is going to come from. How about forgetting about starting a new hotel and paying for ...

The real work in education done locally

Editorials

The battle in the U.S. Senate over President Donald Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary is a clear example of the differences of opinion that now surround the nation’s educational system. Public schools have come under heavy fire from a variety of critics. DeVos is a ...

Crazy for chocolate

Local Columns

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What tickles your fancy on this holiday designated for love and romance? Is it flowers, a sentimental card and chocolates? Heart-shaped pizza and heart-shaped cut-out cookies? A fancy candlelight supper with wine? There seems to be plenty of choices, ...

Amore

Local Columns

It’s the time of the year when love — amore — is before everyone of us. Amore — we can’t live without it but at times, we wish we could, right? As most of us know, that’s because it causes opposing emotions that sometimes confuses us — it overwhelms us with passion, it causes ...

Valentine’s Day dilemma

Local Columns

Every so often there comes an event that a guy simply cannot ignore, at least not without the risk of suffering pain. A Weather Service warning that a tornado is knocking on your front door would be an example of such an event. Another one would be Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a ...

All about the shoes

Local Columns

Readers will likely remember my last column that had a short review of Buster Brown Shoes. Ordinarily I have tried to avoid continuing a topic into my very next column, but several folks wondered about some of the names of styles of shoes that I mentioned at the end so… Yes, I had a pair of ...

Democrats lost the American worker

Editorials

Democratic-Farmer Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin stopped at the Marshall Independent office Thursday. He also held a listening session that evening at the Wooden Nickel. Martin talked about a number of issues with the Independent such as health care, broadband service and infrastructure. He ...