Opinion

Financial Literacy Month

Local Columns

District manager April is Financial Literacy Month, and there‘s no better time than right now to save for your future. The earlier you start saving, the more you can take advantage of compound interest — that’s like “free money” to power up your 401ks and other types of IRAs. ...

The changing of the guard

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As the Earth continues on its never-ending journey, orbiting around the sun year after year, our evening view into the heavens is always changing. In April the nighttime side of the Earth is turning away from the bright winter constellations and toward the lesser awesome spring star patterns. ...

This commander leading the way from Minneota

Local Columns

Good leaders get things done. I always knew that. But I found a good example of leadership when I met with Jim Fink at the Minneota Veterans Memorial on First Street Friday. Thanks to Fink’s determination, the American Legion recently scored a victory of sorts when Gov. Mark Dayton ...

What you need to know about required minimum distributions

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Age 70-1/2 represents an important milestone for your retirement savings. Once you reach this age, you will need to begin withdrawing money from your retirement accounts. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to take these mandatory annual withdrawals, which are formally known as ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I chose to read “Blood Lure,” by Nevada Barr, not because I liked the title, but because it was time for a mystery, and I wanted to learn more about bears. The book begins with explanations of the Bear DNA Project that Anna Pigeon will be involved with in Glacier National Park in Montana. ...

Monroe Crossing

Local Columns

Several years ago, I attended a concert by the Minnesota-based bluegrass group Monroe Crossing. The energy that came from the performers was infectious; you couldn’t help but smile as they played song after song. I’m not sure I was that big of a bluegrass fan until I heard Monroe ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

“Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites,” a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, opens Monday at the Lyon County Museum. There is an opening reception scheduled for that evening at 6:30 p.m., which is free and open to the public. Refreshments and cookies will be ...

Advisory board urges citizens to vote yes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our Marshall Community Services Advisory Board members choose to serve the community in part because of the strong partnership that exists between the local school district and the community. Access to community education, recreation programs, and shared facilities is ...

Investment will meet needs for our students

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have had the privilege of serving on the Marshall School Board for the last 10 years and have seen a tremendous amount of growth and development in both our school district and the larger community. As a result of that growth, and in preparation for continued growth, our ...

Short Takes

Editorials

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 ...

Time for some financial spring cleaning

Local Columns

Spring is in the air. This year, as you shake off the cobwebs from winter and start tidying up around your home and yard, why not also do some financial spring cleaning? Actually, you can apply several traditional spring cleaning techniques to your financial situation. Here are a few ...

Street agreement for Kmart building a good decision

Editorials

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 ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I was wondering if I needed to cover my spot light/light bar on top of my pickup before I hit the highway. Let me know what the rules are regarding a cover or no cover. The research I did before purchasing was only KC style or round lights needed a cover in the state of Minnesota. I ...

Keep workplace laws consistent throughout state

Editorials

The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is concerned with individual cities in the state adopting workplace ordinances that put significant administrative burdens on employers, intrude in the employer-employee relationship and impede job growth. Minnesota Chamber Director of Communications Jim ...

Avocados 101 – picked, peeled and prepped to perfection

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Avocados are becoming a must-have to pick up in the produce department because of their versatility and variety of powerful nutrients. Between their healthy monounsaturated fats that can improve heart health, the fiber that may lower cholesterol and folate’s ability to improve brain health ...

How do you feel?

Local Columns

What affects how you feel about the stuff in your life? With a raised eyebrow, you might respond by saying, “How much time do you have for my answer?” The obvious answer ...

Parenting skills

Local Columns

I hate to brag, but I’m a “natural” in the field of parenting. This is largely due to my upbringing on a small and diversified livestock farm. I learned early on that there are certain things that all young stock need regardless of their species. These include a warm bed, access to ...

Making the investment for community, children

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My wife and I moved to Marshall over 38 years ago and we decided to stay in Marshall because of great education choices, low crime, good job opportunities and a perfect place to raise our family. I currently serve on the Marshall School Board and the school facilities ...

Follow procedures during open forum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the Darwin Sietsema letter to the editor in the Independent March 22, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school board does allow an open forum before the meeting. One has to follow the proper procedure. Mr. Sietsema has addressed the RTR school previously. With the ...

Reduce state property tax burden on businesses

Editorials

Unlike some surrounding states, Minnesota business owners get socked both locally and from the state when it comes to property taxes. According to the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, the statewide property tax represents about 30 percent of the total property tax bill for businesses. All ...