Opinion

Arts festival in Brookings

Local Columns

Even though it can be crowded, the Brookings Summer Arts Festival has been a favorite trip of mine the past several years I’ve lived in the area. The population of the town seems to double in size for a two-day weekend. The festival boasts more than 200 artists showing 15 disciplines of ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Stepping up to help the community THUMBS UP: On a weekly basis, the Independent has reported on some examples of individuals stepping up to help their community. One example this week can be found at Freedom Park every Friday during the summer. Five years ago, Chad and Trisha Bergjord ...

Memories of growing up in Echo

Local Columns

Anticipation is building in my hometown of Echo as they plan the 125th Anniversary of the town. Growing up in the '60s and '70s, horses still had the right-of-way on Main Street, Echo, and my siblings and I took ample advantage of that fact. We would often ride from one end of town to the ...

We can’t afford to let hate drive doctors away

Editorials

According to Voice of America, hate crimes targeting Muslim Americans were up nearly 600 percent from 2014 to 2016. A Muslim advocacy group blames the anti-Islam rhetoric during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election for fueling those hate crimes. This hate is mostly based on ignorance. A Public ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you be cited for illegal window tint if you recently purchased the vehicle through a dealer? Can the auto dealer can be charged with the violation? Answer: Citations may be issued to you and the dealer that sold you the vehicle with the illegal window tint. The law states a ...

Dissing the police with naming of training fund

Editorials

Gov. Mark Dayton no doubt meant well last week when he suggested a new state law enforcement training fund be named for Philando Castile. Castile was the victim in a police shooting in Falcon Heights last July, and while the St. Anthony police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was charged with second ...

Lincoln Trail Hike brings back memories

Local Columns

This past April 29th and 30th was the 72nd annual Lincoln Trail Hike sponsored in part by the Boy Scouts of America, but participated in by others, now including Girl Scouts, as well. Patches were given to scouts who completed the 20-mile hike from New Salem, Illinois, to Springfield, ...

Before taking that loan, read this — you may reconsider

Local Columns

Few of us go through life without ever applying for loans or borrowing money. Borrowing and repaying money can help you establish a credit history that will make it easier to get financing when you need it. But it’s important to use credit judiciously, so it can help, rather than hurt, your ...

What do I eat if I have prediabetes?

Local Columns

Today’s column comes from a reader who I meet in the hall from time to time. She often has a comment on a column that I have written and so I had asked her for suggestions for topics for future columns. Today’s topic is per her request. She said that she would like a review on good foods ...

The reds are coming

Local Columns

At one point in our nation’s history, to hear someone say: “The Reds are coming!” wouldn’t have been a good thing. The reason for this discomforting thought was because to call someone a “Red” meant that person was a Communist. Even today, communism doesn’t pair well with ...

Feeling one’s oats

Local Columns

Motoring around the countryside, it appears to me that oats are making a comeback. I say this despite the fact that I find it difficult to decide if the proper usage is “oats are” or “oats is.” I have a similar problem regarding the word “grits.” For many, “oats” evokes words ...

Law enforcement doing its job in keeping us safe

Editorials

Speed kills. That has proven to be the case many times in recent history of Lyon County. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Department announced this week that it’s joining forces with other Law enforcement agencies in Southwest Minnesota on Thursday to curb speeding on roadways. The agencies ...

Christmas in July

Local Columns

I grabbed the pink-and-purple deep running crankbait off the floor, almost as an afterthought. It had sat, stashed away for years in the miscellanea that most anglers have — lures, baits and other items of tackle that don’t quite make the cut, aren’t of any sort of confidence color, or ...

Letter came across as personal attack on editor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Letter to the editor in response to letter of July 3 from Mr. John Frerich. Mr. Frerich, I have read your letter numerous times and I cannot understand where you are coming from or what exactly your intentions were. Were you angry when you wrote it? Were you just ...

Attitude expressed appears to intimidate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Monday’s (July 3) letter writer did not speak for me when he attacked the editor of your paper for merely expressing an opinion on the OPINION page of the paper that he is the editor thereof. His (the letter writer’s) characterization of that opinion as being “a gross ...

Beating the heat of summer before A/C

Local Columns

How did we cope with the extreme heat and humidity before we had air conditioning? I have thought of that more than once during this summer’s unrelenting heat. Well, to begin with we opened the windows and doors wide to let in any breeze that might come through — but only if there were ...

Ticket to work puts people back in the driver’s seat

Local Columns

District manager Social Security encourages people to rejoin the workforce when they are able. Ticket to Work is our free and voluntary program that helps people get vocational rehabilitation, training, job referrals and other employment support services. This program is for people ages ...

Your best water source: Tap or bottled?

Local Columns

Water-related subjects such as weather, floods, drought or contamination are often featured on the news promoted to the public; the situation in Flint, Michigan is a case in point. These topics can be great concern throughout the United States and the world and significantly affect our daily ...

Shooting the moon

Local Columns

This Tuesday we’ll have our first full moon of astronomical summer over Marshall but for all practical purposes the moon will be pretty much full all week long. As much as full moons louse up the skies for real stargazing and astrophotography, two things that are near and dear to me, I just ...