Opinion

Another always awaits

Local Columns

In the gin clear water of spring, it was a slow troll for the usually fast-biting walleyes on the small lake under the warm and sunny evening skies. A combination of flooded gravel pits connected to two large sloughs on its north and south end created in the wet 1990s, the water body featured a ...

Homesteading on the Great Plains

Local Columns

Part IV For the most part women viewed life on the prairie as a pretty dismal existence. The term “washday blues” dates back to the frustrations women experienced in accomplishing everyday chores. Often there was a shortage of the homemade lye soap, which she used to scrub clothes in ...

Other Views

Editorials

Court decision a victory for public information When a major crime occurs and law enforcement agencies call a press conference, news reporters attend with the goal of getting accurate information to the public in a timely manner. Good journalists do not take the responsibility lightly. ...

A Trump doctrine for Singapore and beyond

Editorials

After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But Pyongyang had ...

Trump, Giuliani declare war on the FBI

Editorials

After some early missteps, the new defensive team of Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is engaged in a bold and brash attempt to stand the Mueller investigation into Russian election meddling on its head. Embellishing on Trump’s repeated allegations of a “witch hunt” and a “Democratic ...

Truth is best antidote to prejudice

Editorials

The man yelling in a video that has gone viral this week threatens employees at a New York deli that he will call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he overheard employees speaking Spanish: “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their ...

Jupiter has lots of company

Local Columns

Jupiter, the goliath planet of our solar system, is set to put on quite a show through the summer in the Marshall sky. Currently it’s high enough and certainly bright enough for great viewing. Unfortunately though because of where it is among the backdrop of stars in 2018 coupled with the ...

What do we really think about police officers?

Local Columns

It had been a long day for the Dallas mayor, and he looked it. “Our police department was attacked this afternoon,” Rawlings said at a news conference hours before a suspect was arrested for shooting two officers. “I continue to be upset at the lack of respect for our police in this ...

Robbins Island

Local Columns

This past Saturday was a little overcast, but it wasn’t cold, so Ross and I did a little jaunt at Robbins Island when we were in Willmar. According to the city of Willmar website, Robbins Island is Willmar’s largest park. It’s 55 acres and is surrounded by a couple of lakes — Willmar ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Lyon County Reporter on ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Failure to communicate continues THUMBS DOWN: Last January, a Short Takes editorial in the Independent accused the Murray County Board of Commissioners and Sheriff Steve Telkamp of failing to communicate with each other. That editorial was written after Telkamp told commissioners during a ...

The substitute

Local Columns

My wife and I were at a public house recently when we struck up a conversation with a nice young lady named Shauna. As we chatted, we learned that Shauna is a junior high and high school teacher. I found this difficult to believe. In my experience, junior high and high school teachers have ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Is it illegal to drive barefoot in Minnesota? Answer: Driving a motor vehicle barefoot in Minnesota is legal, although secured footwear is safer. Crashes are sometimes caused by loose sandals or flip flops that interfere with the brake and acceleration pedals. This brings up ...

Community can be proud of SMSU

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to council for To the editor: As the 50th anniversary celebration of Southwest Minnesota State University comes to an end, I would like to say a few words about the great university we have among the cornfields. From the day care across the street, which allows the children ...

Hands free cell phone bill won’t get vote — why not?

Editorials

It would seem to be one of the most common-sense bills that was proposed in the Legislature this year, a bill that would require drivers to use only hands-free cell phones. With all of the reports of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to distracted driving, it would seem like an easy ...

Tax deal won’t be easy to figure

Editorials

House and Senate Republicans came to an agreement on their separate versions of a state tax overhaul over the weekend. But before it can become law it has to get Gov. Mark Dayton’s signature, and that will require more negotiations. These days it is never just about the tax bill, or the ...

Beef: It’s what’s for dinner

Local Columns

You have likely heard the catchy slogan, “Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner.” It has been used it to promote the beef industry and you may have heard it more frequently now in May as that is when National Beef Month is recognized. I’m not sure why May would be the month chosen to promote ...

Sounds good to me

Local Columns

I wish I had a dime for every time someone has accepted an idea by responding with “Sounds good to me!” To be transparent, I’ve done it. When a meeting or an event is scheduled, our agreeing responses will almost always be the good old, “Sounds good to me!” I’m not complaining but ...

Compromises on tax bill, education top priorities

Editorials

The Legislature's end-of-session deadline of May 21 is fast approaching and it appears the governor and Republicans are still far apart on some issues. On Monday, Gov. Mark Dayton announced he won’t sign a bill squaring the state’s tax code to sweeping federal changes if Republican ...