Opinion

Short Takes

Editorials

Will drivers get a little reckless? SIDEWAYS THUMB: It will be interesting to find out how raising the speed limits on several highways in southwest Minnesota will affect safety. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced this week the speed limit will increase from 55 to 60 miles ...

The lasting legacy of Minnesota Corn Processors

Local Columns

It began in the early 1980s through efforts of a group of farmers who had a vision for the future. They pooled their resources to create Minnesota Corn Processors in Marshall because of the potential of corn as a renewable resource. It was a reaction to their 1970s energy crisis complete with ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

As you know, I’ve been writing about older books for several months — many of them classics. Not too long ago I bought a fairly recent novel, “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman, while we were on a road trip. Usually I take a bag of books along, but this time I thought I might be too ...

Thanks to those who educate students

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 220 members of the Marshall Education Association announce that Nov. 12-16 is American Education Week. This is a great opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. ...

Poll worker didn’t need my identification

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: By the time this is published, our midterm elections will be over. I went to our Ward 1 polling site at the college to vote, and was complimented on my red, white and blue voting attire. I went up to the desk to sign in, meeting a lady who didn’t know me, and I didn’t ...

State, county are models to follow

Editorials

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon reported Wednesday that 2,593,922 voters participated in the 2018 statewide general election. That number represents a 63.82 percent participation rate, which is the highest percentage in Minnesota for a midterm election since 2002. It was also the ...

Democrats’ return to control over the House

Editorials

The Democrats’ return to control over the House of Representatives is much more than a victory for one party. It is a sign of health for American democracy. Distrustful of untrammeled majorities, the authors of the Constitution favored checks and balances, including, crucially, the check ...

Waiting too long for driver’s license

Editorials

A week ago the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on the long delays new drivers face to get Minnesota driver’s licenses. The report quoted people having to wait months for a license. Some wait more than six months. The end result is a lot of drivers traveling on Minnesota roads with a ...

Cauliflower power

Local Columns

It is often said that fruits and vegetables that are rich in color are the most nutritious. While this may be true in some instances, having this thought may cause us to stay away from certain fruits or vegetables that are filled with nutrients due to their lack of color. Take cauliflower for ...

A trip around the world

Local Columns

Get ready! We’re going on a very quick wine-tasting trip around the world but, first some background information. One of the reasons I enjoy the world of wine is because of its mind boggling possibilities. It’s said there are over 10,000 varieties of grapes around the world. Imagine how ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I was arrested for DWI, Where do I find information about ignition interlock? Answer: First-time DWI offenders arrested at 0.16 alcohol-concentration level or above and second-time offenders can voluntarily enroll in the ignition interlock program to regain legal driving privileges. ...

Friendly reminder to cast your ballot

Editorials

Hopefully by the time you read this editorial you have already voted or plan to leave soon for the polls. Today is what Democracy is all about. According to Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E. J. Moberg, the number of ballots already accepted by his office is slightly up from the 2016 ...

Citizenship: Presidents don’t get to decide

Editorials

Why it matters: President Trump said this week he will abolish birthright citizenship, which is enshrined in the Constitution. It’s bad enough that an American president claims the right to unilaterally override a constitutional amendment, as Donald Trump did this week in pledging to ...

What you don’t see

Local Columns

The flash of white caught my attention, as two yearling does bounded off into the grass on the south side of the small stretch of hayland I was bowhunting. I quickly replayed all the factors in my head. Did I move? Not more than normal. Was it the wind? No, blowing lightly into the northwest. ...

Safety precautions for home

Local Columns

Fires • Consider you and your family’s safety and ability to escape (https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/talking-about-fire-safetywith-your-children) from the fire. • Plan at least two ways to get out of any room. • Agree on a meeting place outside where everyone ...

November plowing

Local Columns

I gave the trip rope a mighty heave and the creaky steel-wheeled plow settled onto the ground like a rusty dinosaur skeleton sagging beneath its own weight. I engaged the John Deere “A’s” clutch and opened its throttle. The plow bit into the earth, flipping over muddy slabs that shone ...

Trails to highways

Local Columns

Part III In September 1916, people coming into Tracy from the east on what was then called the Black and Yellow Trail reported that they had never traveled over a better road. At the same time a rather large number of auto accidents were beginning to occur. Some said these were caused by ...

Other Views

Editorials

State’s taxes help support high quality of life Detractors have been saying for decades that Minnesota’s state taxes are too high for businesses and individuals alike. Despite that, the state keeps attracting educated and energetic newcomers, keeps producing successful startups, and ...