Opinion

Heartwarming stories make headlines

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Two front page stories and photos in recent issues of the Independent were especially heartwarming. One was of a Marshall youth with a young boy in Haiti, involving a project to provide better drinking water for that country. The other showed a group of West Side third ...

Cause and effect in our society

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Another mass murder! What is happening to our society? What is the solution? Ban guns, institutionalize the mentally ill, more security for our schools. How about recognizing the fact that mankind is sinful? Looking back in history there are the examples of Cain and Abel, ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Congressman Peterson checks in THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Good to see Congressman Collin Peterson took the time to visit Marshall Tuesday during Congress’ spring recess. Peterson paid a visit to the Brau Brothers Brewery to meet with area agriculture-related business owners. Peterson, a Democrat, ...

April is sexual assault awareness month

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). This year’s theme is “Embrace your Voice.” How we talk about sexual violence matters. When we reflect on and change how we think and talk about the issue, we can create a culture of respect, equality and safety. There ...

Education, treatment will work best against drugs

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines deep in ...

Ask A Trooper

Local Columns

Question: If I’m driving a friend’s car whose license is suspended, if the officer runs the plates and it comes back to my friend, can he pull me over just because the registered owner’s license is suspended? Is that probable cause to stop me? My license is valid. Thanks. Answer: While ...

Inspired by March of Our Lives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you, students and citizens who supported the March for Our Lives against gun violence. This groundswell movement clearly speaks to what it is for: being safe in our schools, taking action on gun control and becoming civically-engaged citizens to unfreeze the fear that ...

A matter of taste

Local Columns

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that taste matters. Ah, but that sentence needs clarification because there are a number of different taste subjects I could be referencing. For instance, I could be talking about one’s preference in clothing style but that brings up some ...

The Easter season

Local Columns

It’s Easter, that time of year in here in the Midwest that marks the end of Almost Spring and heralds the arrival of Whoops, I Guess It’s Still Winter. This means that the season This Time It Has To Be Spring is just around the corner. We hope. When I was a kid, Easter meant dressing up ...

A call for support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It should be known that while I am an employee of Marshall Public Schools, my opinions stated here do not necessarily reflect those of the school district. I am not a spokesperson. I am a community member in this district and as an employee, I possess an informed opinion which ...

DEA failed on opioid crisis

Editorials

Some in law enforcement, including the FBI, failed tragically to prevent a killer from slaughtering 17 people at a Florida high school. But another agency, the Drug Enforcement Administration, may have failed to prevent far more deaths. DEA officials were on the hot slast weekday during a ...

Plowing through

Local Columns

Throughout the winter, things were looking good for the start of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League this spring. Calls and emails poured in to our coaching staff about how to get kids signed up and school resource centers and cafeterias were packed wall-to-wall with students ...

Women who helped settle southwest Minnesota

Local Columns

Part II During the Depression, men and women worked together to eke out a living. In some ways, rural people did not suffer as much as those who lived in large urban areas, because at least the farmers had land to continue to raise large gardens and livestock for family consumption. During ...

Principal made sound decision

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing in response to “Another Questionable Decision by the School District,” published in the Independent on March 17. The decision by Marshall High School Principal Brian Jones to deny access to a reporter from the Marshall Independent during the ...

Providing different perspectives

Local Columns

Last week, we published an editorial in the Marshall Independent that has generated considerable angst in the community. While I’ve talked to several people who agreed with our stance, I have also talked to several who have not. And there has also been a handful of critics who prefer to ...

4 financial questions to ask your parents

Local Columns

If you haven’t discussed your parents’ long-term financial goals with them, you aren’t alone. Over one-third of adult children say they haven’t had this conversation, according to recent research by Ameriprise Financial. While talking about this sensitive topic may seem uncomfortable, ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

On March 23, 1963, the Marshall High School boys basketball team took home the state championship by defeating Cloquet 75-74. The championship team consisted of head coach Glenn Mattke, assistant coach George Korver, Dave Webb, Loren “Whitey” Johnson, Denny “Red” Schroeder, John ...

A cool thing at book club

Local Columns

This past Wednesday evening at Applebee’s, members of my book club huddled around a cellphone as we more or less hosted an author’s chat with the author of the book we were reading. Even with the music in the background and other restaurant patrons, we were able to have a good ...

Living the good life of the ‘Jetsons’

Local Columns

I’m finally living the life of the “Jetsons.” Back in the day, it seemed silly. Now it’s all coming to reality. Just 10 years ago, who would have thought I could use my phone instead of a paper road map to find a driving route. Now I can speak my text message before sending. I’m ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Good response for town hall THUMBS UP: The first of three town halls was held Tuesday night and it appears to have been a success.It featured Council members David Sturrock and Steven Meister. About 20 residents showed up, which isn’t a real big crowd, but it was large enough to spark a ...