Opinion

Helping students advance is the cool thing to do

Editorials

The ‘coolest’ biology lab.” That Independent front page headline under the photo of two Marshall High School students leaning over their lab project said it all for those wondering where today’s education is heading. The lab had nothing to do with the traditional dissecting frogs. ...

The words should not have been spoken

Editorials

When U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said that if cattle farmer Colin Hutchinson “invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” it was tone deaf and irresponsible. But the single comment alone does not make her a racist, as some have suggested. In a statement after the words from ...

The hottest stuff on ice 2018-19

Local Columns

From the first of these annual columns nearly 15 years ago, the ice fishing market has burgeoned into the billions of dollars. From coast to coast across the ice belt, sales of shelters, augers and electronics has grown to rival the open water angling gear market in those areas and options have ...

Thanksgiving traditions

Local Columns

At this time of the year we Americans traditionally pause to give thanks for our many blessings. This includes such things such as a voluminous variety of victuals, more televised football games than any nation on the planet and the fact that we won’t have to endure another election for ...

Your Social Security, giving thanks

Local Columns

District manager In November, millions of families gather together to give thanks, share a meal, and spend time together. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to get together, so you want to make every second with the ones you love count. Social Security understands that your time is ...

Trails to highways

Local Columns

Part V At the first meeting of the county commissioners in 1933, Commissioner Cooney proposed that the county sell its four F.W.D. trucks and three light trucks and hire 23 men and teams to patrol the county roads, in a move to provide more employment in the county. Appearing before the Tracy ...

Guns: DFL should take aim to secure public safety

Editorials

With mass shootings on the rise last year, the GOP-controlled state House of Representatives shut down hearings on things like background checks and taking guns from domestic abusers. The GOP-controlled Senate refused to hold hearings on common-sense gun measures offered by members of its own ...

Looking for central figure for Thanksgiving

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a recent Independent column, Publisher Greg Orear suggested readers should take time to celebrate Thanksgiving before delving into Christmas preparations. Reflecting on possible reasons why Thanksgiving is somewhat overlooked as a special event, the writer noted “there ...

The eagle is landing … stay out of the way

Local Columns

There are so many birds flying, soaring in the night sky. Out of the 88 total constellations, nine of them are birds. The baddest bird in the heaven without a doubt is Aquila the Eagle. According to Greek mythology, Aquila was the favorite pet of Zeus, the king of the gods of Mount Olympus. ...

An embarrassment for state of Minnesota

Local Columns

In the three years I’ve lived in Minnesota, I’ve gotten a little spoiled. The schools here are better. The parks here are better. The towns are cleaner and the highways are flat, straight, and devoid of potholes. And on average, Minnesota residents are healthier than most in terms of ...

Creating in block print class

Local Columns

Even though I aspire to be artistic, I tend to fall short. I’m better with words than creating things. But when Ross suggested going to a block print class being taught at the KK Berge gallery in Granite Falls, I thought “why not?” It could be fun, and it would be a different kind of ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Too soon to judge Schwan’s outcome THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A lot of disappointment has been expressed on social media over the sale of 80 percent of Schwan’s to CJ CheilJedang of Seoul, South Korea. Schwan’s will operate as a subsidiary of that foreign company. There is one known silver ...

More candidates needed in local election races

Editorials

No matter what side of the aisle you cast your vote, the current blue wave that has overtaken the House should provide some motivation for those who are concerned about their communities. The new members of Congress are coming from all walks of life. Many are women and many are minorities. ...

A secret meeting

Local Columns

My wife and I recently attended a clandestine gathering that was limited to just a select few. You couldn’t attend this meeting unless you knew the secret password: lutefisk. The confab had been promoted on Facebook, so maybe it wasn’t exactly a secret. But those who attended were ...

Welcoming back our champions

Editorials

It was a tale of two teams from different southwest Minnesota communities. But the message was the same. In Minneota, the four captains on the Vikings volleyball team spoke before a large welcoming crowd at the Minneota High School gymnasium Saturday evening. Their message was “thanks for ...

To our new leaders: Get to work for all

Editorials

Democrats ride into the U.S. House with a strong, new majority and, for many of them, decisive wins that affirm their agendas. And they’re not waiting until January to make their presence felt. Incoming House chairs have served notice to acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker that they ...

World Diabetes Day

Local Columns

Did you know that today, Nov. 14, is recognized as World Diabetes Day? November is the month that the American Diabetes Association recognizes as American Diabetes Month in the United States. But on a broader scale, World Diabetes Day is recognized on Nov. 14. This date was chosen in honor of ...

Something different

Local Columns

What if you tried something different? For instance, what if... What if you traveled a different road to work? What do you think you’d see on that new journey? What if you walked a different way to the store? I wonder what you’d see on that new route — a new house? Some new neighbors? ...

Minnesota’s political divide

Editorials

innesota, it is reported, is the only state in the union with a divided Legislature — Democrats in control of the House, and Republicans in control of the Senate. But the results of last Tuesday’s election show the Minnesota divide is not political as much as it is geographic. A map of ...