Opinion

Among many victims of tariffs: Newspapers

Editorials

You may have heard of the chaos theory: a butterfly flutters its wings in New Mexico and a hurricane starts in China. Have you heard the tariff version? A New York hedge fund buys a paper mill in Washington, it petitions the Trump administration for a tariff on foreign newsprint, and the ...

Happy Older Americans Month

Local Columns

Every May our nation observes Older Americans month. The theme for this year is, “Engage, at Every Age.” Wow! Remember that you are never to old to partake in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. With so many opportunities offered every month at the ...

Blue Mounds State Park

Local Columns

As the sun starts shining brightly again and the snow melts, it was high time to hit the trails at one of Minnesota’s state parks. The last time Ross and I walked in Blue Mounds State Park, it was early March and the area had received several inches of snow earlier in the week. Hiking the ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

It wasn’t until the Willmar & Sioux Falls railroad track was laid through Russell that permanent settlement and the establishment of the town began. The Willmar & Sioux Falls Railroad was built through what is now Russell in the fall of 1888. The railroad was built by E. A. Sherman ...

A new kind of sideshow for the 21st century

Local Columns

While you may have missed it, Marshall hosted a circus Monday night. Oddly though, the sideshow rolled through town the previous Friday. Its been a while for the traditional sideshow, which enjoyed its pre-television heyday in the 1920s and 30s when circuses not-so-coincidentally were ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I noticed that the horn on my vehicle does not work. Is there a law that that says a vehicle must have a working horn and when it can be used? Answer: According to state law, your vehicle must have a horn that’s “in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible ...

My thanks and appreciation to the readers of the Independent

Local Columns

In 2003, Dana Yost, editor of the Independent, began the weekend edition of the Independent, which he named The Weekender. At that time he asked me to write weekend columns related to medical topics and information that would facilitate optimum patient understanding of their medical needs and ...

Candidate for governor delivers the wrong message

Editorials

Republican candidate for governor Phillip Parrish delivered an anti-immigrant message during his campaign stop in Marshall on Friday. This was not the first time Parrish has delivered this message. He has been quoted on other campaign stops that immigrant and refugee resettlement programs are ...

The lost honker

Local Columns

The storm-tossed drifter washed up one wintry spring morning as I was finishing chores on our dairy farm. Snowstorms had plagued us for so long that it appeared spring might be canceled due to inclement weather. As I was shutting one of our barn’s massive sliding doors — a task that, due ...

Addressing mental illness at young age is step in right direction

Editorials

Sen. Tina Smith announced Monday a bipartisan mental health proposal was merged into a larger measure addressing the nation's opioid crisis. Smith said her Improving Access to Mental Health Services Act was added to a package of legislation designed to sharpen the federal government's ...

The avocado trend

Local Columns

For a few good reasons, millennials are obsessed with this creamy green fruit, and dietitians are, too. Here’s why I hope the avocado trend is here to stay. 1. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps promote heart and brain health. 2. One-third of an avocado provides 3 ...

Weekends

Local Columns

This might sound like a silly question, but why do we like weekends? Alright, I can see your eyes roll in your heads and I can virtually hear your voices as you reply by saying: “Are you kidding me? It’s the weekend! What more needs to be said? It’s the weekend!” I know, I know ...

Campfire safety

Local Columns

While controlled burns and even natural fires can serve a purpose in regenerating habitat this time of year, unintended blazes sparked by careless use of fire can cause unwanted damage to property and potentially threaten the lives of both wildlife and people. Knowing how to properly manage a ...

Other Views

Editorials

Syria: Hold Assad, Russians accountable The targeted strike at chemical weapons facilities and related locations in Syria were justified and overdue. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has for too long been allowed to inflict terror on the world and brutal violence on his own people. For too ...

Gorsuch strikes blow against administrative state

Editorials

Last week, one week after the first anniversary of Neil Gorsuch’s ascension to the Supreme Court, he delivered an opinion that was excellent as it pertained to the case at issue and momentous in its implications pertaining to the institutional tangle known as the administrative state. If he ...

Still the safest way to travel

Editorials

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Homesteading on the Great Plains

Local Columns

Part I Thousands of wagon trains traveled through the central plains before pioneers thought of actually settling here. The prairie was treeless and matted with dense sod that made turning over the soil for planting a formidable task. And the climate ran between extreme cold and extreme heat. ...

Ryan’s legacy: tax bill that benefits rich

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The editorial (Independent, April 18), “Ryan’s Frustration,” criticizes people dependent on government programs to survive. Millionaire Paul Ryan has bashed those less fortunate citizens for years. The editorial author ignores the fact that Ryan’s legacy will be the ...