Opinion

Pumpkins and Prohibition

Local Columns

What do pumpkins and Prohibition have in common? Well, let’s just start and see where it takes us. First, a bit of history... We all love our pumpkins. Some of us love to grow them and watch that little bit of growth turn into a eye pleasing orange ball. Some of us love to eat them — ...

Watch for the train

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Train kills more than 60 people at Festival in India when swelling crowds expand onto tracks.” When I first heard of this tragedy, I thought “how could so many people be standing on the railroad tracks at a festival and not worry about inevitably being hit by a ...

Peterson supports Sturrock for city Council

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Although I rarely get involved in local elections, I am pleased to support Marshall Councilman David Sturrock. David is a respected leader on regional and statewide issues, and has been especially effective in working for badly-needed highway improvements in southwest ...

Nafziger believes in enforcing laws firmly, fairly

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to encourage my friends and neighbors across Lincoln County to vote for Nathan Nafziger as our next sheriff. I have served on the Tyler City Council for the better part of the past 20 years. During that time I have had the opportunity to employ and work with a ...

Caravans being sent our way

Editorials

Clearly, officials in some Central and South American countries are capitalizing on U.S. domestic policies to handle some of their own problems. The fact they get to embarrass President Donald Trump’s administration seems to be a bonus for some of them. Rampant violence and poor economies ...

Get set for gun season

Local Columns

In just a couple of weeks, hunters’ visions will shift from flushing or cupped wings to antlers bobbing up and down through the trees. The fast-approaching firearms deer season never fails to ambush a few who push their bird hunting or late season fishing right up to the start of the most ...

Caravan puts Trump legacy on the line

Editorials

Our mainstream media remain consumed with the grisly killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and how President Donald Trump will deal with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Understandably so, for this is the most riveting murder story since ...

Other Views

Editorials

Don’t starve the IRS A decade of cuts has led to critical deficits in the agency’s core functions and may be jeopardizing Americans’ data privacy. There is a silent crisis brewing at the Internal Revenue Service, with Republicans looking at another round of cuts for the embattled ...

Trails to highways

Local Columns

Part I The following history is taken from the centennial publication titled “Tracy’s First Hundred Years,” written by Merrill Starr and published in 1971. This book is presently not available for sale, but there is the possibility of republishing it at some future date. These types of ...

Chocolate bars and baseball cards

Local Columns

With the 2018 World Series just around the corner, I recalled a professional baseball-related event from my childhood. It was a “Golden Birthday” for a friend, 1987 Marshall High School graduate Mike Taylor. I was one of about a dozen guests. His mother, retired Marshall Public Schools ...

Why Social Security retirement is important to women

Local Columns

Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. But, women face greater economic ...

Dot to dot puzzles in the heavens

Local Columns

When you gaze upon the Marshall night sky, especially in the dark skies of the countryside, you can allegedly see all kinds of people and creatures up there. Right now there’s a disgraced hunter turned hero, two bears, another mighty hunter chasing the bears, a goose, a giant scorpion, a ...

On the bison range

Local Columns

Last Saturday afternoon found us racing toward Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne to hop on board the “bison buggy” for the 3 p.m. Prairie and Bison Tour. This is something I’ve been wanting to do all summer after the Minnesota DNR announced it. It just never really worked out until ...

Short takes

Editorials

Take the time to thank a firefighter THUMBS UP: The Independent front pages this past week took on a common theme: First responders in action. Everybody in Marshall is grateful to the city’s firefighters for responding to every call in such a swift manner. It started out with a fire in one ...

Can you count on a bountiful investment ‘harvest?’

Local Columns

We’re officially in autumn — the season when we bring in what we planted in the spring. But the concept of planting and gathering isn’t confined to agriculture. In fact, it can be used in many walks of life, including investing. So what can you do to help work toward a successful ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Other night my coworker got pulled over and was given warning about ride height. It was not slammed to the ground but the trooper said that it was illegal. What is the MN state law for ride height?  Answer: Minnesota law states that if a vehicle’s suspension has been altered by ...

Minnesota deserves Keith Ellison

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Minnesota voters: I urge you to support Keith Ellison for Minnesota Attorney General. There has been a lot of attention on the allegations against Ellison. Those are very serious. I don’t take those lightly. While I don’t know what happened, Ellison has cooperated ...

School districts taking temperature of voters

Editorials

Back in June, newly appointed Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District Superintendent Dave Marlette stood in front of small crowd inside the Russell school gymnasium. The area residents sat in the stands as Marlette told them it's time for the district to “pull together.” Marlette was asking ...

Times are changing

Editorials

We already have ample evidence that the world of internet commerce has shaken the “bricks and mortar” businesses. Now, the nation is witnessing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Sears, Roebuck and Co., at one time the biggest retailer in the world. Sears got its start in Minneapolis ...