Opinion

State government has grown too big

Letters to the Editor

The federal government is bloated and broke. A potential spending frenzy is building in St. Paul. Yet very little government does is efficient or effective. Despite the poor track record, we are constantly told that the solution is not less government but more. Why? A group of Republicans in ...

MLK Day a chance to reflect on history, divided nation

Editorials

Civil Rights activist Gwendolyn Middlebrooks was the keynote speaker for the MLK breakfast held at the Southwest Minnesota State University Conference Center Ballroom Monday. She knew the Martin Luther King Jr. family well. She’s a former babysitter for the King family and a longtime member ...

Get dressed

Local Columns

For a quick-tying and fun addition to any lure with a treble hook, such as a crankbait, in-line spinner or spoon, that also ups the odds for catching fish, dressing a few spare treble hooks in colors that set various species off and seal the deal when they come in for a look is something that ...

Wintertime exercise

Local Columns

During our interminable Northern winters - when it’s so cold outside that liquid nitrogen stays liquid — it’s difficult to get the amount of physical activity recommended in the Federal Exercise Directives — Ultrathin People (FED-UP) guidelines. A person might get a burst of exercise ...

Farmers not happy with Dayton’s land grab

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing in regard to the buffer law enforcement article in the Jan. 9 Independent. In this article it says that compliance is about 80 percent with compliance on ditches at only 67 percent. Last summer there were articles in the paper that the farmers were happy to jump ...

Minnesota River cleanup: Nutrient trading offers solutions

Editorials

When it comes to cleaning up the Minnesota River, the state and cities along the river have two choices: negotiate or litigate. We prefer negotiation. The Walz administration would be wise to go with that flow. Many of the small cities along the Minnesota River face new wastewater pollution ...

The total lunar eclipse drought is over

Local Columns

I want you to do anything you can do to make sure we have clear skies. This Sunday night pray, mediate, hold a hair dryer to sky, whatever ever you can do leave the skies clear enough to see the first great total lunar eclipse in southwestern Minnesota since late September of 2015 and it’ll ...

Chances for a wall, legal pot and Shopko

Local Columns

After driving into winter storm Gia last weekend and watching another round of winter weather roll into southwest Minnesota Friday, my appreciation for the accuracy of 21st century meteorologists continues to increase. While I have no quantifiable data to support this, it would appear the ...

Bison at Minneopa State Park

Local Columns

Ross and I were trying to figure out what to do this past Saturday. He eventually came up with the suggest of “Want to go see the bison in Minneopa?” He doesn’t have to ask me twice as I enjoy going to Minneopa State Park, especially with the waterfalls and the bison. I really wanted to ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Good news for Marshall Shopko THUMBS UP: Some good news for Marshall came out of the bad news involving Shopko Stores. The retail chain announced Wednesday it was filing for bankruptcy protection and closing 39 more stores in 19 states. Fortunately, the Marshall store is not on the closure ...

Against legalization of marijuana

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The legalization of marijuana would be a big mistake. Do we want high people driving? Do we want high people becoming unmotivated? Is marijuana the alcohol problem of the future? Pot changes brain chemistry with extended use. Granted, pot gives one a sense of euphoria. ...

Consider investing into United Way

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The United Way of Southwest Minnesota has been a steadfast presence fighting to improve the life of everyone in our community. Over the last five years, UWSWMN has re-invested more than $2.3 million in the following areas: Health, Education and Financial Stability, Hunger and ...

Making a difference in your community

Editorials

Running for elected local office — why do it? It involves a lot of time and dedication. And often times there are more criticisms than thank yous that go with the job. Well, Karen VanKeulen has an answer to the question. For VanKeulen, running for office and then sitting on the Marshall ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Who is responsible for making sure the roadway is cleaned up and free from spilled liquids, glass and other car parts from a crash?   Answer: I have noticed that responding agencies and tow companies usually work as a team to treat the injured, direct traffic, investigate the ...

Parents, wise up about ‘vaping’

Letters to the Editor

When it comes to teenagers and “vaping,” the everyday term for use of electronic cigarettes, most parents don't know what they don’t know. The practice is defined — yes, vape is now a Merriam-Webster dictionary entry — as the inhalation of vapor through the mouth from a usually ...

Rising pull factor makes Marshall regional center

Editorials

A letter writer recently made the claim that city officials are “trying to pretend Marshall is the regional center of southwest Minnesota.” The big complaint was building new facilities when the city is “almost $100 million in debt.” The writer also argued that most of the residents go ...

How to choose the right yogurt

Local Columns

Remember when shopping for yogurt was as simple as choosing a flavor you like? Now there’s Greek, Icelandic, full-fat, organic, low-sugar and all sorts of combinations to choose from. Here, we’ll share the major differences and a few pointers for selecting one that works for ...

May The Force be with you

Local Columns

It was a universal power in a fictional universe and it introduced many of us to the dark side. The mega cinema hit “Star Wars” brought many of us face to face with The Force — both its light side and its dark side. In the movie’s terminology, the light side of The Force was good and ...

United Way needs help to reach goal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What does Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Student Emergency Fund Grants, Power of the Produce (tokens for children to buy produce), and Junior Achievement (classes for students taught by community members regarding financial security) have in common? The United Way of ...

Setting priorities in Legislature

Editorials

Minnesota legislators have spent the first week or two of the new legislative session announcing their priorities — the bills they want to pass, the issues they wish to address. Democrats in the House introduced their first ten bills, focusing on health care for all and making it easier to ...