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If you can’t beat ‘em, build a wall

May 25, 2016 A front-page story in Tuesday’s Independent highlighted Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall. No, not THAT wall — a wall around his luxury golf course in Ireland. more »»

Another bumpy road to a non-solution

May 24, 2016 Welcome back to the transportation game. The Legislature is up to bat. And the pitch … Sauuuwiiiing and a miss. The count is now 0-2. Too bad this isn’t a game. more »»

Short Takes

May 20, 2016 Way to go, Ashley THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Marshall High School’s Ashley Schotzko, who placed second overall at last weekend’s national speech tournament. more »»

Quick reminder to politicians: These little-town blues aren’t melting away

May 17, 2016 There is plenty to love about living in rural Minnesota. We enjoy a bit of a slower lifestyle out here. The traffic is less compared to the metro area. more »»

Short Takes

May 13, 2016 Farmers: Help protect roads in the winter THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Department of Transportation last week invited farmers to take part in a temporary-season solution to the problem of blowing and... more »»

There’s nothing like a true feel-good story

May 11, 2016 Newspapers — media in general, for that matter — receive plenty of criticism. Sometimes the Independent takes heat for something we failed to cover. Sometimes, it’s an editorial that raises your ir. more »»

Marshall residents: Have your say

May 10, 2016 It doesn’t matter which side one is on — for or against — it’s imperative voters in the Marshall School District take the time to vote today on the proposed $38. more »»

School referendum is too much at one time

May 6, 2016 School officials — in Marshall and all over the state — are facing mountains of unprecedented challenges these days. more »»

Legislators have work cut out for them

May 4, 2016 We’re in for a long two-and-a-half weeks. That’s about when the 2016 session is to adjourn. more »»

Short takes for April 29

April 29, 2016 It’s come to this, GOP: Time to get behind Trump THUMBS DOWN: It’s time for Republican presidential candidates to make a decision to get out of the race and get behind frontrunner Donald Trump. more »»

Keep plugging away at affordable health care in rural MN

April 27, 2016 No matter who you’re represented by in the area, you should take heart knowing your elected official continues to keep a watchful eye on rural heath care issues. more »»

Short Takes

April 22, 2016 Slip of the Trump THUMBS DOWN: Donald Trump, the likely GOP nominee for president, is at it again, and he recently proved that even his verbal flubs are over-the-top. more »»

The noise you hear is the rumor mill at full bore

April 21, 2016 Rumors, secrets, allegations, whispers. Sounds like a soap opera. Indeed, these are the days of our lives in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District. And it’s not alone. more »»

Other Views

April 18, 2016 Excerpts from recent Minnesota editorials MnSCU chancellor has been an agent for positive change The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system that Chancellor Steven Rosenstone say... more »»

Short takes for April 15

April 15, 2016 Transportation? THUMBS DOWN: It would be nice to hear if there has been any real progress at the state Capitol on transportation — how we’re going to fix our state and county highways, township... more »»

Our legislators can’t be bored, can they?

April 13, 2016 Here we go again. more »»

Bang, bang … er, ‘hello’

April 12, 2016 We’ve lamented in this space in the past when we feel our state Legislature wastes time on useless policies and issue. more »»

Short Takes

April 8, 2016 Help for teachers coming? THUMBS UP: Minnesota lawmakers are working on legislation that would give teachers more authority when dealing with classroom assaults. We’re all for it. more »»

Why we love sports

April 6, 2016 Monday was one of those days that reminds us why we love sports — and every level pitched in. more »»

Vote stealing within the GOP? Gasp. We need an investigation

April 5, 2016 Republican presidential candidate and everyone’s favorite patronizer and hater of successful prominent women Donald Trump says something about every week (day?) that makes our eyebrows raise and our... more »»



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