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OK, House: The bill is in your court

June 12, 2013 Half the battle for farm bill passage was won Monday evening when the Senate passed a five-year, half-trillion farm bill with a bipartisan 66-27 vote. more »»

Big Brother’s been working out

June 11, 2013 The Patriot Act. It sounds pretty, well, patriotic, doesn’t it? But are we really safer than we were before Sept. 11, 2001, because of it? It’s debatabl. more »»

Short takes for June 7

June 7, 2013 No knives, end of story THUMBS UP: Putting an end to any life given to a ridiculous proposal from the head of the Transportation Security Administration, the Obama administration on Wednesday said i... more »»

The 6th District’s mess could have a silver lining

June 5, 2013 Perhaps what has taken place in Minnesota’s 6th District in recent days is why people are so polarized toward politics. more »»

Short takes for June 1

June 1, 2013 On to state THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Minneota girls, and the Dawson-Boyd, Marshall and Murray County Central boys golf teams for earning a place in their respective state tournaments. more »»

Short takes for May 24

May 24, 2013 Success on the links THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Marshall boys and girls golf teams, which swept their way to sub-section titles Wednesday. more »»

Not enough time in the day

May 21, 2013 The Minnesota Senate had a 17-hour debate last week on legislation that would allow the unionization of home child care and personal care workers. more »»

Short takes for May 17

May 17, 2013 Feds went too far with AP records THUMBS DOWN: The U.S. government grossly overstepped its bounds by obtaining two months of phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors. more »»

It only takes a spark …

May 14, 2013 No one in the Independent’s coverage area needs a special fire warning being issued to know it’s grass fire season once again. more »»

Short takes for May 10

May 10, 2013 Same-sex marriage at the Capitol THUMBS UP: We wouldn’t blame anyone for arguing that with so much left to accomplish during the 2013 legislative session our policymakers shouldn’t spend as much tim... more »»

Short takes for May 3

May 3, 2013 Kids in the outdoors THUMBS UP: A group of kids were finally able to get out to the water for some trout fishing last weekend through the Lyon County Pheasant Forever trout fishing program. more »»

Politics at its finest? Or its worst?

May 1, 2013 Not only are our elected officials pretty good at debating and public speaking, they apparently can also bring things back from the dead. more »»

Short takes for April 26

April 26, 2013 Outgoing trio made a difference with their work THUMBS UP: We would like to recognize three individuals for the work they have done in their respective fields: outgoing Southwest Minnesota State... more »»

If state must tax more, lines need to be drawn

April 25, 2013 It’s become quite evident that Minnesotans — all of us — will be paying more in taxes in the near future. Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday proposed their tax plan that would, they say, raise $. more »»

We need anti-bullying bill, but schools need control

April 9, 2013 The Minnesota Catholic Conference wants private religious schools to be exempt from the requirements in the bill known as the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, and last week, the Archdiocese... more »»

Short Takes for April 5

April 5, 2013 Parks and trails funding complaints THUMBS DOWN: It was disappointing, although anything but surprising, that urbanites are miffed about how the state divides $80 million in parks and trails fundin... more »»

Short Takes for March 29

March 29, 2013 Store opening in Tracy THUMBS UP: A shuttered gas station, closed for some six years, is getting a new lease on life in Tracy. The former Food-n-Fuel along U.S. more »»

Exchange has warts, but Minnesota made right choice

March 28, 2013 Many Republicans warned of rising health care costs that would come after the implementation of Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange — a new twist to the health care field brought on by President... more »»

Short Takes for March 22

March 22, 2013 Tigers at state THUMBS UP: Whatever place the Marshall boys basketball team finishes at this year’s state tournament, the team has done the city of Marshall proud this year — the 50th anniversary of... more »»

House, Senate present school-friendly proposals; our schools deserve nothing less

March 21, 2013 Our elected officials needed a plan to pay off their debt to our schools, and it appears they have one. more »»

 
 

 

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