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Minnesota to suffer if TPP fails

March 20, 2015 To the editor: Minnesota is a leading producer and exporter of agricultural products, ranking third among the states in the value of its agricultural exports. more »»

Collin Peterson is not one of us

March 18, 2015 To the editor: The 7th Congressional District is the most conservative district in the state of Minnesota. Yet, for the past 24 years the Democrat Collin Peterson has held office here. more »»

Transgender in high school athletics

March 17, 2015 Did you notice the March 9 AP article in this paper: “Republican lawmakers want to undo transgender athletics rule”? “Minnesota State High School League member schools must allow transgender student... more »»

What about permanent compensation for buffer strips?

March 3, 2015 In the next few weeks, representatives from several state and local agencies will be meeting to discuss the details of an initiative by Governor Dayton to establish a 50-foot buffer strip along all... more »»

Entertainment ideals, past and present

February 25, 2015 To the editor: While researching the transition between silent and sound movies in Marshall, I read “Theater On the Prairie”, an article compiled by Ellayne Conyers, former director of the Lyon... more »»

Politcians against MPCA citizen board are ‘shills’

February 12, 2015 To the editor: On Saturday Feb. 7, I attended a joint meeting of the CURE and Land Stewardship Project organizations. more »»

Why we need labor unions in our communities

February 10, 2015 To the editor: What exactly is a labor union and why should I care about them? If you would ask a random person on the street you would get probably some interesting answers. more »»

High horse

February 7, 2015 To the editor: President Barack Obama admonishes us and tells us not to “get on our high horse” in reacting to the brutal, savage murder of the Jordanian pilot, Kaseasbah, who was put in a steel... more »»

We can face battles without degrading language

February 7, 2015 To the editor: In response to Tom’s question (Feb. 6, Public Forum) -- Everyone wears a “uniform” of sorts. more »»

It comes with the territory

February 6, 2015 To the editor: Trudy, Trudy, Trudy: If you have never worn the “uniform,” are you suggesting a GI who has his life in peril, when casting aspersions at his foe, please refrain from using “salty”... more »»

Dairy farmers under market pressure

February 5, 2015 To the editor: As a family dairy farmer I’ve always thought of myself as real ag. I farm 240 acres along with my daughter and son-in-law and run a 48-cow dairy operation in Renville County. more »»

Tough walk to the store

February 5, 2015 To the editor: I challenge city leaders and anyone involved with public safety to walk from “C” Street east to Hy-Vee and back. See what your citizens are facing just to get food. more »»

God talks about women…

February 4, 2015 To the editor: Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker wrote, “When the pope talks...” (Jan. more »»

Great people

February 3, 2015 To the editor: First of all there was George Washington. He was the first president of our United States of Americ. more »»

Public forum

January 31, 2015 Congrats to the Independent To the editor: It is exciting when your local newspaper comes home with so many awards. Congratulations to all of you there who made it happen. more »»

Defining a ‘classic war hero’

January 27, 2015 To the editor: If I knew columnist Rich Lowry personally, I would write to him, but I do not. more »»

GOP: Go after DFL on abortion

January 27, 2015 To the editor: It’s been 42 years already since America authorized legal killing of children by abortion. Some of those kids would have now been grandparents. more »»

Public Forum

January 21, 2015 When is ‘freedom of speech’ not free? To the editor: “Before the slayings at the weekly publication, Charlie Hebdo, the newspaper had received repeated threats for lampooning Muhammed. more »»

Early presidential prospects

January 21, 2015 With 2015 just getting under way, the buzz of political activity makes it seem almost as if we are already in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign. more »»

Beheadings and dismemberments

January 20, 2015 To the editor: Wow, what a year for violence and evil! James Foley, Steven Stotloff, David Haines, Allen Henning and Peter Kassig all beheaded by ISIL Islam fundamentalists and everyone condemned by... more »»



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