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Editorials

Looking to future of educational success at MPS

The recent release of 2023 statewide school testing scores reveals some bright and dim spots for Marshall Public Schools. Since the last testing cycle students have made gains in math scores, and reading scores have improved for English language learners. But testing scores in science and ...

State and local nursing shortage gets vital boost — more can be done

The state of Minnesota and the city of Marshall recently took important steps for growing the number of nurses and certified nursing assistants amidst a statewide shortage. This includes a CNA training course offered at the Marshall Avera Medical Center, made possible by an $88,000 grant ...

Crazy Days brings cause for community celebration

It’s coming up on July 20th, which heralds Crazy Days, 2023, in Marshall. This is always a good time to catch discounted prices on things all over town, as well as watch those cute kiddos in the Kiddy Parade as they march and stroll down Main Street. But this year Crazy Days is even more ...

Summertime means Shakespeare in the Park

If you are ever in New York City in the summertime, you can wait in line for the better part of a day to attend a free performance of a Shakespeare in Central Park. Or, if you are lucky enough to reside in or near Marshall, this summer, you can attend up to three free productions of ...

‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ — To sing or not to sing?

One of the better ideas to come out of the Reformation was the notion of community singing of hymns; it might be odd to consider, but congregational hymn-singing represents only 25% of the history of Christianity, coming into existence around the early 1500s. It was a way (so thought ol’ ...

A final thank you to our carriers

From the first issue of the first paper published in Marshall, carriers have been the mainstay of the Independent’s distribution system. Every day, through rain and snow, through summer heat or winter’s cold, our carriers have brought the papers to our readers’ doors, with only occasional ...