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Good economic development news THUMBS UP: While this week’s news of the closing of the Del Monte peas and corn plant in Sleepy Eye was disturbing, a number of good news events on the economic development front are hitting close to home. First, on Wednesday Avera Marshall showed off its ...

A blow to Sleepy Eye and the region

Tuesday’s announcement that Del Monte is going to close its Sleepy Eye plant after this corn pack season is a blow to Sleepy Eye and to many others in the area. The plant is a major employer in Sleepy Eye. The closing announcement said that 69 full time and 294 seasonal employees will lose ...

Joyful sounds of summer thanks to festival organizers

Sounds of Summer patrons on Saturday evening were reminded once again Mother Nature can be cruel when it comes to weather and planned events here in southwest Minnesota. Hundreds of people filled the Schwan’s parking lot next to the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and were ...

Who hires those illegal immigrants?

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

Northern forests need urgent attention

Without reforestation efforts, northern Minnesota will lose rich habitat that its residents greatly value. In southern Minnesota we often think of “up north” as a place to vacation where we enjoy cooler temperatures, different animals, and trees not commonly found in this farming ...

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Lyon County Fair board comes through THUMBS UP: We have to agree with the letter writer in Thursday’s edition that the 2019 Lyon County Fair was the best in several years. Back in April the prospects of a successful fair appeared gloomy when the fair board reported to the board of ...

Tracy episode offers lessons for all elected officials

Two weeks ago, events involving the City Council and the Economic Development Authority became a troublesome spectacle for the proud community of Tracy. It would have been easy to do a lot of finger-pointing. But we need to take into account that all of the members that sit on these two city ...

Time for more openness in state legislature

Late last month, it was reported that Gov. Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) were talking about the idea of subjecting the Minnesota Legislature to the Data Practices Act, which designates most public records as public information, with limited exceptions spelled out ...

Transparency: Subject Legislature to data practices law

For too long, the leading institution of representative democracy in Minnesota has escaped the disinfectant of sunshine. The Legislature has never been subject to the Minnesota Data Practices Act, but in a rare move Gov. Tim Walz is now advocating the most powerful body in Minnesota ...

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Like it or not, J-turn is ready to go THUMBS UP: Not everybody is crazy about J-turns on highways. But at least the J-turn construction project on Highway 23 at Lyon County Road 7 is finally complete and life can get back to normal for motorists who travel daily through that intersection. ...

The warning signs were there

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. What comes out within hours or days of most killings such as those in Dayton and El Paso is that the murderers showed signs of homicidal tendencies long before ...

Make corporate opioid pushers pay

More than 10 years ago, a representative for a drug distributor wrote of the opioid products his company was receiving, “Keep ’em comin’! Flyin’ out of here. It’s like people are addicted to these things or something. Oh, wait, people are…” In reply, a sales representative for ...

Gun violence in America — searching for answers

How do we move forward? Two more mass shootings. Senseless killings in Chicago. More heartache and funerals. Newspapers from around the nation offer their opinions. Here are some excerpts: Wall Street Journal The mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton over the weekend are horrifying ...

Water quality: River cleanup relies on agriculture’s efforts

Environmental regulators are rightly getting tougher on Minnesota River pollution, and meeting environmental standards will require residents, businesses and farmers to make difficult changes to their way of life. A Minnesota Pollution Control Agency report released last week made a ...

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Still popping corn after 100 years THUMBS UP: Not too many institutions last 100 years. The popcorn stand popped up in Granite Falls on Aug. 1, 1919 and continued to pop corn ever since. The Kiwanis Club, which now operates the stand, held a well-deserved celebration for the 100-year ...

Maybe we need more crazy days in downtown

Even the morning rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm during this year’s Crazy Days held two weeks ago in downtown Marshall. Shoppers found plenty of deals and the kids enjoyed the bounce house and petting zoo. The event also attracted a hot dog stand vendor. Marshall Area Chamber of ...

What should U.S. do to avert election meddling

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. A report submitted to the Senate, on Russian efforts to interfere with U.S. elections, suggests Moscow is ...

Stronger pills raise new opioid issue

We have known for some time that even as the danger of prescription pain pills containing opioids was becoming clear, drug companies were shipping out hundreds of millions of them. Some — not all — doctors continued to write prescriptions for them despite warnings that might not be best for ...

Americans, please know this nation is battling for its soul

Many political junkies are viewing President Trump's tweets about four new members of Congress as defining the main issue for the 2020 presidential election. That’s an understatement. We say those actions define the only issue. Trump’s discriminatory sentiments, bolstered by his past ...

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Plenty of entertainment at festivals THUMBS UP: So far the festival season in southwest Minnesota has been quite entertaining. Festival organizers in area cities have done a good job in recruiting quality bands and other entertainment. Last weekend’s Cardinal Days in Clarkfield is a ...