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Editorials

There’s ‘no pain, no gain’ in college football during pandemic

Failing to rein in COVID-19 has consequences. Among them, college football. The coaches whose whistles and shouts normally fill the air over football practice fields this time of year would rightly scoff at a player who showed up out of shape yet expected to make the team anyway. That’s ...

Short Takes

Consider casting absentee ballots at courthouse drop box THUMBS SIDEWAYS: In late July, Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg announced the placement of a drop box for absentee election ballots in the lobby of the courthouse in Marshall. At the time, Moberg told the Independent that ...

Now is not the time to start curtailing USPS operations

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. President Donald Trump admitted in an interview last week that he is ...

If numbers keep rising will caution matter?

We have, in general, given the benefit of the doubt to those who are siding with caution in the battle against COVID-19. Health experts and political leaders, such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, are doing the best they can to help us weather the storm. We believe they are acting with sincerity and ...

Don’t mess with Census schedule

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...

Sports: High School League has solid game plan

The Minnesota State High School League plan to modify the high school sports schedule for the coming academic year balances the need for health safety and the need to nurture young people with some normalcy in these pandemic times. Shifting so-called “high risk” pandemic-spread activities ...

Don’t fall for internet hoodwinkers

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissent in the United States. If not, it should.We ...

Big Ten leads the way for responsible athletics

The Big Ten Conference became the first major college athletic conference to say no to fall sports, including football season. “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed ...

Need to learn more about COVID-19 to protect kids

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...

COVID-19 vaccine decisions required

Rationing of medical treatment is viewed by many Americans as unacceptable. Making health care decisions based on anything but need is seen as immoral. That is as it should be. But as researchers race to develop vaccines against COVID-19, the specter of rationing is being raised by ...

COVID-19 kudos: Walz gives districts control to plan new school year

Lacking a magic wand that would cure COVID-19 or at least ease Minnesotans’ frustrations stemming from it, Gov. Tim Walz is nevertheless putting forth a reasonable plan to get the 2020-2021 school year started. Its three biggest selling points: • First, each district makes it own ...

Farmfest forums continue virtually

Like most other major gatherings this summer, Farmfest was canceled. Instead of thousands of farmers and others interested in agriculture traipsing around the Gillfillan Estate near Morton to look at the latest farming technology and products, and viewing test plots, everyone is staying ...

Where’s the sense in Sturgis rally?

Across the country in this Year of COVID-19, events large and small have been canceled, from the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament to the New Ulm St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Even the Great Minnesota Get Together has told Minnesotans to stay away. Concern about spreading the COVID-19 virus ...

Develop a healthy sense of skepticism

Russia and other foreign foes continue to probe both election mechanisms and the political network in this country in attempts to find ways to commit mischief electronically, it is being reported. With the presidential election three month away, that comes as no surprise. There is little most ...

School opening plan offers local flexibility

Gov. Tim Walz and his Health and Education Commissioners laid out a plan for reopening schools this fall in the age of COVID-19 that offers local school districts some flexibility about the kind of education they offer. Instead of a one-size-fits-all plan that decrees all districts must have ...

Bonding: House Republicans failed outstate projects

If you’re waiting for a new water treatment plant in your small town, you’ll have to wait longer. If you’re waiting for repairs to a leaky roof at your local community college, you’ll have to wait longer. In Mankato, if you were hoping for funding to stop the main source of drinking ...

Short Takes

Wearing masks a health issue THUMBS DOWN: The mask debate is getting a little ridiculous at times. Minnesota Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan, earlier this week, had to apologize for an offensive post shared by the Republican Party of Wabasha County. The post compared Gov. Tim Walz to ...

SROs should have place in schools

Calls for change in law enforcement range from those demanding that police departments be virtually disbanded to others insisting on better training for officers and more accountability for the few rogues among them. Common to most reform proposals is that law enforcement personnel be more ...

Time to act is now on new coronavirus aid package

Debate over a new coronavirus relief package continues in Congress and at the White House. Disagreements are both legitimate and political, but one thing ought to be obvious to all involved: Millions of Americans will be in very real financial trouble if a deal is not achieved ...

Swastika video does not define us as a community

“What is going on at my hometown?” That question was asked by former Marshall resident Bo Erickson, who works as a reporter with CBS News. Erickson and CBS News joined media outlets across the nation to report on the now famous viral video of a couple wearing face masks with the Nazi ...