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Editorials

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 ...

Time for state to pick up special education costs

For years, Minnesota school districts have swallowed the cost imposed on them by unfunded state and federal mandates — rules and programs the government says they must provide, but for which the government provides little or no funding. One of these mandates, in particular, is the cost of ...

Durenberger an example for today’s Republicans

David Durenberger, the former Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, died on Tuesday, nearly 30 years after he left office. After three decades, he stands more now than ever as an example for politicians on how to serve their constituents. Over his 16 years in the Senate, Durenberger made ...