Opinion

Assault on reporter is assault on you

Editorials

So it has come to this. Donald Trump spent his whole campaign dissing reporters who were assigned to cover him. He called them dishonest, disgusting and liars. He used them to inflame the crowds at his rallies, ordering news crews to turn their cameras to show the size of the crowd and then ...

Here comes the summer stars

Local Columns

June is tough on stargazers because it has the shortest nights of the year. You have to wait until late in the evening to take in the starry show. Good stargazing can’t really begin until after 10 p.m., and the show is pretty much over by 4:30 a.m. when morning twilight begins. Get your ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, honors men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, and it originated in the years following the Civil War. By the late 1860s, many communities had begun ...

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

Local Columns

When it was announced that “Mystery Science Theater 3000” was getting a reboot on Netflix, I was excited. It had been 18 years since the original series ended, and I was looking forward to what Joel Hodgson, the creator of the show, had in store. Felicia Day of “The Guild” and ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Manufacturing optimism rises THUMBS UP: The Enterprise Minnesota’s annual State of Manufacturing Survey revealed a lot of optimism among Minnesota Manufacturing executives. The results of the 2017 State of Manufacturing survey were presented Monday at Southwest Minnesota State ...

On ‘529 Day,’ think about college savings plans

Local Columns

You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher ...

City Council ends up making right decision on taxis

Editorials

The Marshall City Council on Tuesday decided against repealing the ordinance regulating taxi businesses. The decision was reached after push back from the very businesses being regulated. The ordinance requires taxi cab operators be licensed, that they have public liability and injury ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I can’t help to think of all the ways to be distracted while driving such as texting, using the phone, changing the radio, eating, smoking, etc. that in addition, having small pets on one’s shoulder or lap while driving can be legal. Not only cats and small dogs being positioned ...

Making a difference in narrowing the skills gap

Editorials

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care industry will add more than 4 million jobs between now and 2022. Among the several reasons for that projection cited by the bureau: • An aging population. The number of people ages 65 and older is projected to grow by 40 percent ...

5 simple steps to power up your summer salads

Local Columns

May is National Salad Month, making it a great time to give your salads a powerful boost by choosing nutrient-rich ingredients. Salads don’t have to be boring, tasteless diet foods. With the right base, toppings and dressing they can be main-dish stars or sides your friends and family will ...

Good fortune

Local Columns

As good as life can be, there are those moments when the goddess of good fortune openly smiles upon us and recently she smiled brightly upon me. I had the good fortune to participate in a conference concerning equal employment opportunities for all the people in this state, and I was a ...

Hair today

Local Columns

We have a problem with the fuzz at our house. It’s actually more of a fur issue, but let’s not go splitting hairs. Our cat, Sparkles, is supposed to be a barn cat. And she is, most of the time. But when the nights turn chilly, or when it’s raining outside, or should a cloud happen to ...

Make voting easier and more secure

Editorials

A campaign to making voting easier and more secure is gaining momentum in Minnesota. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon was in Marshall Friday visiting with Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg to get feedback and talk about election-related issues. Simon met with Independent ...

Give ‘em the slip

Local Columns

There’s a sort of silent excitement in watching the chartreuse top and orange spindle point of a slip float slide under the surface of the water, knowing (or maybe not knowing) exactly what comes next. The sweep of the rod tip to set the hook, the protesting pull on the other end and the ...

Taking a loan from your 401(k)

Local Columns

After years of regular contributions, a 401(k) plan through your employer may become one of your largest financial assets. In some cases, your employer may also allow you to borrow against the funds in that plan, which may be another financial benefit to you. As you continue to work and build ...

When did extreme violence on Earth occur?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The world’s largest atomic bomb was exploded by the Russians north of the Arctic Circle in 1961. It was equivalent to 2500 Hiroshima A-bombs. The fireball was 5 miles in diameter and could be seen 620 miles away, windows cracked 500 miles away and the mushroom cloud was ...

Licensing reforms promise to improve teacher recruitment

Editorials

Minnesota needs more teachers, and it needs more minority teachers. School districts across the state can’t find enough qualified teachers to fill positions, especially in areas such as special education, English as a second language, math and science. Large, urban districts struggle to ...

Women’s baseball teams

Local Columns

Part IV: In 1952, a nine-minute filmed sports show that was featured in movie theaters just before the featured film, covered the Kalamazoo Klouters (or “feminine phenoms”) at play against the Fort Wayne Daisies and the Battle Creek Belles. “The English teacher, bank teller, housewife, ...