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Opinion

A summer arts fair

Local Columns

I always enjoy going to the annual Brookings Summer Arts Fair — the variety of art mediums and items, the food, the activities, the music. But sometimes being among humongous groups of people make me a little nervous. It’s not as bad as the Minnesota State Fair, but peak time at the art ...

Short Takes

Editorials

In the pursuit of peace and quiet THUMBS DOWN: A camper from the Twin Cities was looking for a “peace and quiet” tenting experience during the Fourth of July weekend. The camper, Kathy Murphy, went before the Murray County Board of Commissioners this week to complain about noise coming ...

Putting cash to work may get more rewarding

Local Columns

Cash has a role to play in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors in any market situation, particularly when interest rates and volatility are on the rise. If you have a portion of your portfolio in cash, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed your cash position, read ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota driving permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states? Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid ...

Can’t take it all back

Editorials

President Donald Trump said something remarkable Tuesday. He admitted he was wrong. He said he misspoke during his press conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. He said he meant to say he “didn’t know why Russia wouldn’t” have interfered with U.S. elections. He ...

Dems’ big lie about Kavanaugh

Editorials

Democrats are so desperate to torpedo Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court that they’re resorting to scare tactics, telling Americans that his confirmation would put 130 million people at risk of losing their health insurance. Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, ...

Trump’s Helsinki discord

Editorials

Donald Trump is not, and never will be, the Moscow correspondent for The Nation magazine, and he shouldn’t sound like it. The left-wing publication is prone to extend sympathetic understanding to adversaries of the United States and find some reason, any reason, to blame ourselves for their ...

Wilder’s book is unfairly censored

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The editorial, “Wilder’s books get a healthy reassessment” (Independent, 7/9/18) left me feeling ill — children’s literature wise. The Rochester newspaper writer listed reasons why the American Library Association voted to remove Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name from ...

Living in Bizarro World

Editorials

DC Comic book readers are familiar with Bizarro World, an alternate universe that is opposite to normal expectations — where firefighters roast marshmallows instead of putting fires out. On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump inexplicably sided with Russia over the United States in Helsinki ...

Trump calls off Cold War II

Editorials

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in ...

Requiem for a pretty boy with dignity

Editorials

Tab Hunter died this month at 86. Blond and blue-eyed with a sweet smile, Hunter fit the 1950s bill for a Hollywood heartthrob. But he had no interest in the girls who swooned over him — or for girls in general. Hunter was one of several closeted gay movie stars leading complicated double ...

Summer hydration

Local Columns

Stay hydrated and healthy with delicious ways to flavor drinks. It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are, you’re feeling extra thirsty. We know drinking water can be boring, but we also know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. A ...

You call that fun?

Local Columns

How do you define “fun?” Is it participating in your favorite physical activity such as running, walking, bowling or golf? Or does your idea of fun include a lot of socializing and a ton of laughs? Maybe your thoughts of fun are all about being with that special someone or maybe, it’s ...

A date with destiny

Local Columns

We all have dates that are indelible memories. Your wedding day, a child’s birth, that time you nearly landed a walleye the size of your canoe. There’s a particular day in 1988 that I’ll never forget, even though I can’t recall most of it. This is because July 10th was the day that I ...

Child Protection Act needed more votes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While the action of protesters speaking out against the separation of children from their parents could be considered commendable and compassionate (as reported in the July 14 Independent), we should also take a look at another situation where children are separated from their ...

North Koreans cannot be trusted

Editorials

Well surprise, surprise! U.S. intelligence agencies say North Korean officials are planning ways to cheat on any pact calling for elimination of their nuclear weapons arsenal. Sarcasm aside, that should surprise no one. For decades, North Korean leaders have promised with straight faces to ...

Our rules of the game: US Constitution

Editorials

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His ...

Chico Marx for president

Editorials

In a scene in the 1933 film “Duck Soup,” the character played by Chico, the most underrated of the funny Marx Brothers, is dressed like another character, and when the other man leaves the room, the woman who remains is surprised to see Chico. She tells him she saw him leave. Chico’s ...

Generations

Local Columns

With a smack, the foam fly flopped over on the cast next to the silver metal of the boatlift at the end of the dock. A second later, a dimple appeared and the offering was gone, replaced with all the might of a silver-dollar sized sunfish which swirled and turned under the surface. I ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: When the speed limit changes on a road, does the new speed limit start at the sign, or does it start when you can see the sign? Answer: The speed zone becomes effective when you reach the sign. If the speed limit reduces, you must slow down before the sign. If the speed limit ...