Opinion

Downtown businesses bounce back after disaster strikes

Editorials

Not many businesses possess the resiliency to bounce back from disaster like a dozen downtown Marshall retail operators showed this past winter. But resiliency and determination is now paying off for these businesses victimized by fire last October at the building located next to City Hall. ...

Close enough to perfect

Local Columns

The running joke every Sunday, when the more than 200 students on our six area Clay Target League teams get together, is that it’s easy to tell it is our shooting day. This spring, conditions have been, without fail, the worst of the week on our designated afternoon at the gun club. Winds of ...

‘Pomp and Circumstance’

Local Columns

The circa 1956 “Peanuts” comic strip features Schroeder at his piano with Snoopy perched atop the instrument. The dog is so moved by the music that he soon bursts into tears. In the final panel, Schroeder wryly observes, “Nothing affects an old grad like the playing of ‘Pomp and ...

Petition legislators to reject Equality Act

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Minnesota drivers licenses will now have the option to let people identify themselves as “non-gender” which will be marked ‘X’ instead of male or female. One legislator commented: “Will this change hamper law enforcement’s ability to properly identify suspects, or ...

Farmers need action from Washington

Editorials

It’s no secret that these are extremely tough times for Minnesota’s farmers. We can easily go down the list of reasons why: declining prices, a hard winter followed by a wet, cold spring, a tit-for-tat tariff war, a stalled NAFTA 2.0 trade deal, and inaction by Congress. Add it all up ...

School bond referendum has flaws — but are they fatal?

Editorials

When a school district in Minnesota places a bond referendum on the ballot, like the $30 million one before Marshall voters, state law prevents school officials from openly campaigning for its passage. As a direct result, school officials attempt to “inform” and “educate” voters ...

Telescope do’s and don’ts

Local Columns

I usually write about telescope do’s and don’ts around the holiday season, but I thought for a change I’d write about it now. After all, it’s a lot more comfortable this time of year for stargazing. The tradeoff is that the skies don’t get dark until much later in the evening. If ...

A walk in Kilen Woods

Local Columns

So we had a rare 70-degree day this past Saturday in the midst of the cold, dreary and sometimes rainy stretch, which prompted Ross and I to decide on a somewhat nearby state park. It had been a little more than four years since we've been out to Kilen Woods State Park, which is near Windom, so ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Marshall district protecting students THUMBS UP: In the wake of more school shootings in recent weeks, it’s good to see Marshall Public Schools District in the process of upgrading security at two school sites. On Monday, the board voted to approve a construction bid for the two projects ...

Under pressure

Local Columns

The world is filled with all sorts of pressures. Some of them are beneficial and some are nothing but a pressurized pain in the keister. Take hydraulic pressure. It can be a force for good, such as when pressurized oil activates a cylinder on the tow truck that’s hoisting your car out a ...

Vote yes on school building referendum

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I moved to Marshall after graduating college, I was excited and nervous to move across the state to a community I did not know. What I found when I got here was more than I could have hoped for. I had several college friends who scattered across the state; they felt ...

Savings species in our best interest

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you please explain the new hands free cell phone law? Answer: Under the law, you may not hold your phone in your hand and cannot use it at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation ...

Americans must never forget horrors of Holocaust, statism

Editorials

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Reduce sewer or drain losses in your basement

Local Columns

No one wants to experience sewer backups in the home. Like many questions regarding home maintenance, when it comes to sewer problems, prevention is the best solution. Considering how much damage can be caused by water in your basement, it makes sense to spend a little time testing out your ...

Does age matter?

Local Columns

I never thought about it too much until I tasted it. There are so many ways to take that sentence and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Let’s see... Onions were never on my food list. I grew up having very little to do with them unless we were served onions and liver for ...

Live, speak according to God’s guidelines

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The first definition given for “faith” in the World Book Dictionary, is “a believing without proof; trust.” Synonyms are “confidence, reliance.” An Independent reader recently objected to Christian beliefs being expressed on the opinion page in an article ...

Conservation worth funding

Editorials

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...