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Opinion

No time to waste when fighting Lyme disease

Editorials

With snow on the ground, it might appear to be an odd time to bring up ticks. But the suffering these small insects cause continues for years for thousands of victims. Minnesota had 950 confirmed cases of Lyme diseases in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But ...

Long night luremaking

Local Columns

January in the upper Midwest is the sportsman’s most challenging month. Major hunting seasons have ended, the flash of fins from early ice begins to slow down as the winter doldrums set in, and typically the temperatures are the lowest of the year and the conditions are the most challenging. ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

We learn so much about Fred Rogers in the biography written by Maxwell King, published in 2019: “The Good Neighbor: The Life and work of Fred Rogers.” In 1966 the Rogers family returned to Pittsburgh after a few years in Canada, and “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” was begun on Feb. 19, ...

Ojibwahs, Sioux once clashed in what is now Lyon County

Local Columns

The following article was first published in the June 22, 1970, issue of the Marshall Messenger, with no author listed. It is interesting information about the pre-settlement of immigrants from Europe in the area. “When Lyon County was first occupied by human beings is uncertain but when ...

The big guy of the night sky is back

Local Columns

It’s back! My favorite constellation, Orion the Hunter, has once again resumed his full reign in the early evening southeastern sky along with his entourage of bright constellations. I love to refer to this collection as “Orion and his gang.” In fact, out of the 20 brightest stars seen in ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Prayers for wounded Waseca officer THUMBS DOWN: Our hearts break over the news a Waseca police officer was shot and gravely injured in a gun battle with a suspect. The details of that battle published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune Thursday morning puts the spotlight on the type of ...

Census carries great state, local importance

Editorials

2020 is here, and by April 1, every home in America should receive an invitation to participate. When you get your census forms, it is important that you participate and be counted. There are a lot of things riding on it. A lot of big decisions will be made using the information collected in ...

Church leaders need to be open about abuse

Editorials

Hundreds of clergy accused of sexually abusing children, including some convicted of crimes, were left off lists released by the Roman Catholic Church in reaction to a worldwide scandal, The Associated Press has found. In terms of rebuilding trust with those of the faith, the church seems to ...

Are you getting enough protein in the morning?

Local Columns

What’s your typical breakfast look like? Toast? Cereal? Nothing at all? You’re probably tired of hearing about how breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but studies continue to show that consuming between 10 and 20 grams of protein in the morning can help you feel full for longer ...

Somewhere…

Local Columns

Somewhere, way beyond the dark blue yonder, a group of folks, who had physically departed from this world, gathered to celebrate bringing in the New Year. Over the eons of timelessness, a group of six very diverse individuals had been coming together to share a beverage and discussion. ...

Let us resolve to tackle national debt

Editorials

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...

Down the tubes

Local Columns

Give or take, it’s about 250 days until upland seasons open again. It’s really 253, but at this stage in the beginning of the long wait until that semi-warm, dew-covered morning in mid-September brings the first chuckling grouse flushing from some CRP along an alfalfa field, rounding down ...

A ‘Star Wars’ saga

Local Columns

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I watched the original “Star Wars” movie. The year was 1977 (B.C.) and a buddy and I had not much going on that Saturday night, so we decided to catch a new sci-fi action flick that had just hit the theaters. We had no clue that we’d still be ...

Minnesota’s probation system should be reformed

Editorials

A felony drug possession conviction might lead to a sentence of three years’ probation in Hennepin County. Cross the river into Ramsey County, and the same conviction might bring five years of probationary supervision. And if you’re found guilty of a similar offense in some Greater ...

Little Crow

Local Columns

Part I Little Crow, or Taoyateduta, or His Red Nation, was born at Kaposia (near Fort Snelling) in about 1810 to Big Thunder and Miniokadawin, or Woman Planting in Water. He received a customary Dakota education and went on trading expeditions to the western Dakota tribes. He married four ...

Expanding Social Security field office hours

Local Columns

District manager Beginning on Jan. 8, field offices will remain open until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, with typical field office hours from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can locate the closest field office to you using our field office locator. In another move to improve ...

Your telescope’s first light

Local Columns

Maybe you received a telescope during the holiday season or perhaps you’ve gifted yourself with a telescope. I want you to get as much as you can out of it. I don’t want your scope winding up collecting dust or showing up for sale online.  You might be tempted to put off using your new ...

News you can use in 2020 and beyond

Local Columns

The start of a new year is traditionally a popular time to reflect on the past and look to make improvements in our lives going forward. Here at the Independent we decided this would be a good time to make one big upgrade and add a new feature. Starting with today’s edition, we are ...