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Opinion

Balance

Local Columns

Because of two early learned lessons, I realized the value of balance quite early in life. First, I learned to balance work and play — an attribute owed to my parents. Farm life was mostly hard physical labor and I was introduced to the balance of break time and work time. Yes, we worked ...

Not the only Nazis

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Looks like the Nazi flag isn’t the only part of the socialist, communist, dictatorship that we all know and hate that is alive and well in Minnesota. Has anyone tried to send a message to our beloved leader of Minnesota, Gov. (Tim) Walz, lately about masks (Nazi related or ...

Do they protest at Planned Parenthood?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With all the opinions on racism in the media; do any of them deal with the following: 1. Do any of the protests condemn the taking of lives of Black babies at abortion centers? 2. Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood; believed in eugenics, to the extent that the Black ...

Swastika video does not define us as a community

Editorials

“What is going on at my hometown?” That question was asked by former Marshall resident Bo Erickson, who works as a reporter with CBS News. Erickson and CBS News joined media outlets across the nation to report on the now famous viral video of a couple wearing face masks with the Nazi ...

A win when we needed it

Local Columns

The passage of the Great American Outdoors Act, a bill which would provide permanent funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) through royalties generated by offshore drilling in federal waters around the United States, represents a bright, optimistic light in a time of challenge ...

Racism is here in Marshall

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This past weekend, the statewide mask mandate went into effect in order to protect our state’s public health against the coronavirus pandemic. However, southwest Minnesota is facing a much larger pandemic that has extended far beyond the events unraveling in the past few ...

Be a good neighbor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks to the merchants in Marshall who have supported the “masks for everyone in inside spaces” move in our community. Thanks to (Gov. Tim) Walz also for the mandate backup. With the positive tested COVID cases having increased over 800% since the end of May in Lyon ...

Applaud act of protest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The moment I saw a photo of two Walmart customers wearing face coverings bearing a swastika, I recognized and applauded their clever act of protest. Gov. (Tim) Walz’s mandate requiring Minnesotans to wear masks in public is comparable to the German Nazis who forced citizens ...

We need change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was intrigued by the local response to the mask order as reported on July 23 (“Gov. Walz issues statewide mask order”). While Officer Jim Marshall responded with common sense by stating that local law enforcement would continue their emphasis on education as opposed to ...

Witnessed hateful acts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s all over the Internet. It’s made national and international news. It’s been tweeted and shared thousands of times. Millions of people have now seen or read about the couple in the Marshall Walmart who created a disturbance by wearing swastikas on their face ...

Misguided protest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I saw posted on social media today two photos as well as a video of a couple in the Marshall Walmart wearing Nazi masks. When approached, they gave a Nazi salute, the woman also used both hands to flip off those around her. Freedom of speech run amok. My grandparents lost ...

The new girl

Local Columns

The most difficult part was breaking the news to my dearly beloved. How do you tell someone that you have found another? We have been together for decades. I can hardly remember a time when she wasn’t part of my life. But the heart wants what the heart wants. My new love interest was ...

Once in a lifetime

Local Columns

I just had an experience of a lifetime! For the past few weeks, we’ve been reading about a recently discovered comet that would fly by the earth, and, if looking in the correct area of the sky, one could see it. What really makes it interesting is the fact the comet only comes by the earth ...

Absentee ballots — potential for fraud

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am concerned about the change to voting-by-mail in my precinct and others. My husband, adult sons, and I recently received our primary ballots and will be completing them soon. But we also received a ballot for the tenant who lived above our garage until last November. ...

With thanks and appreciation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We retired on June 30 after 29 years of practice in Marshall. It was our first and only practice after residency. We are both born and raised Minnesotans, and we knew we wanted a small town to raise our family and to practice medicine. Marshall was a perfect fit for us both ...

Drost will help our kids

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While we take the time to slow down, we’re all asking: “What are our priorities? What do we value for the future?” As a mental health therapist, I value improved access to child care and mental health in schools. Besides my own interests in this, I just see the ...

Remembering July 26, 1990

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On July 26, 1990, the Americans With Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. It was a bipartisan effort that has made positive changes for millions of Americans in the disability community. The disability community is the largest minority that anyone ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Get behind the mask mandate THUMBS UP: A new AP-NORC poll finds that a large majority of Americans, including all Democrats and about six in 10 Republicans, favor requiring people to wear masks in public when they are around people. Meanwhile the evidence is mounting that masks work when it ...

Food waste

Local Columns

22% of the waste that goes into the Lyon County Landfill is food waste. While it is easy to compact food waste once it gets into the landfill, there is more to the story. So, first, what are we wasting when it comes to food waste? A recent survey of the Lyon County Landfill this past spring ...

The good and bad throughout history

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to begin with the statement no man or woman is perfect. We are all the products of the time we live in. This was even more true for past historical figures. People are molded by times which they live at times they break the standard mold for these we tend to ...