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Opinion

Same goals, different year

Local Columns

On my Facebook page, I recently posted Pusheen’s (my favorite Internet cat) resolutions. They include explore more, play more, snack more and sleep more. Yeah, Pusheen likes to eat and sleep the most. As for me, I am a restless sleeper; most nights I find myself tossing and turning. I also ...

Short Takes

Editorials

The sign of the times in downtown THUMBS UP: The new large red light sign on the Gambler building is more evidence of the effort by merchants to make downtown Marshall a vibrant shopping, eating and entertainment destination. Workers erected the new sign Friday morning. According to AP ...

New year offers fresh start

Editorials

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2020 will be monumental — not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve ...

How ‘green’ is Marshall’s electric power supply?

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever wondered what type of electric generation serves your home or business in Marshall? Marshall Municipal Utilities (MMU) purchases electricity from a variety of generation types. In 2018, 43% of Marshall’s electricity came from renewable sourcessuch as hydro-electric, wind and ...

A decade of establishing regional center status

Editorials

A new, large, bright red sign was erected over the front entrance at one of Marshall’s longtime downtown businesses on Friday. While Gambler owner Tom Pearcy told the Independent he’s hoping the sign will draw more business to his establishment, his facade improvement could also be a sign ...

At season’s end

Local Columns

On the slope to the farmstead and the western horizon, the reason for the lack of flushing pheasants became clear. A golden wall stood at the end of the snow-filled drain where the mostly frozen creek flowed down to the small impoundment where my lab Ole and I started our final walk of the ...

Dairy farmer seeks wife

Local Columns

Of all the do-it-yourself projects I undertook back when I was a bachelor — including haircuts — perhaps the most difficult was the business of finding a wife. Being a bachelor farmer isn’t as easy as a person might imagine. For one thing, without a wife or kids, you have nobody to ...

‘Recycle Beyond the Bag’

Local Columns

Three schools (Tracy Elementary, Lakeview Elementary and Samuel Lutheran) in Lyon County and the Environmental Department would like to challenge the residents in Lyon County to “Recycle Beyond the Bag.” Schools were invited to join the Environmental Department in collecting plastic ...

Protect yourself from phone scams

Local Columns

There are many telephone scams going on. Scammers are trying to trick you into giving them your personal information and money. Don’t be fooled! Scammers pretend they’re from Social Security. The number you see on caller ID may even look like an official government number but it is not. ...

Super chilled starry nights

Local Columns

Welcome to stargazing in 2020! January nights are the best of times, but also the worst of times. Just about everywhere nights are cold to downright frigid. Bundle up and you’ll be treated to a great celestial show. In this stargazer’s opinion it’s the best of the year! We start the ...

Is this a good time to refinance your mortgage?

Local Columns

If you have a home mortgage, it likely represents one your largest monthly expenses. With interest rates on the decline, you may be wondering if you could lower your home payments by refinancing the terms of your mortgage. Here are some factors to consider: In recent months, mortgage rates ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

One of the United States’ worst blizzards earned many names: The Great Storm of 1975, the Super Bowl Blizzard, the Tornado Outbreak of 1975, and Storm of the Century (as it was known in Minnesota). By definition, a blizzard isn’t simply a heavy snowstorm. Blizzards must also meet the ...

Don’t let kids fall for internet scams

Editorials

A great deal of the consumer protection advice we receive during the holidays amounts to common sense. How could a reasonably intelligent adult fall for some of the schemes, after all? But some consumer protection watchdogs are offering an important reminder: Adults may have nothing to do ...

Are you ready for Christmas?

Editorials

A common question around this time of year is, “Are you ready for Christmas?” It can be interpreted in a couple of ways. Sometimes, the query is whether we have all the gifts purchased, decorations both inside and out finished, donations to worthy causes made, and Christmas dinner food ...

One day at a time

Local Columns

With paper top hats donned and party blowers buzzing at this point in the season, it’s easy to encapsulate life into a year, or as the nine rolls over to a zero this New Year’s Eve, an entire decade. It’s easy to shrug off this compartmentalization process until a person stops and looks ...

A year-end review

Local Columns

A sparkling clean annum is about to slowly emerge from the cosmic car wash. We begin a new year and a new decade (welcome to the 20s!) with a triple-foam rinse, a deluxe wax job and an invigoratingly power-jetted undercarriage. Before we muddy our freshly polished paint job by roaring down ...

SCSU football: Killing program matters for St. Cloud University

Editorials

St. Cloud State’s announcement that it is dropping its football program was no surprise to those who understand its financial straits and its inability (or unwillingness) to comply with Title IX’s gender-equity requirements. But considering SCSU’s decades-long status as the chief ...

Wood Lake Battlefield

Local Columns

The last battle of the United States and Dakota conflict of 1862 took place on the Wood Lake Battlefield. To commemorate this battle the Wood Lake monument stands on one acre of state land in the area where Sibley located part of his camp near Granite Falls. The monument can be found by driving ...

Help a loved one with Social Security

Local Columns

District manager The aged and people with disabilities may need extra assistance to manage their finances. If you have a loved one who needs your help, you may be able to become a representative payee. A representative payee receives the beneficiary’s payments and is given the authority ...

Short Takes

Editorials

CVB’s bid to regain trust a tough hurdle THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Lauren Deutz delivered a report to the City Council on Tuesday on the many accounting changes that have been made in the wake of the Darin Rahm embezzlement case. Rahm, the former ...