Opinion

E-Verify works. Trump should be touting it

Editorials

President Trump had the crowd roaring at his rally in Green Bay last month over his jabs at Democrats for opposing his immigration agenda. He proclaimed how quickly the immigration system could be fixed if only Democrats joined his side. “I used to say in 45 minutes. It's really 15 minutes. ...

Return to the Rainy

Local Columns

Part II As with all rivers, the flow, action and environment can change from day to day. The Rainy River, which drains the lake of the same name, along with dozens of tributary rivers and creeks, down an 85 mile stretch of the Minnesota-Canada border to Lake of the Woods, is no different. On ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

“Alone in the Labyrinth” is the title of Hugh Mercer Curtler’s recent book, published by Ellis Press, c 2018. I find it to be one of the books I would take with me anytime to read and reread. It’s available at Marshall-Lyon County Library. Professor Curtler taught at Southwest Minnesota ...

Need for new school facility is urgent

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is clear that Marshall needs a new elementary school. West Side was built in 1955. It has developed a lot of problems and no longer meets today’s educational needs. From my own personal experiences and the tour I received at the meeting on April 29, let me highlight ...

Passing referendum will have positive impact

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There is one aspect of the upcoming May 14 referendum that may not be fully realized by the general public, a point that is important given the community desire for responsible use of taxpayer money: there is a positive ripple effect to building a new school for grades two ...

Let’s unite to fight sectarian terrorism

Editorials

For the second time in as many weeks, worshipers were attacked in a horrific, hate-filled assault. Last week, it was Christians on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka as three churches and three hotels were targeted in suicide bombings carried out by Islamic terrorists allegedly directed by ISIS in ...

Corvus blew it

Local Columns

In my other life I’ve been a weather forecaster for nearly 40 years, and admittedly when the forecast goes really bad I end up eating crow! Why is it that crows get such a bad rap? They’re actually one of the smartest birds around. In fact, according to Greek and Roman mythology, crows were ...

The continuous lambasting of a president

Local Columns

Back in the 19th century, when the newspaper industry was comparatively in its toddler years, objectivity didn’t exist. With each town served by multiple newspapers, even as many as a half dozen in a community the size of Marshall, publications didn’t have a political leaning; they were ...

‘Rockin’ the Shop’

Local Columns

A few weeks ago, Ross’ barbershop chorus performed its spring concerts. This year’s theme was “Rockin’ the Shop” where the chorus performed rock ‘n’ roll and pop numbers from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘90s. (I was kinda bummed a little that the ‘80s weren’t represented) ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Send pipeline gunman a bill THUMBS DOWN: The no. 1 rule of gun safety: Keep your firearm pointed in a safe direction. Here's another important rule: Be certain of your target, your line of fire, and what lies beyond your target. All of the facts in the the pipeline break near Cottonwood ...

Why did House bother to pass bill?

Editorials

The Minnesota House of Representatives voted Monday to increase the state’s gas tax by 20 cents per gallon, or 70 percent from its current 28.5 cents. Don’t worry. This tax will never be enacted. The vote in the House was along party lines, 74-58. Democrats control the House and passed ...

Education is important, vote yes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I toured the West Side School and was very impressed with the condition the school was in; I commend the custodians and administration. They tell me the roof leaks and the boiler is in poor condition as it is also 65 years old. We could fix both but we would still have a ...

Immunization Week

Editorials

The yearly calendar is full of days and weeks devoted to building awareness for various causes, or social problems, or health concerns. This week has a special theme that deserves a lot of attention — it is National Infant Immunization Week. What makes this week especially significant is ...

Healthy eating tips while traveling

Local Columns

Over the past week, I have spent quite a bit of time in the car traveling for both work and personal reasons. While I tried my best to plan accordingly and pack healthy options for my travels or eat prior to leaving, there were instances when I needed to find options along the way. While it was ...

May Day

Local Columns

Happy May Day! Like so many of us, you might be looking a bit befuddled when someone wishes you Happy May Day! And, you might even reply: “Yeah, Happy May Day to you, too” and then wonder why you replied at all. Well, it’s May 1 and that’s May Day. And, again, you might be saying: ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Both my daughter and I have a disability. I have the handicap license plates on my car and she only has a placard. When she drives my car, does she have to use her placard to park? Answer: The registered license plates are designed for you to be able to park that vehicle in a ...

Social Security announces Top 10 baby names

Local Columns

Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year. We are the leading source for America’s popular names because almost every newborn gets a Social Security number at birth. In a way, your name is your first “personal” information — a piece of ...

Mexico vs. ‘The Beast’

Editorials

The United States can give Mexican officials some credit for working to stem the tide of illegal immigrants flowing through their country and into the United States. In contrast with past practice, Mexico City seems to be more interested in keeping its promises regarding the problem. It is, ...