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Opinion

In recogniton

Letters to the Editor

Special thanks to Deb Gau for her photo coverage of Lucan’s 35th St Patrick Day Parade. Over the years you have helped to highlight a “small town” with a “big fun idea.” We appreciate your efforts over the years in promoting one of Lucan Booster Club’s activities. Stay tuned for ...

No one’s stopping them from moving

Editorials

Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, has introduced a bill in the Minnesota Legislature that would allow some western Minnesota counties to secede from Minnesota and join up with South Dakota. Well, isn’t that special? We’re not sure what those counties would gain from joining South ...

A season you don’t want to miss

Community Voices

The past week has been my busiest in the outdoors, as it has been for the last eight years. There’s been more to get done than loading up for pheasant opener at the farm. The checklist is far longer than the one leading up to the start of firearms deer season. Fishing, now simply the ...

Looking ahead

Community Voices

It has been just over a year since the coronavirus (COVID) greatly disrupted our lives. The City throughout this last year kept nearly all services fully operational and projects have been able to progress towards completion. 2021 will not only be a year of finishing what we started in terms of ...

On making assumptions in science

Letters to the Editor

In the March 17th Independent, Mr. Phil Drietz of Delhi writes about assumptions. Non-scientists call a statement an assumption to imply it is an incorrect statement. Scientists make assumptions to simplify a thought process or calculation. A physicist might say, “Assume there is no air ...

Lawmakers need to re-examine sex offender registry

Editorials

When this mother speaks on this particular issue, know that every one of her words is valuable and chosen carefully. Patty Wetterling lost a son to the actions of a sex offender. But she now has misgivings about a sex offender registry she helped create. Her concerns are worthy of ...

Vaccine experience restores some faith

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently received my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at one of the mass vaccination clinics at the Avera Medical Group Marshall’s Carlson Street location. Everyone who planned and worked at those events deserves a big thank you. Both clinics I attended were well-planned ...

Border situation reflects need for humane treatment

Community Voices

These days we’ve been hearing a lot about the high numbers of people wanting to cross our southern border, and some of it pertains to children who are being sent across the border alone. I also happened to watch the musical “Oliver” last weekend on cable. I noted the contrast between ...

On the Porch

Community Voices

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from The News Messenger of Lyon ...

Our 1918 Pandemic – the numbers then and now

Community Voices

We have been exploring what happened during the 1918-19 influenza pandemic with a focus on its impacts in our region. One cannot help but consider this information through our own experience of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic plaguing our world, nation, and region. Comparing these pandemics ...

Understanding free money

Community Voices

Many Americans either have or will soon be receiving some free money. Splendid simoleons! Cool cash! Marvelous moolah! The concept of getting money for nothing is something that’s imprinted on us from an early age. It begins with our birthdays. When you’re a little kid, celebrating a ...

A question of consent

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court issued a ruling, based on the state’s laws, that a woman who was raped while she was drunk should not be considered mentally incapacitated, because she had consumed the alcohol willingly. Her attacker did not force her to consume alcohol against her will. Her ...

Voting rights battle

Editorials

The battle over who gets to vote and how they get to vote is turning nasty. In a recent invitation-only call to Republican state lawmakers, the Associated Press reports, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged them to resist Democratic efforts to pass H.R. 1 and expand voting rights “to illegal aliens ...

Voting rights battle

Editorials

The battle over who gets to vote and how they get to vote is turning nasty. In a recent invitation-only call to Republican state lawmakers, the Associated Press reports, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urged them to resist Democratic efforts to pass H.R. 1 and expand voting rights “to illegal aliens ...

Boulder suspect shouldn’t have been sold a gun

Editorials

The family of a suspect in the mass shooting in a Boulder, Colorado grocery store on Tuesday told investigators they thought he suffered some kind of mental illness, that he had delusions and sometimes believed people were following or chasing him. And yet, six days before the shooting, Ahmad ...

Disappointed

Community Voices

I have been disappointed, not been disappointed and have disappointed. Probably sounds like a lot of us, doesn’t it? The best answer I can give you to all those disappointing moments in life is to say that’s life! Welcome to being a human being. None of us are perfect and, therefore, ...

Sign of progress

Editorials

Minnesota reached a special point in the battle against COVID-19 on Monday. For the first time since last April 13 last year, the state recorded no new deaths due to the virus. There’s still a long, long way to go before the battle against COVID-19 is over, but this is an encouraging sign ...

Don’t think twice – wear it

Community Voices

As anglers, we proudly display our passions on our sleeves, quite literally. Sweatshirts emblazoned with Rapala, Vexilar, Huk and Humminbird logos are as standard issue amongst our ranks as camouflage is within the armed forces. Whether it’s due to brand loyalty or just some clothing picked ...

Wearing masks playing sports doesn’t make sense

Letters to the Editor

I don’t have children in school or grand kids in school, so I don’t get involved much with school. But I have seen videos of teenagers playing basketball with masks on their faces. Those bodies are working hard and need fresh air, yet they are taking in some of the air they have just ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I just completed reading a fiction book, The Giver of Stars, c 2019, written by the New York Times Best-Selling Author Jojo Moyes. A brief biography on the book cover says she lives in England with her husband and three children. I wondered how a British person could write a 387-page book that ...