Opinion

The Golden Rules of recycling

Local Columns

We recently had a display at the Marshall Farmers Market where we asked willing residents to respond to a recycling survey. Recycling has Golden Rules. These are the basic rules to follow when recycling anything. When residents follow these simple rules, recycling works better for everyone. ...

Jefferson not quoted correctly

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In Congress, July 4, 1776, 56 men signed “The Unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America.” In a recent article published in the Independent, July 2, 2019, it was reported that a woman activist used phrases from Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration to ...

Trump’s racist tweet

Editorials

President Donald Trump has exhibited racists tendencies since he first announced his candidacy for president by denouncing the “rapists and murderers” who were crossing the southern border from Mexico. If there was any doubt about his feelings towards other races and cultures, he made it ...

Can’t fight the fever

Local Columns

The tinny buzz of the mosquito hovering annoyingly close to my ear was almost enough to distract me from completing the draw on my bow string and setting up the umpteenth arrow of the day. With a sideways exhale that pushed the micro-menace away for a few more seconds, I steadied and clicked on ...

Apollo memories

Local Columns

Hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since I’ve been to the moon. I didn’t personally go, of course. For one thing, I lacked the tiniest modicum of training or skills that it takes to become an astronaut. I have stuff, but none of it is the right stuff. For another, I was 11 years ...

Americans living in a bad dream

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Early in 2016, the United States came under attack by the Russian Army targeting the highest level of our government, the presidency. The purpose of the attack was to benefit the candidate, Donald Trump, favored by Russian President Vladimir Putin and to harm the candidacy of ...

Close loopholes that allow big farms to skirt caps

Editorials

When President Trump tore up trade agreements and slapped tariffs on farm products, America’s farm economy suffered. To mollify farmers, a big part of his base, the president announced billions of dollars in aid to farmers. There were supposed to be caps on how much each farm could collect ...

Social Security can help if you’re young and lose a parent

Local Columns

For young people whose parent passes away, Social Security is here. Losing a parent is both emotionally painful and, often times, devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and seniors when they need it, we support families when an ...

Saturn joins the summer planet parade

Local Columns

There’s planet congestion this month as Saturn joins Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the early evening Marshall heavens and in my book it’s the best planetary telescope target. I’m certainly not alone in that opinion. I hear oohs and awes and many other reactions during my star parties ...

Adventures in South Dakota

Local Columns

Last year was the first time we visited Lake Herman State Park near Madison, S.D. It was still winter and snow was on the ground. Ross had noticed the railroad village near the park and said that we should come back in the summertime to see what it’s all about. Well we did head to Madison ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Scholarships ‘a game changer’ THUMBS UP: Facing some backlash last month from the announced 3 percent tuition increase approved by Minnesota State system trustees Chancellor Devinder Malhotra personally delivered some good news for potential students in the Marshall area and throughout ...

Mexico dealing with its immigrant influx

Editorials

Even before President Donald Trump threatened to use tariffs on Mexican goods imported into the United States, that country’s leaders seemed to be doing more than their predecessors to keep potential illegal immigrants from crossing our southern border. Now, however, the campaign has ...

State should take on gerrymandering

Editorials

Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided it is too hard for it to get involved in settling gerrymandering questions, we guess it is up to the states to settle the question when one political party tries to redraw legislative or congressional boundaries to perpetuate its own advantage. Minnesota ...

Hydrate with infused water

Local Columns

The best way to get and stay hydrated is, of course, by drinking water. In our bodies, water helps to digest food, transport nutrients and oxygen to all cells of the body and it helps cushion our joints and organs as well as carry waste products out of our body. Staying hydrated is also ...

Two bottles

Local Columns

Sitting on the shelf in the wine store, two bottles of wine were having an intense conversation. The red wine believed it was a better wine because of its strength, deep red color and hefty spicy taste. The rosé countered it was a better wine because its color was soothing, its aroma was ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you give out information about fog lights? I notice a lot of people have them on and when I am meeting them on the road in the evening or at night, some are very bright and make seeing the road very difficult. Some of them appear to be out of alignment and are blinding. I hope ...

Take the time to drink some coffee with cops

Editorials

It’s a tale of two coffee events with different results. Last Thursday, six police officers were standing together enjoying their drinks inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Tempe, Ariz. Apparently, the presence of those officers left one customer feeling unsafe and he complained to a ...

A cast away

Local Columns

There was nothing subtle about the take that came along the stand of watershield leaves which partially covered the surface of the clear shallows. A solid bump elicited the hyperspastic reel-down on my baitcaster and the sweeping hookset which followed. Where most of the one- to two-pound fish ...

What to know about co-signing a loan

Local Columns

Be sure you realize the financial responsibility you’re taking on before co-signing a loan. Your friend or family member wants to take out a loan but they don’t qualify. They could, however, if someone co-signs, so they ask you. Before you jump in to help, understand how the decision ...

My wife’s new hardware

Local Columns

If we live long enough, many of us will become bionic. My wife is the latest example. She was recently given some new hardware, and not just mundane trinkets like the bowling trophies she won as a teenager. We’re talking about space age materials and the fusion process. It wasn’t so ...