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Opinion

Arm yourself with skepticism

Editorials

Russian internet trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep ...

Put things in God’s hands

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The writer of the Public Forum letter to the editor, “Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’ ” (10/16 ) questioned whether “people who commit suicide go to hell.” As a Vietnam veteran, he had friends who committed suicide and noted “approximately 20 ...

Details of Trump’s ethanol plan disappointing

Editorials

Three weeks ago the Independent reported that President Donald Trump's administration announced an agreement to do more to protect the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard. Vesta farmer George Goblish, who also sits on the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, was quoted as saying the plan was ...

Noblesse oblige

Local Columns

Noblesse oblige: The unwritten obligation of people with a noble ancestry to act graciously and generously to others. I don’t think too many of us commoners can claim noble ancestry. If you can, I hope you act with noblesse oblige to the rest of us non-nobles and, in doing so, fulfill ...

More vaping deaths

Editorials

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reported two more Minnesotans died in September as a result of vaping-related injuries. This brings the number of vaping related deaths to three. To date, according to the MDH, Minnesota has 73 patients classified as confirmed or probable ...

You make the call

Local Columns

The beginning of fall and the start of archery hunting for deer is an interesting time. It’s great to be out, sitting in the stand watching the last of summer (and the mosquitoes) fade away while deer begin to make their moves as the mornings and evenings cool off and patterns change. Sits ...

What do I do with the things?

Local Columns

I have had many opportunities to talk to all generations of residents living in Lyon County about recycling and many more topics on the environment. While it is true that we can get more information than what we know what to do with on the Internet, there is nothing like having a simple ...

U.S. military expresses concern about climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to a recent letter by Phil Drietz, I want to draw attention to a remarkable document on climate change and national security. On Sept. 24, 64 former military and security leaders endorsed “A Climate Security Plan for America.” It’s signed by Rear Admiral David ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Local Columns

Part III Land O’ Lakes Creamery, or the Elmer Swanson Dairy, was located on North Fourth Street and West Main Street (near the present site of the former Norwest Bank which is now Wells Fargo). At this dairy, milk and cream were bottled. They specialized in large containers of butter sold ...

The flying horse of autumn is on a rescue mission

Local Columns

One of the great constellations of the Marshall autumn sky is Pegasus the winged horse, along with its next-door neighbor Andromeda the Princess. They’re easy to find. The first thing to look for is what’s called the square of Pegasus, although this time of year the square is orientated ...

Recent events create opportunity to discuss U.S. Constitution

Local Columns

"How much time have you spent studying the U.S. Constitution?” That question was asked of me by a college history instructor. It’s a good question during these times of history in the making involving the impeachment inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives. In the heated debate back ...

In search of fall colors

Local Columns

Every fall it seems like our quest to see fall colors while taking a hike has mixed results. We lucked out on Leaf Days last September in Maplewood State Park where some of the reds were on display. I joined a couple of Facebook pages a couple of years ago, one being North Shore Tribe, where ...

Short takes

Editorials

Don’t worry about outcome of vote THUMBS DOWN: Apparently Tuesday’s scheduled vote on a recycling contract with Southwest Sanitation to provide curbside recycling pickup in Lyon County is a foregone conclusion. Lyon County mailed informational flyers to residents this week providing the ...

Global warming position indefensible

Letters to the Editor

A 10-10-2019 global warming letter stated: “The greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere that otherwise would radiate into space.” True; and water vapor (a greenhouse gas), traps about 1375 times more heat than man’s CO2; and about 8620 more heat than man-made methane. The thing ...

Nobel for testing conventional wisdom

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Use your mind when it comes to abortion

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor What scientific research shows is that in nature and without abortion somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of zygotes (the first cells of life) are naturally destroyed and never become born babies. That is what nature teaches us about the Natural Law. Nature allows a virtual ...

Is pork good for you?

Local Columns

Not all pork cuts are created equal, but they can all be part of a heart-healthy diet. Here’s what you need to know. The lean side According to the National Pork Board, the pork that’s available today is 16 percent leaner and 27 percent lower in saturated fat than it was 25-plus years ...

Wine and music

Local Columns

I woke up and went outside to see what was happening and discovered a whole lot was happening. Looking to the west, I was greeted by a magnificent silver white disc smiling at me which we know as the moon. It was awesome — full, bright and shining! Looking to the east, I was greeted by a ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Minnesota just recently enacted a hands-free while driving law, but many states do not have such a law. How is this enforced when people from out of state are traveling on our interstate highways? I have not seen any signs go up stating that Minnesota is Hands-Free. Would violators ...

Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I attended a Minnesota U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn Town Hall meeting in Winona in early September. I’ve been haunted ever since by his response to a citizen who was asking if he was aware of the relationship between gun ownership and suicide. Mr. Hagedorn’s response ...