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Opinion

Defund police – then what?

Editorials

We can understand the feelings behind the demands that Minneapolis defund its police department following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of the Minneapolis PD. His death was the latest in a litany of deaths of black men and women at the hands of police, not just in America but ...

Getting rid of the few bad apples in law enforcement

Editorials

Use of excessive force by law enforcement personnel is a problem that transcends race, as a video shot a few days ago in Buffalo, New York makes clear. Taken by a television news crew, the video shows Buffalo police responding to a demonstration in the city’s Niagara Square. Like so many ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

“Home of the Brave: 15 Immigrants Who Shaped U.S. History” by Brooke Khan, c 2019, is another book you can pick up and read any chapter that draws you in. The book was written for middle school students. I have in mind asking a great-niece or great-nephew to read the book this summer and ...

A daily dose of ?

Local Columns

Hey! What did the grape say when it got stepped on? The answer later... Yes, maybe it’s time to focus on laughter and funny, silly things, alright with you? I’ve noticed lately there are folks who are virtually pushing some humor and more and more people are replying. Within our ...

Walz leaves baseball season hanging

Editorials

Minnesota’s amateur baseball season is usually in full swing right about now. This year, however, the COVID-19 restrictions have kept ball teams off the field and spectators out of the stands. Gov. Tim Walz has been working hard to protect the health of the state’s citizens by restricting ...

An old adage

Local Columns

This has been perhaps the windiest spring I can recall since I became a dedicated angler several decades ago. The scattered calm days seem to come at a rate of one in 10 or so, but the balance of the spring has been dominated by gusty conditions and stretches where even when the wind shifts, it ...

Captain Tammi

Local Columns

As a little girl growing up on a dairy farm at Kenyon, Minnesota, Tammi dreamed of becoming an astronaut. “I would sleep outside without a tent so I could look up at the stars,” she said. After high school, Tammi enrolled at University of Minnesota Duluth. She joined the Air Force ROTC ...

I smell fraudulent activity in COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 1st amendment in the Bill of Rights prohibits any laws that inhibit the free exercise of religion and interfere with the right to peaceful assembly. These rights are not given to us by the government but are inherent to us. We are born with these rights! These are rights ...

Disappointed elected officials blaming others

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On June 1 the Marshall Independent published a recap of the town hall meetings held by Sen. Gary Dahms and Rep. Chris Swedzinski. Having listened to the town halls on the radio, I can say the summary accurately represented what our elected officials had to say. There were a few ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Don’t believe everything you read on social media and hear in the rumor mill THUMBS UP: News of a “peaceful protest” in honor of George Floyd to be held Wednesday evening in Marshall drew lots of concern and social media buzz. Rumors swirled around town, including claims that bus ...

A ray of good news sunshine

Editorials

Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the least. Plenty of the headlines these days are Bad news with a capital “B.” What seems to be going on all around us is disheartening, to say the ...

Recycling program positives

Local Columns

At this juncture, we are often looking for positive things to hear about in the news. During the past couple of months, we all have been struggling with recycling at home or cleaning out our homes while we are or were staying at home. There are some positives to report with our recycling ...

Don’t let riots distract from focus of protests

Editorials

Sometimes we wish we could “rewind” something we have just seen, because we can’t believe our eyes. What we thought we saw can’t be what really happened, we reason. Dozens of times during the past week or so, the media has permitted us to take another look at what occurred March 25 in ...

The ecstasy of gold

Local Columns

It was one of those spring days we’ve had an abundance of: warm but not quite hot and just windy enough to make it feel cool. As a result, the river was quiet. The fact that it was midday left only me, following a long morning run that ate up most of the front half of my day, and a couple of ...

Will we ever be free?

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor: It is happening again. Ferguson, LA, Baltimore, now, Minneapolis and spreading. Riots, looting, property damage and arson. We are in the midst of lawlessness, chaos and anarchy. All this has taken much of the focus off, what is seeming to be, a complete over reaction turned ...

Walz’s plan makes sense, puts all Minnesotans to 2-week test

Editorials

Agree with him or not, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz deserves credit for matching his actions to what he’s been saying all along about the state coming out its COVID-19 quarantine. His message: It isn’t going to happen fast, it’s going to be based on science, and it’s going to prioritize ...

A dove

Local Columns

I wonder how many coincidences we notice during a day’s time. Amid all the disruption in today’s world, an upside to that same world is we now have some time to notice what’s previously gone unnoticed. How many “coincidences” have we not seen? How many serendipity moments have we ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Examples of doing what we can THUMBS UP: The life of shelter-in-place is starting to wear on people -†especially with summer just around the corner. It’s good to see some of the different ways people are getting around the current restrictions. In Tracy and Tyler, for instance, outdoor ...

A failure in law enforcement

Editorials

The video was shocking. It was a video that showed callous disregard for life. The Facebook Live was recorded Monday evening on a Minneapolis street by a bystander using his smart phone. It captures an African-American man laying on his ...