Opinion

Vigil protesters led by false headlines

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is in response to the people who recently gathered in Marshall to protest “The White Supremacists...” group, etc. As much as I appreciate and support their intentions, I believe they should not be led by false headlines plastered on front pages by many Deep State/Dark ...

Finally a decision on memorial funding

Editorials

THUMBS UP: The Lyon County Board finally made a decision on the funding for the Minneota-Ghent-Taunton Veterans’ Memorial. The board approved a motion to include $15,000 toward the $100,000 project in the 2018 county budget. Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink went before ...

Let’s end the crisis, not just put it off

Editorials

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

How can you leave the legacy you desire?

Local Columns

You may not see it in the greeting card section of your local drugstore, but August is “What Will Be Your Legacy Month.” So it’s a good time to think about the type of legacy you’d like to leave. Of course, “legacy” can mean many things. In the broadest sense, your legacy is how ...

Addressing taxpayers of Minneota

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As taxpayers of the Minneota School District you have, no doubt, been inundated with information regarding the upcoming referendum on the bond issue. Having been born and raised in Minneota, served on the Minneota School Board, served as your city administrator for 14 years, ...

Promote agriculture progress in Minnesota

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After another successful Farmfest, Minnesotan farmers are looking toward what’s next. The annual event brings together families, producers, ag innovators and policymakers from across the state to showcase exciting developments happening in farming, while also highlighting ...

Take politics out of battle over hate

Editorials

President Donald Trump on Tuesday reverted back to the stance that “there is blame on both sides” for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. In doing so, he showed sympathy for the fringe groups' efforts to preserve Confederate monuments and criticized “alt-left” groups that ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you drive in a bike lane? For instance, use it for a right turn lane?  Answer: No, motorists are not allowed to drive in the bike lanes. The solid white lines on any road mean do not cross. There are designated areas where the solid white line is converted to dashed lines and ...

Being a target of a scam is no laughing matter

Local Columns

I was sitting at my desk inside the Independent office Tuesday afternoon when my phone indicated I had an incoming call. I looked down at it and saw “Mom” on the screen. My mind began racing immediately. It would be unusual for my mother, who lives in Wisconsin, to call me when she knows ...

Mindful eating

Local Columns

What does it mean to eat mindfully? Mindful eating means paying attention to your actual eating experience — while at the same time enjoying it. It means submersing yourself fully into your meal, without multitasking. This can be tough in today’s fast-paced world. Many studies have shown ...

A sense of community — a sense of cause

Local Columns

I understand it. I’ve seen it, heard it and I’m still always amazed by it. What is “it?” A sense of commitment that leads to a sense of community and cause. Within the last two weeks, I’ve experienced both in very different settings and, in both instances, I was amazed. Tyler, ...

An evening with Keillor

Local Columns

The elderly gentleman strolled out onto the stage wearing a tan suit and bright red shoes. As the packed auditorium applauded, he launched into a hilarious song, each verse of which ended with the refrain “up in Minnesota.” So began our evening with Garrison Keillor. I first became ...

Allow Postal Service to change with the times

Editorials

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Summer holiday

Local Columns

My favorite holiday comes in mid-August. No, not National S’mores Day or International Beer Day (close runners-up though), but that day, after the hustle-and-bustle of summer activity gives way to a warm, lazy Sunday afternoon when I can unwrap my favorite late-summer present — the memory ...

Ethanol: No need for a fuel trade war

Editorials

President Donald Trump drew a great deal of electoral support from farm country USA last November, but his continuing interest in erecting trade barriers is not good for the ag economy. Earlier this week Bloomberg News reported that the administration is questioning the rising imports of ...

Defense contract wasteful spending

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Local Columns

Part I: Grasshoppers, also known as Rocky Mountain locusts, swept down upon Lyon County and southwest Minnesota in the millions beginning in 1873 and continued to do so for the next two years. They devoured the crops and brought disaster to most residents. The country became bankrupt; ...

Being aware of fraud is first step to avoiding it

Local Columns

District manager When it comes to doing business with Social Security online, there is little to worry about—all of our online services are protected by strong Internet security protocols and you should have confidence that they are safe and secure. But, there are other ways identity ...

Enjoyable fair opportunities provide healthful activities

Local Columns

Over the past summers I have enjoyed using this column to discuss the healthful aspects of life’s opportunities which are presented to us in our local and state environment. For example, we have enjoyed another season of the Marshall City Band concerts in Liberty Park; thanks again to Mr. ...