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Short Takes for Sept. 4

September 4, 2015 Anti-police chants THUMBS DOWN: We’re all for groups like Black Lives Matter protesting in public places and taking advantage of its right to do so at major events like the Minnesota State Fair,... more »»

Enough with the studies

September 3, 2015 A study for Minnesota Highway 23? Do we really want to go there again? Do we need to? Well, that’s what was on the table at the Lyon County Board meeting Tuesday, and the local costs for such a... more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version) for Aug. 28

August 28, 2015 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»

Shame it takes tragedy to ignite talk

August 27, 2015 What has this country been doing to curb gun violence since the last mass killing? Good questio. more »»

Short takes

August 21, 2015 Locals on SMSU fields/courts THUMBS UP: Whenever it is that Taylor Reiss suits up for a Mustang volleyball match, rest assured she will make SMSU a better team. more »»

Short Takes for Aug. 14

August 14, 2015 A nod to 4-Hers, Schroeders THUMBS UP: Congratulations to all the Lyon County 4-Hers who showcased their wares at last week’s county fair. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

August 7, 2015 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary that runs on Fridays. more »»

Texting and driving? Get ready to pay up

August 5, 2015 Note to the gentleman who was sitting at a stop sign near Wal-Mart in Marshall on Tuesday morning: What you were doing is illegal, and under a new state law, if you don’t change your bad habits, it... more »»

Short Takes for July 31

July 31, 2015 Trump at it again THUMBS DOWN: The Des Moines Register says Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has denied press credentials to its reporters after the newspaper published an editorial... more »»

The mess on Main

July 30, 2015 This is all we need — more drawn-out construction on one of the city of Marshall’s main roads. more »»

Cancer wins 2 more battles; we must win the war

July 28, 2015 The community of Marshall reacted with love, compassion and warmth to the recent death of 14-year-old Carter Boerboom, who was battling cancer until his passing. more »»

Short Takes

July 24, 2015 We feel for Davis family THUMBS UP: It’s always sad to see bad things happen to good people — and we’ve seen a lot of that around here already in 2015. more »»

2016 session will be an interesting one

July 23, 2015 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said this week he will continue his push for more education funding in response to legislators who are looking for large tax cuts in the coming year. more »»

Short Takes

July 17, 2015 Sterner in HOF THUMBS UP: Congratulations to John Sterner — a man (and a family name) synonymous with wrestling success at Southwest Minnesota State University — for his induction into the Norther... more »»

Redeveloping the ‘mall’

July 16, 2015 The Marshall City Council on Tuesday night gave its blessing to a major project that should redefine the Market Street Mall. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

July 10, 2015 THUMBS UP: • Looks like South Carolina politicians are on the path to do the right thing and get rid of the Confederate flag at the statehouse. The sooner the bette. more »»

Short Takes for June 26

June 26, 2015 Talks on 23 THUMBS UP: It’s good to see Minnesota Highway 23 talks between the city of Marshall and MnDOT continue, and we hope that these talks serve as a springboard to action being taken on... more »»

No-shows at key rural healthcare discussion

June 25, 2015 The Independent will be publishing a story in the coming days on a big rural healthcare meeting that took place right here in Marshall on Tuesday; it was one of a number of such information-gatherin... more »»

Short takes for June 19

June 19, 2015 Changing some DWI rules THUMBS UP: While we were extremely disappointed — and, to be honest, shocked — “Drake’s Law” didn’t pass during the 2015 session, we are glad to see some drunk driving... more »»

Slow down, we move too fast …

June 18, 2015 In May, the governor of South Dakota signed a state transportation funding bill that included raising the maximum speed limit on South Dakota interstates to 80 mp. more »»



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