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July 20, 2016 These were two of this week’s major talking points in this country, online and on the radio circuit: Taylor Swift vs. more »»

Short Takes

July 15, 2016 Dacey death THUMBS DOWN: There is a certain population in Marshall, and the region, that feels a large sense of loss this week with the passing for former SMSU professor Philip Dacey, a 34-year... more »»

Allow mopeds? This is an easy call

July 12, 2016 There is a push starting in Marshall to allow the use of mopeds (50cc or less) in the underpass at Minnesota Highway 23 between Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall High School and on... more »»

Short Takes

July 8, 2016 Fatal shooting in MN sparks more racial tension THUMBS DOWN: “I think he was just black in the wrong place.” Those are the words from the mother of Philando Castile of St. more »»

Looks like gun control will have to wait

July 7, 2016 Democrats in Washington staged a sit-in last month, demanding something be done on gun control. It was a peaceful demonstration that lasted more than 24 hours. It did nothing, and that’s a shame. more »»

Short Takes for July 1

July 1, 2016 Minnesotans still not getting the message — and we’re not talking about the text message THUMBS DOWN: The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety on Thursday released some... more »»

Take yourself out to the ballgame

June 30, 2016 Summer. It’s a time when most people like to relax. Sometimes, that means getting out of Marshall as fast you can to head to the lake or the cabin. That’s fine. more »»

Court made the right call on this gun ban

June 28, 2016 The United States Supreme Court is heading into the home stretch this week, and while much of the nation’s attention Monday was focused on the Court’s historic decision to throw out a Texas abortion... more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

June 24, 2016 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a feature that runs periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Friday. more »»

49 dead and Congress STILL doesn’t get it

June 22, 2016 If you have been wondering how powerful the National Rifle Association really is, you got your answer Monday. Ignited by the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. more »»

Special? Hmm. How about ‘sorry’

June 21, 2016 Here’s an item the next Minnesota Legislature can take up in 2017: The removal of the world “special” from “special session. more »»

Short Takes

June 17, 2016 Severe weather THUMBS DOWN: Summer hasn’t officially begun yet, but on Tuesday, the region was reminded that the severe weather season is already here. more »»

We need more focus on homegrown terrorists

June 14, 2016 Once again, we are left with questions and fear in the wake of a national tragedy. Once again, there are no answer. more »»

Short takes for June 10

June 10, 2016 Red Baron Arena & Expo open house THUMBS UP: The public was invited inside the new Red Baron Expo & Arena on Tuesday, and by all accounts, the reaction was a positive one. more »»

Clinton’s achievement — love it or hate it — is a game-changer

June 9, 2016 Hillary Clinton claimed her place in history this week, and not everyone is happy about it. That is, Republicans aren’t happy about it. But let’s look at the bigger picture her. more »»

Just another day in MN politics

June 8, 2016 Here we are, post-session, and our political leaders still can’t figure out what they’re doing. This is getting ridiculous. more »»

The true greats will never be forgotten, replaced

June 7, 2016 Here’s what made Muhammad Ali so great: You didn’t have to even like boxing to admire him. Heck, you didn’t even have to be a sports fan. Ali, like the late Prince, was an icon. more »»

Short Takes

June 3, 2016 Meffert strikes up the band again THUMBS UP: The Marshall Municipal Band kicked off its 98th concert season Wednesday. Ninety-eight years — what an incredible run. more »»

Black eye for the U.S. on this Memorial Day

May 31, 2016 Halloween and Memorial Day. Two holidays, yes, but that’s where the similarities end. more »»

Short takes

May 27, 2016 Spring sports THUMBS UP: The spring high school sports tournament season is under way, and we wish all our area teams the best of luck in their upcoming games and events. more »»



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