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An Olympic-sized letdown

August 16, 2016 Hope Solo, the goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team, seems to have come down with a case of Trumpitis — she can’t stop saying things that make her look bad. more »»

Short Takes for Aug. 12

August 12, 2016 Zebra mussels THUMBS DOWN: The DNR said this week that zebra mussels have been confirmed in five Minnesota lakes, including in Lake Florida in nearby Kandiyohi County. more »»

Trump got our attention again — and that, folks, is his game

August 11, 2016 Donald Trump has done it again, saying this in reference to his opponent, Hillary Clinton. “… if she gets to pick her (Supreme Court) judges, nothing you can do about it. more »»

Short Takes for Aug. 5

August 5, 2016 AAA for Minnesota THUMBS UP: Good news on the fiscal front for Minnesota, as the state’s bond rating was recently bumped up to AAA. more »»

$15 is too steep, but minimum wage needs another boost

August 4, 2016 Minnesota’s minimum wage for large employers jumped to $9.50 on Monday. more »»

Texas or elsewhere, an inevitable move

August 2, 2016 A day after a shooting in a crowded entertainment district in its capitol city, the state that has never been shy about its love of guns started allowing weapons on its public university buildings t... more »»

Short Takes for July 29

July 29, 2016 Putting the ‘student’ in ‘student-athlete’ THUMBS UP: SMSU tennis. more »»

Parties down

July 26, 2016 With one political convention down and one currently under way, it’s really getting difficult to tell which party is the strongest, and that’s bad news for Democrats, considering a couple months ago... more »»

Short Takes for July 22

July 22, 2016 Teaming up for Taste of Italy THUMBS UP: We like the idea of two major organizations teaming up for a major fundraiser — Taste of Italy. more »»

This is big news today?

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 »»



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