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Short takes for Aug. 12

August 12, 2011 Nursing degree at SMSU THUMBS UP: It would be a huge move for Southwest Minnesota State University to implement a nursing program within the next couple years. more »»

Barking up the right tree

August 11, 2011 When you hear the name Tiger Lake, the last thing you think about is dogs. But that will change next year when the Marshall Area Dog Run opens. more »»

Short takes for Aug. 5

August 5, 2011 9/11 Memorial Park dedication THUMBS UP: A significant day in Marshall is just a little more than a month away, as the city will officially dedicate the 9/11 Memorial Park in downtown Marshall. more »»

City should revisit public display ordinance

August 2, 2011 Barb Hawes was reaching out to the community. The Marshall Police Department was doing its job. In the end, rules ruled. more »»

Short takes for July 29

July 29, 2011 Education policy THUMBS UP: Among the policy changes in the new education bill recently passed by the Minnesota Legislature and signed by Gov. more »»

A peaceful existence shattered by terrorism

July 26, 2011 Norway’s mostly tranquil way of life was shattered Friday when an obscure, cold-blooded terrorist, Anders Breivik, admittedly opened fire on young people attending a political retreat after setting... more »»

Short takes for July 22

July 22, 2011 Minnesota politics THUMBS DOWN: It is now clear that Minnesotans will have to exercise extreme patience when it comes to the state really getting back on track fiscally. more »»

Rush to end shutdown not good practice

July 21, 2011 Who deserves a pat on the back for ending the shutdown? No one, that’s who. This wasn’t a victory for anyone in Minnesota. more »»

Lyon County needs more museum, less storage

July 20, 2011 The latest results in the Independent’s most recent poll about the fate of the current library building showed that the majority of people believe the Lyon County Museum should move there after the... more »»

Short takes for July 15

July 15, 2011 Budget talks SIDEWAYS THUMBS: While we weren’t thrilled to see Gov. Mark Dayton hitting the road this week as opposed to working face-to-face with GOP leaders in St. more »»

Short takes for July 8

July 8, 2011 Pitching in after the storm THUMBS UP: Kudos to everyone — from neighbors, to area volunteer firefighters, to emergency personnel — who helped in clean-up efforts in cities around the region after... more »»

Vulnerable residents need more protection than wealthy

July 6, 2011 This might not go over well in a Republican-heavy area, but if Gov. more »»

Short takes for July 1

July 1, 2011 ‘Essentials’ THUMBS UP: While there is no doubt the government shutdown will have far-reaching, painful effects on nearly everyone in Minnesota, the courts made a good move Wednesday by ruling that... more »»

Short takes for June 24

June 24, 2011 Graphic warning labels THUMBS UP: They are indeed gruesome images: Rotten teeth and a diseased mouth, tarred-over lungs, a corpse (which we’re told is that of a smoker), a man with a hole in his... more »»

Short takes for June 16

June 17, 2011 Some relief at the pump at last THUMBS UP: A thumbs up to gas prices? Are we kidding? Nope. more »»

Time to give a little more

June 15, 2011 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday submitted an op-ed to Minnesota newspapers concerning the budget deficit and gave an update on where everyone stands. more »»

Short takes for June 10

June 10, 2011 A library’s new digs THUMBS UP: The library in Tracy isn’t moving far, but the importance of this move shouldn’t be measured in distance travelled. more »»

Short takes for June 3

June 3, 2011 Icon in Minneota THUMBS UP: Stan Robinson, the CEO and president of Icon Door Systems, told the Independent recently that a number of factors led him to setting up shop in Minneota and we hope it... more »»

Short takes for May 27

May 27, 2011 Memorial Day 2011 THUMBS UP: There is nothing unique about this year’s Memorial Day, nothing that separates from past Memorial Days. more »»

Special session — who didn’t see this one coming?

May 25, 2011 There isn’t a voter in Minnesota who is not surprised that the 2011 legislative session ended without a bang and that state lawmakers are headed for another special session. more »»



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