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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 »»

It was past time for Nienstedt to go

June 16, 2015 John Nienstedt’s resignation as leader of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was long overdue, and we welcomed the news Monday morning that he is stepping away from his post. more »»

Short takes for June 12

June 12, 2015 Spring sports success THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the Murray County Central boys golf team and the Minneota girls golf team for your third-place finishes at this weeks state golf tournament and... more »»

What’s it going to take?

June 10, 2015 This past weekend, we were heartbroken, again, when another life was taken from us as the result of yet another crash at the Minnesota Highway 23 and Saratoga Street intersection. more »»

Short Takes for June 5

June 5, 2015 Dance suspensions on the mark THUMBS UP: We applaud the Minnesota State High School League for handing down a pretty harsh penalty against four dance coaches who led their respective teams in a... more »»

Tsk, tsk, tsk, state polticians

June 2, 2015 Four years ago, the Minnesota state government ground to a halt. more »»

Orange barrels are a Band-Aid, but the cut still bleeds

May 29, 2015 Editor’s Note: This section is normally reserved for “Short Takes” on Thursdays, but we’ve decided to focus today’s discussion and opinion on Minnesota Highway 23 in Marshall. more »»

Shorts takes for May 22

May 22, 2015 Session lots of talk, not enough action THUMB DOWN: We’ll call the 2015 session subpar. Some have labeled it a failure, and maybe they’re on to something, but we’ll go with subpar. more »»

Loose ends and finger pointing — seems about right

May 20, 2015 A headline in a Minnesota House DFL news release Tuesday from the office of the House’s top dog, Democrat Paul Thissen, read like this: “Session ends in chaos with House Republicans failing to... more »»

Short Takes for May 15

May 15, 2015 Tax cuts shouldn’t trump MinnesotaCare THUMBS DOWN: Tax relief is great, but if it comes at the expense of cutting helpful programs, we’re not for it. more »»

Short Takes for May 8

May 8, 2015 They really cleaned up THUMBS UP: Hats off to everyone involved in last month’s city clean-u. more »»

Short Takes for May 1

May 1, 2015 Change order for the sports complex THUMBS DOWN: The Marshall City Council on Monday approved a change order of more than $71,000 for earthwork at the site of the new regional sports complex. more »»

Forget natural disasters, the Guard has bigger things to worry about

April 30, 2015 The national media — the serious and the satirical — celebrated Baltimore mom Toya Graham Wednesday morning for publically you-know-what slapping her masked, rock-wielding 16-year-old son, who was... more »»

Short Takes

April 24, 2015 Nothing proficient about this THUMBS DOWN: This week’s statewide testing fiasco was ridiculous, and the state should get a refund for what it’s paying a testing contractor every year. more »»

Short Takes for April 17

April 17, 2015 With mall, we have to get this right SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Someday, we will all look back on the summer of 2015 as a year of major change and transition in Marshall. more »»

Seeing orange on Marshall roads

April 15, 2015 Folks, there’s no getting around it — well actually there is, and they’re called detours — the heavy lifting on road construction in Marshall will begin Monday (some would argue it already has begun). more »»

Short Takes

April 10, 2015 Finally, some rain THUMBS UP: While it’s nowhere near the moisture we all really needed, it was good the area got some rain this week. more »»

Momentum for rural Minnesota

April 9, 2015 If you thought Gov. Mark Dayton’s call earlier this year for increased funding for greater Minnesota was just lip service, think again. more »»



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