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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 »»

If you can’t beat ‘em, build a wall

May 25, 2016 A front-page story in Tuesday’s Independent highlighted Donald Trump’s desire to build a wall. No, not THAT wall — a wall around his luxury golf course in Ireland. more »»

Another bumpy road to a non-solution

May 24, 2016 Welcome back to the transportation game. The Legislature is up to bat. And the pitch … Sauuuwiiiing and a miss. The count is now 0-2. Too bad this isn’t a game. more »»

Short Takes

May 20, 2016 Way to go, Ashley THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Marshall High School’s Ashley Schotzko, who placed second overall at last weekend’s national speech tournament. more »»

Quick reminder to politicians: These little-town blues aren’t melting away

May 17, 2016 There is plenty to love about living in rural Minnesota. We enjoy a bit of a slower lifestyle out here. The traffic is less compared to the metro area. more »»

Short Takes

May 13, 2016 Farmers: Help protect roads in the winter THUMBS UP: The Minnesota Department of Transportation last week invited farmers to take part in a temporary-season solution to the problem of blowing and... more »»

There’s nothing like a true feel-good story

May 11, 2016 Newspapers — media in general, for that matter — receive plenty of criticism. Sometimes the Independent takes heat for something we failed to cover. Sometimes, it’s an editorial that raises your ir. more »»

Marshall residents: Have your say

May 10, 2016 It doesn’t matter which side one is on — for or against — it’s imperative voters in the Marshall School District take the time to vote today on the proposed $38. more »»

School referendum is too much at one time

May 6, 2016 School officials — in Marshall and all over the state — are facing mountains of unprecedented challenges these days. more »»

 
 
 

 

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