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Short takes for Aug. 10

August 10, 2012 Farmers left hanging THUMBS DOWN: It’s disappointing that our government leaders in the House couldn’t pass a 2012 farm bill before adjourning for five weeks. more »»

Keeping our distance

August 7, 2012 We wrestled a bit with the idea of covering Drake Bigler’s funeral Monday, but it wasn’t a very difficult decision to keep our distance from the services. more »»

Short takes for Aug. 3

August 3, 2012 Supporting the Biglers THUMBS UP: This is an extremely difficult time for the Brad Bigler family, and they have some tough days ahead as they deal with the loss of their son, Drake, who was killed i... more »»

Sad weekend reminds us of highway dangers

July 31, 2012 It’s a parent’s worst nightmare: planning and attending the funeral of their child. more »»

Short takes for July 27

July 27, 2012 Sound bites on tragic events not always necessary THUMBS DOWN: This goes out to all public figures, especially politicians. more »»

Silver linings hard to come by, but we have to look

July 25, 2012 When bad things happen, we look for silver linings, just not right away. more »»

Short takes for July 20

July 20, 2012 Safety on Highway 23 THUMBS UP: It became clear this week that Lyon County continues to pay close attention to safety issues along Minnesota Highway 23, and it’s good to know the county board’s... more »»

Ballot questions: It's only words

July 18, 2012 The wording of ballot questions concerning constitutional amendments to be voted on in November in Minnesota is garnering plenty of attention and is headed to court. more »»

Short takes for July 13

July 13, 2012 Coaching departures THUMBS DOWN: The rash of coaches leaving Marshall High School is a true sign they’re all quality teachers, leaders and coaches desired by other schools, but they will be hard to... more »»

To DEED: Please keep politics out of the process

July 12, 2012 It’s anybody’s guess as to how the $47.5 million in DEED grant money will be divvied up, but we hope rural Minnesota isn’t left in the dark. The money was made available after Gov. more »»

Short takes for July 6

July 6, 2012 Fireworks on the 4th THUMBS UP: Southwest Minnesota residents who love fireworks are fortunate to have options when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. more »»

Play hard, but play it safe this 4th of July

July 3, 2012 As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, we want to remind our readers near and far to take every precaution to ensure safety on the waters this week and for the rest of the summer as well. more »»

Short takes for June 29

June 29, 2012 Murals, murals on the walls THUMBS UP: The cool thing about the mural project that will culminate with a trio of colorful murals on display by next year isn’t just the covering up of a few bare wall... more »»

Short takes for June 22

June 22, 2012 Tour de Kota THUMBS UP: Well done, city of Marshall and all those who worked behind-the-scenes to organize the events and hospitality surrounding the Tour de Kota bike tour that made a swing through... more »»

Short takes for June 15

June 15, 2012 State track, golf THUMBS UP: There were no state champions from southwest Minnesota, but those who represented the area at this year’s state golf tournament should be recognized, as they’ve done... more »»

Short takes for June 8

June 8, 2012 Museum soon on the move THUMBS UP: The Independent sat down with the Lyon County Historical Society’s new museum president Jennifer Andries earlier this week and came away impresse. more »»

Recall seems like one big waste of money

June 7, 2012 Wisconsin once again has it over Minnesota. more »»

A look at the numbers should tell pols it’s time to cut schools slack

June 6, 2012 y the time next legislative session rolls around, we’re sure to be seeing some new faces at the Capitol. more »»

Short takes for June 1

June 1, 2012 Downsizing soda? THUMBS UP: Is New York City taking it too far as it considers banning the sale of large-size sodas and other sugary drinks as part of the fight against obesity. McDonald’s thinks s. more »»

Short takes for May 25

May 25, 2012 High school grads THUMBS UP: Thousands of area 17- and 18-year-olds ended a big chapter of the lives last weekend by taking part in commencement ceremonies at their respective high schools. more »»



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