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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 »»

Bring your opinion; check hate at the door

May 24, 2012 The Independent has been receiving an increasing number of letters concerning the gay marriage issue that will be voted on in Minnesota in November. more »»

Short takes for May 18

May 18, 2012 An event perfect for Memorial Park THUMBS UP: Law Enforcement Memorial Day was recognized in Marshall on Tuesday, and there is no better place we can think of in Minnesota to honor such a day than... more »»

Time to ease up on licensing guidelines

May 17, 2012 There’s not a politician in Minnesota today who didn’t jump on the jobs bandwagon this past session and stress the need to create more of them in the state. more »»

‘Same-sex marriage not approved by God’

May 16, 2012 To the editor: It was disappointing to read the column, “Finally, the President says ‘I do,’” by syndicated columnist Connie Schultz (Independent, May 12, 2012). more »»

Schools can thrive regardless of size

May 16, 2012 To the editor: A vibrant education for students begins with motivated parents who want something better for their children. more »»

Short takes for May 11

May 11, 2012 Conference switch would be the Wright move for Tigers THUMBS UP: Marshall High School is exploring the option of moving the football team to the Wright County Conference — a potential move that,... more »»

It’s time for Vikings to dig a little deeper

May 10, 2012 The Minnesota Legislature is forcing the Vikings to compromise and meet the state in the middle when it comes to their share of stadium costs, and it has every right to. more »»

House’s stadium bill facelift spells trouble

May 9, 2012 To call the House’s version of the Vikings stadium bill revised is a whopper of an understatement. more »»

Short takes for May 4

May 4, 2012 He said what? THUMBS DOWN: Here’s what’s wrong with politics in Minnesota (this will come as no surprise, but a legislator’s quote this week really slaps one in the face): “The time for compromise i... more »»

Short takes for April 27

April 27, 2012 Still waiting on Walz challenger SIDEWAYS THUMBS: After more than 14 hours and 23 ballots, one would think a candidate to take on DFL Congressman Tim Walz in the 1st District would’ve won out, but i... more »»



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