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If state must tax more, lines need to be drawn

April 25, 2013 It’s become quite evident that Minnesotans — all of us — will be paying more in taxes in the near future. Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday proposed their tax plan that would, they say, raise $. more »»

We need anti-bullying bill, but schools need control

April 9, 2013 The Minnesota Catholic Conference wants private religious schools to be exempt from the requirements in the bill known as the Safe & Supportive Minnesota Schools Act, and last week, the Archdiocese... more »»

Short Takes for April 5

April 5, 2013 Parks and trails funding complaints THUMBS DOWN: It was disappointing, although anything but surprising, that urbanites are miffed about how the state divides $80 million in parks and trails fundin... more »»

Short Takes for March 29

March 29, 2013 Store opening in Tracy THUMBS UP: A shuttered gas station, closed for some six years, is getting a new lease on life in Tracy. The former Food-n-Fuel along U.S. more »»

Exchange has warts, but Minnesota made right choice

March 28, 2013 Many Republicans warned of rising health care costs that would come after the implementation of Minnesota’s Health Insurance Exchange — a new twist to the health care field brought on by President... more »»

Short Takes for March 22

March 22, 2013 Tigers at state THUMBS UP: Whatever place the Marshall boys basketball team finishes at this year’s state tournament, the team has done the city of Marshall proud this year — the 50th anniversary of... more »»

House, Senate present school-friendly proposals; our schools deserve nothing less

March 21, 2013 Our elected officials needed a plan to pay off their debt to our schools, and it appears they have one. more »»

Short Takes for March 15

March 15, 2013 Hoop frenzy THUMBS UP: March Madness is in full swing in southwest Minnesota. more »»

Dayton’s move a step in the right direction; we’ll take it

March 12, 2013 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton had been driving down a precarious slope ever since he announced he wanted to tax everything he could get his hands on in order to raise revenue. more »»

Short Takes for March 8

March 8, 2013 Some pub for Casey Jones THUMBS UP: “You can’t miss the railroad roots of the Casey Jones Trail any more than you can miss the behemoth steam engine that sits idle at the End-O-Line Railroad Park an... more »»

Short takes for March 1

March 1, 2013 Tigers move on to state THUMBS UP: The Marshall High School girls and boys basketball teams usually are the ones grabbing all the headlines at this time of year. more »»

MnSCU strikes gold with Gores

February 28, 2013 Dr. Connie J. more »»

Kick the can again? We can only hope

February 26, 2013 Sequestration is a fancy word that kind of rolls off the tongue. Surely, most taxpaying U.S. citizens know what it means by now. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 22

February 22, 2013 Voting process under spotlight again THUMBS DOWN: It looks like we’re in for another if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it scenario with our election/voting process, with the failed photo ID issue just... more »»

Colorado House thankfully starts bar-setting process on gun control

February 20, 2013 It comes as little surprise that the state of Colorado, the state where a gunman opened fire at a movie theater last summer, has taken the lead on stronger gun control within its borders. more »»

Short takes for Feb. 15

February 15, 2013 School payment plans SIDEWAYS THUMBS: We find it a bit odd that education groups from Minnesota are telling lawmakers that the state’s IOUs to schools from past funding shifts shouldn’t be a priorit... more »»

Short takes for Feb. 8

February 8, 2013 Sorry, LaPierre, let’s bring on the background checks THUMBS DOWN: We take issue with what Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association executive vice president, said about background checks and how... more »»

Short takes for Feb. 1

February 1, 2013 Olsen pays a special visit THUMBS UP: Hats off to Larry Olsen of the Larry Olsen band for making a special trip to Marshall on Wednesday to play his accordion with Prairie Home Hospice resident Elme... more »»

Legislators: Gun law changes needed, but tread lightly

January 31, 2013 The state of Minnesota needs to update its gun laws — no one can disagree with that. more »»

Short takes for Jan. 25

January 28, 2013 Smokes going up? THUMBS UP: There are holes in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget proposal to be sure, but we like the cigarette tax and hope it flie. more »»



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