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Bubble gum and seeds — that’s all you really need

March 2, 2016 No chew allowed at Major League ballparks? Say it is so, Joe. more »»

Get out and caucus tonight

March 1, 2016 If the General Election is the Super Bowl, tonight is a playoff game. more »»

Short Takes for Feb. 26

February 26, 2016 Does Trump ever hear what comes out of his mouth? THUMBS DOWN: Politicians continue to say the darndest things. more »»

Riding a rollercoaster at the pump

February 25, 2016 Compared to a year ago at this time, it almost has felt like we’ve been robbing gas stations when we fill our tanks. Sub-$2 gas is even being reported around the country. more »»

Obama should’ve been at Scalia’s funeral

February 24, 2016 We’re not about to speculate as to why President Barack Obama didn’t attend the funeral for Justice Antonin Scalia, but it’s bothersome. more »»

What does Trump’s rise say about our fall?

February 23, 2016 The Republican presidential candidate pond was once over-stocked. There were fish swimming everywhere, some we knew pretty well, some we hardly recognized, some we had never even heard of. more »»

Short Takes

February 19, 2016 Arf arf arf arf? Really, Hillary? THUMBS DOWN: Hillary Clinton’s barking like a dog Monday during a campaign stop in Reno might have been intended as an insult to her Republican rivals, but we... more »»

New ice is great, but the more the merrier

February 18, 2016 Tuesday night was a big night in Marshall hockey history, as the Lockwood Motors Ice Arena hosted its final high school hockey game. more »»

Scalia successor — sooner beats later

February 16, 2016 Justice Antonin Scalia’s death this past weekend not only left a gaping hole on the United States Supreme Court, it has also given presidential candidates yet another battleline to fight over. more »»

Short Takes

February 12, 2016 Good luck, dancers THUMBS UP: Best of luck to Marshall, Yellow Medicine East and Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd at the state dance meet this weekend. more »»

Hey candidates, give us something to believe in

February 11, 2016 If you listen close enough, you might just hear a semblance of a concrete plan, for something, from a political candidate. But that’s a big “might. more »»

Short Takes

February 5, 2016 Skipping holidays in school? THUMBS DOWN: There’s a lot wrong with this country — many more things far more important than what you are about to read — but this is just crazy. A principal at a St. more »»

A MNsure benchmark. But are we sure this is a big deal?

February 3, 2016 MNsure, Minnesota’s health care exchange, announced Monday that it had eclipsed its goal for consumer sign-ups for the first time since its inceptio. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

January 29, 2016 THUMBS UP: • Congratulations to this year’s Marshall High School AAA nominees, Jacob Deines and Lexi Saugstad — two good kids with bright future. more »»

They can’t do it without ‘Good Neighbors’

January 28, 2016 Every Saturday, we publish Good Neighbors. more »»

Short Takes

January 22, 2016 Gas prices: Enjoy while you can, but don’t assume it will last SIDEWAYS THUMBS: Gas prices are crazy low right now and might get even lower in the coming weeks, but let’s temper our enthusiasm jus... more »»

Sorry, MLK

January 20, 2016 How are we doing when it comes to honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream? It seems while this nation has come a long way in race relations, there is plenty of heavy lifting yet to do. more »»

Short Takes for Jan. 15

January 15, 2016 Going too far, Nanny State Nation THUMBS DOWN: The city of Hartford, Connecticut, is in the process of really putting its foot down on smokers, as legislation in the state General Assembly would... more »»

‘We must not be parochial’

January 14, 2016 To many who really pull for and care about rural Minnesota, the 2015 session was a disaster. And the cut is even deeper than normal considering that session was billed as Greater Minnesota-friendly. more »»

Short Takes (Quick-hit version)

January 8, 2016 The “Quick-hit” version of “Thumbs Up” is a new feature that will run periodically as a twist to the regular commentary normally published in this space on Fridays. more »»



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