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Looking back on a good foundation

BALATON It’s been more than 60 years since the District 52 schoolhouse in Custer Township closed — an old flagpole and water pump are all that remain at the site. While the rural schoolhouse is long gone, former students like Geneva Swan and Ray Kirk still have plenty of memories of those ...

The gatherings are growing

MARSHALL   The Red Baron Arena and Expo officially opened in 2016, and since that time, the variety and size of events held there has grown. You only have to look back at the past few weekends for examples: the facility hosted a billiard and darts tournament, a fundraiser event for Hope ...

Time spent with cellphones

Dear Annie: Is there such a thing as mobile phone etiquette? I know that I am a dinosaur, but is it OK for someone to be looking at his or her phone for the majority of the time he or she is in the company of someone socially? It feels so lonesome to me. All of my life’s conditioning taught ...

Too much social information

Dear Heloise: My husband and I were so excited about our trip to New Zealand that we posted on our social media a lot of information about when we’d leave and return. While we were gone, we were robbed. Burglars broke into the house and took our computers, jewelry, golf clubs, appliances ...

Cannabis and crashes

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you mentioned that “Cannabis adversely affects driving ability.” Yet, further on in the article, you state that, “Early data from areas that legalized recreational marijuana suggest reduced rates of motor vehicle accidents.” These two statements ...

The pumpkin season

COTTONWOOD — Traci Olson of rural Cottonwood has always believed that Halloween was special and that everyone should have a pumpkin of their own. And, not just orange ones. Olson made her second attempt at growing white pumpkins this year because her nephew in Detroit Lakes is getting ...

Enjoying the view

It takes somebody special to be a service technician in the wind energy industry. Not only are they tasked with performing routine maintenance, testing and troubleshooting electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components and system and replacing worn-out or malfunctioning parts, they have to ...

Keeping the system running

MARSHALL It’s a big, complicated, and smelly job. But collecting and treating the city of Marshall’s wastewater is a vital job for both the health of the community and the Redwood River. The city’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, located on Erie Road on the north edge of town, normally ...

Pitching a patch

ECHO There’s a new pumpkin patch in the area. With the Holmberg Orchard closed, the Pedersons of rural Echo thought they should fill the void for fall harvest entertainment. With a twist. The twist was to add a fundraising aspect to it in addition to the games the Pederson family ...

Stuffed with love

MARSHALL While they might not have known the full story behind the plush animal stuffing opportunity, everyone who took part in the Stuff-a-Stanger event during Gold Rush Days orientation recently at Southwest Minnesota State University helped contribute to meaningful causes. It was the first ...

The kids decision revisited

Dear Readers: I am always fascinated to hear diametrically opposed yet equally valid viewpoints. Such was the case with the following two letters, which both appeared in my inbox on the same day in response to “Undecided in Ohio,” who isn’t sure whether she wants kids. Read on. Dear ...

Can I pump your gas, Mom?

Dear Heloise: Is there a law against a young child pumping gas at the self-service island? — A Reader in Pennsylvania There’s no law against it, but it’s not a good idea. Having a child “help” by pumping gas can cause a multitude of problems. Kids’ lungs aren’t fully developed, ...

Systolic and diastolic

Dear Dr. Roach: Decades ago, I served in the Marines and was wounded in action in the Korean War. While recuperating in the naval hospital, I was told by several doctors that the more important reading of blood pressure (which they took frequently) was the bottom number. Now I am told by my ...

‘Off to a good start’

LAKE BENTON Lake Benton Public School has a lot to celebrate. Not only has the district nearly doubled its enrollment from a decade ago, community support has also grown significantly. That support was evident at the elementary school’s open house and playground dedication ...

PoP! Goes the Market

MARSHALL The Marshall Farmers Market is really popping these days. The organizers and community sponsors are enthusiastic about increased attendance. At midway through the season, Kim Guenther, market coordinator, says there has been an increase in attendance — especially with ...

Taking stock of road damage

LYON COUNTY The full extent of the damage that the July flood event had on Lyon County roads and bridges is something that’s taken a long time to assess. In many cases, it’s still not certain what the full costs of repairs will be, said county highway engineer Aaron VanMoer. In a ...

In her glory

HANLEY FALLS Anyone driving through Hanley Falls will notice the proliferate garden across the street from the Yellow Medicine Lutheran Church. The garden, and the former parsonage next to it, belong to Sharon Stevens, single mom of four grown children and grandmother to two grandchildren ...

Drawing upon experience

MARSHALL John Sterner has contributed to Southwest Minnesota State University in many ways — as a student, an athlete, an artist and an alumnus. This month he made his latest contribution. Within the span of 30 minutes, he drew a caricature likeness of SMSU President Connie Gores. The ...

Hands-on history

MARSHALL They ducked into the log cabin, and they jotted down notes on a display about immigrants in southwest Minnesota. They guessed which items in a mock general store were real, and which were props. But the group of area youth weren’t at the Lyon County Museum testing their knowledge ...

Garrett’s goats

MINNEOTA It’s “Baaaack to the Future” for a Minneota goat farmer, only with a Ferrari, not a DeLorean. Goats run in Garrett Moorse’s family. His family runs a goat and dairy farm on the south edge of Minneota. He’s got competition fever and took it all the way to the finish line ...