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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 ...

Rain, rain go away

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA People affected by the recent record-breaking flash flooding in southwest Minnesota are down but not out. With the help of outstandingvolunteers and emergency personnel, they’ve shown how resilient they can be when faced with disaster. “From a historical ...

More than summer reading

You might not think a small-town library would be a busy place right before a June weekend. But the Balaton branch of the Marshall-Lyon County Library was having a pretty lively Friday morning. A crowd of around 10 kids came to hear Christina Izquierdo read books inspired by songs, like ...

My husband the creep

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for eight years. My first marriage ended because my ex was a serial cheater and all-around creep. “Mike” seemed to be the exact opposite. However, shortly after we were married, I found out he was checking out dating sites. I confronted him, ...

Wedding by the numbers

Dear Heloise: Recently on the news, I heard that the average price of wedding in America is $35,000! Just how many engaged couples have that kind of money to invest in their big day? — Carmon H., Trenton, Ohio Carmon, weddings today have gotten very expensive, but there are ways to save ...

Low iron level

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter’s iron level has been dangerously low for several years. One measurement was as low as 5, but mostly it is between 9 and 15. She took iron pills, which affected her in many other ways. She was given one iron injection, which affected her negatively. She refused ...

It’s all about the cows

COTTONWOOD/WOOD LAKE There used to be 40 dairies along Minnesota Highway 23 in Lyon County alone. Now there are only six in the county, dairy farmer Dan Louwagie said. Louwagie and his two brothers, Tim and Bruce, farm together, starting the dairy in 1991. The Louwagies run 180 Holsteins ...

A week to remember

MARSHALL Eleven young men from Marshall recently had the opportunity to take part in the 70th annual American Legion Minnesota Boys State program held on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, and for many of them it was a life-changing experience. Boys State is a unique ...

School’s out, but fun’s not

MARSHALL It was mid-June, and classes were in session this week at Marshall High School. These weren’t the kind of classes you got graded on, however — these were strictly for fun. In the art classroom, a group of area kids were learning how to turn pieces of fence wire and stretchy ...

Finding a cause

TRACY Kevin and Wendy Haney of rural Tracy don’t ride motorcycle, but they are participating in Ride-For-A-Reason in two big ways. Wendy Haney designed a quilt for raffle at a national convention, and Kevin Haney will provide electronic and medical support for the fundraising ...

Better late than never

MARSHALL Marshall native Marc Remhof recently retired after spending 29 years as a Sun Country pilot. He also served in the U.S. Navy, worked as an aircraft mechanic and attended college. He’s done a lot of remarkable things in his life and he also has a loving family, but he said he’s ...

One last ride

RUSSELL It’s been part of Russell’s Bandwagon Days celebrations for more than a decade. But next week will be the last chance to see the cowboys in action at the Russell Stampede Rodeo. Local organizers said this year’s rodeo, on June 1 and 2, will be the last one. But they’re ...