Opinion

Let there be light — lots of it

Local Columns

No matter what level, from backyard stargazer to the greatest of astronomers, the more light we can gather from the heavens the better. Until a way is found to travel past the speed of light, which the great Albert Einstein pretty much declared impossible, people from Earth aren’t going to be ...

Keeping stock market performance in perspective

Local Columns

The stock market has enjoyed an extended period of strong performance that dates back to the end of the last bear market in early 2009. While stock market performance can be measured in a myriad of ways, it’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average that has surpassed several one thousand point ...

Lac qui Parle County Fair

Local Columns

A couple of weeks ago I suggested going to the Lac qui Parle County Fair to Ross. It seemed unusual to me to have a county fair still taking place late in the summer after the Minnesota State Fair, but I haven’t quite had my fill of fairs. This seemed like my last chance. We started out ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

James J. Hill was a railroad tycoon responsible for greatly expanding railways in the country’s northwest. He was the chief executive officer of a family of lines headed by the Great Northern Railway, which served a substantial area of the Upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains, and the ...

A quarterback, a cop and a conservative reporter

Local Columns

So what does an unemployed NFL quarterback and members of the St. Louis Police Department have in common? Marge knows the answer. Marge was a reporter at an Iowa newspaper I worked at in 2009. Anytime I hear someone refer to “the liberal media” I laugh to myself as I think of Marge. ...

Short takes

Editorials

Tru Shrimp groundbreaking big news THUMBS UP: There was more than dirt flying off shovels during a groundbreaking ceremony in Balaton Monday. Excitement was circulating through the air as well, as the tru Shrimp company celebrated the start of construction for the new training facility at ...

Health care drama just politics as usual in Washington

Editorials

The repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act drama returns to Washington D.C. President Donald Trump and Senate GOP leaders are once again pushing for enough votes to pass new health care legislation called the Graham-Cassidy bill. Supporters of the legislation say that states will now get ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Are drivers required to use turn signals when entering or exiting a roundabout? With a newly constructed roundabout very recently opened in town, I have not once observed a turn signal used. What is the law? Answer: This is a great question as we are seeing more roundabouts in the ...

Confederacy allowed to stick around

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Why would any American honor a traitor against the United States who shared responsibility for the slaughter of countless Americans? Why would any decent American display the flag of treason against our country? In Charlottesville, Va., a proposal to remove a statue of Robert ...

Marshall Public Schools deserve recognition

Editorials

The American College Testing college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions in the United States. While ACT scores are used as one factor in the admission process at colleges, they are also used by some states to assess the performance of ...

Plenty of choices in Marshall

Local Columns

Marshall has a plethora of places to have a bite to eat as well as a plethora of financial institutions, it seems. You might have guessed and you would be correct in assuming that I have a liking for the word “plethora.” Nevertheless, it does seem to fit. While I have only used a small ...

What goes around, comes around

Local Columns

There are many ways to say it. It’s so simple but so meaningful. What you give, you get. Goodness follows goodness. These platitudes are important to remember but in the midst of a busy life, we sometimes forget that what we sow, we reap. I’m partial to telling people that what goes ...

Steinsto Fruit Farm

Local Columns

We hiked up a short gravel road to take a look at the apple trees that were hugging the hillside. On the other side of the gravel road were raspberry canes that were covered with net to keep the birds out and a few pear trees. The owner and grower gave our group a little information about the ...

The confident woman

Local Columns

ave you ever wondered where that female executive gets her poised demeanor, that confident stride? Conferences. Conferences can help women achieve their goals, including gaining more self-confidence. Attending the Beth Moore simulcast Saturday reminded me of all the Mary Kay and Joyce ...

Remembering the Sports Coupe

Local Columns

I caught a glimpse of her across a crowded parking lot. Even after all these years, I instantly recognized those seductive curves, that indefinable aura of mystery and danger. There, lounging languidly near the gas pumps, was a 1968 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe! But not just any Sport Coupe; ...

Time to pray to reverse sinful culture

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For those that say they believe in Christ Jesus: do you know what is going on in the world, your country, your state, in your community? Do you know that one of the Senators from Minnesota speaks as though a Catholic should not be allowed to sit on the Seventh Circuit ...

Protect our elections from foreign interference

Editorials

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, took to the U.S. Senate floor on Wednesday to make her case for her bipartisan amendment with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure from foreign interference. According to Klobuchar, the amendment would help states block cyber attacks, ...

Barns

Local Columns

Part I: A barn is one of America’s icons, one that is representative of the cultivation of the land and as housing for farm animals. Barns were usually built by neighbors who all pitched in to build, paint and trim the structure. There were no architects involved; the barn was copied from ...

Learning the lingo of Social Security

Local Columns

District manager Is Social Security a topic in your conversations these days? Are you familiar with the lingo used to describe Social Security benefits, or does it sound like a new vocabulary to you? Social Security employees strive to explain benefits using easy-to-understand, plain ...

A new routine

Local Columns

Fall is a busy time. Even more so if you’re a hunter ready to hit the field after several months off, or an angler looking to squeeze in a few last trips on the water before the season’s chill locks things away until next spring. On top of that, there is a return to school, Friday night ...