Opinion

We must not fail our military veterans in crisis

Editorials

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs came under more fire earlier this week when the VA Inspector General's office released a report saying nearly 30 percent of calls to the Veterans crisis line were being routed to backup call centers because of deficiencies in the department ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Is it legal for local police or highway patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to have some kind of markings? Answer: The Minnesota State Patrol has 15 unmarked squad cars operated by troopers whose primary job ...

Referendum tax impact clarified

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is intended to provide additional information and clarification regarding the tax impact for the proposed bond referendum on Tuesday, April 18. The District’s financial advisers, Ehlers, recommended a “wraparound” re-payment structure for the debt for ...

Skeptical voters urged to take tour of school sites

Editorials

April 18 will be the last day for Marshall voters to cast their ballots to decide the fate of a $39.4 million bond referendum. The school district claims there are safety and security issues at various school sites. The district also says enrollment increases require more space at these ...

Reading starts with comic page

Local Columns

What part of the newspaper do you read first regardless of whether the newspaper is of the paper variety (my preference) or the electronic variety (on a tablet, computer, or phone)? Some might say that I continue to live in my childhood by having a preference for the comic pages, but I ...

Cauliflower pizza — that’s different

Local Columns

A recipe that came across my home computer a couple of times last week was for pizza with a crust that was made from cauliflower. In typical Minnesotan-talk, you might remark, “That’s different!” It sounded interesting to me, but seemed like more effort than I wanted to expend since pizza ...

Le magnifique

Local Columns

There are things in life that literally stop you in your tracks. For instance, a Sequoia sempervirens — better known to us as the California redwood tree. These old beauties can exist for between 1,200-1,800 years and can reach heights of over 375 feet. As we know, they are so big we’ve ...

An inauspicious start

Local Columns

It was an inauspicious beginning. An average person would have bailed immediately. But the woman who was with me wasn’t an average person; she was my brand-new bride. We had been married for only a few hours when we returned to our dairy farm to discover that our Holsteins had broken out of ...

More to think about for residents, businesses

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: How many of you have paid your Marshall Area Chamber dues for 2017? Do you feel that you’re getting your money’s worth from this? Do you even know what they do for you or do you just pay to belong? Maybe ask and see where that money is going to. How much of it goes ...

Denied opportunity to ask questions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Actions taken by the RTR School Board have cost over $230,000. What a waste. They will not let an ordinary citizen address the board.Twice I have been denied an opportunity to ask questions at a board meeting. Questions need to be answered and they need to be held ...

Maintain funding for Meals on Wheels

Editorials

President Donald’s Trump’s budget proposal calls for deep cuts in many domestic programs. The Meals on Wheels program is one of those programs that stand to lose federal funding under Trump’s plan. There doesn’t appear to be a clear consensus on how deep a cut the Meals on Wheels ...

Gopher it

Local Columns

While my own speed has never been hare-like, or cat-like or really like any fast animal in the natural world, I felt speedy as I made the turn on my first morning run of vacation with a pace of 7:40, a full 20 seconds faster than my usual average. I’d give some of it back on the last three ...

Not getting numbers of indebtedness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: How can I say this nicely? We have been asked to approve a two-part school referendum based on one number for each question. We don’t vote on a referendum by category with five or six different amounts that we need to total. So, why is it so hard for the superintendent’s ...

Minnesota: A theater of seasons

Local Columns

Why do we live here? Marshall and southwest Minnesota have been in the national news over the past several weeks as an outpost of desolation due to cold temperatures, blizzards and closed roads. Most would say that we live here because this is where our jobs are. But who decided this area would ...

Planning will help you see green in retirement

Local Columns

District manager Social Security has been a cornerstone of financial security for over 80 years. As you might already know, a lifetime of measured discipline can ensure a comfortable retirement. Social Security can help you plan, save and see plenty of green in your golden years. ...

Dealing with ‘alternative facts’ in today’s world

Local Columns

The news clip shown on the screen inside Charter Hall room 217 on Monday brought me down memory lane to the now famous confrontation between the press and the Trump administration. “You did not answer the question of why the president asked the White House press secretary to come out in ...

Leasing or buying: Which option is right for you?

Local Columns

What’s the best route to acquiring a new and reliable set of wheels? Choosing the make and model of the vehicle you wish to drive, as well as other factors like amenities and mileage are important. However from a financial standpoint, one of your most important decisions is whether to lease ...

Students get healthy choices for school lunches

Local Columns

Not everyone notices, but I suspect that a great deal of passion and dedication goes into serving school lunch to countless students every day. I doubt that has changed, but the quality of the food served had made an amazing transformation over the years. I came to realize this when I was ...

Your Health Smart supermarket selections

Local Columns

While shopping at the supermarket this weekend, my mom and I got into a disagreement over which yogurt is better. Mom said Fage Greek yogurt is the best even if it contains brownie pieces. Her logic: If it has the word “Greek” on the packaging then it’s good for you. My mom is an ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

In the last few weeks, I have mentioned projects the Lyon County Historical Society is working on. One of the projects is gathering information on Norwegian immigrants who settled in Lyon County for the upcoming traveling exhibit, “New Land, New Life: Norwegian Immigrants in Minnesota ...