Opinion

It’ll be a Jupiter summer

Local Columns

The king of the planets is jumping out at you in the early evening sky and stays out all night long. Not only that, it will be in our Marshall evening sky through the coming summer! Jupiter has reached its closest approach to Earth this month, something astronomers call opposition. Right now ...

The show must go on

Local Columns

It ain’t over till the fat lady sings. Yes, it’s true circuses in the United States are struggling. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey announced to its employees in January the circus would shut down in May. Just 24 hours later, according to a CNN report, Big Apple Circus said it ...

In unpredictable times, stay the course

Local Columns

2017 has been an eventful year in the news, with a seemingly endless stream of fast-breaking developments coming out of Washington and other parts of the world. Through all this commotion, the stock market has posted significant gains. Investors who have stayed invested in stocks have likely ...

What I’ve been reading

Local Columns

Even though I didn’t necessarily have the book for this month’s book club completely read by Wednesday, I’ve been making great strides these last couple or so months. I’ve gotten on a bit of a roll in finishing books. These books include the latest by a favorite author of mine, Kristan ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the News-Messenger’s ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Back to the drawing board for district THUMBS SIDEWAYS: The voters have spoken and the Marshall Public Schools District will have to go back to the drawing board. The $39.415 million general obligation school building bonds referendum was voted down in a special election Tuesday ...

Be an ‘environmentally friendly’ investor

Local Columns

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement. Here are a few ideas to ...

Support health and safety for all

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The GOP may as well be known as the Great Ole Poisoners since they seem intent on backward moves toward a more toxic world. The Republicans and the president appear to have no concern for the dangerous chemicals put in our air and water, work areas and foods. Instead ...

Higher education good investment for Minnesota

Editorials

The “nudging” begins. That’s what Minnesota Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller calls the process in which the Legislature holds conference committees to discuss among other things, budget proposals. Pogemiller visited the Southwest Minnesota State University campus Tuesday ...

Ask a trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you talk about motorcycle safety and provide tips that can help keep everyone safe on our roadways? Answer: One main reason why motorcyclists are killed and injured in crashes are due to the fact that a motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection. The occupant protection ...

VA must make suicide prevention a priority

Editorials

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them committing suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

‘…the mysterious butterflies of the soul…’

Local Columns

This past weekend included a number of remarkable moments for me — moments that revolved around a museum, three restaurants, four wines and a kitten. As last week’s journey began, it found us in a familiar town — Northfield. Since two of our boys graduated from Carleton College, we are ...

The connection between food and hospitality

Local Columns

Granite Falls is my hometown and it surprised me to learn that this month marks the 20th anniversary of the major flood our town endured. Dave Smiglewski, our mayor then and now, wrote an interesting column in the weekly Advocate Tribune newspaper last week chronicling the events of that time ...

Seasonal changes

Local Columns

Spring has swept across the prairie, shoving the ratty old couch of Winter out to the curb to be hauled off by the garbage guy or perhaps by some adventurous soul who’s OK with owning pre-stained furniture. The arrival of spring heralds the start of a new growing season. Most farmers ...

The Great American Pastime memories

Local Columns

If there was a kid in our neighborhood who did not participate in The Great American Pastime, I don’t remember who it was. As a city boy we had two places to play our rudimentary game of baseball, first it was in our back yard plus some space across the alley into our backdoor neighbors’ ...

Make the tax system fair

Editorials

Tax day is here. The deadline to file federal tax returns is today. It was pushed back because the usual April 15 deadline was Saturday, and because Monday is a holiday in the District of Columbia. Millions of Americans still need to rush to the post office or rush off payments electronically ...

Likely locations for trout

Local Columns

The conditions and even the dates have varied greatly from year-to-year for the trout opener on the small stream in the state park south of my home. In some seasons, the water has been so low that the stocked browns still remained stacked by the dozens in the deepest pockets under bridges and ...

Spring into baseball

Local Columns

Part I: The small village of Milroy, about 15 miles east of Marshall in Redwood County, has been an active baseball town for many years. The first team was organized in 1903 with the baseball diamond near the railroad depot, where they played until 1955. According to the publication, ...

Representative payee

Local Columns

District manager According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 57 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults help provide care for a sick or disabled family member. Caregivers provide physical and emotional support for the people in ...

Corvus the wayward crow

Local Columns

Honestly, the constellation Corvus the Crow is certainly not one of those constellations that you stand out in your backyard and gaze at in awe. Truth is that’s really a dumb little constellation and sure isn’t all that bright but yet it’s pretty easy to find. You can find the ...