Opinion

Holiday telescope buying guide

Local Columns

If you’ve got a stargazing fan on your holiday gift giving list and you’re considering a telescope for that special someone, even if that someone is you, I want you to buy right and buy smart. Get the most astronomical bang for your buck. The most important thing a telescope can do for ...

Pastor Snyder reminds me to be thankful

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My last recollection of Pastor Lyle Snyder, he was swimming in a large tub of beer. Every time his head rose above the surface, he had a big smile on his face. The pastor at St. Stephen Lutheran Church was volunteering his time in the Brau Brothers HopFest dunk tank. It just so happened ...

What should I read next?

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I’ve finally been on a reading kick lately. Maybe it’s the type of books I’ve picked up as of late (ones that don’t require a whole ton of thought), or it’s because I tend to stay up a little later trying to get in another few pages or a chapter. One of those books was the second to ...

On the Porch

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The aluminum Christmas tree is a type of artificial Christmas tree that was popular in the United States from the 1950s to the mid-1960s. The tree is made of aluminum, featuring foil needles and illumination from below via a rotating color wheel. The museum has a couple of aluminum Christmas ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Minneota, Wabasso true champions THUMBS UP: No matter what happens Saturday morning at U.S. Bank Stadium, a southwest Minnesota high school football team will be crowned Class A champion. Minneota faces Wabasso in the title game. Both teams have been outstanding this season, dominating ...

Winners and losers in tax bill

Editorials

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

7 reasons to appreciate pears

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Let’s talk about pears. While everyone else is buzzing about apples and oranges, pears are often cast aside as the hard fruit in the produce section. And that’s too bad. For a few reasons. 1. Pears are loaded with fiber — more so than apples — which is something Americans don’t get ...

Thankfully

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Buying a car is a necessity and a necessary evil. You know how it is — for whatever reason, it’s time to get that first car or another car and the sales’ pitches begin. Buy this one — it’s a classic! No, get this car, it’s a beauty! Oh no, come over here and buy this vehicle — ...

Router Woes

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Life shouldn’t be this complicated. A mysterious piece of equipment called a “router” recently quit working at our house. In tech-speak, it “went on the fritz,” or, more precisely, “crapped out.” This router gizmo, it seems, is essential for getting onto the Internet. And ...

Minnesota State trustees leave question unanswered

Editorials

Last Wednesday members of the Minnesota State Board of Trustees were on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus to hold meetings. This was the first time ever that the trustees met in a non-metro location. This was an important development for SMSU and all of the Minnesota State ...

The hottest stuff on ice for 2017-2018

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Hard water is fast upon the northern tier of the landscape, and with a few bumpy warm-ups out of the way, the ice season can begin in earnest. Once again, ice anglers will find an incredible array of augers, sonar, rods, reels, tip-ups, cameras and more this season, and at no other time have ...

Tax time volunteers put the ‘FUN’ in refund

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Tax time is coming again! If you would like a time-limited volunteer opportunity, helping people at United Community Action Partnership’s free tax clinic is for you. United Community Action, in partnership with the United Way of Southwest MN and the MN Department of Revenue, the Internal ...

New habits for habitual spenders

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Find what works for you by taking one step at a time, instead of trying to change everything at once. Perhaps this is you: get home from work, grab the mail, head straight for the couch, flip through the letters and realize, “ugh, credit card bill.” Open the envelope in slow-mo, unfold ...

Catherine Jones Thomas

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Part III FRIENDSHIPS AND LONELINESS ON THE PRAIRIE The following diary entries represent a typical week for Catherine Thomas: June 2, 1886: “had Mr. Meyer and Rees Price to dinner” June 3, 1886” “Mrs. Morgan and Annie hear to tea” June 4, 1886: “Mrs. Masters and Ed ...

How may we help you?

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District manager Social Security has a toolbox full of resources on its website, www.socialsecurity.gov, to help you with you financial planning. With so many resources, maybe it’s easier if we highlight one of our “best.” B.E.S.T. is the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, ...

No turkeys, but many other birds in the night skies

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This coming Thursday evening after the Thanksgiving feast, the football games, take a walk under the stars. It’s a great way to fight off the drowsing effects of tryptophan and to get away from relatives, even the ones you like! Seriously, it’s a magical activity on any night this time of ...

Is the upcoming holiday season a time to be…sad?

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Every year as I prepare our family, home, yard and car for the expected challenges of the winter season, I think of the many people who do not look forward to winter time and the holiday season with the pleasurable and happy expectations of the joys usually characterized by family, friends and ...

Seeing different sides of health care on the front lines

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Dan DeSmet lives on the front lines of the health care crisis. The Minneota native is a manager with North Memorial Services that provides ambulance and EMT services to Marshall. “I think the health care system is broken,” DeSmet told me as we sat inside the North Memorial conference ...

How you, (yes, you) can save America

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The American economy is under attack, and we don’t even know it. There is an evil force lurking among us that if allowed to grow unchecked, will destroy our retail base, employment levels, and infrastructure. It is so powerful and invasive that its consuming small, family-run businesses. ...

Upper Sioux Agency

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It was a little bit warmer last Saturday afternoon, and the sun was out as Ross and I ventured to the Upper Sioux Agency State Park. It’s been a few years since we’ve been there, so it was good to check out a different trail. The air was cool as we hiked down by the river. Along the way we ...