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To the editor: The new president comes into office inheriting great job growth numbers. The jobless rate is down to 4.7 percent, while President George W. Bush left President Barack Obama a 7.8 percent unemployment rate. Under Bush, America saw the greatest net loss of jobs in recent history ...

How to select your financial adviser

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Speaking from experience, the relationship between a financial adviser and his or her clients is incredibly important. Whether you rely on your adviser to help with retirement planning, saving for college, or meeting other goals, this individual will help determine how you approach some of ...

‘Hidden Figures’

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After hearing all the buzz about the movie “Hidden Figures” and hoping it would come to Marshall, Ross and I went to see it this past Saturday night. The movie is based on a true story where a team of African-American women “provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch ...

On the Porch

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Emma and Margaret Bergman moved to Russell from Minneapolis in 1903 to join their four brothers who were already living in Russell. The sisters operated the Bergman Sisters restaurant from 1903 to 1908. In 1903, they opened the first restaurant in the corner store of a complex. The restaurant ...

Short Takes for Jan. 20

Editorials

Volunteering on MLK Day THUMBS UP: It’s great that companies offer paid-time-off to employees who volunteer, particularly on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. What a great way to honor his sacrifice. Back to the drawing board SIDEWAYS THUMB: Marshall School District school board ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: If a person with a CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) gets a DWI in a private, personal vehicle, and the test level that applies is .08 or more, he will lose his regular driver’s license but not the CDL, correct? Answer: The legal limit for driving impaired in Minnesota is 0.08 ...

Let liquor stores open on Sunday

Editorials

Every year the Minnesota Legislature gets a new version of an old bill, one to allow liquor stores to be open for business on Sundays. For more than 80 years, state law has decreed that liquor stores should be closed on Sundays. It is the last vestige of the “blue laws” that existed on ...

New year, new you, new snacks

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Each new year brings a sense of new beginnings and the opportunity for a fresh start. Many people take this opportunity to set health and wellness goals. Studies show that snacking the right way may help you avoid overeating later on. Snacks are a great pick-me-up that provide an opportunity to ...

Take a walk

Local Columns

For once, the wind wasn’t howling and the snow was still. It was time to take a walk. There are times when a liability (snow/ice) can become an asset (snow/ice).  We Northerners know winter can be challenging, but we also realize winter possess an inherent beauty that can’t be denied ...

Tractor rivalry

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I have been faithful most of my life, but for some years when I was young I openly cheated. She even moved in with us. Confessing that I had a scarlet International Harvester mistress is difficult for a lifelong John Deere guy like me. The two major tractor manufacturers that compete for ...

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Letters to the Editor

Growing up in a small town To the editor: I grew up in a town called Cottonwood, Minnesota during a time when everyone treated each other like family. We went outside to play, we got dirty.... We bought popcorn and candy from the popcorn stand at night. We played Red Light, Green Light, ...

The league

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Case upon case of 12 gauge shells piled up in the safe room at the trap club as a line of volunteers — some of them fellow coaches, some parents and some shooters — daisy-chained the 100 brown boxes of ammo through the snow to their resting place along the wall. While it will remain there ...

We are here to help you realize your dream

Local Columns

District manager Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — a national holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality. Many people ...

Back pain: A common problem with serious challenges

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The current and significant medical “crisis” in American medical care (other than the present medical insurance epiphany) is the use and abuse of opioid drugs by large numbers of patients, facilitated by a lack of educated prescribing procedures by their physicians. This subject was ...

Your Health Be sweet to your heart

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February is nearing — the time of year when we get showered with cards and candy hearts. February is also a good time for discussing the health of our human hearts. Most of us know the basics to keeping the heart healthy: not smoking, exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. These are three ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: What items should I have in my vehicle during this extreme cold weather? What is the proper procedure if I become stranded and/or go off the road? Answer: With the recent below zero temperatures, being prepared with an emergency kit and plan can save your life. We recommend the ...

A love of animated movies

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A few weeks ago, Ross asked me what movie I wanted to see. At the time, “Moana” was still in the Marshall theater.  “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” had just opened. I figured the “Rogue One” movie would still be around for a few more weeks, so I chose “Moana.” And I’m glad I ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

“Governor Marshall appointed a few county officers and vested them with power to begin county government. It was proposed to organize in December 1869, but owing to the absence of two of the county commissioners it had to be postponed, and the machinery of county government was not set in ...

Short Takes for Jan. 13

Editorials

Tracy Public Schools gets funding THUMBS UP: Congratulations to Tracy Public Schools receiving state funding for high-speed Internet expansion. The school system was included in grants made possible by legislation passed during the 2016 Legislative Session. SMSU men’s BB ...

Hand washing 101

Local Columns

We’ve heard on the news and read in the newspaper the reports that cases of influenza have been on the rise through the state. Hopefully, you’ve had your flu shot, are getting plenty of rest and drinking plenty of fluids. But are you doing your best when it comes to the most important means ...