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Ask a Trooper

Question: I can’t help to think of all the ways to be distracted while driving such as texting, using the phone, changing the radio, eating, smoking, etc. that in addition, having small pets on one’s shoulder or lap while driving can be legal. Not only cats and small dogs being positioned ...

5 simple steps to power up your summer salads

May is National Salad Month, making it a great time to give your salads a powerful boost by choosing nutrient-rich ingredients. Salads don’t have to be boring, tasteless diet foods. With the right base, toppings and dressing they can be main-dish stars or sides your friends and family will ...

Good fortune

As good as life can be, there are those moments when the goddess of good fortune openly smiles upon us and recently she smiled brightly upon me. I had the good fortune to participate in a conference concerning equal employment opportunities for all the people in this state, and I was a ...

Hair today

We have a problem with the fuzz at our house. It’s actually more of a fur issue, but let’s not go splitting hairs. Our cat, Sparkles, is supposed to be a barn cat. And she is, most of the time. But when the nights turn chilly, or when it’s raining outside, or should a cloud happen to ...

Give ‘em the slip

There’s a sort of silent excitement in watching the chartreuse top and orange spindle point of a slip float slide under the surface of the water, knowing (or maybe not knowing) exactly what comes next. The sweep of the rod tip to set the hook, the protesting pull on the other end and the ...

Taking a loan from your 401(k)

After years of regular contributions, a 401(k) plan through your employer may become one of your largest financial assets. In some cases, your employer may also allow you to borrow against the funds in that plan, which may be another financial benefit to you. As you continue to work and build ...

Women’s baseball teams

Part IV: In 1952, a nine-minute filmed sports show that was featured in movie theaters just before the featured film, covered the Kalamazoo Klouters (or “feminine phenoms”) at play against the Fort Wayne Daisies and the Battle Creek Belles. “The English teacher, bank teller, housewife, ...

Adding additional security

District manager Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cybersecurity program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security ...

Summertime ills: Awareness, preparation and common sense

It seems that our national news continues to feature such weather challenges as storms, heavy rains, flooding or, conversely, dry hot weather and drought, all of which remind us about the untoward and sometimes harmful effects summer weather can exert on our health. However, it isn’t just the ...

Watch Jupiter’s whirling moons

There’s a bright shiner lighting up the Marshall heavens these warm late spring evenings. It’s Jupiter, the big guy of the solar system. With a doubt, it’s by far the largest planet, overwhelming any other star or planet in brightness. Only the moon is brighter, but its absence from the ...

Making it work at Esther’s Kitchen

The listing in the Independent calendar section advertised a free meal at Esther's Kitchen. And that's what I expected taking the steps down the basement inside Christ United Presbyterian Church on Lyon Street. Esther’s Kitchen, as it turns out, offers much more. I found Tony there ...

5 tips new investors should know

If you are just getting started on investing, it’s important to get a grasp on the basics. A proper perspective from the beginning may improve your opportunities for long-term investment success. Here are five concepts that can be helpful for new investors to understand: 1. If you are ...

Books and Beyond

By Jody Mohr Library patron Dear Phebe and Joan, I have just finished reading your book “Not So Fast: A Grand Tour of Europe at a Mid-Life Pace,” c 2005, Nodin Press, for the second time. Readers have called it a travel book and a memoir. The travel book takes us with you, Phebe and ...

Your Health The marvel of mantra

So what is a mantra? Well, many people’s first thought may be of a cross-legged, person sitting in meditation with his fingers together saying “Ommmmmmmm.” Essentially, they’re on the right track, but there is much more to it. A mantra is a word or sound that is repeated in order to ...

A long day trip

We started off our hike on Saturday in one county and ended up in another. Granted, the county parks we visited were not too far away from each other, and we ended up going on a longer walk than anticipated. A Facebook post the other week led me to suggest going to Red Rock Falls Park. It is ...

On the Porch

The Lyon County Historical Society has a book in its collection that is a great resource for finding out the origin and historical significance of place names in Minnesota. The book, “Minnesota Geographic Names,” by Warren Upham was first published by the Minnesota Historical Society in ...

Is your portfolio ‘healthy’?

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you can exercise regularly, you’ll help yourself feel better, control your weight and even reduce the chances of developing certain diseases. But why not extend the concept of “fitness” to other areas of your life — such as your ...

Remembering the backyard dryer

My father built two houses in the late 1920s, the second of which was where I was raised by my parents with my sister (six years older) and brother (three years older.) Though our city lot could be considered small by today’s standards at about 40’ by 100’, it never seemed that way ...

‘Berried treasures’

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries — these are the “berried treasures” of the summer. These berries are available throughout the year, but they are certainly best when they are fresh and in season. Berries are a personal favorite of mine and I especially like ...

But…

With age, comes wisdom. We’ve all heard it and have probably said it: “With age, comes wisdom.” What we mean can be described something like this: because of the experiences one has gone through over the years, that person gains a type of knowledge that is rounded, gentle and well ...