Local Columns

Oh, fiddlesticks to technology

Have you ever wanted to “Stop the World – I want to Get Off”? Whenever I get to this time of the year being faced with the IRS tax forms that I can no longer decipher and then attempting to gather all the information that I think I need to even get the conglomeration of stuff to a tax ...

Blood oranges — Not your typical orange

I spied an interesting fruit in the produce section last week that I hadn’t eaten for a while. The name doesn’t sound all that appetizing, but the flavor and nutrient content are both great. That fruit was a variety of orange called blood oranges, which have a distinctive look when you cut ...

Pet peeves

I know I’m going to shock you but, I have a number of pet peeves. You know what I mean — it’s those persistently vexing happenings that drive us to the point of distraction. So, maybe it’s all right to tell you about some of my pet peeves since I assume (And we all know what happens ...

A season of growth

Manning the booth at the Bismarck Sport Show for the teams I’m helping to get off the ground with a hard-core group of 20 other volunteer coaches gave me some time to reflect on all our cadre had accomplished since last fall. From my joining the group mid-summer after relocating to the area, ...

A retired chariot driver

Without a doubt, one of the strangest constellations in the Marshall winter heavens is Auriga, the chariot driver with goats on his shoulder. It must have been quite a party when folks looked into the heavens and came up with that constellation. Libations must have been aplenty at that bash! ...

What’s going on?

When I started to read the Facebook post, I felt a knot growing in my stomach. “It is with a heavy and grief-stricken heart that I tell my friends and family on Facebook that my first-born son Nathaniel passed away this weekend.” Wait. What? I remember Nathan. He was younger than me. Way ...

Tough discussion on Lakeview school bus crash

The discussion inside the Independent conference room was lively at times. But the one statement made by a reporter stood out the most to me. “These are our friends and our neighbors.” The reporter, like everybody else in the room, was concerned how the staff would treat a scheduled ...

A Chocolate Affair

For the past decade I’ve been going to the Friends of the Minneota Library’s Chocolate Affair. The first time I went was before I started seeing Ross. I recall it being a good meal, good entertainment, chocolate, of course, and an overall good time. Since then, it’s been our “go-to” ...

On the Porch

Since their founding, communities in Lyon County have shown their civic pride through progress reports, parades, schools, sports, infrastructure, and so forth. Several historic resources show that city leaders and business leaders in Lyon County boosted their community’s progress frequently. ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Last summer at a stoplight, my car was vibrating from the bass boom of the car next to me. I looked over and saw, what I assume was a person driving — but could see only the outline of his pulled up hoodie. As we drove away, I thought there is no way he is going to be able to hear ...

The perfect cup of tea

Tea has been consumed for nearly 5,000 years, and its popularity is continuing to grow. The Tea Association of the USA states that next to water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. On an average day, over one half of the American population drinks tea — about 158 million ...

Why?

When I ponder, I reach for the red. I received an email from a colleague of mine saying this person was resigning from a position which was near and dear to this person’s heart. After reading the email, I subconsciously reached for and then, actually grabbed a bottle of Robert Mondavi’s ...

Wintertime Dairy Farm Olympics

That curious quadrennial occurrence called the Coca-Cola Visa Intel Samsung Panasonic Toyota Eat at Joe’s Winter Olympics is currently being beamed through our eyeballs and into our brains. It’s astounding to watch those exquisitely-honed athletes performing astonishing feats of cold ...

Juice it

Some of the most memorable fishing trips I’ve been on have been the result of disaster. OK, not disaster in the terms of life-threatening circumstances, but, it would probably be fairer to say major inconvenience. Whether motorless in the flow, or without power on hard water, finding the ...

More on county robberies

Part IV “Minneota’s robbery of the century took place early one Thursday morning in August of 1923. The burglars, who were never apprehended, gained entrance to the building through the rear window of the office. They had tried the rear door but were unable to pry it open. An estimated ...

Social Security celebrates Black History Month

In February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthdays. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over 90 years. Honoring our shared history ...

Make it a heavenly valentine

Once again Valentine’s Day is upon us. With Valentine’s falling on Wednesday night this year I know many of you are celebrating in advance this weekend. Without a doubt, Valentine’s Day is great for greeting card and candy sales, florists, restaurants, jewelers, media folks, and many ...

A few rules for following politics

on Edblom looked toward the people leaving the tables inside Adult Community Center in Marshall. “They are starting to break up,” he said. He had a pleased look on his face. The chairman of the Lyon County Democratic-Farmer-Labor had just presided over the Tuesday caucus on a cold, snowy ...

Five ways the new tax law may impact you

The most sweeping tax reform legislation in decades was enacted into law at the end of 2017. If you pay federal income taxes, you are likely to see an impact this year. As you plan your 2018 tax strategy, here are five key changes to know about the tax reform law: 1. Tax rates and brackets ...

Forensic science: It’s not C.S.I.

I have been writing this column, “For Your Review,” in the Independent for about 13 years in an effort to clarify the often jumble of information which the media provides to the reading and viewing public about the real challenges of the field of health care in the United States. At the ...