Local Columns

Repurposing holiday leftovers

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, many of us will find ourselves either hosting or attending various holiday parties. Often times, after such parties, there are lots of leftovers. While many of those leftovers are great as-is, some may get boring after a few meals worth. Here are a few ways ...

Sweet and cool

Imagine you just finished an exquisite meal at your favorite restaurant and it’s time for dessert. The hostess appears and sets a slim, tall bottle of wine before you. What? The bottle is half the size of a regular wine bottle and it looks so cool. And that’s exactly what it is, cool, but ...

The burp before Christmas

As a child, I lived under the ironfisted rule of a totalitarian regime. Those who held authority over me constantly reinforced their draconian edicts with such phrases as, “Go ask your father!” and “Stop whining! You have to brush your teeth whether you like it or not!” and “Because I ...

The winter hunt

The overnight snows that clipped southern Minnesota turned the beige and black harvested landscape into a winter wonderland with a white blanket nearly half a foot deep. In seasons past, when I played host and my friends would visit me on the post-Thanksgiving weekend, it was almost a certainty ...

Amos W. Muzzy

Part I Years ago, I received a letter from the Office of the Sheriff in Chautauqua County of Mayville, New York. The under sheriff was collecting information about sheriffs of that county to compile into a book. One of these sheriffs was Amos W. Muzzy who had once lived in Lynd. He included ...

Acting brings out the best

A Sunday afternoon at the Southwest Minnesota State University Black Box Theatre this month turned into a trip down memory lane. I wanted to see the Theater Department’s production of “Unnecessary Farce” because it promised to be a fun comedy about a “major” sting operation against ...

Social Security benefits to increase in 2019

District manager Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates ...

Thrilling but chilling nights

Without a doubt winter stargazing can be challenging, but if you bundle up and keep your feet and face warm, the rewards are heavenly. Believe it or not, in the early evening Marshall western sky you can still see the “Summer Triangle” of stars, Vega, Altair, and Deneb, which are the ...

New tax laws may change how you approach your 2018 tax return

As 2018 winds down, it’s time to think about if and how you may be able to reduce the taxes owed on your next tax return. New tax laws, which generally took effect on Jan. 1 of this year, mean you may need to approach your tax strategy differently than you have in the past. Talk to your tax ...

Why Sen. Klobuchar can never be president

Publisher’s Note: Some of my columns are meant to enlighten readers, educate them, introduce a new perspective, or even inspire. This is not one of those columns. Earlier this week, I read a story (too old to remember where) about Amy Klobuchar considering a 2020 bid for the presidency. ...

On the Porch

The Lyon County Museum is decorated for the holiday season through Dec. 31. Visit the Lyon County Museum this season to view trees decorated by area businesses, service groups, and nonprofit organizations along with antique and vintage holiday decorations. The museum also has a display of ...

Having a fun weekend

I was excited about last weekend as one of my friends was coming to Minnesota to visit her sister and family, along with their mother, and Ross’ family was celebrating its Thanksgiving Saturday and Sunday. I must have been so excited Friday morning because I woke up, glanced at the clock, ...

Thanksgiving in Kansas City

My wife and I edged our way down the long hallway at the back of the restaurant, past the bustling, smoke-filled kitchen with its blazing grill and the swinging doors where waitstaff sang out “Coming in!” as they pushed through. We reached a nondescript, unmarked doorway and whispered a ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: My friend went in the ditch last weekend and was given a citation for Failure to Drive with Due Care. It seems to me that is wasn’t his fault because the wind was blowing snow across the road making the roads slippery. Why was he issued a citation? Answer: Speeding or traveling ...

All good things

Welcome to the final stretch of hunting season. By this time, boot leather should be well worn, blaze orange faded to a dull peach, and that reliable camouflage coat covered in mud, spilled coffee and other stains that evidence a successful go of things thus far. So it is at this time of year ...

A visit to the landfill

The last week of October, the Lyon County Environmental Department did something unique. We took over 250 schoolchildren and teachers to the landfill. Many of you might be thinking right now, why in world would we do something like that? We simply wanted to show the students where “away” ...

Telescopes for under the Christmas Tree

Another Thanksgiving is history and we’re full bore into the Christmas shopping season. Every year about this time I like to put out my column on telescope gift giving. You have someone on your holiday gift list who’s looking for a telescope no matter how old the giftee is. Maybe the giftee ...

Yearning for the good old days at Schwan’s

It's pretty easy to run into somebody in Marshall with connections with the Schwan’s company. It could be a current employee or former employee with decades of service. Or perhaps someone who has a family member working at one of the Schwan's plants or offices. So you can’t ignore the ...

‘The Life We Bury’

My book club’s selection for November was “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens. Eskens is a Minnesota author, getting his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and his law degree from the Hamline University of Law. He studied creative writing in the master of ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I do not have a remote starter installed on my car. Is it illegal to leave it running while I go inside my house as it warms up and defrosts the windows? Answer: There is no state law that prohibits leaving your vehicle running, but most cities have local ordinances against it. ...