Local Columns

The avocado trend

For a few good reasons, millennials are obsessed with this creamy green fruit, and dietitians are, too. Here’s why I hope the avocado trend is here to stay. 1. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, the kind that helps promote heart and brain health. 2. One-third of an avocado provides 3 ...

Weekends

This might sound like a silly question, but why do we like weekends? Alright, I can see your eyes roll in your heads and I can virtually hear your voices as you reply by saying: “Are you kidding me? It’s the weekend! What more needs to be said? It’s the weekend!” I know, I know ...

Campfire safety

While controlled burns and even natural fires can serve a purpose in regenerating habitat this time of year, unintended blazes sparked by careless use of fire can cause unwanted damage to property and potentially threaten the lives of both wildlife and people. Knowing how to properly manage a ...

Homesteading on the Great Plains

Part I Thousands of wagon trains traveled through the central plains before pioneers thought of actually settling here. The prairie was treeless and matted with dense sod that made turning over the soil for planting a formidable task. And the climate ran between extreme cold and extreme heat. ...

Star hopping in the spring sky

Finding your way around the southwestern Minnesota night sky can be really intimidating, especially if you’re new to stargazing. The best way to learn the constellations is to use the ones you can recognize to help you find the ones you’re not familiar with and the ones that aren’t as ...

Weathering the weather

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a meteorologist. I would watch Dennis Feltgen on KSTP and was just fascinated with the weather. I wasn’t too crazy about thunderstorms though. Plus I wasn’t a big fan of snow and cold. But my dreams were dashed when I realized I needed to be good in math and ...

On the Porch

The Lyon County Museum is hosting the 3rd annual “Museum Expo” on Saturday, April 28. This free event starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. The Expo is a great opportunity to visit with staff and volunteers from area historical societies and museums to learn more about the history in their ...

3 steps to handle market volatility as you approach retirement

Swings in the stock market can cause emotions to run high, particularly for investors who are approaching retirement. And for good reason. Recent research from Ameriprise Financial uncovered that the biggest financial setbacks American investors have experienced in their 50s through their 70s ...

Tales of Kirby vacuum salesman

I came home a little early that evening, and there he was. Standing in my own living room. My wife had betrayed my trust. She had violated the sanctity of our home. There was a grinning salesman in my house. And not just any kind of salesman. It was the dreaded Kirby vacuum salesman. I ...

Nelsen discovers a perfect fit with the Vikings

Small towns are full of big dreamers. The Cottonwood County town of Westbrook is no different. It’s a farming community about 43 miles southeast of Marshall with a population of 739, according to the 2010 census. In 1981, a blonde 10th grader was making small headlines in her hometown ...

Time for financial ‘spring cleaning’

The days are longer and the temperatures are warmer — so it must be spring. For many of us, that means it’s time for some spring cleaning. But why stop with sprucing up your living space? This year, consider extending the “spring cleaning” concept to your financial environment, ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I heard the Minnesota State Patrol is carrying around some stuff to help people that might have an issue with opioid abuse. Can you talk more about that? Thanks for all you do! Answer: A Minnesota state trooper’s job is surprisingly varied. Sure, you’d expect them to patrol the ...

Let’s talk!

What do you like to talk about? Of course, the answer to that question is as numerous as the number of people to whom you ask the question. Maybe you like to talk about the weather (we Minnesotans like that topic), the sports scene (Go Twins!), fishing (it’ll happen one of these days), ...

Make-over cauliflower cheese soup

On a recent Friday night trip to the grocery store, the snowy-white heads of cauliflower caught my eye in the produce aisle. They looked very fresh without a blemish on them, the price was right and so into my cart it went. On the commute home, my mind was on that fresh cauliflower and what my ...

April blizzards

“It’s getting better!” I chirp to my wife, “I can almost see the east fence!” Said fence is normally a one-minute stroll from our door. I don’t like to complain, but I want my money back. A few months ago I put in an order for some balmy springtime weather. Yet here we are at ...

Medicare parts A and B

District manager Understanding Medicare isn’t as difficult as you might think. It’s a benefit most working Americans can count on. Here are some facts you might not know about the program. Can I still get Medicare at 65? Yes, you’re still eligible for Medicare starting at 65, no ...

On being patient

I’ve never been a slow guy. Slow on the uptake maybe, but never one to just sit around and wait for things to come, or fish to bite, or birds to appear. I’ve been a walker, talker, doer type with more natural (and thanks to coffee, unnatural) energy than I can manage on some days. While ...

Last call for the winter dogs

The constellations Canis Major and Canis Minor are Orion the Hunter’s faithful companions in our Marshall starry skies. Orion is one of the best known and most recognized characters in the night sky. He’s certainly the king of the cold winter heavens, surrounded by a gang of bright stars ...

Nashville, barbershop style

Last Saturday, Ross’ barbershop chorus had its spring concerts. The following day, we were hit with a snowstorm. And more snow (like a foot-and-a-half) is forecast for this weekend. It seems like this winter (or a new term I’ve seen “sprinter”) will never end. I’ve seen quite a few ...

On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Lyon County Reporter ...