Local Columns

Letters from the prairie

Part I After the Civil War, and with the enactment of the Homestead Act of 1872, and the close of the Sioux Uprising of 1862, settlers looked to the prairie of southwest Minnesota as a golden opportunity for settlement where they could till the rich soil and raise crops. The trip was made in a ...

How the work rules work for you

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or ...

Bears flying high, oh my!

Outside of the moon the easiest thing to find in the night sky, even in brightly lit urban areas, has to be the seven bright stars of the Big Dipper. As soon as it’s dark enough after sunset, look high in the northwestern sky for the Big Dipper hanging by its handle. Many people think of ...

Getting older

Last Saturday I turned 46. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I’m already in my, well, later 40s. It seems like last year when I had graduated high school and was heading up to UMD to attend college. I can still picture some of the clothes I wore in high school, how it was a big deal ...

Father’s Day — Lessons about money can be priceless gifts to children

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you’re a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children — such as some valuable financial lessons. These lessons can include the following: ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: If I rent a properly licensed and lighted tow dolly from a rental company, can I tow a non-running vehicle that is not licensed (no current plates) and not insured? Do I need tail lights in addition to the dolly lights? Answer: A tow dolly is used to tow a vehicle behind a ...

June is Dairy Month

June Dairy Month is an annual celebration that began in 1937 and serves as a time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. First created as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer months, June Dairy Month’s rich history ...

I have a secret

Let me share a secret with you. There’s no such thing as the lazy, hazy days of summer! Yes, they can be lazy and hazy but most are, in the words of the good old song, lazy, hazy and crazy — with the emphasis on crazy. Most of us would agree that we long anticipate the days of summer, ...

The hammock

Spring is the time of year when the world rouses from its long winter slumber and renews itself. The birds are nesting, schoolchildren are looking forward to long, lazy summer afternoons and farmers lose themselves in the urgent business of tilling and planting. Spring is also the season ...

A clear line

The water was clear. Sure, it was finally spring and the ice came off the lake late this year, and like any stretch after that momentous occasion, the water was always crystal clear. Ripping a few flies through the shallows on the even of opener to see how my handiwork looked after a season ...

Keep your address up to date

District manager Keeping your address up to date with a my Social Security account helps us mail your important documents to the correct place. If you receive benefits, you can use my Social Security to update your address. If you’ve moved recently, updating your information sooner rather ...

Letters reveal life of Marshall pioneer

Part II That fall of 1871 the Carpenters’ situation became life-threatening. Mary was resigned to their lot in life when she wrote, “I try to trust in God’s promises, but we can’t expect him to work miracles nowadays. Nevertheless, all that is expected of us is to do the best we can, ...

The heavenly locks

As our old Earth orbits the sun we’re treated to nearly 70 constellations as the nighttime side of Earth faces different directions of space through the course of the year. Some constellations are bigger and brighter than others and get most of the attention, but don’t ignore the smaller ...

Politics and vegetables: two choices, two philosophies

I don’t like turnips. In fact, I loathe turnips. They are the devil’s vegetable and I don’t care how you cook them, they taste like what I would imagine something resembling a sneaker. But here’s something that might blow your mind: Just because I don’t like turnips, doesn’t ...

One last rodeo in Russell

Mike Sanderson's rodeo career in roping was short-lived. “I did some roping with my uncle,” he told me last Saturday night during the last Stampede Rodeo in Russell. “I did it for two or three years, then I had a bout with cancer. I couldn’t rope anymore. I enjoyed it, but I was never ...

Classics and Camden

I almost missed taking photos of the Shades of the Past cruise this past Friday evening as I got caught up in finishing up page 2A. Fortunately, I had looked out the windows of the Independent and saw a classic car drive down Main Street. I also heard the rumble of other vehicles heading down ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: My son has a truck that he wants to jack up and make look cool......what are the rules for tire size, pipe noise, etc.....  I want to know what’s legal before he spends money on this stuff and then gets tickets!  Answer: Making modifications to a passenger vehicle/pickup truck ...

Social Security supports people battling cancer

District manager In 2018, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. On June 3, we observed National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States. In support of this day, Social Security ...

Men’s Health Month

During the month of June, we not only celebrate Father’s Day but Men’s Health Month as well. Men’s Health Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness for men’s health with a focus on prevention. We all know exercise, a good diet, hydration, and getting plenty of sleep are key ...

A trip

This country of ours never ceases to amaze me. Like many of you, I’ve traveled around this country of ours and have seen a wide variety of landscapes, water vistas and seascapes — the absolute beauty of this part of the continent is breathtaking and needs to be honored and ...