Local Columns

Ask a Trooper

Question: Are orange signs supposed to be advisory or warning signs? Can you get a ticket for going the speed of the white sign when there is also some orange signs posted? I’ve seen some construction zones with white and orange signs posted 55 mph and then some orange signs with 35 mph speed ...

Lessons to be learned while teaching

Almost 60 years ago this week during my first year of teaching, I stayed after school was dismissed and got out the colored chalk for use on the blackboards on the side of my science classroom. With a dark bronze color I drew a candlestick holder about six inches high even with a finger loop ...

Recipe from the ‘Old Country’

For all the years that I have been writing this column, the one that I write just before the Christmas holiday is my favorite one to do. Many families have a lot of traditions that accompany the holidays and food seems to be an integral part of these traditions. I know that our holiday meals ...

Yes, this wine’s for you

I was never so happy to see the end of a trip. We had been visiting family in New York City and the weather gods were frowning upon us. Our return flight was grounded in Chicago and our connecting flight to Sioux Falls was canceled. Along with literally hundreds of other stranded travelers, ...

Adventures in homebrewing

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy,” Benjamin Franklin is reported to have said, adding, “Now hold my brewski while I fly my kite into this thunderstorm!” Whether or not Ben actually uttered those words, their sentiment rings true: we Americans truly enjoy our ...

Scent matters

My buddy and I purchased pups from the same litter of labs at mid-summer. Through stories exchanged over the phone and text message, the two brothers are well on their way to becoming good field dogs, putting up the roosters and hens available in our respective areas during this challenging ...

How an army can save your Christmas spirit

Christmas 2017 never had a chance. Sex scandals. Mass shootings. North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and his nuclear arsenal. Political turmoil. And shoot, there is barely even any snow. It’s like the Grinch and The Scrooge teamed up to design the worst possible scenarios to squash ...

New city admin willing to listen

I first met the city of Marshall’s new administrator after a Republican candidates for governor forum held at Southwest Minnesota State University on Monday, Nov. 27. It was after the forum and I recognized Sharon Hanson from the photo the Independent ran with the story of her accepting the ...

Take in a celestial shower this week without mosquitoes

This week you can catch one of the best meteor showers of the year over Marshall. It’s the annual Geminid meteor shower, and if the clouds stay away it should be a good one this year because the moon will be mostly out of the sky. Meteor showers occur when the Earth runs into a debris ...

On the Porch

The following excerpt is from a letter by World War I veteran and one time editor of the Marshall Messenger, Wilbur Peterson, to his mother and grandparents. Peterson was born in Marshall in 1898 and died in Nevada in 1988. Peterson published his stories and letters from his service in the Army ...

Full pink moon a-rising

Ross had a little time in between helping out at “The Nutcracker” performances last Saturday, so we took advantage of the unusually warm weather and headed out to Camden State Park. I was only wearing a hoodie and briefly contemplated bringing my winter coat. I mean, it is December. But I ...

Books and Beyond

Would you like a weekly “open-house” at a friend’s place, say on Wednesday evenings? I would. In the early 1840s if I were in Boston, I could go to 13 West Street where the Peabodys lived and have just that experience. The three Peabody sisters there are Elizabeth, Mary and Sophia. ...

Required withdrawals from retirement plans: What should you know?

You may spend decades contributing to your IRA and 401(k). But, eventually, you’ll need to use this money. Before that day arrives, you’ll want to be familiar with the rules governing withdrawals —and you’ll want to know just how much you should take out. To begin with, withdrawals ...

Christmas for George

Whenever Christmas comes, I think of George Pander. George was a Norwegian bachelor farmer who lived in our neighborhood. He was a semi-hermit who had a knack for everything mechanical, especially cars. His farmstead and his grove was a warren of wrecked and derelict automobiles that were in ...

Sinking energy stocks pull S&P 500 to fourth straight loss

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks took another small step backward on Wednesday after a plunge in the price of oil dragged down shares of energy producers. The losses overshadowed gains for technology companies and other areas of the market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dipped by a ...

Crack into happiness and health for the holidays with pistachios

The holiday season is upon us! Spending time with family and friends probably puts a big smile on your face, and what better snack to have around than the “happy nut.” In China, pistachios are known as the “happy nut” because of their resemblance to a smiley face. What makes pistachios ...

This wine’s for you, too

The day started quietly but soon developed into chaos. You know how it goes. Your day is planned — everything is in its place and perfectly scheduled. Then the sun comes up and it seems like everyone you know needs something like right now. Naturally our immediate response is...sure ...

It’s fly time

While many eyes turn to the ice this time of year, the onset of winter also brings new fly anglers into the fold. Maybe a fly rod is a holiday gift to oneself, or perhaps a thoughtful relative wrapped it up in order to expand their favorite sportsman’s outdoor options. No matter how a person ...

The first day in the demolition of Rome

Rome wasn’t built in a day; and it certainly wasn’t torn down in one either. Friday won’t be remembered as THE day. In fact, in the annals of history, it may be forgotten entirely. But if, and that’s a big if, the Donald Trump presidency ends one day prematurely, Friday will be ...

Christmas Past

Most everyone is in the midst of the Christmas rush — buy those gifts – send out those Christmas cards — bake those cookies — decorate that tree. And, if there is any time or energy left, try to think about the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas was celebrated quite differently ...