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Getting closer

The darkening grayness of the overcast sunset hour crept down from the buttes along the small valley formed by the feeder creek and river where my bow stand rests, near their junction. The rising north winds carried flurries into my eyes, which I blinked away. I looked down at the frosted the ...

It’s an early show this week

In last week’s Starwatch I urged you to get out in the evening and watch the great winter constellations like Orion the Hunter and his gang of bright shiners on the rise in the Marshall eastern sky. This week I urge to get out in the early morning sky, even as early as one in the morning or ...

Hiking in Minnesota

2017 has flown past me, much to my dismay. It seems like I was just buying presents for Christmas last year, marveling in the signs of spring, splashing around in the swimming pond in Camden State Park and looking for fall colors in Minneopa State Park. Time marches on. If we could only stop ...

Ask a Trooper

The Spanish-American War in 1898 was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the Western Pacific and Latin America. The war originated in the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, ...

When Godless heathens take a stand

"Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.” – Author Danielle Page. It all started with Harvey Weinstein. It’s been about a month since the accusations surfaced surrounding the famed Hollywood producer/director. ...

Consider multiple factors when creating retirement plans

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement? Consider the following: Age at ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I noticed several freshly killed deer on the side of the highway yesterday. What are the traffic related requirements when someone collides with a deer, and what are the game related requirements with killing a deer? Is it legal to take the deer home? Answer: If you are involved in ...

To each their own

Meditation isn’t new to me. Over the years, I’ve had quite a number of experiences with various models of meditation and I’ve discovered the activity can be very calming. When events around me get a bit frenetic, I have a meditation practice that helps me relax. It involves taking a ...

The truth about cranberries

With a multitude of health benefits, not only are cranberries a tasty addition at upcoming holiday meals, but a healthy one too! Here’s a breakdown of the latest findings on cranberries, along with tips for including more cranberries in your diet. Cancer prevention. Cranberries have been ...

Ocular agony

I was only 9 years old when I received my life sentence. Third grade had started out so promising. My teacher, Mrs. Mortimer, was a kindly, aunt-like lady who largely left me to my own devices in the feral realms at the back of the classroom. My academic goal was to never be called upon in ...

United in orange

Blaze orange is the color that binds us as hunters at this time of year. While we all may don the most visible shade known to man to let members of our hunting parties, or those in others know of our presence, the color serves as a common bond. It is a burning flag in the field that signals to ...

Catherine Jones Thomas

Part I According to A.P. Rose in his book “Lyon County, MN, 1884-1912,” “Benjamin B. and Catherine (Jones) Thomas, were two of the best-known residents of southern Lyon county. They were natives of Wales, who came to America at the ages of nineteen and twelve years, respectively. They ...

Social Security supports veterans

District manager Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. Our disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively honors the brave people who risk their ...

Taking on a slap shot for indoor hockey

With a Zach Parise-type move, Darin Rahm swiftly pulled a wooden hockey stick out of the corner in his Marshall Chamber of Commerce office. He held it like he was eyeing up a puck. “It’s just a wooden stick. It doesn’t look too special,” I said, as I sat in the opposite corner of ...

The bright winter shiners are on the rise

Most people love daylight saving time, but deep down most amateur astronomers and stargazers can live without it. Daylight saving time is tough on stargazers, especially folks who have to wake up at 3:30 a.m. for their job, like me for instance! As of this Sunday we’re back on standard time, ...

Books and Beyond

I saw picture book titles recently in New at the Library that interested me. From the titles, I assumed they were all about sleep. One of them I put on hold because it had already been checked out: “Go Sleep in Your Own Bed,” by Candace Fleming and Lori Nichols, c 2017. The children’s ...

A weekend of barbershop

It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Land O’ Lakes District Fall Convention quartet and chorus competition, so it was really looking forward to a weekend chock-full of barbershop music. The event was in Rochester and featured 24 quartets and 18 choruses from around the region ...

On the Porch

The following is an excerpt from Early Life in Lynd, Minnesota. The story is from hand-written text on a speech which Bessie Pierce Olin Roloff gave to Lynd school children in about 1955. The Early Life in Lynd, Minnesota story is included in a booklet titled, “Legendary Lynd: A Pioneer ...

Taking on a slap shot for indoor hockey

With a Zach Parise-type move, Darin Rahm swiftly pulled a wooden hockey stick out of the corner in his Marshall Chamber of Commerce office. He held it like he was eyeing up a puck. “It’s just a wooden stick. It doesn’t look too special,” I said, as I sat in the opposite corner of his ...

Is being mean an impeachable offense?

He was duly elected from a sea of candidates in November, but the honeymoon didn’t last long. He was criticized for being crude, even vulgar at times. He’s been called a bully, and accused of abusing the power of his office while also overstepping its authority. And now, less than a ...