Local Columns

Hey governor, it was nice seeing you

At first, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton went on one knee in front of a group of second graders inside a Park Side Elementary classroom Thursday afternoon. He was admiring all of the drawings the children created for him. But seconds later, the 71 year old was sitting on the floor with the youths ...

SMAC Artist Retreat

From time to time I like to be artistic, or at least attempt to be artistic. Such was the case at the annual Southwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Artist Retreat last weekend at Danebod in Tyler. The Artist Retreat is a two-day event, Friday and Saturday. Attendees have the option to go ...

On the Porch

Formally established in 1954 (records go back as early as 1934), the Lyon County Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares stories of Lyon County’s past through meaningful exhibits and education at the Lyon County Museum in Marshall. LCHS is a nonprofit, member supported ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Would law enforcement give me a citation if I have a prescription, from my eye doctor, saying that I get migraine headaches from intense lighting and my truck windows can be tinted to 20 percent on driver and passenger windows, for no more than two years? Answer: Drivers must be in ...

Kansas still rocks

The crowd gathering in the auditorium contained more gray heads than an AARP convention. Some of the ladies in attendance wore retro-looking tie-dyed T-shirts. “Bunch of old hippies!” I thought to myself. My wife and I had gone to the venue to enjoy the lyrical offerings of a musical ...

Say Happy Mother’s Day with a healthier breakfast

In honor of Women’s Health Month, learn to shop for breakfast items that will make Mom proud. When shopping for breakfast items — pancake mix, frozen waffles, granola — not all products are created equal. If you or your family are trying to eat a little better, here’s a few things to ...

Coffee cups and beer?

When was the last time you entered a brewery’s tap room and saw a wall covered with hanging coffee cups? Coffee cups! In a beer hall? Hmmm, there’s a story there. I’d heard about a Montevideo-based brewery called “Talking Waters” and the name interested me. Did the brewers taste ...

Cornered

“If the trout have been stocked, it’ll be fast and furious,” I explained to my buddy Adam, “if they’re not in the lake yet, the bites will be fewer, but the fish will all be big,” I concluded on our sort of all-or-nothing venture to a prairie impoundment known for its handful of big ...

Homesteading on the great plains

Part II Most of the first dwellings were built of sod because of the lack of trees. The only trees that grew in this area were along the riverbanks and the lake shores. There is a fine example of a log cabin at the Lyon County Museum, which was built in 1872 by Peter Flume,who constructed it ...

Sharing Security with Mom on Mother’s Day

District manager Spring is upon us, and it marks two very popular annual events: Mother’s Day and the release of Social Security’s baby name list! There’s no better time to share some security with the people you love. While spending time with your mom on Sunday, May 13, you can ...

The lion of spring is still hanging in there

Most of the 66 or so of the constellations we see around the Marshall night sky require you to suspend any sense of reality and turn on the imagination big time. I always tell folks that constellations are like little kids dot-to-dot puzzles, but a lot more challenging. Not only do you have to ...

Trying to win a rigged game

For one day this last week, newspapers throughout Minnesota perfectly mimicked each other with a variation of the exact same headline: “MnDOT ignores Highway (fill in the blank) corridor.” Here in Marshall, the blank read 23 in relation to several funding requests for projects along the ...

The value of working an extra year or two before retirement

To retire or not retire — that is the question many baby boomers are pondering as they approach the traditional age of retirement. On one hand, they want to enjoy the retirement they worked so hard for, yet on the other, they may not be ready to leave the workforce and live off their savings. ...

Books and Beyond

Where to start, as I tell you about my recent reading of “Shoeless Joe,” by W. P. Kinsella, c 1982. It might help if I share the book’s epigraph with you first: “Some men see things as they are, and say why, I dream of things that never were, and say why not.” — Bobby ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can you talk about motorcycle safety? Answer: With spring upon us and motorcycles once again sharing the highways, this is a great time to provide motorcycle crash facts and safety tips. We currently have had two fatal motorcycle crashes this year. In Minnesota, over half of ...

Parks, rocks and song

It was yet another beautiful couple of days this past weekend, so Ross and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and hit a couple of the local parks. We headed to Independence Park Saturday afternoon after lunch. Quite a few people had the same idea — the playground equipment was ...

Waiting in the waiting room

We have lately been spending some time in waiting rooms waiting for my wife’s medical appointments. My wife has innumerable fans (probably more than me), so please rest assured that we’re just dealing with some ordinary arthritis. For the most part, her docs are doing the types of things ...

Nutrition, cancer and a snowstorm

What do nutrition, cancer and a snowstorm have in common? At first glance you would think not much, and until recently I did not find them related either. The weekend of April 13-15 brought those three topics together in an unusual way. I had the opportunity to attend a symposium on April ...

Flexibility

There are moments in life when we must face a challenge to our “normal” and be flexible. Of course, we all know facing that challenge can be a bit scary and it can even take us to the dark side of our emotions. For example... Along with a yoga pro colleague, I was invited to ...

See what’s hatching

As an angler that enjoys a variety of styles of angling for a number of species, I’ve often talked about “matching the hatch” in order to find success, no matter how or where I’m presenting a bait, lure or fly. Truly originating in the world of fly fishing, the term has come to mean ...