Local Columns

A new routine

Fall is a busy time. Even more so if you’re a hunter ready to hit the field after several months off, or an angler looking to squeeze in a few last trips on the water before the season’s chill locks things away until next spring. On top of that, there is a return to school, Friday night ...

Thoughts regarding education: Everyone is a teacher

We may be somewhat surprised, but in many aspects this week marks the end of the summer and a return to the ordinary aspects of our daily lives. Local and regional school boards may have directed new changes the school calendar this year, but all of us have routines in life and these next few ...

The celestial hunter bags his bear

It’s an epic that begins in March and culminates in October. Bootes the hunting farmer chases Ursa Major the Big Bear across the northern Marshall sky. Both constellations are in the low northern and western portions of the early evening sky and they’re easy to see although some imagination ...

Books and Beyond

A few weeks ago I decided to read through more of the 1980s Audubon magazines I put in my tote bag one day from the magazine exchange rack in the Friends Book Store at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Little did I know the interesting pathway I would be following. I started with the March ...

‘Planet of the Apes’ one step closer to reality

David Slater was a freelance photographer just trying to make a buck. It was 2011, and Slater traveled to Indonesia on assignment. He took hundreds and thousands of photos when he decided to try something different: he’d have his subjects take their own photos instead. So he taught ...

Movillas a distinct memory for ’72 SMSU alumnus Dybsetter

It’s a memory Dave Dybsetter will never forget. “We were living in the Movillas,” he said. “They sprang up in the fall of 1969, and yes, they were as crazy as they say. That year, they drew the draft numbers (for the Vietnam War). The whole place was quiet that night. Everyone was ...

Fort Ridgely State Park

It had been a few years since we’ve been to Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax. And in keeping up with exploring parks on Labor Day, we headed in that direction. It started out as a sunny day and not too warm. Once we reached the parking lot and doused ourselves with bug spray, we were ...

On the Porch

The mid-1970s brought about several changes to Marshall Municipal Utilities, according to the MMU website. On Nov. 9, 1976, the utilities commission signed a contract to purchase power from Heartland Consumers Power District (HCPD) to meet its growing need for electricity. The year 1976 also ...

What to note for home insurance reviews

The next time you need to renew your insurance policies, consider taking these steps to help you get the most out of them: Meet with your agent. Your insurance needs change over time. Conducting a home insurance review with your agent at least once each year can help you determine if your ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Is it legal to wear earplugs or headphones driving a vehicle in Minnesota? Does the decibel rating matter?  Answer: State statue says that no person, while operating a motor vehicle, shall wear headphones or earphones that are used in both ears simultaneously for purposes of ...

Squashing myths about carbs

Fall is just around the corner, and with the chilly season comes the opportunity for consuming delicious in-season produce. Great options that are plentiful during fall include spaghetti, acorn and butternut squash as well root vegetables, such as turnips and beets. Some fall produce items are ...

Changing

They are a part of life we plow through with anticipation or perhaps with a bit of hesitancy and at times, we probably even dread those bits of time. They are the times of change. Those moments, days, weeks, months and years when the things we have known are changing and we head into the ...

Remembering Gus

One summer evening some years back, the phone rang and an unfamiliar voice asked for me. I informed the caller that I was the guy in question. The man on the other end of the line introduced himself as Clair “Gus” Gustafson. Even though I generally don’t talk to strangers, Gus and I ...

How to help habitat now

Numbers are down across the board for pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge in the upper Midwest. In states like North Dakota and Montana, it was the persistent drought this summer which hurt hatching chicks straight out of the egg. In Minnesota, a rainy spring in the state’s ...

Shoot high for celestial treasures

This week in Starwatch I want to go sky high to dig for some of the great visual treasures waiting for your eyes. And now that it gets darker a lot sooner in the evening it’s easier to get out there and stargaze before the sandman starts working on your eyelids. You can spend a lot more time ...

Is there a right time to take Social Security?

Social Security benefits are a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans. Yet, deciding when to start collecting benefits can be a puzzle, and the solution is different for everyone. You can claim Social Security as early as age 62, or delay it until your 70th birthday. The longer you ...

When in Ghent, toss that Rolle Bolle

I placed the small black wheel in my hand and started to lunge forward with my left leg to let it go. But Rick Mischke stopped me and gave me some friendly advice. “Place three fingers underneath,” he said. He reminded me that the surface of the wheel sloped to one side. My left leg ...

At the Minnesota State Fair

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record this year, nearly 2 million people. That included 171,299 on the last day of the 12-day run, Labor Day. There were also more than 35,000 entries in the ag and creative competitions. So Ross and I headed ...

On the Porch

The photograph featured this week, which is in the museum’s collection, shows a train wreck that occurred in June of 1907. The train wreck was on the Great Northern Railroad near Lynd. The following account is from the June 10, 1907, edition of the Marshall News-Messenger. “The Sioux ...

13 ways to protect your home when you travel

You’ve packed up your suitcase and booked your itinerary, but before you board the plane, take the time to protect your home while you’re on vacation. July and August are popular vacation months, and not surprisingly, they’re also the months when home burglaries peak. To fully enjoy ...