Local Columns

The ultimate ‘foodie’ experience

Last weekend found me making the trek out to the Pacific Northwest to visit my son in Seattle. He knows that one of my favorite spots in that city is Pike’s Market, so that was our first stop as we made our way from the airport to his apartment. Pike’s Market is the ultimate farmers market ...

Teamwork

It started with a rosé and ended with a chianti, but in between, there was a whole lot of teamwork. I’m sure the word, teamwork, has gone through our ears and across our lips many times and all of us know the importance of it. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, teamwork is critical ...

Back to school

While strolling the aisles of the nearby megamart it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a pile of spiral-bound notebooks, as it were. The creeping metal twist through covers of blue and yellow binding college-ruled papers brought a slight feeling of melancholy. It was as if I had been transported ...

Julia J. Johnson shares the pioneer days of her parents

Part I Sometimes people sit down and write stories about their lives. Most of the time it is done because family members encourage them to do so; sometimes it is done because a person likes to keep a diary. Whatever the reason for doing so, we are fortunate when this does happen because it ...

Working while disabled — Social Security can help

District manager While it may be best known for retirement, Social Security is also here to help you get back to work if you are disabled. For millions of people, work isn’t just a source of income, it’s a vital part of who they are — it gives them purpose and pride — it’s a ...

A great summer shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a late summer stargazing classic in our Marshall skies. The Perseids this week, and the Geminids in December, are the two best annual meteor showers that we have. There are many other moderate to minor meteor showers that I believe get a little too hyped up ...

The debt that’s killing America

What if I told you there was an aspect of society that’s largely embraced, while at the same time, wreaking havoc and chaos. This recent societal development has put a stranglehold on our economy while at the same time, threatening our very basic family institutions including marriage and ...

What does it mean to be conservative?

I am in Austin, Texas, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the “Resurgent Gathering” as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st ...

Roll out the meatballs and do some good

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck once said, “Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it’s not fancy.” And when it comes to Italian food ingredients, you might want to get some input from employees at US Bank in Marshall. As it turns out, they deal in a little bit more ...

A return to King’s novels

It had been several years since I’ve picked up a Stephen King novel. I started reading them in high school, along with a few Danielle Steel books. I remember reading “It,” you know, the one with the scary clown, when I was a freshman. It was a big reading challenge for me since the book ...

What should you do with an inherited IRA?

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if you ...

Looking for those called up in Old Man’s Draft

During World War II in 1942, there was a call to serve from the Selective Service Act. While the Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft, the fourth wave of the draft, held on April 27, 1942, was called The Old Man’s Draft. “The purpose of this ...

National Exercise with Your Kids Week

Get moving and eat smart with the help of these simple and easy-to-follow programs. National Exercise with Your Kids Week is happening Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 in an effort to get families up and moving more — and just in time for a new school year. Having a routine that incorporates fitness and ...

Forecast

We live in a world full of forecasts. Boy! Do we live in a world full of forecasts. For many of us, the day begins with us wondering about the weather forecast. We do so because weather has such a great impact on our lives and it almost dictates what we can and cannot do that day. If ...

Germ theory

There has been much talk lately about the germ theory of raising children. Kids and cooties, it seems, are actually meant for each other. It’s speculated that many modern children have been raised in such sterile environments that their immune systems don’t know what to do when presented ...

Down in flames

“When we get one on, it’s a Chinese fire drill,” my buddy John explained with a laugh as we motored out along Garrison Dam on the south end of Lake Sakakawea in search of the chinook salmon which are stocked annually in the reservoir and provide a unique, cold-water fishery that fires up ...

Monitoring your earnings record can really pay off

You work hard for your money. You’re saving and planning for a secure retirement. Now you need to make sure you’re going to get all the money you deserve. Regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record can really pay off, especially when every dollar counts in retirement. If an ...

Homesteading

I recently came across an article in the Agweek newspaper about Dakota’s homesteaders and sodbusters written by Dr. Jerome Tweton, history professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. His research took him to 5,000 homesteader surveys conducted in the 1930s when the ...

Primetime planet and stargazing

I love this time of the year because we still have plenty of summer left and the nights are getting a little longer. There is almost another full hour of nighttime and the sky is dark enough for star hunting by 10 p.m. The late summer skies are filled with celestial gems and this August also ...

Putting the spotlight on the sheriff’s election

I was approaching the Post Office in Marshall a couple weeks ago when current Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather was scampering down the steps toward his vehicle. I waved to him and he quickly turned around. “Are you going to do anything with the sheriff’s race. People need to know who these ...