Local Columns

Every day is Internet Security Day

District manager Being safe online is important every day. There may be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get information, shop, socialize, or work. ...

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’

Most of us probably remember this phrase from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” from our high school English literature classes in which Mark Antony’s funeral oration about Caesar teaches us about the skills of oral presentation. However, these words can also introduce medical conditions ...

The case of the wandering stars

Last month in Starwatch I told you about the zodiac band that runs through the night sky. Because the Earth and the planets all orbit the sun in nearly the same plane, all of our fellow planets are located within it. Back in the day, folks didn’t know about any of this and saw the planets ...

Books and Beyond

A few months ago, Ted Kooser (poet laureate of the United States 2004-2006) chose a poem by Tim Nolan to print for Poetry Corner in The Independent. I cut this poem from the paper, saved it, and then checked out his collection “And Then,” c 2012, and bought “The Field,” c 2016. Both ...

Oakwood Lakes State Park

Saturday brought us across the border to South Dakota as Ross wanted to look at a car he found online at a dealership in Huron. We decided to go through Brookings and stopped at a car lot where he did a quick test-drive. I went along for the day as we were hopefully going to a state park; I ...

On the Porch

The Marshall Community Services’ summer Talents Academy focuses on creative and educational classes for kids in eighth grade and younger. This year marks the 19th year for the summer program. Last year, the MCS summer Talents Academy had almost 400 kids take part. The Lyon County Museum is ...

Monitor your credit report without leaving your couch

Have you ever wondered what information is on your credit report? You should. Your credit report defines your entire reported credit history and is a major determining factor in your future credit worthiness. You may want to consider monitoring your credit report at least once a year, if not ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: What are the requirements for RV triple towing in Minnesota? Answer: A recreational vehicle combination may be operated without an over-length type permit if: (1) the combination does not consist of more than three vehicles, and the towing rating of the full-size pickup truck or ...

National Homeownership Month

June is designated as National Homeownership Month. A time to raise awareness about homeownership and to celebrate families, communities and the economic prosperity homeownership often brings. It’s designated to acknowledge those who have “dared to own the dream,” and encourages potential ...

Do good for your gut with probiotics

One of the more recent health crazes is adding more probiotic-rich foods into our diet — and for good reason. Probiotics help increase the amount of good bacteria in our gut flora, the space where millions of both good and bad bacteria live in our gut. Recent research is showing how the ...

There’s always a reason to celebrate

One of the magazines to which I subscribe is Wine Enthusiast and for me, it’s a good read. It has good commentary about the past, present and future of the world’s wine industry, and I enjoy the personal stories of the various vintners. Along with its emphasis on wine, it includes sections ...

Being on public TV

Big Bird has been a member of our household ever since I can remember. He doesn’t actually live with us, obviously; if he did, we would have gone broke from buying all the newspapers needed to line the bottom of his cage. What I mean is that Public Broadcasting has long been integral to ...

Go fishing

It’s fitting that this week is “National Fishing and Boating Week” because we need it now more than ever. I don’t know what last week’s title was, but it was awful. With the world still reeling from a bombing of a concert for tweens and teens across the pond that left 22 dead and ...

Financial gifts — and tips — for new graduates

It’s graduation season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set ...

Bridal hope chests

The month of June used to be the most popular time for weddings and bridal showers. These events were held in June probably because the bride could be pretty certain that there would not be snow falling on her special day – especially on the prairie of southwest Minnesota. Also, the lilacs ...

Social Security supports Cancer Survivors Day

District manager In 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. On June 4, we observe National Cancer ...

Constant Capella

Four out of the five brightest stars currently seen from Marshall are readily visible in the celestial dome. Of course the sun is our brightest and closest star. Once the sun has finally set these early June evenings, the next brightest “star” to pop out is Jupiter in the south-southwest ...

Discovering happiness inside Larry Olsen’s barn

If you are searching for happiness in life, I recommend you walk into Larry Olsen’s Lake Benton barn during a Memorial Day weekend. And don’t worry, you won’t be trespassing. He will be expecting you. “I open the door up and trust everybody,” Olsen said. He had just led his Larry ...

Navigating your first year in retirement

Like most Americans, you’ve probably spent years working to achieve the retirement of your dreams. Then there comes a point when this career milestone changes from a distant goal to an imminent reality. You can make your first year away from work more rewarding and less stressful when you ...

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

The last time I was at the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum near Granite Falls was at the grand opening in September 2012. Boy does time fly. It seems like last year. I was covering the event for the Independent. One of the guest speakers was the co-pilot of “Miracle on the Hudson,” ...