Local Columns

What can and cannot be recycled

I want to commend all of you who are out there working to get your recycling out to the curb or out to the recycling rolloffs. Thank you to all of those who are out there clearing snow away and those who are out there picking up our recycling and trash too. This winter sure has put many of us ...

Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

With the month of February wrapping up and March just around the corner, let’s take a look at the first food holiday we can celebrate in March. March 1, 2019 is Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, and while we may not all be peanut butter lovers, many of us do eat peanut butter from time-to-time. ...

Roots

I believe our roots make us who we are. The roots I’m referring to are those sources of energy (known as our ancestors) who either remotely or intimately created us. These roots planted within each of us our personalities and our physical traits — traits such as our smiles, our ...

Waterbed woes

Whenever I see a New Year’s Mega Mattress Markdown or an Independence Day Bargain Bed Blowout or a Year-End Please, Please Buy Our Beds We’re Really Desperate Sale, I feel a twinge of chagrin. This is because I have fallen prey to such an advertisement. Not just any ad, though; I went for ...

Custer — Terry — Kent — Garvin

Part III Before the village of Garvin was founded on Dec. 3, 1879, District No. 47 was organized. The first teacher of the school was Annie G. Shand who also owned one of the first businesses on the site. One of the early businesses of Garvin was the creamery, which was built by the farmers ...

Projections

At this point in the season, it’s almost pointless to check the long-range forecast. It’s been the same thing on repeat for the past month: cold, wind and a shot of snow, followed by bone-chilling cold. While the pattern may be disheartening and — don’t look now — continuing over ...

How to protect your home while south for winter vacation

If your family heads south for the winter in pursuit of sunnier skies, similar to protecting your home while you’re vacationing, (https://www.statefarm.com/simpleinsights/residence/13-ways-to-protect-your-home-when-you-travel) take measures to protect your home so you can enjoy the season ...

Social Security and America Saves week

Planning and saving are core elements to a successful retirement. For over 80 years, Social Security has helped Americans achieve that goal. And each year, the American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate America Saves Week. The week is an opportunity for organizations to ...

Mid-century modern takes on historic dimensions

Last week I enjoyed hearing an overview of all that goes into decisions for whether or not a property gets listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Denis Gardner of the Minnesota Historical Society provided information to an audience at the Adult Community Center in Marshall. I was ...

The early morning parade accompanied the moon

Currently we have two planets visible in the early evening sky and three planets in the early morning sky. In the very early Marshall evening sky you can spot both Mars and Mercury. The reason I say early is that Mercury never gets all that far away from the sun in the sky because it has such ...

Decades from retirement? How to handle market moves

After one of the longest bull markets in history, stocks experienced some major ups and downs toward the end of 2018. This increased market volatility grabbed headlines and caused some investors to feel anxious about potential losses to their portfolios. While it’s a natural reaction for ...

Agriculture important to Lincoln County

I asked Tim Jerzak a simple question. He had a big answer. “What is the history of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association?” I asked. “This Association has been around way before I got involved,” he said, speaking as the chairman of the board. “I want to say 1990 ...

A southerner learning to use a northern rake

A few weeks ago marked the three-year anniversary of me coming to Minnesota. I remember early on in that first year, I went to the local grocery store and was talking to the butcher when he cocked his head to the side and asked me quizzically “are you from … The South?” Now, I ...

Ready for winter to leave

I’m sitting here in front of a blank document trying to figure out what to write about for this week’s column. It’s been difficult to summon up a topic when I haven’t really been anywhere in the last month-and-a-half except for maybe work, church, the Y and a couple of stores. The ...

On the Porch

John Thomas “Jack” and Genevieve O’Brien moved to Tracy in the 1920s. They leased the Colonial Theatre, and opened with the motion picture “Sally” on June 1, 1925. In the early days many stock companies and stage shows were presented. The silent movies were replaced by “talkies” ...

Cacao Nibs — what are they?

As one holiday that features chocolate hearts ends and is replaced by one that includes chocolate eggs, we find a LOT of chocolate on the store shelves this time of the year. On my last trip to the grocery store, I noticed that there was actually chocolate Easter candy filling in the spots ...

Robin Redbreast

Do you remember the old poem “Robin Redbreast”? One of the versions (there are many versions with some being, well, less acceptable...) goes like this: “Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a rail; niddle noble went his head, widdle waggle went his tail.” The poem has been around since ...

Hope on a hook shank

The practice of tying my own flies began almost as soon as I was introduced to the sport of fly fishing. Though even the first woolly buggers and simple nymphs were a bit rough looking, they caught fish the following season and that was enough to hook me on the process. Since then, each ...

Winter driving expectations

Blowing snow boiled across the road, creating the illusion that the highway was a cascade of milk. The sky was clear, and visibility was excellent. That is, down to about a foot above the road, where visibility was zero. Were it not for the reassuring rumble of rubber on asphalt, I could have ...

Understanding Social Security survivors’ benefits

Unfortunately, tragedy can strike without any warning. The loss of the family wage earner can be devastating both emotionally and financially. Social Security helps by providing income for the families of workers who die. Some of the Social Security taxes you pay go toward survivors benefits ...