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Making positive changes — one BEAT at a time

Diamonds, flowers, chocolates or a hug for your favorite person. Yes, Valentine’s Day is coming up — a day set aside to tell those dear to you how much they mean to you. The week of Valentine’s Day is also recognized as National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This year’s theme is ...

Smoke

When is smoke a good thing and when is it a bad thing? And more specifically, when is it a good thing or a bad thing in a beverage or food? The answer to that question — like to so many questions in life — can be simple and complex, correct? Too much smoke can ruin a good thing and not ...

Valentine’s Day strategies

The big day is coming, that day when you are expected to express your undying affection for your Significant Other or run the risk of being frozen to death by the icy atmosphere that will suddenly grip your household. Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. For some reason — a ...

Colorblind

In the modern era of fishing tackle, lures are as much designed to catch the eye of anglers as they are fish. How else are the 95 different models of Rapala crankbaits explained (and that’s just the ones found on the company’s “best sellers” portion of its website)? Ultraviolet paint, ...

More on county robberies

Part III Previously, I wrote about bandits who robbed the Russell Bank, the Marshall Grocery Company and Olson and Lowe. Through newspaper research we learned about robberies that took place at Balaton, Cottonwood and Minneota, with a couple more in Marshall. Nov. 14, 1933, Marshall Daily ...

Fabulous February skies

I think February stargazing is the best. It’s the best stargazing of the year in Marshall, not so much for the personal comfort of the stargazer, but for the wonderful celestial jewels that await you in the evening heavens. Button up that overcoat, have that thermos of something warm, and ...

The groundhog and a 5-year-old-cynic

I thought it would be a simple conversation. “Do you know what today is,” I asked my 5-year-old daughter Friday morning. “No. What day is it,” she responded, full of both energy and curiosity. “It’s Groundhog Day,” I said more excitedly than I probably should have. Her ...

Not speaking up leads to tragedy in Nassar case

The news video Friday of a distraught father lunging toward former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom was both heartbreaking and disturbing. Only a parent could understand the emotions that must have been building inside Randall Margraves as he made an unsuccessful request to ...

Put a trusted ‘quarterback’ on your financial team

On Sunday, the eyes of most of the country — and much of the rest of the world — will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the U.S. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the ...

Books and Beyond

I can’t wait to start reading another chapter or two of “Lassie Come-Home.” But I don’t want the book to end too soon. Sometimes I read it out loud. I’m paying attention to places, people, and of course to Lassie, the purebred collie, as she is often described. There is a map inside ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other. Answer: The only law regarding following distance pertains to vehicles pulling trailers. This includes trucks as well as semi-truck tractors with trailers. They must maintain a minimum ...

On the Porch

The official organization of Grandview Township took place in August of 1873 at the first town meeting in the home of Jacob Thomas. The village of Grandview was founded in the spring of 1878 and the town site was plotted by the railroad on July 5, 1878. Grandview was the name chosen for the ...

‘The Greatest Showman’

When I was a kid, I remember going to the Shrine Circus in the fifth grade. I vaguely remember some of the acts, but I do recall getting a light-up toy that I spent $3 on. The battery ended up getting corroded, and the toy was basically useless. My family also visited the Circus World Museum in ...

5 reasons to try walnuts for American Heart Health Month

When it comes to heart health, it might surprise you that eating a calorie-dense, high-fat snack is a good choice for cardiovascular health. But it’s true. Here are a few reasons you should consider reaching for a small handful of walnuts. • Walnuts are the only nuts that contain ...

An introduction

The day began with a communication asking me to introduce someone to someone. My initial response was: “Certainly!” I’d be happy to accomplish that task but then reality set in. What reality? The two someones are many miles apart and how does one make an introduction when separated by ...

Maybe next year

My wife and I are not sports aficionados. The world of professional sports is something that drones on in the background of our lives, like a radio that has a broken “off” switch. An item that is sports-related will occasionally bubble up into our consciousness. For instance, some years ...

Dress it up

In the heart of winter, while all of Hollywood’s brightest stars make their way down the red carpet in an endless array of award shows, dressed in the latest fashions from the world’s top designers, it’s not unusual to find a die-hard lure maker deep into the night dressing up his or her ...

Ex-spouse benefits and how they affect you

District manager Just like during tax season, it’s good to have all the information you need early so you can prepare and get any money you are due. If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be ...

Bandits part of area history

Part II As far as we know, the only famous bandit who visited Lyon County was Jesse James. And he did not come to rob the residents, but rather to find overnight accommodation or ask directions on his journey through the area. According to an article submitted by Tracy resident, Mrs. Harold ...

We’re having a loaded lunar trifecta on Jan. 31

This coming Wednesday we’re having an extremely rare astronomical event over southwest Minnesota. It will be a super bloody blue moon all in the same 20 hours. It’s been over 130 years since this last happened, and it won’t happen again for a heck of a long time! The term blue moon has ...