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Smart retirement saving strategies for each decade

Whether you can still count the days since you started your first job or you are nearing the end of your career, saving for retirement should be a top financial priority. You have the potential to spend decades in retirement, so it’s worth committing to saving today. Here are some fundamental ...

Listening is better than seeing

I was talking with Marshall Radio General Manager Brad Strootman when I noticed Amy Manning of Hanley Falls patiently waiting and watching as Minnesota Twins broadcaster Kris Atteberry was having a conversation with another baseball fan. I was waiting for Atteberry as well, but Manning zipped ...

A candlelight hike in Split Rock Creek State Park

Ross and I enjoyed time at a couple of the state parks this past Saturday. Several of the Minnesota state parks are currently doing candlelight events on Saturday evenings — whether it’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. Ross and I had gone on a candlelight hike last year on ...

On the Porch

Anyone passing by the Lyon County Courthouse in Marshall may have noticed the monument on the courthouse grounds. The Soldiers’ Monument, as it is called, has been in place in front of the courthouse since 1911. The Soldiers’ Monument was dedicated by the Marshall Grand Army of the Republic ...

Are you a snowbird? protect your finances while you’re gone

Winter is here — but you may be leaving it behind if you’re a snowbird. When you go, though, you’ll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold. These are a few suggestions you may want to consider: Protect your home. If you’re like many people, your ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I was recently told that I could not keep the trailer ball mount attached to the receiver of the vehicle when it is not actually hooked up to a trailer. Is this in fact true? Answer: There is not a law in Minnesota that prohibits leaving a ball hitch in the receiver when not ...

Dropping of plates brings back memories

Eating out the other day, a waitress unfortunately, dropped a couple of plates, silverware, etc. The clatter, of course, caused everyone to look, but fortunately nothing was broken. I had a lot of empathy with her because of an incident back in the 1950s when I was in college. Part of my ...

Hearty whole grains

The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans note that when it comes to eating grains in our diet, half our intake should come from whole grains. To be classified as a “whole” grain, the food product must contain all three components of the grain; namely the bran, the germ and the endosperm. ...

You know, sometimes, you just don’t know

Life continues to surprise and amaze me. Most of our lives are filled with the same old, same old. We are creatures of habit and that can be very comforting. However, it can also be very constricting. For example, we get up at the same time every morning and that’s a good thing if you ...

Burning Man

My wife and I were motoring through the countryside recently when a distinctive aroma permeated the car. “Yuck!” exclaimed my wife, “What’s that smell?” This has happened so many times over the years that my response has become automatic. “It’s not me!” I exclaimed. But ...

Not so fast

With a click and plop, the gray splitshot tugged at the payload of three mousies on the tiny red hook which spun haphazardly on its way down into the clear waters of the impoundment. In the moment it took to put the bail back in position and watch the yellow foam bobber go upright, the float ...

The constellation Orion…so many stories

Last week in Starwatch I attempted to cover all of the astronomical treasures of the constellation Orion proudly shining in the Marshall southeastern sky. It’s loaded with many celestial jewels, such as the red super-giant star Betelgeuse; the bright belt stars; the colossal Orion Nebula, ...

Viking fans: enjoy the moment

I remember my first Moment like it was yesterday. We were all sitting in the family room, watching the only color television in the house (yes kids, only one … the horror of it all!) It was a pivotal game five in the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals and Dodgers had ...

Celebrating one-year anniversary with a miracle

All I could see through the mob of people jumping up and down was a jersey with the name Diggs on it. The jersey flew around right along with the throng of people jumping up and down with glee. It was just moments earlier that I saw gloom and doom on faces all along the bar inside Fuzzy’s ...

More entertainment in my life

About a month ago, I signed up for Hulu, one of the online television services. I used to watch stuff on Hulu for free, but it became a paid subscription. Thus ended my time with the service. But a holiday offer pulled me back in — if I signed up, I would get Hulu for $5.99 a month for a ...

On the Porch

The Klondike Gold Rush was an event of migration by an estimated 100,000 people prospecting to the Klondike region of north-western Canada in the Yukon region between 1896 and 1899. It’s also called the Yukon Gold Rush, the Last Great Gold Rush and the Alaska Gold Rush. An estimated 100,000 ...

Ice fishing safety tips

During the winter months, a frozen lake can be the center of many outdoor activities, including ice hockey, dog sledding, and ice skating. But another winter pastime in the United States and Canada is ice fishing. While this favorite winter sport can be fun, it can also be dangerous. In some ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I recently purchased a trailer that requires yearly tabs. I’m worried the plate will get damaged if I mount it to the manufactures bracket. I have noticed over the years that owners of some trailers have mounted their trailer plates on the fender well in a vertical position and not ...

Is protein powder right for you?

For athletes, gym-goers, fitness buffs, and anyone who may have kicked off the New Year with a new exercise routine, you might be wondering if you’re getting enough, or maybe even too much, protein. And you’d be right to question this. With increased activity and strength training comes an ...

And the winner is…

Right up front, is non-organic wine better than organic wine? Like so many other subjects, the answer depends upon whom you ask, and the game of questions is always filled with challenges and opportunities. For instance and for many reasons, it’s enjoyable for me to play a game of trivia. ...