Local Columns

A supermoon in the east and a little lamb in the west

Hype sure has become a staple of most media these days, especially on the internet. With volumes and volumes of information out there, writers and editors are desperate to grab your attention with sensational headlines. Up until the last several years the term “Supermoon” was just part of ...

Shopping online so easy, so convenient — and it’s killing us

Every two weeks, when I look at my paycheck, I see about 9 percent of it disappearing to state and federal income taxes. Once a year, thanks primarily to three little hobgoblins running around the house, I get a decent portion of that back from Uncle Sam but not all of it, which I’m sure ...

A Chocolate Affair

I had bought myself a new Fitbit with some Christmas money a few weeks ago. The band had fallen apart on my old one back in October of 2017, so I got back on the bandwagon. I chose an Alta with a heart rate monitor this time around. It’s got a different setup from my Charge 2 HR, but it does ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Do you turn in front of an approaching vehicle or behind it when two vehicles both want to turn left at an uncontrolled intersection? Answer: If two vehicles approach the intersection close to the same time, both vehicles should carefully make a left turn in front of each other ...

A capitol experience

Everybody talks about the government, but nobody does anything about it. That statement has been true ever since the first barely-sentient creature slithered out of the primordial ooze and filed paperwork to start a campaign finance committee. Government is a mystery to many of us. It’s ...

5 reasons your heart will thank you for starting the day with oatmeal

Here’s why health experts recommend oatmeal for Heart Month … and every month. From the steel-cut oats craze to the overnight oats trend, oatmeal continues to find a way to our breakfast tables. And it’s a good thing, too. Dietitians and other health experts hold a special place in ...

All you need is love?

English grammar and I are not always the best of friends. There are times when we struggle with each other about the right way to say or write about a topic. I believe it’s because there are too many nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prefixes, suffixes and all the other ingredients within ...

Reporting for spring

My enjoyment of baseball, particularly Twins baseball, began in my grandfather’s red party cruiser, or the bright blue paddleboat just off the shore on Big Detroit Lake. My dad would bring an old battery-powered radio with a long silver antenna, set it between us and tune it to a Fargo ...

Custer — Terry — Kent — Garvin

Part I Names change, but the site remains the same. That is the story of many of the settlements within Lyon County. The village of Garvin is an example of that type of evolution. The village of Custer was organized as early as 1876. In the spring of 1886 the site became known as Terry, and ...

Social Security and Black History Month

In February, our nation honors African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Recognizing our shared history is one way we can affirm our belief in freedom and democracy for all. For more than 80 years, Social Security has helped secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, ...

Romance in the night sky

Most definitely love is in the air this time of year, especially in the night air under a starry sky, even if your starry skies are partially obscured by city lights. Take that special someone you love for a stroll under the celestial sea. It can be very romantic, provided you’re bundled up, ...

Getting to know the new governor of Minnesota

With his first term just starting last month, we are all getting to know Gov. Tim Walz. My first up close experience with the governor occurred a couple weeks ago during the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s annual convention in Bloomington. I walked out of the Grand Ballroom inside the ...

Adventures in exercise

Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week is Feb. 7-14. Being a CHD’er I honestly should observe this in some fashion, but admittedly I don’t. One way is to share a few facts, so here’s some. According to the website www.mendedhearts.org, congenital heart defects are the most common birth ...

Life insurance you could put to use now

How could your family benefit from whole life insurance now? The money you spend on permanent life insurance may be used to pay death benefits to your loved ones, or to help you financially during your lifetime. Look to whole life insurance ...

Valentine preparations

There are those who believe that our Valentine’s Day tradition began in 1620 when Rudolph Valentino, weary and bedraggled from his heroic journey to a local shopping mall, stood on Plymouth Rock and, reading from the original Magna Carta, proclaimed, “Every man shall be free to determine ...

The lean green bean

The previous two articles I wrote for the nutrition column have been about different types of beans. The first article covered the health benefits of starchy beans such as black beans, pinto beans and kidney beans. The second article was focused on coffee beans. This week, I am going to wrap up ...

People are…?

People interest me. They interest me because like the colors of the rainbow — or the sundogs we’ve been seeing recently — people cover the behavioral spectrum. Some of us are good and some of us are noncommittal and some of us are, well, to be polite, stinkers. It’s in the watching ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: If I sell my vehicle to a private party, what do you recommend I do to protect myself in the event the new owner gets into a crash or is arrested prior to them transferring the title into their name? Answer: If the vehicle you sold is involved in a hit-and-run or pursuit and the ...

A spring sampling

In the waning afternoon light of a warm Friday where the high temperatures spiked into the low 40s between last week’s bone chilling outbreak of Polar Vortex media hype and the next cold slap forecast to hit the area, I stood on the edge of open water. While it felt like spring in the calm ...

Books and Beyond

Last fall I saw Anne Lamott’s 2018 book title “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope” in the “New at the Library” feature in the Independent. I’ve read her books for years. “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith,” c 1999, was my first one. I think it was 20 years ago when friends ...