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On the Porch

Irwin Alfred Stellmacher was born May 1, 1896, in Renville to Henry and Louise Yunker Stellmacher. In 1906, he moved with his parents to Marshall where he finished school. In 1917, he went to the Rahe Automobile Training School in Kansas City and received his diploma on June 15, 1917. On April ...

Replacement cost vs. market value

When you purchase a homeowners insurance policy, you’ll make a number of decisions. One of the most important is the amount of coverage which best meets your needs. Understanding your options will help you make an informed choice that safeguards your home and your family’s financial ...

Ask a Trooper

By Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any laws in place that makes this ...

Sharing my movie favorites

Two weeks ago I wrote about “backyard drying” using clotheslines and clothespins. In my mind, at the time, came an image from having recently seen one of those old movies on Turner Classic Movies. The image was a clothesline with blanket hanging on it in a shabby motel room. The blanket ...

June Dairy Month: Dairy makes sense

Today’s busy consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to picking healthy foods. As part of June Dairy Month, more than 8,000 Midwest dairy farmers are sharing why dairy makes sense for families. June Dairy Month started in 1937 as a way to distribute extra milk when cows started on ...

One of a kind

When’s the last time you saw something or someone who was “one of a kind?” Your answer would be interesting to hear and, perhaps would include a birth, a birthday, a special event, an elegant meal or a moment of unanticipated peace. There are those one of a kind times that include just ...

Touring St. Paul

Every so often a person is gripped by the urge to “get out of Dodge,” even if there isn’t a posse hot on their tail. My wife and I recently scratched the travel itch by visiting our eldest son in Minneapolis. My wife enjoys “house hunter” television programs, and for some reason — ...

Krystal crappie king

The art of lure making and fly tying results in a good deal of B flies and seconds that, after a few tries on the water are relegated to the bottom of the box, and are filed away for future reference, simply because they failed to connect with the trout, walleye or bass they were intended for. ...

Environmental maintenance

How can it be the end of May in the year 2017 already? Wasn’t I just 39 years old a few months ago starting this job with not an inkling that I’d still be here 26 years later? At times it feels like I just got here, turned around for a bit and now am getting ready to leave pretty soon. Of ...

Graduation time

It’s that time of year again — graduation ceremonies are being held all over the country. As I observe the excitement and pride of the graduates and their parents, I can’t help but reflect on some of the graduations of the past. I remember my own high school graduation and the feeling ...

Carrying out a duty on Memorial Day

Marshall Korean War veteran Dale Schroeder looked down for a few moments at the headstone at his feet. A small United States flag attached to the headstone on a metal star and pole was swaying with the strong breeze blowing through the Calvary Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. He eventually ...

Honoring our heroes on Memorial Day

District manager On Memorial Day, we honor the soldiers and service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security respects the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives in defense of freedom. Part of how we ...

Carrying out a duty on Memorial Day

Marshall Korean War veteran Dale Schroeder looked down for a few moments at the headstone at his feet. A small United States flag attached to the headstone on a metal star and pole was swaying with the strong breeze blowing through the Calvary Cemetery on Thursday afternoon. He eventually ...

Here comes the summer stars

June is tough on stargazers because it has the shortest nights of the year. You have to wait until late in the evening to take in the starry show. Good stargazing can’t really begin until after 10 p.m., and the show is pretty much over by 4:30 a.m. when morning twilight begins. Get your ...

On the Porch

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, honors men and women who died while serving in the United States military. The holiday was originally known as Decoration Day, and it originated in the years following the Civil War. By the late 1860s, many communities had begun ...

‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’

When it was announced that “Mystery Science Theater 3000” was getting a reboot on Netflix, I was excited. It had been 18 years since the original series ended, and I was looking forward to what Joel Hodgson, the creator of the show, had in store. Felicia Day of “The Guild” and ...

On ‘529 Day,’ think about college savings plans

You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but May 29 (5/29) is 529 College Savings Day, or 529 Day for short. This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I can’t help to think of all the ways to be distracted while driving such as texting, using the phone, changing the radio, eating, smoking, etc. that in addition, having small pets on one’s shoulder or lap while driving can be legal. Not only cats and small dogs being positioned ...

5 simple steps to power up your summer salads

May is National Salad Month, making it a great time to give your salads a powerful boost by choosing nutrient-rich ingredients. Salads don’t have to be boring, tasteless diet foods. With the right base, toppings and dressing they can be main-dish stars or sides your friends and family will ...

Good fortune

As good as life can be, there are those moments when the goddess of good fortune openly smiles upon us and recently she smiled brightly upon me. I had the good fortune to participate in a conference concerning equal employment opportunities for all the people in this state, and I was a ...