Local Columns

An not so typical night at the ballpark

When I first heard the screams, I thought it was just a bunch of people joking around and having a good time. It was in between a couple youth baseball games on a beautiful Thursday night. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and everyone was having fun on the last night of the summer season, ...

Beaver Falls County Park

Five years ago, Ross and I discovered Renville County’s Beaver Falls Park. It’s a nice little spot and chock full of history. In one of Ross’ Facebook photos from a summer 2013 visit, we are standing by a monument that told about the Battle of Birch Coulee, which took place Sept. 2, 1862, ...

We all scream for ice cream

There seems to be a designation for every month, and I think that July should actually be “National Love Your Air Conditioner” Month! It seems to have been an exceptionally hot and humid month this year, and I know that I have appreciated the cool and drier climate inside my house this past ...

It’s time for cold

Yes, we’re going to talk about getting cold! And yes, it’s midsummer and it’s hot, humid and, of course, that’s what summers are all about, correct? We’re lucky because now we not only receive our cooling from air conditioners, open windows and fans but we can also get cooled from ...

Weedline wanderings

At this point in the summer, weedlines have become well established and are the places where food is found by bigger predators bingeing from mid-season on in to fall. Young panfish, this year’s crop of minnows and other smaller prey items abound in the underwater jungle created by the stands ...

Recycling information

There are always questions about recycling. One of the reasons why we have questions is that no matter where you go, each community handles its recycling a little bit different than the next. Lyon County, as a whole, handles recycling the same way because we are all under one umbrella, which is ...

Letter from the prairie

Part VI Winter blizzards not only took human lives but also unprotected cattle. It is interesting to note that bison, which had evolved on the prairie, were able to withstand the low temperatures and raging winter storms — but that was not the case for domesticated cattle. A Colorado ...

Social Security is here for people like you

All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities, and newlyweds — they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers, and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and ...

Mars madness, but there’s a catch

It’s been building since early spring and culminates at the end of this month … the great Mars show of 2018. Even now during the evening twilight Mars will be rising in the low southeast sky around 9 p.m. It will certainly be the brightest star-like object in that part of the heavens, ...

A summer arts fair

I always enjoy going to the annual Brookings Summer Arts Fair — the variety of art mediums and items, the food, the activities, the music. But sometimes being among humongous groups of people make me a little nervous. It’s not as bad as the Minnesota State Fair, but peak time at the art ...

Putting cash to work may get more rewarding

Cash has a role to play in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors in any market situation, particularly when interest rates and volatility are on the rise. If you have a portion of your portfolio in cash, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed your cash position, read ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can a young driver with a North Dakota driving permit legally drive in Minnesota? How about in other states? Answer: No, they cannot legally drive in Minnesota. In Minnesota, a nonresident who is at least 15 years old may drive here if they have in their immediate possession a valid ...

Summer hydration

Stay hydrated and healthy with delicious ways to flavor drinks. It’s summer. It’s hot. And chances are, you’re feeling extra thirsty. We know drinking water can be boring, but we also know that sugar-sweetened beverages are the leading source of added sugars in the American diet. A ...

You call that fun?

How do you define “fun?” Is it participating in your favorite physical activity such as running, walking, bowling or golf? Or does your idea of fun include a lot of socializing and a ton of laughs? Maybe your thoughts of fun are all about being with that special someone or maybe, it’s ...

A date with destiny

We all have dates that are indelible memories. Your wedding day, a child’s birth, that time you nearly landed a walleye the size of your canoe. There’s a particular day in 1988 that I’ll never forget, even though I can’t recall most of it. This is because July 10th was the day that I ...

Generations

With a smack, the foam fly flopped over on the cast next to the silver metal of the boatlift at the end of the dock. A second later, a dimple appeared and the offering was gone, replaced with all the might of a silver-dollar sized sunfish which swirled and turned under the surface. I ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: When the speed limit changes on a road, does the new speed limit start at the sign, or does it start when you can see the sign? Answer: The speed zone becomes effective when you reach the sign. If the speed limit reduces, you must slow down before the sign. If the speed limit ...

Letters from the prairie

Part V Winter storms occurred, sometimes without warning that caused many hardships and sometimes death. The most notorious blizzard on the Great Plains occurred on Jan. 12, 1888, and became known as “the schoolchildren’s blizzard” because of the number of children who were caught in the ...

Access Social Security’s educator tool kit

District manager With so many students gone for the summer, teachers may now have time to prepare a different kind of lesson plan. Help students prepare a better future for themselves with practical knowledge about financial planning. There’s no better time to let young people know that ...

The great summer scorpion is on the prowl

The southern end of the early sky is a bit congested this summer with the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn already shining away, with Mars adding to the fray next month in the early evening Marshall sky. In fact it's going to be putting on quite a show this summer as it’ll be as close as ...