Local Columns

What does it mean to be conservative?

I am in Austin, Texas, to have a conversation with conservatives about conservatism and public policy. I am calling this conversation the “Resurgent Gathering” as conservatives spend two days exploring how to spark a conservative resurgence in the country. What does it mean, in the 21st ...

Roll out the meatballs and do some good

Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck once said, “Italian food is all about ingredients and it's not fussy and it’s not fancy.” And when it comes to Italian food ingredients, you might want to get some input from employees at US Bank in Marshall. As it turns out, they deal in a little bit more ...

A return to King’s novels

It had been several years since I’ve picked up a Stephen King novel. I started reading them in high school, along with a few Danielle Steel books. I remember reading “It,” you know, the one with the scary clown, when I was a freshman. It was a big reading challenge for me since the book ...

What should you do with an inherited IRA?

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if you ...

Looking for those called up in Old Man’s Draft

During World War II in 1942, there was a call to serve from the Selective Service Act. While the Act required that all men between the ages of 18 and 64 register for the draft, the fourth wave of the draft, held on April 27, 1942, was called The Old Man’s Draft. “The purpose of this ...

National Exercise with Your Kids Week

Get moving and eat smart with the help of these simple and easy-to-follow programs. National Exercise with Your Kids Week is happening Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 in an effort to get families up and moving more — and just in time for a new school year. Having a routine that incorporates fitness and ...

Forecast

We live in a world full of forecasts. Boy! Do we live in a world full of forecasts. For many of us, the day begins with us wondering about the weather forecast. We do so because weather has such a great impact on our lives and it almost dictates what we can and cannot do that day. If ...

Germ theory

There has been much talk lately about the germ theory of raising children. Kids and cooties, it seems, are actually meant for each other. It’s speculated that many modern children have been raised in such sterile environments that their immune systems don’t know what to do when presented ...

Down in flames

“When we get one on, it’s a Chinese fire drill,” my buddy John explained with a laugh as we motored out along Garrison Dam on the south end of Lake Sakakawea in search of the chinook salmon which are stocked annually in the reservoir and provide a unique, cold-water fishery that fires up ...

Monitoring your earnings record can really pay off

You work hard for your money. You’re saving and planning for a secure retirement. Now you need to make sure you’re going to get all the money you deserve. Regularly reviewing your Social Security earnings record can really pay off, especially when every dollar counts in retirement. If an ...

Homesteading

I recently came across an article in the Agweek newspaper about Dakota’s homesteaders and sodbusters written by Dr. Jerome Tweton, history professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. His research took him to 5,000 homesteader surveys conducted in the 1930s when the ...

Primetime planet and stargazing

I love this time of the year because we still have plenty of summer left and the nights are getting a little longer. There is almost another full hour of nighttime and the sky is dark enough for star hunting by 10 p.m. The late summer skies are filled with celestial gems and this August also ...

Putting the spotlight on the sheriff’s election

I was approaching the Post Office in Marshall a couple weeks ago when current Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather was scampering down the steps toward his vehicle. I waved to him and he quickly turned around. “Are you going to do anything with the sheriff’s race. People need to know who these ...

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 ...