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With age, comes wisdom. We’ve all heard it and have probably said it: “With age, comes wisdom.” What we mean can be described something like this: because of the experiences one has gone through over the years, that person gains a type of knowledge that is rounded, gentle and well ...

Field tripping

Spring has arrived and a tremendous roar is reverberating across the countryside. This clamor is not just from fleets of ginormous tractors pulling corn planters that are the size of a 747. The main source of this noise is coming from hordes of schoolchildren shouting “Woo-hoo! School’s ...

Spring shallows

It was fitting that the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band blared through the back doors of the pavilion, where the 10:30 crowd at the wedding reception sang along with each verse of “Fishin’ in the Dark” with growing rowdiness, especially on the well-known choruses of the song. Just down the sandy ...

Women’s baseball teams

Part III: In the 1920s the Trans-Pacific shipping company was busy ferrying American and Japanese baseball teams across the ocean for exhibition games with college teams. Then in 1928 the Los Angeles Times reported that: “the Philadelphia Bobbies, a team of teenage girls, had arrived in ...

Your Social Security tax supports millions

District manager You are making America stronger through Social Security. Chances are, people you know and love benefit in some way from this social safety net. Retirees, Wounded Warriors, the disabled, and people who are chronically ill rely on Social Security for monthly benefits. The Social ...

Virgo, the grand, but faint lady of the sky

Virgo the Virgin is one of only three constellations representing women that we can see in our Southwest Minnesota skies over the course of the year. Andromeda the Princess and Cassiopeia the Queen are the only other ladies of the sky. I know you’ve seen Cassiopeia before, although you may ...

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month

Spring is here and American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education (ABATE) of Minnesota reminds motorists that motorcycle riders are back on the roads. ABATE of Minnesota has 26 chapters throughout the state, and each chapter has its own way to make May Motorcycle Awareness Month. The ...

Mayor Byrnes stands test of time

had many questions for Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes when I met him for lunch Monday at the Varsity Pub. But I saved my favorite question for the right opportunity. So after some idle chit chat and then some hard-hitting city-related questions, I hit him with my zinger. “You have been mayor ...

On the Porch

The following article is from the 1970 Lyon County Centennial book on the Lyon County unit of the National Farmers Organization (NFO). On June 1, 1962, a meeting was held in the American Legion Hall in Ghent to charter a Lyon County unit of NFO. Organizational meetings had been held in early ...

Flandrau State Park

This past Sunday’s journey took us to a new state park for me, Flandrau, which is near New Ulm. Ross had walked one part of the park several years ago, but this was going to be a whole new experience for me. According to the Minnesota DNR website, “hikers and cross-country skiers enjoy ...

Don’t get swayed by these investment ‘myths’

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be “myths” — which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice. Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: What are the most common vehicle equipment violations you see? Answer: I have witnessed and investigated numerous equipment violations over the course of my career as a Minnesota State Trooper. The most common violations I have seen are: Window tint violations: Law prohibits ...

5 benefits of volunteering in retirement

Volunteering your time and energy helps strengthen your community, but it also has important emotional and physical benefits. This month we take a look at how retired adults can Reimagine Aging through volunteering. With new studies being done, we are finding more and more benefits linked with ...

Step into spring with the Mediterranean diet

Did you know that May is Mediterranean Diet Month? The Mediterranean diet is characterized by fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dried beans, fresh seafood, herbs and spices, low-fat dairy products and heart-healthy fats such as olive and canola oil. Spring is a great time to focus on ...

The good old days

You know sometimes the good old days weren’t necessarily good. We all have stories of those days of yore when things were quiet, comfortable, people were trustworthy and all was right and good within our little spheres of existence. Ya, right! Life clouds our memories, and we tend to see ...

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is almost here, which means the greeting card industry is about to receive a cash infusion that would dwarf the entire economy of Lichtenstein. The holiday that has been set aside to honor our immediate maternal ancestors is fraught with peril for guys who, like me, are married ...

Advanced angling

Not every aspect of angling is as easy as sitting on the bank, casting out a bobber over a hook full of worms and hoping for a bite, the way many of us started out fishing. With each varying twist on the sport, there is more to learn and practice than there was at the level before. Jigging, ...

Social Security helps small businesses

District manager Social Security is one of the cornerstones of financial security for the nation. So are small businesses. Millions of Americans own and operate small businesses, making the “mom and pop” shop — from retailers to restaurants — one of the nation’s most valuable ...

Women’s baseball teams Part II

“Bloomer Girls’ women’s baseball teams barnstormed across the county in the 1890s and continued into the 1930s. In the 1900s, Bloomer Girls introduced night baseball games. Women switched to wearing bloomers around 1910 from the conventional women’s wear due to the fact that it was ...

The super highway of the heavens

On Sunday night we have a great conjunction, or what I like to call a celestial hugging, between the nearly full moon and the planet Jupiter in southern Marshall sky. The moon and the largest planet in our solar system will only be separated by three degrees. That’s the width of three of your ...