Opinion

On the Porch

Local Columns

The holiday season begins this weekend at the Lyon County Museum! Christmas trees are up, lights are on, and holiday music is playing. The fifth annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk is open. Trees decorated by area businesses, groups, and nonprofit organizations are on view at the museum now ...

Tracy mayor should reject calls to stifle public comment

Editorials

Tracy’s City Council is stuck in turmoil. Monday night, its mayor expressed frustration over maintaining control over “negativity” that is poisoning the community. During the City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Ferrazzano announced the resignation of Councilman Bill Chukuske. The mayor ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Powerful message on Islam in U.S. THUMBS UP: Dr. Ayaz Virji delivered a powerful message during an event held Monday at Southwest Minnesota State University. The doctor from Dawson talked about “Islam in Post-Trump America “We live in a toxic environment of divisiveness. There’s a ...

Tax reform should not raise taxes on middle-incomes

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

More on names and titles

Local Columns

Here comes a bit of trivia and another item from my past. Having mentioned before in this column that, as children, my siblings and I were often told by our parents, “Children are meant to be seen, not heard.” That was part of the honoring of our elders which also meant that we did not ...

Turkey time

Local Columns

Thanksgiving is almost here, that day when we stuff ourselves until our tummies are as tight as drumheads and we lapse into couch comas. It’s as if Sunday came on Thursday. Imprinted on our collective consciousness is the Rockwellian image of the ideal Thanksgiving dinner: a roast turkey ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can my child use a bicycle helmet when he is a passenger in my side by side or ATV? Answer: In Minnesota, any class 1 or 2 ATV operator or passengers under the age of 18 must wear an approved helmet when riding on public lands or waters, or a public road right of way. You are ...

Trade speech is important reminder

Editorials

We Americans often seem less suspicious of foreign competitors, both economically and militarily, than of each other. Just contrast the rhetoric often heard in U.S. political campaigns with that usually employed in reference to leaders in other countries. But last week in Vietnam, President ...

November is National Diabetes Month

Local Columns

If you don’t live with it yourself, then it’s likely you have a family member or friend who does. What would that be? That would be diabetes. November is National Diabetes Month and in fact Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day. Attention is focused on diabetes across the country and the globe in ...

Gifts and gratitude

Local Columns

We’re heading right for it. There’s no escaping it. Get ready! That referenced “it” is the national season of giving, getting and, hopefully, gratitude. How do you accept a gift? Do you do the Minnesota Nice thing and say something like: “Ah shucks, you shouldn’t have!”? Or ...

‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is primarily for the benefit of those in attendance at “The Effect of the Reformation” presentation given at the Lyon County Library. Two statements were made during the question and answer period by the presenter that need to be corrected. First, that ...

Identifying people who may be killers

Editorials

Mass shootings invariably produce calls for stricter limits on access to firearms. They fall into two basic categories: • Some people want to ban all ownership of certain types of guns, including many that are very popular. Such restrictions have little or no chance of being enacted, in ...

Urge Congressman Peterson to stand up for rural farming communities

Editorials

To the editor: This is farm country! Big farm country. Farming is an important business here! But all is not well in farming. Corn and soybean production is exceeding demand. Farm profits continue to be vulnerable. While the politics of the Farm Bill are focused on production and market ...

Getting closer

Local Columns

The darkening grayness of the overcast sunset hour crept down from the buttes along the small valley formed by the feeder creek and river where my bow stand rests, near their junction. The rising north winds carried flurries into my eyes, which I blinked away. I looked down at the frosted the ...

Highway roundabouts have proven their value

Editorials

Not everyone loves roundabouts. In fact, most probably grumble about these new traffic constructs when we come across them. Which way do I go? Which lane am I supposed to be in? Is that car coming at me going to stop? Who invented these confounded obstacles? But a new study from the ...

Please stick to science

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Judging from the responses to my Oct. 24, “Does the Earth revolve around the sun?,” I must ask: Why is it that when I try to discuss science, almost everybody wants to talk religion? Can we please stick to science? Thanks. Part of my letter stated: “…does the ...

Thanks for walk support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’d like to give a very heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped and/or participated with this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s. With the help of the communities across Minnesota and North Dakota, over $2.59 million has been donated and donation tallies continue through ...

It’s an early show this week

Local Columns

In last week’s Starwatch I urged you to get out in the evening and watch the great winter constellations like Orion the Hunter and his gang of bright shiners on the rise in the Marshall eastern sky. This week I urge to get out in the early morning sky, even as early as one in the morning or ...