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First dandelions, then white clover

Local Columns

Sadly the city of Marshall did the mowing along the bike/walk/jog path on the south east side of Country Club Drive, particularly between Fourth Street and the Southview/Camden/Cheryl intersection. In the spring first came the greening of the grassy area, then the flowering and leafing out ...

Eat your veggies

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit my son in Washington state and spend some time with him and take in the sights that are unique to that part of the country. I’ve been out there a couple of times now and so I am more familiar with the area and some of the local attractions. ...

There’s always hope

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We all have those moments when we wring as much as we can from that moment. Maybe it’s the time when, for the first time in your life, you climb into a canoe, you’re given a paddle and you’re not sure what to do. Then you look across a very wide lake and realize you have to paddle that ...

The all-nighter

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Our sweltering weather reminds us that summertime has officially arrived and that a person shouldn’t venture outdoors unless they are slathered, like a greased pig, with sunscreen that has an SPF of 10,000. Clouds of mosquitoes patrol our yards, their razor proboscises eager to harpoon any ...

Project gives boost to affordable housing

Editorials

The affordable housing crisis has been mushrooming in this country for several years now. According to a February Business Insider report, Americans are now spending their highest share of their incomes on mortgage payments since 2010. Southwest Minnesota is not immune to this crisis. ...

When you know, you know

Local Columns

t was my first trip around the 50-acre impoundment southeast of town, a traditional decades-ago dam that shunted the water up rills and creekbottoms and turned an old meandering valley into a stockable small reservoir, which absorbed some of the local fishing pressure. Under the rippled gray ...

Dancing with the bulls during Russell rodeo

Local Columns

Rule No. 1 in rodeo photography: Never look away. Not even for a second. It’s an understood rule after the handful of previous rodeos I have covered. So I was reminded of that rule when looking down for instant on my smart phone that I was using to take photos at the Russell rodeo last ...

Wedding trousseau, gifts and honeymoons

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By the end of the 19th century, especially in the upper and middle class, the wedding dowry and/or hope chest took less prominence in the preparations made by the bride and her family. Now the preparations centered on the trousseau, or what the bride would wear during the wedding and ...

Every day is Internet Security Day

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District manager Being safe online is important every day. There may be days devoted to internet security awareness, but you need to be careful every time you go online. Do you know what it takes to be safe online? You probably connect daily to get information, shop, socialize, or work. ...

‘Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears’

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Most of us probably remember this phrase from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” from our high school English literature classes in which Mark Antony’s funeral oration about Caesar teaches us about the skills of oral presentation. However, these words can also introduce medical conditions ...

The case of the wandering stars

Local Columns

Last month in Starwatch I told you about the zodiac band that runs through the night sky. Because the Earth and the planets all orbit the sun in nearly the same plane, all of our fellow planets are located within it. Back in the day, folks didn’t know about any of this and saw the planets ...

Books and Beyond

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A few months ago, Ted Kooser (poet laureate of the United States 2004-2006) chose a poem by Tim Nolan to print for Poetry Corner in The Independent. I cut this poem from the paper, saved it, and then checked out his collection “And Then,” c 2012, and bought “The Field,” c 2016. Both ...

Oakwood Lakes State Park

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Saturday brought us across the border to South Dakota as Ross wanted to look at a car he found online at a dealership in Huron. We decided to go through Brookings and stopped at a car lot where he did a quick test-drive. I went along for the day as we were hopefully going to a state park; I ...

On the Porch

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The Marshall Community Services’ summer Talents Academy focuses on creative and educational classes for kids in eighth grade and younger. This year marks the 19th year for the summer program. Last year, the MCS summer Talents Academy had almost 400 kids take part. The Lyon County Museum is ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Another successful car show THUMBS UP: The Shades of the Past Car Club held another successful car show Saturday in Marshall. Club President Mark Mather said almost 400 vehicles were on display during the 31st annual show. Not only did car owners travel to the Runnings location in Marshall ...

Monitor your credit report without leaving your couch

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Have you ever wondered what information is on your credit report? You should. Your credit report defines your entire reported credit history and is a major determining factor in your future credit worthiness. You may want to consider monitoring your credit report at least once a year, if not ...

Family hardware store survives on Main Street

Editorials

Is brick-and-mortar on Main Street USA dead? Patzer’s Hardware Hank says no. For 50 years, Hardware Hank has stood tall on Main Street Marshall thriving in a tough retail environment of recessions, big box retailers and Amazon. This week, the Patzer family is celebrating 50 years of ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: What are the requirements for RV triple towing in Minnesota? Answer: A recreational vehicle combination may be operated without an over-length type permit if: (1) the combination does not consist of more than three vehicles, and the towing rating of the full-size pickup truck or ...

National Homeownership Month

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June is designated as National Homeownership Month. A time to raise awareness about homeownership and to celebrate families, communities and the economic prosperity homeownership often brings. It’s designated to acknowledge those who have “dared to own the dream,” and encourages potential ...

Minnesota West, SMSU partnership a winner

Editorials

Higher education in southwest Minnesota received a boost Monday with the announcement of a collaboration between Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota West Community and Technical college. The program is called “Blue to Brown” and it will allow students the opportunity to ...