Opinion

Thoughts regarding education: Everyone is a teacher

Local Columns

We may be somewhat surprised, but in many aspects this week marks the end of the summer and a return to the ordinary aspects of our daily lives. Local and regional school boards may have directed new changes the school calendar this year, but all of us have routines in life and these next few ...

The celestial hunter bags his bear

Local Columns

It’s an epic that begins in March and culminates in October. Bootes the hunting farmer chases Ursa Major the Big Bear across the northern Marshall sky. Both constellations are in the low northern and western portions of the early evening sky and they’re easy to see although some imagination ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

A few weeks ago I decided to read through more of the 1980s Audubon magazines I put in my tote bag one day from the magazine exchange rack in the Friends Book Store at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Little did I know the interesting pathway I would be following. I started with the March ...

‘Planet of the Apes’ one step closer to reality

Local Columns

David Slater was a freelance photographer just trying to make a buck. It was 2011, and Slater traveled to Indonesia on assignment. He took hundreds and thousands of photos when he decided to try something different: he’d have his subjects take their own photos instead. So he taught ...

Movillas a distinct memory for ’72 SMSU alumnus Dybsetter

Local Columns

It’s a memory Dave Dybsetter will never forget. “We were living in the Movillas,” he said. “They sprang up in the fall of 1969, and yes, they were as crazy as they say. That year, they drew the draft numbers (for the Vietnam War). The whole place was quiet that night. Everyone was ...

Fort Ridgely State Park

Local Columns

It had been a few years since we’ve been to Fort Ridgely State Park near Fairfax. And in keeping up with exploring parks on Labor Day, we headed in that direction. It started out as a sunny day and not too warm. Once we reached the parking lot and doused ourselves with bug spray, we were ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The mid-1970s brought about several changes to Marshall Municipal Utilities, according to the MMU website. On Nov. 9, 1976, the utilities commission signed a contract to purchase power from Heartland Consumers Power District (HCPD) to meet its growing need for electricity. The year 1976 also ...

Short Takes for Sept. 15

Editorials

A friendly piece of advice to council SIDEWAYS THUMB: Lyon County commissioners were right to express concerns over Marshall’s desire to establish a new tax increment financing district (TIF). Revenue raised by the TIF would help finance infrastructure improvements at the Marshall ...

What to note for home insurance reviews

Local Columns

The next time you need to renew your insurance policies, consider taking these steps to help you get the most out of them: Meet with your agent. Your insurance needs change over time. Conducting a home insurance review with your agent at least once each year can help you determine if your ...

Licensing fail

Editorials

It’s hard to fathom that the state of Minnesota is having such a tough time rolling out its new computerized system for the state’s licensing system. The new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System (MNLARS), which replaces the one licensing bureaus have been using the past 30 years, has ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Is it legal to wear earplugs or headphones driving a vehicle in Minnesota? Does the decibel rating matter?  Answer: State statue says that no person, while operating a motor vehicle, shall wear headphones or earphones that are used in both ears simultaneously for purposes of ...

Squashing myths about carbs

Local Columns

Fall is just around the corner, and with the chilly season comes the opportunity for consuming delicious in-season produce. Great options that are plentiful during fall include spaghetti, acorn and butternut squash as well root vegetables, such as turnips and beets. Some fall produce items are ...

Changing

Local Columns

They are a part of life we plow through with anticipation or perhaps with a bit of hesitancy and at times, we probably even dread those bits of time. They are the times of change. Those moments, days, weeks, months and years when the things we have known are changing and we head into the ...

Remembering Gus

Local Columns

One summer evening some years back, the phone rang and an unfamiliar voice asked for me. I informed the caller that I was the guy in question. The man on the other end of the line introduced himself as Clair “Gus” Gustafson. Even though I generally don’t talk to strangers, Gus and I ...

Americans will never forget Sept. 11, 2001

Editorials

Across this great nation, communities like Marshall observed another 9/11 anniversary on Monday. Once again we are reminded of that sorrowful day when al-Qaida hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center. The large U.S. Flag was waving in the wind on top of fire ...

How not to treat customer security

Editorials

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

How to help habitat now

Local Columns

Numbers are down across the board for pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge in the upper Midwest. In states like North Dakota and Montana, it was the persistent drought this summer which hurt hatching chicks straight out of the egg. In Minnesota, a rainy spring in the state’s ...

NAFTA talks loom large for Minnesota

Editorials

Minnesota has much at stake as talk between the Trump administration and Canadian and Mexican officials begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade agreement, commonly known as NAFTA. Minnesota’s rich agricultural base and its diverse manufacturing sector, creating everything from ...

Shoot high for celestial treasures

Local Columns

This week in Starwatch I want to go sky high to dig for some of the great visual treasures waiting for your eyes. And now that it gets darker a lot sooner in the evening it’s easier to get out there and stargaze before the sandman starts working on your eyelids. You can spend a lot more time ...