Opinion

Health care mergers — good or bad?

Local Columns

he Avera signs were already up at the ACMC clinic on Carlson Street in Marshall when Avera Marshall and Carris Health Marshall held a press conference a week ago to announce and explain the merger between the two southwest Minnesota health care providers. On Tuesday, I attended the Marshall ...

A winter hike at Sibley

Local Columns

Last weekend I stumbled across a meme that said “Only in Minnesota can 40 degrees bring so much joy to so many people.” And this past Saturday I could relate to that as the temperatures were around 40-something. The day called for a hike outside; we just needed to figure out a location. ...

Short Takes

Editorials

A time of year to be optimistic THUMBS UP: The first full week of January featured newly-elected officials taking their positions on boards and commissions. In St. Paul, Tim Walz was sworn in as the 41st governor of Minnesota. Three elected members of the Marshall Public Schools District ...

No agreement, no surprise

Editorials

On Tuesday President Donald Trump gave a prime-time Oval Office speech calling for funding for a wall to curb the “crisis” on our southern border. Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer responded, telling Trump to quit exaggerating the dangers and to stop holding the American ...

tru Shrimp news is a call for action in Minnesota

Editorials

Two years ago tru Shrimp delivered the news that Marshall did not want to hear. The innovative agriculture company based in Balaton would build its first commercial shrimp hatchery and harbor in Luverne. That was somewhat of a gut shot for Lyon County and the surrounding area. Shortly after ...

Walz sounds strong theme in inaugural message

Editorials

Gov. Tim Walz, sworn in on Monday as Minnesota’s 41st governor, set out his hopes for Minnesota in his administration. As he said in his campaign, he wants “One Minnesota,” which benefits everyone, “regardless of zip code.” He called on Minnesota to come together by closing ...

New year — new foods?

Local Columns

We have another holiday season past us and a new year to look forward to. Often that means making resolutions and many times that involves resolutions to improve our eating habits. It is interesting that the practice of making New Year’s resolutions comes so closely on the heels of a holiday ...

Goodness

Local Columns

One never knows when goodness will appear. It all started when I was invited to host a wine tasting at a party honoring a birthday, a couple of near birthdays, a retirement and good friendships. The wine tasting I could handle but I only knew about half of the people attending and, those I ...

Wintertime diversions

Local Columns

Back in the epoch known as B.C.E. —Before Computerized Entertainment — the human race had to create its own diversions. It’s important to have diversions during our interminable northern winters, when cabin fever can grip an entire household. Cabin fever can raise stress levels to the ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I have noticed cars that can't be seen in the day when they fail to turn on their lights when it is snowing, raining or foggy. Can you please explain how dangerous it can be and what the law is that covers this? Answer: Minnesota law states that every vehicle on a roadway shall ...

Millie Thomas on way to supcentenarian

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Happy 106th New Year for Millie Thomas. I’ve known Millie since the middle ’50s. My mother brought my three siblings and I to the Gamble’s store on Main Street. Our trip was to buy our back-to-school clothing — maybe dresses and everyday shoes, boots and seasonal ...

Time to slow the budget swing

Editorials

Now that Tim Walz is sworn in today as Minnesota’s governor, and as the DFL-controlled House takes its seat, it is time to look at where Minnesota stands after eight years of Gov. Mark Dayton. Under Gov. Tim Pawlenty, the state had followed a strict “no tax increase” philosophy in ...

A good start (again)

Local Columns

With the recent passage of the Farm Bill by Congress and its execution by the President, three million more acres have been added to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), bringing the total under the set-aside system’s cap to 27 million acres to be phased in by 2023. Stuck at around 24 ...

What are my life insurance options?

Local Columns

So maybe you’ve thought about life insurance but aren’t sure where to begin, or the options seem too overwhelming. Patrick Blevins, State Farm agent in Lexington,Virginia, helps customers with their life insurance needs every day, and he’s here to help break it all down. Short Term vs. ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I thought I’d read Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” for January. I like the title, and I know there’s a movie of the book. I started with McMurtry’s “In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas” — short pieces about his life in Texas. In the first essay he tells us about the making of ...

Polls proven to be unreliable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In Mr. Will Thomas’ Jan. 5 letter to the editor, he wrote, “Poll after poll shows the majority of Americans do not favor a wall.” The fact that Donald Trump was elected president proves that all polls related to our president are unreliable at best. No poll anywhere ...

Who to contact: Social Security or Medicare?

Local Columns

Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help. Contact Social Security to: • See if you’re eligible for Medicare; • Create a my ...

Congress, codify bump-stock ban

Editorials

The Trump administration was right to ban “bump stocks.” Now Congress should confirm the sensible step by passing legislation to ban the devices, which can transform semi-automatic rifles into automatic rifles. A bump stock was used by the killer in the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting ...