Opinion

Gas prices: Reducing fuel efficiency will be road to ruin

Editorials

A Trump administration plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards of automobiles will turn back progress that has been made in reducing gas prices, reducing greenhouse gases and will likely disrupt the auto industry. Part of the plan also calls for prohibiting states from setting their own ...

Julie J. Johnson shared the pioneer days of her parents

Local Columns

Part II My father made his own candles. I can remember so well those big black kettles with three legs on. One kettle had hot tallow in it the other cold water. The wick was just a heavy cord which was tied to a stick. Then the wick was dipped in hot tallow, then dipped in the cold water and ...

Minnesotans face changes in their Medicare

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This fall, many Minnesotans on Medicare will be affected by changes in their Medicare. This is due to the sunsetting or ending of many Medicare Cost Plans throughout the country and in many of Minnesota’s counties. This is especially a big issue in our state, as Cost Plans ...

Check out a celestial shower and a celestial teapot this weekend

Local Columns

This weekend and early Monday morning is the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower in the Marshall sky as the Earth cruises around the sun at 67,000 mph and runs into a dust debris trail left behind by comet Swift Tuttle that last visited our part of the solar system in 1992. Comets are ...

Yant speeding toward retirement

Local Columns

Lucky for Marshall, a helpful father reminded a young Rob Yant that math wasn't his strong suit in school. His father's guidance led Yant down a path that eventually led to a law enforcement career instead of pursuing his desire to go fast and become a pilot. “As a little kid I wanted to ...

Where did summer go?

Local Columns

I recently shared a meme on Facebook that said something to the effect of “June and July lasted 4 seconds.” Heavens I couldn’t agree more. I consider the Fourth of the July to be the “middle” of summer (which it probably isn’t) so when the month slid by, I admit I was kind of ...

Murray Co. Sheriff forum very informative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: (A) judge finds Sheriff Steve Telkamp’s testimony to be less credible than defendants. I attended the forum for our candidates for commissioners and sheriff on Aug. 1 and found them very informative. Some of them seemed very adamant in what they were saying, some not so. ...

Telkamp best sheriff to work for

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have been with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office for over 20 years and have worked for three different sheriffs here. Steve Telkamp is by far, the best of the three that I have worked for. He is a leader and has always bent over backward to accommodate his staff. We ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Lots of trade war buzz at Farmfest THUMBS DOWN: Donald Trump’s trade war with China and the upcoming primary election gave everybody attending this year’s IDEAg Farmfest a lot more to talk about then just the newest equipment available to put out in the fields. There was a lot of buzz ...

Where you live as retiree can affect financial strategies

Local Columns

Upon retiring, many people relocate to enjoy a more favorable climate, or to be closer to grown children, or to live in an area they’ve visited and enjoyed. If you, too, are thinking of moving someday, you’ll want to study possible locations, but you also need to be aware that where you ...

Minnesota Machinery Museum

Local Columns

There are few things that soothe my soul more than a gentle breeze on a warm summer afternoon, the smell of fresh doughnuts wafting in the air and the sound of two-cylinder John Deere tractors popping in the distance. Toss in a dash of oat dust and you have recreated an August afternoon of my ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Do I need an oversize or wideload permit to haul a boat lift that is over 9 feet wide to my cabin? Answer: You would need to obtain a permit because the width is over 8 feet 6 inches. Hauling oversized items without a permit or escorts (if required) can be dangerous and is illegal. ...

N Korea should release remains of all American vets

Editorials

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Thank you, Municipal Band

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A fitting end to this centennial concert season would be a huge word of thanks to the members of the Marshall Municipal Band. They bring a high level of skills and desire to perform a demanding and varied program of band music every week of our season. They are a joy to direct ...

Add focus, not bureaucracy to space defense

Editorials

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

The ultimate ‘foodie’ experience

Local Columns

Last weekend found me making the trek out to the Pacific Northwest to visit my son in Seattle. He knows that one of my favorite spots in that city is Pike’s Market, so that was our first stop as we made our way from the airport to his apartment. Pike’s Market is the ultimate farmers market ...

Teamwork

Local Columns

It started with a rosé and ended with a chianti, but in between, there was a whole lot of teamwork. I’m sure the word, teamwork, has gone through our ears and across our lips many times and all of us know the importance of it. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, teamwork is critical ...

Plan on voting on Aug. 14

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: You need to do something right now. Whip out your phone or your planner and circle Tuesday, Aug. 14. Why? Because Aug. 14 is Primary Election Day in Minnesota. In this election, you’ll choose the candidates who will appear on the General Election ballot on Nov. 6. You’ll ...

Laws do get passed

Editorials

We tend to complain at the end of a legislative session when Minnesota legislators have failed to get their most important bills passed, but even in so-called “do-nothing” sessions, a lot of laws get passed that have quite a bit of impact on people. They are important laws and make a good ...

Back to school

Local Columns

While strolling the aisles of the nearby megamart it hit me like a ton of bricks, or a pile of spiral-bound notebooks, as it were. The creeping metal twist through covers of blue and yellow binding college-ruled papers brought a slight feeling of melancholy. It was as if I had been transported ...