Opinion

Is there a right time to take Social Security?

Local Columns

Social Security benefits are a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans. Yet, deciding when to start collecting benefits can be a puzzle, and the solution is different for everyone. You can claim Social Security as early as age 62, or delay it until your 70th birthday. The longer you ...

When in Ghent, toss that Rolle Bolle

Local Columns

I placed the small black wheel in my hand and started to lunge forward with my left leg to let it go. But Rick Mischke stopped me and gave me some friendly advice. “Place three fingers underneath,” he said. He reminded me that the surface of the wheel sloped to one side. My left leg ...

At the Minnesota State Fair

Local Columns

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Minnesota State Fair set an attendance record this year, nearly 2 million people. That included 171,299 on the last day of the 12-day run, Labor Day. There were also more than 35,000 entries in the ag and creative competitions. So Ross and I headed ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The photograph featured this week, which is in the museum’s collection, shows a train wreck that occurred in June of 1907. The train wreck was on the Great Northern Railroad near Lynd. The following account is from the June 10, 1907, edition of the Marshall News-Messenger. “The Sioux ...

Short Takes

Editorials

More students challenging for MPS THUMBS SIDEWAYS: Looks like Marshall Public Schools face more challenges. Superintendent Scott Monson reported Tuesday that the district is likely looking at another significant increase in student enrollment. He said the situation is still fluid, but the ...

13 ways to protect your home when you travel

Local Columns

You’ve packed up your suitcase and booked your itinerary, but before you board the plane, take the time to protect your home while you’re on vacation. July and August are popular vacation months, and not surprisingly, they’re also the months when home burglaries peak. To fully enjoy ...

Another year of Bible classes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Thursday at 6:30-7:30 p.m. the Jesus Cares Ministry of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church at 208 W. Marshall has been blessed to be starting off another year of Bible classes that runs September through May. All individuals in the community with intellectual and ...

Lyon County gets it right on veteran memorials

Editorials

Lyon County on Tuesday reinforced its support in recognizing our military veterans. The board of Commissioners approved $15,000 in county funding to help with the construction of a veterans memorial in downtown Marshall. Bruce Knieff and Marshall Fire Chief Marc Klaith presented concept ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I have a question about the Minnesota State Patrol Blood Relays. Recently, one was performed from the Twin Cities to Red Wing, MN. Why did it involve three patrol officers? I know this isn’t a great distance and have just been wondering what rules or regulations dictate how this ...

Trump challenges Congress on immigration

Editorials

President Donald Trump just passed another hot potato to Congress. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This is a President Barack Obama program that protected hundreds of thousands of young ...

Fat basics 101

Local Columns

For years, we have been told to eat low-fat or fat-free foods, but is this recommendation really the best choice for us? What about those “healthy” fats? The topic of dietary fats can be very confusing, but knowing the difference between saturated, trans, polyunsaturated (omega-3s and ...

Don’t be shy

Local Columns

They were the longest wherever I went. They were subject to constant viewing and continually referencing. They were my feet. In an age when most youth and adult’s feet sizes where within the size range of 6-10, I walked around on size 13s. They were that size in fifth grade and made a ...

Driving the ‘A’

Local Columns

I recently needed to move some large round bales of hay, which gave me an excuse to drive my 1949 John Deere “A” tractor. Certainly there are easier ways to move bales other than with a two-cylinder tractor and a two-wheel cart. But I’m Norwegian, so doing things the easy way is against ...

Health care madness

Local Columns

It seems that I have reached the age where I do a lot of visits with doctors not just in Marshall, but trips to Sioux Falls, S.D., Willmar and Minneapolis. I suspect that I could do a better job of documenting those trips out of Marshall so that I could deduct them on those IRS forms, but it ...

Who is a ‘rogue nation?’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: North Korea tested a nuclear weapon, and is called (in a tweet) a “rogue nation,” by President Donald Trump, representing the United States. The United States, actually, was “a rogue nation“ when it used a nuclear Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) on the Japanese in ...

Trump’s strategic reset

Editorials

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Local Columns

Part IV: Lyon County residents were finally forced to admit that they needed aid and finally made application for a portion of the $5,000 appropriated. The Saratoga settlement received $250 from the governor in early March which was distributed among the needy. Many of the county farmers ...

Sense of the hunt

Local Columns

Amid on-again-off-again training for an upcoming half marathon (which will be run at a leisurely pace this year, I can assure you) I found myself headed to the stand in the white glow of my LED headlamp for the opening of North Dakota’s deer archery season. Stiffness in my legs and left hip ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Local Columns

Part IV: Lyon County residents were finally forced to admit that they needed aid and finally made application for a portion of the $5,000 appropriated. The Saratoga settlement received $250 from the governor in early March which was distributed among the needy. Many of the county farmers ...

sense of the hunt

Local Columns

Amid on-again-off-again training for an upcoming half marathon (which will be run at a leisurely pace this year, I can assure you) I found myself headed to the stand in the white glow of my LED headlamp for the opening of North Dakota’s deer archery season. Stiffness in my legs and left hip ...