Opinion

Do good for your gut with probiotics

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One of the more recent health crazes is adding more probiotic-rich foods into our diet — and for good reason. Probiotics help increase the amount of good bacteria in our gut flora, the space where millions of both good and bad bacteria live in our gut. Recent research is showing how the ...

There’s always a reason to celebrate

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One of the magazines to which I subscribe is Wine Enthusiast and for me, it’s a good read. It has good commentary about the past, present and future of the world’s wine industry, and I enjoy the personal stories of the various vintners. Along with its emphasis on wine, it includes sections ...

Being on public TV

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Big Bird has been a member of our household ever since I can remember. He doesn’t actually live with us, obviously; if he did, we would have gone broke from buying all the newspapers needed to line the bottom of his cage. What I mean is that Public Broadcasting has long been integral to ...

Prepare now for Fourth Industrial Revolution

Editorials

Student speakers at Marshall High School’s 2017 graduation ceremony on Friday spoke of their upcoming journey in life. Marshall High School Principal Brian Jones said 167 students were receiving their diplomas. “After this point, our future is in our hands,” student Speaker Brooke ...

Go fishing

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It’s fitting that this week is “National Fishing and Boating Week” because we need it now more than ever. I don’t know what last week’s title was, but it was awful. With the world still reeling from a bombing of a concert for tweens and teens across the pond that left 22 dead and ...

Financial gifts — and tips — for new graduates

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It’s graduation season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set ...

They knew long ago they didn’t agree

Editorials

One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders never really put together a budget deal that both sides could live with. While Dayton signed most of a $46 billion budget on Tuesday, he vetoed funding for the Legislature, ...

Bridal hope chests

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The month of June used to be the most popular time for weddings and bridal showers. These events were held in June probably because the bride could be pretty certain that there would not be snow falling on her special day – especially on the prairie of southwest Minnesota. Also, the lilacs ...

Social Security supports Cancer Survivors Day

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District manager In 2017, more than a million people will be diagnosed with cancer around the world. This alarming statistic affects people and families everywhere. Chances are, you know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease. On June 4, we observe National Cancer ...

Constant Capella

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Four out of the five brightest stars currently seen from Marshall are readily visible in the celestial dome. Of course the sun is our brightest and closest star. Once the sun has finally set these early June evenings, the next brightest “star” to pop out is Jupiter in the south-southwest ...

Discovering happiness inside Larry Olsen’s barn

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If you are searching for happiness in life, I recommend you walk into Larry Olsen’s Lake Benton barn during a Memorial Day weekend. And don’t worry, you won’t be trespassing. He will be expecting you. “I open the door up and trust everybody,” Olsen said. He had just led his Larry ...

Navigating your first year in retirement

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Like most Americans, you’ve probably spent years working to achieve the retirement of your dreams. Then there comes a point when this career milestone changes from a distant goal to an imminent reality. You can make your first year away from work more rewarding and less stressful when you ...

Fagen Fighters WWII Museum

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The last time I was at the Fagen Fighters World War II Museum near Granite Falls was at the grand opening in September 2012. Boy does time fly. It seems like last year. I was covering the event for the Independent. One of the guest speakers was the co-pilot of “Miracle on the Hudson,” ...

On the Porch

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Irwin Alfred Stellmacher was born May 1, 1896, in Renville to Henry and Louise Yunker Stellmacher. In 1906, he moved with his parents to Marshall where he finished school. In 1917, he went to the Rahe Automobile Training School in Kansas City and received his diploma on June 15, 1917. On April ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Taking advantage of a second chance THUMBS UP: Marshall Area Technical Education Center graduated its largest class ever with 15 earning diplomas. Torin Squires-Shaw was among those graduating. In fact, he was the class speaker. His message should be motivating for area students who are ...

Replacement cost vs. market value

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When you purchase a homeowners insurance policy, you’ll make a number of decisions. One of the most important is the amount of coverage which best meets your needs. Understanding your options will help you make an informed choice that safeguards your home and your family’s financial ...

Legislature, Dayton help out farmers

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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation on Wednesday released a statement hailing the Minnesota’s Legislature's passing of the omnibus tax bill. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill on Tuesday. The bill included a 40 percent tax credit on the portion of agriculture property taxes going toward school ...

Ask a Trooper

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By Sgt. Troy Christianson Question: I see vehicles go by with extended carriers attached to their hitch with several full gas cans. We discuss what could happen if a driver was not paying attention and ran into one such vehicle. How safe can this be? Is there any laws in place that makes this ...

Sharing my movie favorites

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Two weeks ago I wrote about “backyard drying” using clotheslines and clothespins. In my mind, at the time, came an image from having recently seen one of those old movies on Turner Classic Movies. The image was a clothesline with blanket hanging on it in a shabby motel room. The blanket ...