Opinion

A green up

Local Columns

The sun broke free of the high, hazy clouds that held the forecasted temperatures in check and the world around our boat in the shallows of Little Detroit Lake lit up in a verdant show of the first emergent weeds of the season. Having worked hard in the chilly midday gray, flipping watermelon ...

GOP: A political party owned by Trump

Editorials

The U.S. Senate candidacy of Richard Painter is more notable for what it says about the Republican Party than for what it tells us about the DAL, the party whose nomination Painter seeks. Painter’s credentials as a Democrat are slender, to say the least. The University of Minnesota law ...

Celebrity Birthdays

Local Columns

Celeb birthdays for the week of May 13-19 By The Associated Press May 13: Actor Buck Taylor (“Gunsmoke,” “Gods and Generals”) is 80. Actor Harvey Keitel is 79. Actress Zoe Wanamaker (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) is 70. Actor Franklyn Ajaye (“Car Wash,” TV’s ...

Jupiter is on the night shift

Local Columns

Have you seen that super bright star rising in the low southeastern Marshall sky shortly after sunset in the evening twilight? It’s not a star, but rather the big guy of our solar system, the planet Jupiter. The 88,000-mile wide planet named after the king of the gods in Roman mythology is ...

Hey governor, it was nice seeing you

Local Columns

At first, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton went on one knee in front of a group of second graders inside a Park Side Elementary classroom Thursday afternoon. He was admiring all of the drawings the children created for him. But seconds later, the 71 year old was sitting on the floor with the youths ...

SMAC Artist Retreat

Local Columns

From time to time I like to be artistic, or at least attempt to be artistic. Such was the case at the annual Southwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Artist Retreat last weekend at Danebod in Tyler. The Artist Retreat is a two-day event, Friday and Saturday. Attendees have the option to go ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Formally established in 1954 (records go back as early as 1934), the Lyon County Historical Society collects, preserves, and shares stories of Lyon County’s past through meaningful exhibits and education at the Lyon County Museum in Marshall. LCHS is a nonprofit, member supported ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Visit more often and stay awhile THUMBS SIDEWAYS: It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra visit Marshall the past two weeks. But both arrived in town with agendas. Both are lobbying the Legislature for more funding for education. Dayton stayed ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Would law enforcement give me a citation if I have a prescription, from my eye doctor, saying that I get migraine headaches from intense lighting and my truck windows can be tinted to 20 percent on driver and passenger windows, for no more than two years? Answer: Drivers must be in ...

Take all school threats seriously

Editorials

There was a time when the idea of arresting a 10-year-old child would be laughable to most people. Zero-tolerance policies resulting in the arrests of young children for minor offenses that should have been treated with common sense and flexibility were rightly met with derision. Such is not ...

Kansas still rocks

Local Columns

The crowd gathering in the auditorium contained more gray heads than an AARP convention. Some of the ladies in attendance wore retro-looking tie-dyed T-shirts. “Bunch of old hippies!” I thought to myself. My wife and I had gone to the venue to enjoy the lyrical offerings of a musical ...

Make funding Highway 14 a priority

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am disheartened by the news that Highway 14 was not included in the Corridors of Commerce funding this year. I have grown up in New Ulm and have driven Highway 14 more times than I can count. I have seen more than my share of accidents on the highway. There have been ...

Dollars spent fighting Islamic terrorists is money well spent

Editorials

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met last week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

Confronting tough questions following the #MeToo Movement

Editorials

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you’d told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called “America’s Favorite Dad,” I would have thought you were nuts. ...

Trump, Giuliani declare war on Mueller

Editorials

After more than a year of deceptive bobbing and weaving in the Robert Mueller investigation, President Trump has bought into the strategy that best suits his personal style: standing and fighting back. In buying into the modus operandi of his latest defense lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy ...

Say Happy Mother’s Day with a healthier breakfast

Local Columns

In honor of Women’s Health Month, learn to shop for breakfast items that will make Mom proud. When shopping for breakfast items — pancake mix, frozen waffles, granola — not all products are created equal. If you or your family are trying to eat a little better, here’s a few things to ...

Coffee cups and beer?

Local Columns

When was the last time you entered a brewery’s tap room and saw a wall covered with hanging coffee cups? Coffee cups! In a beer hall? Hmmm, there’s a story there. I’d heard about a Montevideo-based brewery called “Talking Waters” and the name interested me. Did the brewers taste ...

DOD needs to protect its troops from sexual assault

Editorials

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

Cornered

Local Columns

“If the trout have been stocked, it’ll be fast and furious,” I explained to my buddy Adam, “if they’re not in the lake yet, the bites will be fewer, but the fish will all be big,” I concluded on our sort of all-or-nothing venture to a prairie impoundment known for its handful of big ...