Opinion

Milking cows and playing polka

Local Columns

It was a case of mistaken identity. Actually it was my ignorance that got the best of me when I walked into the Wabasso Community Center on June 28 for the Lions 46th Annual Pork BBQ. The first thing I noticed when I walked inside was the tantalizing aroma of barbecue. Next I noticed the ...

Are you sure you’re pro-life … really?

Local Columns

How pro-life are you? Considering the voting demographics of the rural Midwest in general and southern Minnesota specifically, I’m going to assume most people who read this will be Republican. And one of the Republican tenants is opposing abortion. In fact, I believe it’s the singular ...

A three-day weekend

Local Columns

I was blessed with a rare three-day weekend this past weekend. And the weather cooperated all three days. Ross and I didn’t travel far as we did that the previous weekend, but we found things to do within a 100-mile radius of Marshall. Ross has been car shopping for the last few months, so ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Summer in southwest Minnesota has a different meaning for everyone, but most people this summer will consume ice cream, which is especially tasty on hot summer days. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice ...

Sticking neck out at Girls State

Local Columns

There were a lot of girls sticking their necks out at Minnesota Girl’s State. On the first day of the program, unknowingly adorned with a predetermined Federalist name tag and a Bernie Sanders sweatshirt, I had no clue what I had gotten myself into. I walked into my dorm room and was ...

What can investors learn from the All Stars?

Local Columns

Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you’re a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you’re an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars, including ...

The real reason to celebrate the Fourth holiday

Editorials

The price for Independence is not cheap. Fourth of July festivities in Southwest Minnesota reminded us of that. Especially in Hendricks. The July holiday is often a reason to spend time on the lake or hold a barbecue with friends and family. It's all topped off with magnificent fireworks. ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: What can be done about an aging family member when their driving skills become diminished and it becomes a safety concern? Answer: Older drivers in general are safe. As we age the risks behind the wheel increase with the possibility of declining cognitive, vision and physical ...

The Constitutional convention

Editorials

What came to be called the “Constitutional Convention” began on May 25, 1787. The thirteen states were all represented, with the exception of Rhode Island. The delegates were probably not upset with its absence, that state having a somewhat “checkered reputation”. It was not too ...

On a mission of conservatism

Local Columns

In a blocked off area inside the American Legion on Main Street Marshall a couple weeks ago, author Alan Duff spoke to handful of folks on the need to empower mainstream America. “I believe self-serving politicians and their accomplices are the greatest threat to America,” Duff told his ...

Fire up the flavor with grilled fruits and vegetables

Local Columns

It’s grilling season! What better way to fill half of your plate with fruits and veggies than to take advantage of the season. Grilling enhances the sweetness in both fruits and vegetables and, with the right techniques, will have your friends and family wanting more! Below are a few of my ...

I crossed the line

Local Columns

All of us, have at one time or the other, heard these words of warning: “Madam/Sir/Young Man/Young Woman, you have crossed the line!” Interestingly enough, even if it’s the first time we’ve received the warning, we know exactly what’s being said to us. We know because “the look” ...

Hayloft fun

Local Columns

Summer vacation has arrived, which means that schoolchildren are busily honing their math and spelling skills and assiduously practicing their cursive, especially the capital letter Q. Ha! Just kidding! The average school ager is doing everything he or she can to forget everything they have ...

Health care: The complications mount for Republicans

Editorials

Nobody knew health care could be so complicated. Many Republicans in Congress ran on repealing the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. For years, the House regularly took symbolic repeal votes, knowing the legislation was unlikely to get through the Senate and knowing that ...

Editorial contains ‘gross distortion’ of facts

Letters to the Editor

In Thursday’s editorial, you commented on the Senate health care proposal with these words, “according to the CBO, the Senate bill would only kick 22 million people off of their healthcare by 2026.” This is a gross distortion of the facts, a blatant lie; something that has, sadly, ...

July summer comfort stargazing

Local Columns

The stars and constellations of summer are well out of their winter slumber, and they’re waiting for you to enjoy them on a warm clear July evenings. Don’t let mosquitoes spoil your nocturnal fun though. Have the bug repellant at the ready. As I’ve told you before though, in most cases ...

A contract for the heart

Local Columns

Mandy Catron is not what you would call a typical romantic. The author of a book titled “How to Fall in Love With Anyone,” has also been a contributor to the New York Times column “Modern Love.” In a contribution to that column a couple years ago, Catron wrote about a first date ...

Five ways to get a jump on 2017 tax savings

Local Columns

With the April deadline for filing taxes behind us, it can be easy to put taxes out of your mind until next filing season. Before you do, review your financial situation to see if you could benefit from early tax planning. A little organization today may help you reduce your 2017 tax burden. ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

There are three photographs of cats in Thomas McNamee’s book “The Inner Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions,” c 2017. One is of Augusta, the black kitten who was a surprise visitor to the McNamee place in Montana when she was about three months old. ...