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Hiking in Minnesota

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2017 has flown past me, much to my dismay. It seems like I was just buying presents for Christmas last year, marveling in the signs of spring, splashing around in the swimming pond in Camden State Park and looking for fall colors in Minneopa State Park. Time marches on. If we could only stop ...

Ask a Trooper

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The Spanish-American War in 1898 was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the Western Pacific and Latin America. The war originated in the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, ...

When Godless heathens take a stand

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"Down is up, up is down. Good is Wicked, Wicked is Good. The times are changing. This is what Oz has come to.” – Author Danielle Page. It all started with Harvey Weinstein. It’s been about a month since the accusations surfaced surrounding the famed Hollywood producer/director. ...

Short takes

Editorials

What happened to the Marshall Plan? THUMBS DOWN: What’s really good news for Luverne and southwest Minnesota in general, turned out to be somewhat disappointing news for Marshall. The tru Shrimp company announced last week that it will be building its first shrimp hatchery in Luverne ...

Consider multiple factors when creating retirement plans

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When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement? Consider the following: Age at ...

Thanks to men and women who served

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To the editor: The members of American Legion Auxiliary Marshall Unit 113 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you for the security ...

Remember, honor our military veterans

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Data released by the Department of Veterans Affairs in September provided insight into how much pain some of our military veterans are experiencing. The data was pulled from the VA's comprehensive examinations of more than 55 million records from 1979 to 2014. One finding shows the suicide ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: I noticed several freshly killed deer on the side of the highway yesterday. What are the traffic related requirements when someone collides with a deer, and what are the game related requirements with killing a deer? Is it legal to take the deer home? Answer: If you are involved in ...

Church massacre a tragic lesson for military

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Another mass shooting, more debate over gun laws. As this debate rages on, it seems the nation just braces for the next tragedy. Who will be the next victims? What can be done to stop the madness? Well, let's start with the laws, regulations and requirements on the books nationwide and in ...

To each their own

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Meditation isn’t new to me. Over the years, I’ve had quite a number of experiences with various models of meditation and I’ve discovered the activity can be very calming. When events around me get a bit frenetic, I have a meditation practice that helps me relax. It involves taking a ...

The truth about cranberries

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With a multitude of health benefits, not only are cranberries a tasty addition at upcoming holiday meals, but a healthy one too! Here’s a breakdown of the latest findings on cranberries, along with tips for including more cranberries in your diet. Cancer prevention. Cranberries have been ...

Ocular agony

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I was only 9 years old when I received my life sentence. Third grade had started out so promising. My teacher, Mrs. Mortimer, was a kindly, aunt-like lady who largely left me to my own devices in the feral realms at the back of the classroom. My academic goal was to never be called upon in ...

Consider buffer strips as restitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the Oct. 31 issue of the Marshall Independent, State Representative Chris Swedzinski expressed the sentiment that complying with Minnesota’s buffer zone law “is a general taking of land.” He added that the state “isn’t really offering anything” as compensation ...

United in orange

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Blaze orange is the color that binds us as hunters at this time of year. While we all may don the most visible shade known to man to let members of our hunting parties, or those in others know of our presence, the color serves as a common bond. It is a burning flag in the field that signals to ...

Catherine Jones Thomas

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Part I According to A.P. Rose in his book “Lyon County, MN, 1884-1912,” “Benjamin B. and Catherine (Jones) Thomas, were two of the best-known residents of southern Lyon county. They were natives of Wales, who came to America at the ages of nineteen and twelve years, respectively. They ...

Social Security supports veterans

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District manager Supporting veterans and active duty members of the military is a key part of Social Security’s mission. Our disability program has helped countless wounded warriors and their loved ones. Every Veterans Day, the nation collectively honors the brave people who risk their ...

Taking on a slap shot for indoor hockey

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With a Zach Parise-type move, Darin Rahm swiftly pulled a wooden hockey stick out of the corner in his Marshall Chamber of Commerce office. He held it like he was eyeing up a puck. “It’s just a wooden stick. It doesn’t look too special,” I said, as I sat in the opposite corner of ...

The bright winter shiners are on the rise

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Most people love daylight saving time, but deep down most amateur astronomers and stargazers can live without it. Daylight saving time is tough on stargazers, especially folks who have to wake up at 3:30 a.m. for their job, like me for instance! As of this Sunday we’re back on standard time, ...

Books and Beyond

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I saw picture book titles recently in New at the Library that interested me. From the titles, I assumed they were all about sleep. One of them I put on hold because it had already been checked out: “Go Sleep in Your Own Bed,” by Candace Fleming and Lori Nichols, c 2017. The children’s ...

A weekend of barbershop

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It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Land O’ Lakes District Fall Convention quartet and chorus competition, so it was really looking forward to a weekend chock-full of barbershop music. The event was in Rochester and featured 24 quartets and 18 choruses from around the region ...