Opinion

Put a trusted ‘quarterback’ on your financial team

Local Columns

On Sunday, the eyes of most of the country — and much of the rest of the world — will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the U.S. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I can’t wait to start reading another chapter or two of “Lassie Come-Home.” But I don’t want the book to end too soon. Sometimes I read it out loud. I’m paying attention to places, people, and of course to Lassie, the purebred collie, as she is often described. There is a map inside ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: What is the correct following distance? Everyone seems to be way too close behind each other. Answer: The only law regarding following distance pertains to vehicles pulling trailers. This includes trucks as well as semi-truck tractors with trailers. They must maintain a minimum ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The official organization of Grandview Township took place in August of 1873 at the first town meeting in the home of Jacob Thomas. The village of Grandview was founded in the spring of 1878 and the town site was plotted by the railroad on July 5, 1878. Grandview was the name chosen for the ...

‘The Greatest Showman’

Local Columns

When I was a kid, I remember going to the Shrine Circus in the fifth grade. I vaguely remember some of the acts, but I do recall getting a light-up toy that I spent $3 on. The battery ended up getting corroded, and the toy was basically useless. My family also visited the Circus World Museum in ...

MNLARS insanity

Editorials

Albert Einstein famously defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” State lawmakers should keep this in mind as they ponder the idea of giving another $43 million to the people who have already spent nearly $96 million on the Minnesota ...

Plan now for rising population of people 65 and over

Editorials

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Karin Housley put the spotlight on a very important issue while campaigning in Marshall Tuesday. She claims that by the year 2030, the population of people living in Minnesota ages 65 and over will double. She said the scary part is that there will only be ...

5 reasons to try walnuts for American Heart Health Month

Local Columns

When it comes to heart health, it might surprise you that eating a calorie-dense, high-fat snack is a good choice for cardiovascular health. But it’s true. Here are a few reasons you should consider reaching for a small handful of walnuts. • Walnuts are the only nuts that contain ...

An introduction

Local Columns

The day began with a communication asking me to introduce someone to someone. My initial response was: “Certainly!” I’d be happy to accomplish that task but then reality set in. What reality? The two someones are many miles apart and how does one make an introduction when separated by ...

Maybe next year

Local Columns

My wife and I are not sports aficionados. The world of professional sports is something that drones on in the background of our lives, like a radio that has a broken “off” switch. An item that is sports-related will occasionally bubble up into our consciousness. For instance, some years ...

The signs are there — after the fact

Editorials

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Dress it up

Local Columns

In the heart of winter, while all of Hollywood’s brightest stars make their way down the red carpet in an endless array of award shows, dressed in the latest fashions from the world’s top designers, it’s not unusual to find a die-hard lure maker deep into the night dressing up his or her ...

Ex-spouse benefits and how they affect you

Local Columns

District manager Just like during tax season, it’s good to have all the information you need early so you can prepare and get any money you are due. If you are age 62, unmarried, and divorced from someone entitled to Social Security retirement or disability benefits, you may be ...

Bandits part of area history

Local Columns

Part II As far as we know, the only famous bandit who visited Lyon County was Jesse James. And he did not come to rob the residents, but rather to find overnight accommodation or ask directions on his journey through the area. According to an article submitted by Tracy resident, Mrs. Harold ...

We’re having a loaded lunar trifecta on Jan. 31

Local Columns

This coming Wednesday we’re having an extremely rare astronomical event over southwest Minnesota. It will be a super bloody blue moon all in the same 20 hours. It’s been over 130 years since this last happened, and it won’t happen again for a heck of a long time! The term blue moon has ...

Smart retirement saving strategies for each decade

Local Columns

Whether you can still count the days since you started your first job or you are nearing the end of your career, saving for retirement should be a top financial priority. You have the potential to spend decades in retirement, so it’s worth committing to saving today. Here are some fundamental ...

Listening is better than seeing

Local Columns

I was talking with Marshall Radio General Manager Brad Strootman when I noticed Amy Manning of Hanley Falls patiently waiting and watching as Minnesota Twins broadcaster Kris Atteberry was having a conversation with another baseball fan. I was waiting for Atteberry as well, but Manning zipped ...

A candlelight hike in Split Rock Creek State Park

Local Columns

Ross and I enjoyed time at a couple of the state parks this past Saturday. Several of the Minnesota state parks are currently doing candlelight events on Saturday evenings — whether it’s cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or hiking. Ross and I had gone on a candlelight hike last year on ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Anyone passing by the Lyon County Courthouse in Marshall may have noticed the monument on the courthouse grounds. The Soldiers’ Monument, as it is called, has been in place in front of the courthouse since 1911. The Soldiers’ Monument was dedicated by the Marshall Grand Army of the Republic ...

Are you a snowbird? protect your finances while you’re gone

Local Columns

Winter is here — but you may be leaving it behind if you’re a snowbird. When you go, though, you’ll want to keep your financial situation from getting caught out in the cold. These are a few suggestions you may want to consider: Protect your home. If you’re like many people, your ...