Opinion

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I give thanks that I’ve been reading Mrs. Miniver in December. On Christmas Eve I read several of the articles to my husband, who had just come inside from the porch where he put up a few lights. Since I had a cold, we decided to stay home from Christmas Eve services. In the afternoon I sang ...

Let’s hope DOD audit will cut waste

Editorials

Perhaps the Pentagon’s decision to launch a comprehensive audit demanded for years by members of Congress is progress. We’ll believe it when we see it. If history is any guide, the Defense Department will spend too much on an audit that covers up massive misspending, then will ignore the ...

Maybe it’s time to look at sprucing up Main Street

Editorials

With the new year comes new opportunities. So, now might be the time to think about giving the Marshall downtown area a fresher look. Last week, the property management team of Al Greig and Norm Gregerson announced plans to sell a couple dozen commercial properties along Main Street and Third ...

Don’t miss best light show in Marshall

Local Columns

If you have not yet been out to the north part of the Southwest Minnesota State University campus, you still have a few evenings left to take in the best light display that Marshall has had – at least in my experience. The Light up the Night 2017 began Nov. 30 and will have run every ...

Resolutions or real solutions?

Local Columns

As we approach the beginning of a new year, a popular thing for many people to do is to make a New Year’s resolution. Two of the most popular resolutions tend to be to improve our fitness and lose weight. While many lofty goals are set, it seems that after a couple of weeks the goals that ...

I hope…

Local Columns

Ah, good old New Year’s celebrations! First we make New Year’s resolutions, then we celebrate New Year’s Eve, and finally and sleepily, we get through New Year’s Day. And before you know it, the New Year is crazily skidding past us, and we suddenly wonder about what happened to ...

Cabin fever

Local Columns

This can be a dangerous time of the year, and not just because of the hazards regarding leftover fruitcake. An even larger peril lurks, one that can affect the life of every man, woman and beast here in the Northland. Yes, I’m talking about Cabin Fever. Cabin Fever is a common malady ...

Give the gift of safety

Local Columns

Few firearms symbolize the holidays more than the Red Ryder BB gun received by Ralphie in the classic yuletide movie “A Christmas Story.” While his first experience with the peacemaker does not go well — nearly shooting his eye out as forewarned by his mother, teacher and even Santa Claus ...

Childhood Christmas memories

Local Columns

Part I We did not think much about Christmas until the middle of the month. That is when I would begin daydreaming at the east windows of the kitchen where I would draw on the ice that had gathered on the inside of the window the items that I wished for. Mom had already ordered the gifts ...

Social Security’s gift to children is security

Local Columns

District manager During the holiday season, most of us, regardless of religion or beliefs, focus on the children we love. Caring for children is one of the best ways to safeguard the future. And we at Social Security know a thing or two about helping children. The application for a ...

First light in your Christmas telescope

Local Columns

I know I may be getting ahead of myself just a bit but if you’re expecting a telescope under the Christmas tree I sure hope you get one. Maybe you’ve just decided to treat yourself to a telescope for great viewing in 2018 and beyond. You might be tempted to put off using your new ...

Discovering true meaning of Christmas

Local Columns

The true meaning of Christmas can be found in many places. However, I stumbled onto that true meaning when I drove over to Hill Street Place in Marshall on Tuesday to talk to some residents about their white Christmas memories. I was escorted to a large table inside the dining room. It was ...

Capitalizing on a growing global economy

Local Columns

One of the notable trends in 2017 is that for the first time since the Great Recession, virtually all economies around the world have enjoyed synchronized global growth. This is one of several reasons why investors have increasingly turned to international stocks and bonds to diversify their ...

A muddy hike in Garvin

Local Columns

Although it was gray and cloudy last Saturday, the temperatures weren’t frigid and there wasn’t any snow in the forecast. We were OK with a little jaunt outside in a nearby park. Last Saturday’s selection was Garvin Park. When we got to the entrance, we noted one car parked by the ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The photograph featured this week is one of the museum’s newer donations. It is a postcard featuring a photograph of the Catholic Church in Russell. The old Russell school building (built in 1897 and closed in 1920 when the present school building opened) and outhouses are shown in the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

A boost for Lake Benton area THUMBS UP: The Lake Benton area received a boost when it was announced Hole in the Mountain Park was named to regional park status. It will now qualify for a Legacy Foundation matching funds grant, Lincoln County Board commissioners were told. According to ...

8 simple changes to lower your heating bill this winter

Local Columns

Heat: it’s the single largest energy expense in your home according to ENERGY STAR, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While you can’t avoid using heat in winter, homeowners can take simple and inexpensive steps to save energy and cut home heating costs. When the ...

Look for ways to prevent future bad behavior

Editorials

Reports of increasing bad behavior by junior and high school students is an issue that is being dealt with in different ways, depending on the state or school district. And of course, there are many opinions on why it happens and how to deal with it. Often times, bad behavior such as bullying ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I was told that motorists have to yield to a city bus when it enters the road from a bus stop, is this true? Answer: There is a state law that says that a driver of a vehicle traveling in the right-hand lane of traffic shall yield the right of way to any transit bus attempting to ...

Proof Earth orbits the sun

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Dec. 14, Mr. Drietz also suggested that Earth doesn’t orbit the sun. Another challenge accepted. Suppose you were standing beside a railroad track when a train went by blowing a whistle. You would hear a high-pitched (short wavelength) tone sliding down to a lower ...