Opinion

Glendalough State Park

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Since Ross’ annual state park pass expired in July and we hadn’t hit a state park in more than a month, we figured it was time to find one that was new to us. We have pretty much exhausted the ones in this part of the state, so we decided to venture a little bit north. I suggested ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Lyon County hunters express concerns THUMBS DOWN: There appears to be a disconnect somewhere between those who are responsible for forming the deer harvesting plan for the state of Minnesota and the actual hunters. Well, at least the hunters in Lyon County. The Department of Natural ...

Consider these financial tips for single women

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If you’re a single woman, most of your financial challenges and aspirations may resemble those of single men. Men and women face the same economic stress factors of modern life, and both groups have similar financial goals, such as the ability to retire comfortably. But women still face ...

Middle Minnesota meanderings

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Business matters recently found my wife and me in central Minnesota. I’m a big believer in mixing business with pleasure, so we took the opportunity to see Alec. No, I don’t mean Alec Baldwin, although the silvery star might well benefit from a visit to the Gopher State. We spent a day in ...

Non-compliant is better than nothing

Editorials

Shutting down seven of a Georgia county’s nine election polling places was bound to raise a stink. Perhaps the outside consultant who recommended it ought to take a refresher course in American history. Election officials in Randolph County, Ga., are between a rock and a hard place. They ...

McCain’s emphasis was ‘Country First’

Editorials

Arizona’s Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer, was known as a political “maverick,” someone who didn’t necessarily follow the party line on issues. Instead, he followed his own convictions, his own belief of what was right and fair. Unlike some politicians who consult ...

Magnificent magnesium

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In the world of human health, magnesium is a key nutrient for many vital functions in the body. Deficiency of this mineral is thought to be linked to more than 20 disease conditions. Despite this importance, it’s estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans do not get enough in their ...

Let there be light … and dark

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Most of us are familiar with the phrase: “Let there be light.” What some of us may not be familiar with is the phrase: “Let there be dark, too.” What in the world are we talking about now? Again, some of us may be asking if they missed a phrase in their spiritual guidance book. Ha! ...

‘A walk into the Past’ will help us not forget

Editorials

Carl Sagan once said “You have to know the past to understand the present.” A couple weeks ago, informational signs started showing up along Main Street in Marshall. The signs sit in a table like formation on legs. They are easy to read with wonderful photos of what downtown buildings ...

A disappearing act

Local Columns

Summer, as it so often does, has flown by in a blur of green and warmth, punctuated by memorable days on the water with snapshots and postmarks of places fished. The season seems to disappear doubly quick when we get a late start and a transition from winter to warmth in a matter of days, as we ...

Today’s revenge

Editorials

Hell hath no fury like a toady scorned. Michael Cohen, to all appearances, seems a hapless sort — a lawyer with no clients, a millionaire whose wealth from New York taxi medallions faced diminishing in the Uber age, a Donald Trump loyalist who received no appointment to a government job, a ...

Social media enables dirty campaigning

Editorials

Politics ain’t bean-bag, as the saying goes, and the Minnesota primary election of Tuesday certainly had its share of nastiness. The weekend allegations of domestic violence against Keith Ellison, six-term congressman and now the DFL’s nominee for attorney general, provided a modern twist ...

If you are young and lose a parent

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District manager Social Security is here for young people when a parent passes away. We know that the loss of a parent isn’t just emotionally painful; it can be devastating to a family’s finances. In the same way that Social Security helps to lift up the disabled and elderly when they ...

Julie J. Johnson shared the pioneer days of her parents

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Part IV Our first post office was in a farm house called Brenner post office. At first we only got our mail once a week. The farmers had to go to Cottonwood to get the mail, later on we got mail three times a week. My parents had Decorah Posten, a Norwegian paper, and they got that paper once ...

The moon’s constant changing face

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We have a summer full moon this weekend, and as great and lovely as full moons are, they really mess up good stargazing with their whitewashing effects. You can still see bright stars and some constellations, and the bright planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are still putting on their show in ...

Speakers, a parking lot, and a rube

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Publisher’s Note: This week, my column is being “hijacked” by a longtime friend, Aaron Popp. Mr. Popp was born and raised on the mean streets of St. Louis (actually, a much more-friendly suburb) and still lives there today. He’s smart, creative and generally speaking a really good ...

Lots of brain power and innovation

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The name says it all. The Balaton Bay Reef Training and Innovation Center is a house of mystery and most certainly innovation. I discovered that while attending the commissioning ceremony Wednesday for the facility and being lucky enough to join more than 200 others on the tours that ...

Spending some time with social media

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In the last couple or so months since I got my new phone (nothing fancy, just one that uses Tracfone), I’ve been dabbling in Facebook Live videos for the Independent’s website. I may not always hold my phone steady or I’m videoing and the action hasn’t yet started, but I’m learning. ...

Pope’s letter a start in atonement

Editorials

Pope Francis took the proper attitude in his letter to the Roman Catholic Church responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Given the circumstances it was the only attitude he could take. Released Monday, the letter admitted that too many in the Church ...