Opinion

Parade route politeness

Local Columns

Imagine parking your lawn chair on the main street of any town during its summer celebration and waiting half an hour to see the grand parade. You want to watch the colorful units, check out the clowns and catch candy. But when the siren starts and you look up the street toward the sound, ...

Dealing with the young immigrants

Editorials

What to do about children who accompany parents crossing the border illegally into the United States is a heart-wrenching problem -and not as simple as one might wish. As many as 2,000 children have been separated from their children after their parents brought them across the border from ...

In the beginning

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In the beginning, it was an idea and like all ideas there needed to be fulfillment. One of my favorite poets is the Nobel prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney. A few years ago a good friend of mine — an outstanding Irishman — gave me a signed copy of Heaney’s little poetry book ...

How to make an informed decision when shopping for chicken

Local Columns

Cookout season has arrived. But did you know June is also Men’s Health Month? The purpose is to encourage men to seek early detection health screenings for various conditions and focus on prevention through exercise and diet. One way to support this mission is to choose lean proteins that are ...

Immigration is not the only border issue

Editorials

While the debate wages over U.S. Immigration policies, another disturbing trend is being reported that also develops from the border with Mexico. A report last week given by the commander of the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force is disturbing. Commander Jody Gladis told the Marshall ...

Tactics for clear water fishing

Local Columns

I’ve fished a great number of lakes in the past few years, from alkaline-clouded sloughs in eastern North Dakota to crystal clear lakes near the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. Of all the waters fished, it is the latter that has provided the greatest challenge. Those lakes where a ...

The best music

Local Columns

A recent study purports that our musical preferences become set in concrete during our teen years. If your teens happened in the 1920s, you might believe that ragtime is the best stuff ever played; if you were a teenybopper in the 1820s, you might own a collection of Beethoven’s Greatest ...

Primaries temper the excesses of conventions

Editorials

It’s a reasonable question when candidates ignore the major business of the conventions — the endorsements — and just move on to the primary. That’s happening this year in the race for governor for both major parties. Sure, there are the after-parties at the conventions, the enticing ...

Letters from the prairie

Local Columns

Part I After the Civil War, and with the enactment of the Homestead Act of 1872, and the close of the Sioux Uprising of 1862, settlers looked to the prairie of southwest Minnesota as a golden opportunity for settlement where they could till the rich soil and raise crops. The trip was made in a ...

How the work rules work for you

Local Columns

Retirement doesn’t have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that wouldn’t have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or ...

Bears flying high, oh my!

Local Columns

Outside of the moon the easiest thing to find in the night sky, even in brightly lit urban areas, has to be the seven bright stars of the Big Dipper. As soon as it’s dark enough after sunset, look high in the northwestern sky for the Big Dipper hanging by its handle. Many people think of ...

Getting older

Local Columns

Last Saturday I turned 46. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I’m already in my, well, later 40s. It seems like last year when I had graduated high school and was heading up to UMD to attend college. I can still picture some of the clothes I wore in high school, how it was a big deal ...

Short Takes

Editorials

A little patience needed by motorists THUMBS UP: The summer months often are a time for the needed, but inconvenient road construction. Motorists will be facing some of that inconvenience starting next week when construction begins on Saratoga Street. Motorists are urged to use alternate ...

Another N. Korean promise to denuclearize

Editorials

This week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un contained a lot of good things for Kim. He got a face-to-face meeting with the American president and the recognition of North Korea as a nuclear power that has to be respected on the world stage. He got a ...

Ask A Trooper

Local Columns

Question: If I rent a properly licensed and lighted tow dolly from a rental company, can I tow a non-running vehicle that is not licensed (no current plates) and not insured? Do I need tail lights in addition to the dolly lights? Answer: A tow dolly is used to tow a vehicle behind a ...

It takes a team effort to fight blight

Editorials

Communities big and small are constantly fighting blight. And there’s a lot of reasons to fight it. No. 1, it makes the community look undesirable to present residents and to those who might want to invest or live in there. It also has a negative effect on surrounding properties and it can ...

June is Dairy Month

Local Columns

June Dairy Month is an annual celebration that began in 1937 and serves as a time to reflect on dairy foods and the industry that makes it possible. First created as a way to help distribute extra milk when cows started on pasture in the summer months, June Dairy Month’s rich history ...

I have a secret

Local Columns

Let me share a secret with you. There’s no such thing as the lazy, hazy days of summer! Yes, they can be lazy and hazy but most are, in the words of the good old song, lazy, hazy and crazy — with the emphasis on crazy. Most of us would agree that we long anticipate the days of summer, ...