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Board kicking the can down the road THUMBS DOWN: Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink is discovering how slow the wheels of government can turn. Fink is spearheading an effort to raise funds and build a veterans memorial park in Minneota. He was hoping to get some funding help from ...

Don’t let your investments take a ‘vacation’

Local Columns

It’s summer again — time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won’t want your investments to do the same — in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year ...

Dangerous situation on County Road 7

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We live on the corner of Westwood Drive and Cumberland Road in Marshall. Our backyard is County Road 7. From our deck, we have seen many walkers, runners, skaters, joggers and bicyclists — many of them young children — potentially risking their safety to cross ...

Teacher salaries too low in rural school districts

Editorials

The Ivanhoe Times this week put the spotlight on a real problem plaguing rural school districts in Minnesota. A report from the June 14 Ivanhoe School District board meeting focused on a high turnover rate for teachers. The report said the district hired three new teachers in 2014-15, four in ...

Another successful Relay for Life event held in Marshall

Editorials

Another successful Lyon County Relay for Life event was held in Marshall Friday. This year, the event was held inside the Red Baron Arena and Expo. There were plenty of activities and entertainment at the event. Many events were youth orientated, such as a costume parade. More importantly, ...

Isolate N. Korea’s murderous regime

Editorials

Last week North Korea made a “humanitarian” gesture, releasing U.S. college student Otto Warmbier from custody, 17 months into his 15 year hard labor sentence for the crime of allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster. His parents had only recently learned that Warmbier, held without ...

Fuel your activity right with carbohydrates

Local Columns

As the weather gets warmer, many of us head out to take part in local running or biking races, or just to have some active fun on our own or with our families. To fuel up for these activities, it is important to eat foods that will help us do our best, whether for competition or just for fun. ...

Another year

Local Columns

It just happened. It happens to all of us and we can be thankful for it. It was my birthday last week. No, I’m not going to quote my age. Yes, I’m old enough to drink alcoholic beverages. Actually, I feel the same way I’ve always felt about a birthday — good but a little queasy. ...

Summer storms

Local Columns

Call me strange if you like (many have), but I enjoy a good, old-fashioned, rock-’em, sock-’em thunderstorm. It’s probably a guy thing. After all, guys tend to be fascinated with fireworks, and what bigger pyrotechnics are there than those provided by booming thunderheads? We’re ...

Virginia shooting: Change the causes of hate and violence

Editorials

It’s become an all too familiar story. A group is gathered in a public place. Shots are fired. Panic ensues. A number of people are left dead or seriously wounded. On Wednesday, the victims were Republican congressmen and their staffs just outside our nation’s capital. We’d like to ...

Creek connections

Local Columns

The place where running water meets still, or where a smaller trickle joins with a larger one to continue the unending hydrological cycle, is a place where you will find an abundance of fish, along with other wildlife and truly unique species. Whether it has been in the dark of the midnight ...

Shivarees

Local Columns

Preparations for weddings have changed over the years from being held in the month of June to whenever it can be scheduled, from dowries and hope chests to bridal showers. The type of clothing worn has changed, as well as what kinds of gifts are received, along with how and where a honeymoon is ...

On vacation? Social Security is still here for you

Local Columns

District manager Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You’re used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on ...

Happy summer solstice

Local Columns

This is the last weekend of spring 2017. Just as Steve Miller sang in the rock classic “Fly like an Eagle” in 1976... “Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.” Arguably, weather-wise it has already begun but astronomically summer officially kicks off this Tuesday ...

The benefits of tax diversification in your retirement plan

Local Columns

Taxes are an often-overlooked aspect of retirement planning. While many Americans are saving diligently and focused on accumulating the biggest “nest egg” possible, many investors may not be fully considering the impact that taxes will have on their monthly income in retirement. This is an ...

The show must go on

Local Columns

You can’t keep a good trombone player down. Or a director for that matter. Seventy-nine-year-old Bob Meffert, a trombone player in his early years, has been directing the Marshall Municipal Band for as long as most folks in this city can remember. He has been director since 1983. But if you ...

Siouxland Renaissance Festival

Local Columns

It had been a few years since we’ve been to the Siouxland Renaissance Festival in Sioux Falls. While weeding through my clothes, I came across a couple of T-shirts I’ve gotten from the event, the most recent being in 2012. Five years? I guess it’s time to visit the W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Last year, Mary Peterson Grota emailed a photograph to the museum of her great-grandfather, Jacob Eastman. She also emailed a photograph of Jacob’s Grand Army of the Republic ribbon, which she has in her possessions. After I opened the attachment on the email, I recognized Jacob’s ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Big news for Marshall, region THUMBS UP: Marshall scored a major economic victory Wednesday when tru Shrimp announced it intends to build a shrimp hatchery in Marshall, which will serve as a hub for a new aquaculture business. Tru Shrimp also plans to renovate a vacant USDA-approved ...

Financial gifts can help dad for years to come

Local Columns

Father’s Day is almost here. Dad will probably like any gift you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving. For starters, how about a ...