Opinion

Local politics play major role in our daily lives

Editorials

"All politics is local” is a common phrase in U.S. politics. While political events in Washington, D.C. get maddening by the day, nothing hits closer to home more than the decisions made by our local school boards, county boards and city councils. Two elections are coming up to allow ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Investing in the youth of the region THUMBS UP: Some important investments were made in southwest Minnesota this past week. On Tuesday, nearly 50 third-graders and officials from the city and various agencies were on hand at the Red Baron Arena & Expo to celebrate a $50,000 grant from ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: The clerk at a local gas station recently asked me if it is illegal not have a front plate on a vehicle. He said he can’t allow someone to pump gas without paying first if he is unable to read the license plate. He told me that many people have told him a front plate is not required ...

Cheap patriotism vs. real patriotism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” That bit of wisdom, attributed to the English author Samuel Johnson in 1775, has become part of our common culture and is as true today as in 1775. Johnson must have been referring to cheap patriotism and not to real ...

A good first step to right an old wrong

Editorials

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...

Pop up a Halloween treat

Local Columns

Creating a healthy Halloween holiday may seem challenging at times, especially since kids often have multiple celebrations: at school, with friends and in the community trick-or-treating. However, celebrating Halloween doesn’t have to be about giving up all the treats, just bringing them into ...

The emotions of wine

Local Columns

They well up inside us with the force of a tsunami and we can’t ignore them. They are our emotions. They enable us to feel life through a cascade of tears, a roar of laughter, a cry of anger or a shout of joy. They give us permission to feel sorrow, pain, goodness and they can be stirred by ...

The boo season

Local Columns

We have entered the creepy season, that time of year when things that go bump in the night are putting a fright into both the unsuspecting and the suspicious. No, it’s not election time. Halloween, the most revered of unholy holidays, is knocking on our doors and is running away, leaving ...

Murray County has legitimate gripe over highway funding

Editorials

It appears Murray County has a justified argument with Minnesota Department of Transportation. Last week, Engineer Randy Groves reported to the board of commissioners last week that the county was once again passed over for maintenance funding for Trunk Highway 267 despite being high on the ...

Ways of the wind

Local Columns

Every autumn has a week where the winds of change blow through the upper Midwest, and this one is it for the current season. With gusts in some places touching 50 miles per hour at the start of the week, the shift toward cooler weather was obvious, as hat-removing gales were a steady state ...

Does the Earth revolve around the sun?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The writer of the Oct. 18 “Good news, Bad news” letter is alarmed that: “We live in a nation that could provide leadership to combat growing climate change,” but people in government are blocking the effort. No need to be alarmed on this. Be alarmed about “fake ...

Picking corn by hand

Local Columns

One of the biggest changes in farming in the last 100 years has been the way corn is harvested. Some old-timers claim that men got a great thrill out of corn-husking time, that it was, in fact, the athletic event of the year. This was an event where young men, especially, could show off their ...

Access My Social Security on the go

Local Columns

District manager Smartphones have been in our lives for over a decade and have changed the way we interact with each other. Social Security is at the forefront of technological advancements, making your online business with us easier and more secure. About a third of the visitors to ...

The best constellation of autumn? It’s a horse, of course

Local Columns

One of the classic constellations of autumn is Pegasus, the flying horse soaring above the southeastern horizon in the evening sky. It’s by far the largest celestial horse we see in the southwestern Minnesota skies. The traditional interpretation of Pegasus is a horse flying upside down with ...

Medicare open enrollment season is here

Local Columns

If you are a Medicare enrollee, you should know that open enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any changes you make to your coverage will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Since your health care priorities are likely to change over time, you might find it beneficial to review ...

Still looking for that rooster

Local Columns

It took off flying so quickly. Was it a rooster or a hen? By the time I realized it could have been a rooster, it was too late. I said nothing and the pheasant flew past the hunters in my group. He was one of the few that got away last Saturday during the 2017 Minnesota Governor’s ...

Bad parenting and baloney sandwiches

Local Columns

Baloney sandwiches. It’s an unexpected price to pay for bad parenting, but it’s a reality for a friend I’ve known for years. I remember sitting at a dinner table with him and his wife about eight years ago. Their newborn son was sleeping nearby and the beaming new parents were ...

A trip to Sibley State Park

Local Columns

Even though summer is my favorite season — the warmer weather, it’s light outside until 9 p.m. and being on or in the water — fall is a close second. I always love seeing the brilliant color of the leaves, and we’ve been trying in vain to catch a glimpse of them in different state parks ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Dr. John Banks Robertson was one of several Lyon County residents who served in World War I, either stationed in the United States or fighting in the trenches overseas. When the United States entered the war, Dr. Robertson was one of the first from Lyon County to enlist. He was given the rank ...