Opinion

Get a stellar start to your day

Local Columns

I sure hope wherever you were during the solar eclipse last Monday you enjoyed what you witnessed. I was in Missouri and despite the fact that this was the second total solar eclipse I’ve seen in my lifetime, it was so special to share it with my wife and good friends. If the good Lord ...

Strolling down memory lane with Murphy

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For years I considered my college days as the best part of my life. But as the years gone by, that part of my life seems to have faded a bit. I lived four years on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus working on my journalism degree. In the summer of 1982 I left Oshkosh for McHenry, ...

A field trip to Walnut Grove

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On Thursday I decided to take a little field trip on my day off. So I was heading down U.S. Highway 59 to U.S. Highway 14, listening to Fleetwood Mac’s album “The Dance” as I made my way to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove. I’ve been to the museum and gift shop several ...

On the Porch

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The traveling exhibit, Electrifying Minnesota, opens at the Lyon County Museum on Sept. 2. The exhibit is on view until Jan. 13. Electrifying Minnesota illuminates the powerful ways electricity has transformed lives in Minnesota for well over 100 years. The exhibit was created by The Bakken ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Voters support school referendum THUMBS UP: Bond referendums usually set off heated debates in communities. There is always the need vs. the cost. It was no different in Minneota for the past several months as registered voters mulled over the need to upgrade school district ...

Many news bulletins not important

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ast Friday I had carefully prepared lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. by boiling some eggs to add to some canned white chicken (breast?) with mayonnaise, relish (I prefer sweet for the chicken salad rather than dill), some ground mustard, fresh ground pepper, and some Mrs. Dash. I set ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: My wife and I love to ride our Honda 1800 Goldwing trike. Can our granddaughter ride between us on short rides? She is seven and loves to ride too. Answer: Your motorcycle owner’s manual states, “Your motorcycle is designed to carry you and one passenger.” Based on that and ...

Patients with mental health issues getting help

Editorials

According to 2016 data from all 50 states collected by Virginia-based Mental Health American, nearly six out of 10 adults with a mental health issue receive no treatment. It also reports 18.5 percent of Americans were found to be experiencing some form of mental health issue, which was a slight ...

Packing a healthy lunch

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One challenge we face today is making healthy choices for our meals, and lunch is definitely included in that. As busy individuals, we are faced with challenges to make good choices with shortened lunch times and fewer opportunities to eat at home during lunch breaks. Quick and easy meals do ...

Fjords and wine?

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After a rather hectic day, I was trying to soothe my soul by talking with a friend and sipping a glass of wine. The conversation flowed to many subjects — from the day’s political shenanigans to what was happening in our neighborhoods and somehow, we got on the subject of wine. Can you ...

Staying married

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My wife and I have been married for a long time now and we can’t help but feel that we are hopelessly out of style. Why? Well, I’m ashamed to admit this, but neither one of us has ever been divorced. Not (according to my wife) that the option hasn’t been seriously considered. This is ...

More dialogue, less speeches good idea by governor

Editorials

It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton in Marshall Thursday. His presence at Southwest Minnesota State University conference center was a surprise. Dayton and his staff are hosting a series of 10 town hall meetings throughout the state. The town halls are part of Dayton's “25 by 25” goal of ...

A summer disappearing act

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“Hey Nick, what are we going to catch,” asked Rylyn, the oldest son of my wife’s cousin, as we made our way out to the dock. “Ninety-nine percent bluegills,” I replied as his brother Radlee and father Chase made their way behind us, trailed closely by my son AJ. Unsealing the red ...

Child identity theft: a hidden but real danger

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Chances are you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children? You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

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Part II When these Marshall people reached the Redwood River, at the farm place known as the Muzzy flat, the horses refused to approach the usual fording place, due to the fact that the ground before them, of about 20 rods wide and a large distance long, was covered with locusts that were ...

Your retirement planning starts with Social Security

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District manager Right now is the perfect time to start planning for a secure, comfortable retirement. And you can count on Social Security to help you begin the process. First, we encourage you to set up an online my Social Security account so you can verify your lifetime earnings ...

It’s solar eclipse time

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Thousands and thousands of sky watchers including yours truly have waited a long time for this Monday’s total solar eclipse. There are many people traveling to the narrow band of totality that stretches diagonally across the 48 contiguous states from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s no more ...

Let communities decide fate of statues

Local Columns

If you blinked, you would never see the town of Laclede, Mo. This community of 400 is by all appearances, just like every other sleepy little town in the Midwest; an anonymous face among the thousands dotting our rural landscape. But this town has a former resident who sets it apart from ...