Opinion

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I recently purchased a trailer that requires yearly tabs. I’m worried the plate will get damaged if I mount it to the manufactures bracket. I have noticed over the years that owners of some trailers have mounted their trailer plates on the fender well in a vertical position and not ...

The curse may be over

Editorials

Never have so many people’s spirits been lifted so rapidly as the spirits of people in Minnesota during the last ten seconds of the Minnesota Vikings game with the New Orleans Saints. Minnesotans have grown used to the Vikings snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in the playoffs over ...

Is protein powder right for you?

Local Columns

For athletes, gym-goers, fitness buffs, and anyone who may have kicked off the New Year with a new exercise routine, you might be wondering if you’re getting enough, or maybe even too much, protein. And you’d be right to question this. With increased activity and strength training comes an ...

And the winner is…

Local Columns

Right up front, is non-organic wine better than organic wine? Like so many other subjects, the answer depends upon whom you ask, and the game of questions is always filled with challenges and opportunities. For instance and for many reasons, it’s enjoyable for me to play a game of trivia. ...

Ice fishing

Local Columns

The arctic cold that has been punishing our region has claimed a victim. One morning last week, I discovered that my car’s battery had gone to that big recycling center in the sky. The starter could only manage a feeble moan, which is probably more than what I could have done under similar ...

Allow Freedom to Ring right here at home

Editorials

More than 50 years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King delivered his historical speech at the “March on Washington.” In that speech, King talked about what he called a “promissory note” written by the architects of our Republic in the Declaration of Independence. The note was a promise ...

On the move

Local Columns

Just like in summer, staying on the move to find fish is key in winter, especially now as the season settles in and ice thickens up. Some days are more conducive to mobile ice angling than others, but locating roving schools of perch, or finding that perfect point that draws regular visits from ...

Big reward offered in Cosmic Challenge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In a Dec. 21 letter to the editor, “Proof Earth Orbits the Sun,” Harold Shuckhart does a nice job of explaining the Doppler Effect and how that “could” relate to the Earth in a yearly orbital movement around the Sun. Thank you to Mr. Shuckhart for being a rare one, ...

Blizzard memories

Local Columns

Part II We were finally ready to “weather” the storm. We took a few steps outside into the raging angry storm — and that’s as far as we got. This was the second day of the blizzard and the snow was deep. My dad was carrying a shovel, so we took turns scooping each other out of the soft ...

Celebrating our nation’s diversity

Local Columns

District manager Jan. 15 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday and a day of remembrance. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to creating and fostering equal rights for African Americans, and he died during his efforts to make his dream a reality. Diversity of skills, ...

The king!

Local Columns

Orion the Hunter is the king of the constellations as far as I’m concerned. Believe me, I’m far from the only one with that opinion. In the minds and imaginations of many, many stargazers all over the world, Orion is at the top of the constellation pyramid. Even if you’re not all that ...

Answers to some of your most fundamental retirement questions

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Most hardworking Americans dream about retirement. Yet the road to retirement can raise questions along the way. If you wonder when, where, why or how to fulfill your retirement goals, you are not alone. Here are some common inquiries my team hears from clients who are planning for this major ...

Dr. Ken Peterson: A doctor for our times

Local Columns

Earlier this week, while reviewing some of my Independent writings from years past, I came upon a column that I wrote in January of 2007, which featured one of my partners, Dr. Ken Peterson, who had recently died. I paused while I read the column since his practice and spirit embodied a concept ...

Why the frog can’t get mad at the scorpion

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The fable’s origin remains unknown. Some think it’s a version of one of the animal fables found in The Panchatantra, an Indian collection dated back to the mid-sixth century. Others believe the fable first emerged in an Orson Welles film in the 1950s. Either way, this week’s ...

Ross and Pete spreading jazz time at a social event near you

Local Columns

"My dad was into Dixieland jazz,” said the boy from Chicago. “I just wanted to play the drums,” said the kid from Iowa. Today, Ross Anderson and Pete Lothringer are miles away from their original musical roots here in Marshall, Minnesota. No longer kids, but accomplished musicians. If ...

A hike at Lake Shetek

Local Columns

After a stretch of below-zero temperatures and extremely cold wind chills, it was great to see a few days of warmer weather this past week. So on Sunday, we took advantage of a nice, sunny day and headed out to Lake Shetek State Park after church. On Jan. 1, a good number of state parks in ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

In 1955, the Church of Saint Edward in Minneota celebrated its Diamond Jubilee. Parishioners compiled the church’s history and a pamphlet was produced. The pamphlet includes copies of letters from the Archbishop of St. Paul, John G. Murray; Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul, James J. Byrne; and ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Rocky road to Tracy recall election THUMBS DOWN: Recent indications point to a rocky road to the Feb. 13 recall election in Tracy. A letter to the editor in Thursday’s edition written by Tracy resident Rosemary Martin accused Tracy City Councilman Tony Peterson of still using the ...

Good starts, holiday travels and coincidences

Local Columns

What happens early in the morning seems to set the tone for the day. If someone asks you, “What side of the bed did you get out of this morning?” you know you probably are a little grumpy or maybe it’s that you’re more grumpy than usual. On the other hand, some days start out so ...

Tracy councilman using ‘bully pulpit’ again

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Jan. 8, Tony Peterson (councilman) once again used the “bully pulpit” (with) one of our city (Tracy) employees and attempt to shed doubt on a local newspaper. For the record, on Oct. 23, 2017, Tony Peterson had to be told by the then Mayor Ferrazzano to not vote on ...