Opinion

Disappointed in meeting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am a member of the Lyon County Agricultural Society and attended the annual meeting Nov. 15. I was very disappointed. The meeting was conducted very unprofessionally. Do all the Lyon County meetings get conducted the way the Lyon County Agricultural Society meeting ...

Christmas past

Local Columns

Most everyone is in the midst of the Christmas rush — buy those gifts, send out those Christmas cards, bake those cookies, decorate that tree. And if there is any time or energy left, try to think about the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas was celebrated quite differently before the ...

Between festivities, visit My Social Security

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District manager The holiday season is upon us, bringing with it family gatherings and familiar traditions. As you bustle about from place to place, sharing turkey dinners and catching up with loved ones, there’s one errand you can avoid — a visit to the Social Security office. Why ...

The Life and Times of Robert Galbraith

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Bob, as he’s best known, tells of his family history including growing up during the Great Depression. “My father was William Roy Galbraith who was married to Edna Hannah. He worked most of his life as a trucker. Sadly and unfortunately in 1930, he was killed in a truck accident and that ...

8 tips to improve your financial communication

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What makes a couple successful in their financial relationship? Ameriprise Financial surveyed over 1,500 couples (those married or living together for at least six months) to learn about their money conversations and how they make decisions. The results revealed eight ways you can improve the ...

Minneota High School graduates earn All-American honors

Local Columns

Post-season accolades are nothing new to the SMSU Mustang volleyball program. The team’s continued success under head coach Terry Culhane has resulted in numerous all-conference, all-region and all-American selections, not to mention many all-academic teams, too. What are the odds, then, ...

My Year in Review

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Around the end of the year (it’s already near the end of the year? eek!), Facebook creates a video for you (if you’re on Facebook) called “A Year in Review.” Mainly it takes photos you or your friends have posted on your timeline and makes a one-minute video. So on Thursday afternoon ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

On No. 30, the KMHL Broadcasting Company marked its 70th anniversary. According to the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, Harry W. Linder was born in Minneapolis in 1892, and he worked in various businesses until 1940, when, at the age of 48, he decided to find the largest town in Minnesota that did ...

Short Takes for Dec. 9

Editorials

Santa visits THUMBS UP: Ho, ho, ho to area businesses for providing a Santa lap for children to sit on and tell their secret Christmas wishes to. Winter is here THUMBS DOWN: Can’t someone fix this weather? We’re not ready for the harsh cold of winter after being lulled ...

Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts

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Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts. And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your ...

Stay on track with healthy holiday goals

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The holiday season is here, which means family, friends, presents, traditions and — of course — food. Eating healthy can be a challenge when the aroma of Grandma’s cookies is in the air, and while the average American gains weight over the holidays, this does not have to be the case for ...

Birds and beer

Local Columns

It looked me right in the eye! I enjoy watching and feeding birds and therefore, in our backyard, there is a hanging sunflower seed feeder, a suet basket swinging in the breeze and there is always bird seed spread on the ground. It’s a joy to watch the many different birds interact, feed ...

Tire time

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You can’t live in this part of the world without developing a close personal relationship with tires. There are so many different kinds of tires to choose from these days — bias, radial, the spare one that many of us carry around our midsections — but the type that we focus on at this ...

Water is life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With Sunday’s news that the Army Corps of Engineers will not allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross at Standing Rock, water protectors see cautious hope. At the same time, there is concern that the pipeline will still be built. Water is life or Mni Wiconi, as spoken in ...

Christmas letters

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Tis the season to send out and receive those beautiful Christmas cards, usually accompanied by a typewritten letter. These ever-popular Christmas letters have received a bad rap in the last few years. To quote a reader’s letter to Ann Landers, “Why do normally intelligent folks take leave ...

My Amazon lists

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How many of you have a wish list on Amazon? Whenever I learned about or read about a book that sounded interesting and perhaps wanted to check out from the library, I put it on that list. In the past, I’d write those titles down on backs of envelopes or a piece of scratch paper. Of course ...

On the Porch

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The aluminum Christmas tree is a type of artificial Christmas tree that was popular in the United States from the 1950s to the mid-1960s.  The tree is made of aluminum, featuring foil needles and illumination from below via a rotating color wheel. The museum has a couple of aluminum Christmas ...

Short Takes for Dec. 2

Editorials

Independent’s new website THUMBS UP: The Independent has a new website that readers should find easier to read and navigate. The new website is more mobile friendly. More photos can be seen on the website, and maps will be added in the next few weeks, so readers will know exactly where ...

Public forum

Letters to the Editor

Lake Hendricks needs your help To the editor: On Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., the Brookings County (South Dakota) Planning & Zoning Board has called for a special meeting to hear your voice. The county has received a new application for a Conditional Use Permit intended for a very ...

Ask a Trooper

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Question: The other day at an intersection I noticed a car with the windows so frosted up that the driver had to roll down a window to check for cars coming from my side. What is the law on frosted windows? When I received this question my initial thoughts were of a fatal pedestrian crash ...