Opinion

Education leads to opportunities

Editorials

Sen. Al Franken has joined Sen. Tammy Duckworth in reintroducing legislation to close the “skills gap” in the U.S. It’s called the Community College to Career Fund Act. According to Franken’s website, the legislation would encourage partnerships that link up businesses with schools ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Can you talk about the open bottle law in Minnesota? Can a person have an alcoholic beverage while operating a boat on a lake? How about if you are a passenger in the back of a motor home? Answer: It is against the law for any person to consume alcohol in any vehicle while on a ...

Lead by example in tackling health care insurance crisis

Editorials

Health care insurance coverage in Minnesota and the nation appears to be on life support. The individual insurance market is unraveling and Republicans are determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act and millions of Americans are worried. Americans and Minnesota residents have good reasons ...

Bracket snacks

Local Columns

There is a good amount of madness in March! Chances are you are going to munch on food while watching those games. Typically, during game-watching parties we reach for high-fat foods. Chips, dips, fried chicken wings and many other popular game eats can pack a lot of calories. One rule of thumb ...

Slàinte!

Local Columns

I can still see his eyes. We were sitting in his living room, enjoying a cup of Bailey’s Irish Cream and having a conversation about St. Patrick’s Day. My friend is an Irishman and very proud of his heritage. I was graced with his presence because for a number of years, we worked ...

Beef tenderloin gets a festive remake

Local Columns

Associated Press (AP) — As much as I love prime rib, beef tenderloin is much easier to prepare, easier to carve and the leftovers are good cold. The only challenge with beef tenderloin is that it is lean (little to no fat) and it is best served rare. I wanted to do something that ...

Automotive memories

Local Columns

Among the many things that attracted me to my wife when we first met — her smarts, her looks, her superhuman ability to put up with me — one of the leading factors was that she owned a car. I am using the word “car” loosely here, as the vehicle she owned when we met was a Ford Pinto. ...

Students need more than brick and mortar

Editorials

A letter to the editor in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune brought up some good points to ponder while debating whether or not the community should support a $40 million bond referendum to upgrade facilities in the Marshall Public Schools District. “Our public schools are designed like ...

Fish formula

Local Columns

Catch and release angling isn’t anything new. In fact, the conservation tool has been around long enough to have its own acronym of C&R, which is universally known in fishing circles. At the outset, providing the length or maybe the length and girth of that monster fish of the day ...

Public Forum

Letters to the Editor

Here are the true costs of referendum To the editor: This letter is in regard to the upcoming school board referendum and its tax implications. According to pamphlets received in the mail and from information on the bond referendum webpage www.marshall.k12.mn.us/referendum2017, the “tax ...

Public Forum

Letters to the Editor

Here are the true costs of referendum To the editor: This letter is in regard to the upcoming school board referendum and its tax implications. According to pamphlets received in the mail and from information on the bond referendum webpage www.marshall.k12.mn.us/referendum2017, the “tax ...

Shining the light on government

Editorials

Welcome to Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote openness in government. Sunshine Week is brought to you by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. When we are experiencing “fake news,” “alternative facts,” frequent falsehoods and ...

Old newspaper article depicts rough winter

Local Columns

Some time ago I came across the following article taken from a Marshall newspaper (date and author unknown) that describes the spring of 1881, when Marshall was only nine years old. With the article is a photograph showing the bad condition of the streets following a severe winter. A lone ...

When is a good time to start receiving benefits?

Local Columns

Enjoying a comfortable retirement is everyone’s dream. For over 80 years, Social Security has been helping people realize those dreams, assisting people through life’s journey with a variety of benefits. It’s up to you as to when you can start retirement benefits. You could start them a ...

The mouth is part of the body

Local Columns

The interesting and provocative title that I have used for today’s column echoes a comment stated most vigorously by a professor of pediatrics from the University of Minnesota when he presents his belief that many physicians and other health professionals may forget the importance of oral ...

Food and dignity offered at Kitchen Table Food Shelf

Local Columns

"He couldn’t hold his head up.” That’s the vision Lori Lerohl couldn’t shake out of her head. The volunteer coordinator with the Kitchen Table Food Shelf in Marshall shared one of her more memorable experiences of that day with me inside the United Community Action Partnership ...

A weekend of theater

Local Columns

Last weekend, the Marshall Area Stage Company was host to the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres festival, bringing in community theaters from around the state for a competition. Theaters hailed from as far away as Cloquet and the Twin Cities to as close as the Calumet Players of ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Last November, LCHS received a small ($10,000 or less) Minnesota Cultural and Heritage grant, also known as legacy grants, to conduct a natural disasters oral history project. The small grants are awarded quarterly to help nonprofit and educational organizations, government units and tribal ...

Legislation supports farmers, beekeepers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Did you know that bees pollinate one in three bites of our food in the U.S. and are critical to the Minnesota agricultural economy? Minnesota beekeepers lost more than 50 percent of their hives in 2015. With bees contributing more than $30 million to Minnesota’s ...

Dahms should take a stand for health care

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Earlier this year, Senator Gary Dahms signed on as an author to the bill known as the MN Fair Care Act, SF-749/HF-886. This bill changes state regulations so that people could go to local health care providers instead of allowing insurance companies to require patients to drive ...