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A quick pat-down before school?

May 10, 2014 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Parents need to be as involved in the lives of their children as much as humanly possible. Smother them if you have to. Be snoopy. more »»

Time for some barbecue

May 10, 2014 After church on Sunday morning, Ross and I were trying to figure out where to do lunch. Somehow the idea of heading to Brookings, S.D. came about, and we found ourselves tooling down U.S. more »»

Born to teach

May 10, 2014 As a child, SMSU senior Taylor Swenson used to line her dolls up in the living room in her own make believe classroom. That’s where her dream of becoming a teacher was nurtured. more »»

Why can’t we take our meds…?

May 10, 2014 Most of us obtain our information by the usual means: family, friends, work associates, and the media — radio, television, the Internet and associated devices. more »»

A truly special Mother’s Day

May 7, 2014 This year is a special one for Mother’s Day. more »»

Old Phil, veteran barber

May 5, 2014 Part I: The following article appeared in the Nov. 23, 1906, issue of the “Marshall News Messenger.” Then it was published again in the May 1993 issue of the “Lyon Tale,” under my name. more »»

Editor's column: Guns only scary when in the wrong hands

May 3, 2014 Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We’ve heard it a thousand times. more »»

100 books to read

May 3, 2014 A couple of months ago, Amazon’s book editors compiled a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. more »»

Professor wants book to help others

May 3, 2014 How do you recover from the loss of a child? That never-ending journey is chronicled in a new book by SMSU professor of education Tanya McCoss-Yeriga. more »»

Things made from used gum

April 29, 2014 Lyon County recycling coordinator Waaay back in 2010, I first relayed to you what I thought was a pretty cool recycling stor. more »»

Editor's column: Waiting for their miracle

April 26, 2014 Most of us celebrated Easter last Sunday in traditional ways. A nice church service, maybe an egg hunt with the kids. In Colorado, they celebrated pot that day. Talk about your happy Easter. more »»

I am a child of the ’80s

April 26, 2014 I tend to be curious about these online quizzes that pop up from time to time, from what Shakespeare character are you, what state do you actually belong in, which clique would you end up in if you... more »»

Writer at heart has always put students first

April 26, 2014 Dr. James Zarzana was cleaning out his office a summer ago when he came upon two letters written to him years ago by Cathy Cowa. more »»

Choosing Wisely, a program for physicians and patients, now has additional guidelines

April 26, 2014 About seven months ago in this column I discussed the newly introduced program of medical suggestions and guidelines which is now called Choosing Wisely. more »»

Tax Day

April 23, 2014 We are now a week or so past what most of us U.S. citizens call Tax Day: April 15. In most years that is the day that most people file their 1040 forms. more »»

Fishing for memories

April 23, 2014 To say that farmers are busy at this time of year would be like stating that it tends to get dark after the sun sets. more »»

Whole grains for life

April 23, 2014 Earlier this month was Whole Grain Sampling Day, so why not continue to include a variety of whole grain foods in your daily meals and snacks? Whole grains include wheat, corn, oats, rice, quinoa,... more »»

Yesterday’s tobacco habits

April 21, 2014 When I was a kid tobacco was very much a part of life. Men smoked everywhere except in church. There were ash trays everywhere. more »»

Editor's column: Old school, new church

April 19, 2014 If we never step out of our comfort zone, we run the risk of falling behind, even losing touch. more »»

‘The Husband’s Secret’

April 19, 2014 Four of us were able to get to book club Wednesday night with the spring snowstorm that hi. more »»



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