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Balaton — The little village by the lake

May 9, 2016 Part II: Lake Yankton is an L-shaped body of water to the northeast of Balaton. more »»

Editor's column: Being there for Mom

May 7, 2016 Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. This, as you all know, is a day we should pay extra attention to our mothers. Maybe we pamper them with a spa day. more »»

Prom and the park

May 7, 2016 Last Saturday night saw me hovering near the last stop of the Marshall High School prom’s grand march. more »»

On the Porch…

May 7, 2016 According to the Aug. 29, 1940, edition of the Marshall Daily Messenger, a new dairy store was opening soon in Marshall. more »»

Challenges? Bring ’em on

May 7, 2016 Annette Carr’s journey has been a long and difficult on. more »»

Help your mother prepare for retirement

May 5, 2016 Mother’s Day is almost here, so start shopping for the flowers or candy for Mo. more »»

Aphorisms come with limitations

May 4, 2016 There are aphorisms that are published or commonly stated that sound good when first encountered, but sometimes deeper consideration reveals that they may not be universally or always true or may... more »»


May 4, 2016 Life’s an interesting journey. I write that statement knowing full well that not everything in life is a bowl of cherries. more »»

Barbecue and baseball

May 4, 2016 Limestone outcroppings line the superhighways that thread their way into Kansas City. more »»

Some history of Balaton

May 2, 2016 Part I: Like so many prairie towns, Balaton was founded in 1879 as a result of the railroad building tracks to a site determined entirely by railroad officials. more »»

Give an invaluable gift this Mother’s Day

May 2, 2016 Are you struggling to find that perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? Like most Americans, her schedule is busy and she might not get to spend as much time with loved ones as she would lik. more »»

Editor's column: Walk a mile in our shoes. Dare you.

April 30, 2016 Thank you, CareerCast, for reminding me that my job stinks. OK, that came out wrong. Time for some context. more »»

Beverly Cleary turns 100

April 30, 2016 Earlier in April one of my favorite authors turned 100. When I was a kid, Beverly Cleary introduced me to a then 4-year-old bratty little girl named Ramona Quimby. more »»

On the porch

April 30, 2016 May is Minnesota Museums Month, a 31-day celebration of the more than 500 historic sites, art museums, zoos, gardens and science centers across the state. more »»

Bittersweet ending for VB star, scholar

April 30, 2016 The 2016 Willis R. Kelly Scholar-Athlete winner has mixed feelings about the upcoming May 7 commencement at SMS. more »»

Consider donating stock instead of cash to charity

April 30, 2016 Giving to charity is an important financial priority for many people. Most often this takes the form of donating cash or material goods to a favorite nonprofit. more »»

Books and beyond

April 28, 2016 Library Patron I spent some time with books in the reference section at the library to learn more about one of my favorite holidays as a child — May Basket Day. more »»

No added sugar?

April 27, 2016 According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, we should limit our total daily consumption of added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day. more »»

The story continues

April 27, 2016 Don’t you hate it when you finish reading a really good book? It doesn’t make any difference what you’re reading because if it’s good and it ends, you have this feeling, it’s too good to end. more »»


April 27, 2016 It’s been nearly two decades since I began to do this silly writing thing. During that time, folks have often asked if I had considered publishing a collection of my selected works. more »»



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