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Letter from a World War II soldier

July 14, 2014 PART I: I wrote the following column for the Lyon Tale in 1998. There are many people of courage in Lyon County, people who were faced with defeating odds and conquered them. Robert . more »»

Social Security benefits of different flavors

July 14, 2014 Do you scream for ice cream? If so, July is the month for you. (If not, read on just the same—we have a surprise for you at the end. more »»

Hang in there Hercules

July 12, 2014 One of my favorite constellations of the summer is Hercules the Hero. First of all, while it’s not the brightest of constellations, it’s a large one, the fifth largest constellation in the sky. more »»

Editor's column: If you can’t beat ’em, sue ’em

July 12, 2014 There are plenty of ways to make a fortune these days. You can work hard, really hard, for a really long time. Sounds tiring, you say? You can fall ass-backwards into an inheritance. more »»

Signs of the economic times

July 12, 2014 Randy Groff The health of the economy is often a big focus in news headlines but why all the attention? The answer is both simple and comple. more »»

July 4th with the family

July 12, 2014 Last Wednesday night, I struggled to come up with anything remotely interesting to write about for my July 5-6 column. Nope. Not happening. I just wasn’t inspired. more »»

On the porch

July 12, 2014 According to the Balaton Centennial book, published in 1992, Balaton had a Chautauqua Day on July 15, 1990, at Lake Yankton. It was estimated that at least 500 people attended the event. more »»

Beating the heat

July 9, 2014 The truly hot temperatures have at last arrived which is a good thing because it will force us to find new ways to complain about the weather. more »»

Women must know what to expect from Social Security

July 9, 2014 Neil Frost Everyone needs to be aware of the financial resources they will have available in retirement. But if you’re a woman, you must be particularly diligent, for a variety of reasons. more »»

Sweet cravings

July 9, 2014 Homemade desserts, like pies, cobblers and cake, are the perfect end to any meal. more »»

Simple summer slushies

July 9, 2014 Parades and summer go hand in hand and at a recent one that I was at, not only were the participants throwing out candy for the kids, they were also handing out the frozen ice pops that all kids see... more »»

Social Security honors veterans

July 7, 2014 District manager In the United States, people do a lot to recognize and honor the heroes who serve in the Armed Forces and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. more »»


July 7, 2014 Part II: Enforcing Prohibition was extremely difficult. Liquor was easy to make, transport and even easier to sell. more »»

Editor's column: Technology has driven us crazy

July 5, 2014 Bill Swope will be recovering from the crash he was involved in earlier this year for some time. He has had some touch-and-go moments since the incident but is now riding on the road to recover. more »»

Fizzy drinks: a pause about refreshments

July 5, 2014 Thus far this summer the weather has brought more soaking rains than bright sunshine. We have been far more concerned about external water than that from within u. more »»

On the Porch…

July 5, 2014 The Vietnam Memorial Traveling Wall is coming to Marshall July 10-13, and is going to be on display at Independence Park, around the clock all four days. more »»

Gardens, a flat and some good music

July 2, 2014 Can you believe that it was so dry on Sunday that I had to water my hanging flower pots? The problem is that such pots from any nursery contain very little soil and mostly what I would call peat mos... more »»

The picnic season

July 2, 2014 It’s summertime and the living is easy, especially if you enjoy picnics. more »»

Sweeten up your summer with melons

July 2, 2014 Melons make for a refreshing and lower-calorie treat during the warmer months. Most melons weigh in at under 50 calories per one-cup serving and contain fiber. more »»


June 30, 2014 PART I: Moonshining began early in American history. The United States imposed a tax on liquors in order to help pay for the expense of war during the Revolution. more »»



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