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December 14, 2015 Wright Brothers Day, observed on Dec. 17, marks the day in 1903 that two adventurous brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, took to the air for the first time. more »»

Editor's column: A Minnesota sports fan’s X-mas list

December 12, 2015 On Monday, the Independent will publish its annual Nick of Time section that includes area kids’ letters to Mr. Claus. I was late in getting my list, so this column will have to d. more »»

'Yellow Crocus'

December 12, 2015 This coming Wednesday is book club night, and I’m happy to say that I finished the book for this month. Hey, that’s been an accomplishment as of late. more »»

On the porch

December 12, 2015 A few weeks ago, I had an article and photograph of the New Atlantic Hotel. The New Atlantic Hotel was built in 1926, and the grand opening occurred on Jan. 25, 1927. more »»

SMSU grad loved time in the pit

December 12, 2015 SMSU alumnus Garrett Conn credits his exercise science degree for “the experience of a lifetime. more »»

Now is the time to think about your next tax return

December 12, 2015 Your 2015 tax return isn’t due until April of 2016, but now is the time to consider your options for tax plannin. more »»

Check out these end-of-year investment tips

December 11, 2015 Who knows where the time goes? Although 2015 is almost in the books, you can still make some year-end investment and financial moves that may help you get off to a good start in 201. more »»

A ‘nutty’ time of year

December 9, 2015 Enjoying a handful of nuts is a pleasure for most people, and now is a great time of the year to enjoy them. Many stores have big displays of fresh, mixed nuts for the holidays. more »»

Snowflakes and whiskey

December 9, 2015 It was a dark snowy evening when I went outside to shovel the accumulated snow off the sidewalk. As I began to shovel the snow, I noticed how quiet it wa. more »»

Fourth-grade memories

December 9, 2015 There are 29 of us fourth-graders in the old black-and-white photo. I’m the skinny kid with the crooked glasses sitting on the floor at front and center. more »»

Books and beyond

December 8, 2015 Library patron The title “Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon,” by Michael O’Brien, © 2010, tells the potential reader much about the book. more »»

Letters reveal life of Marshall pioneer

December 7, 2015 Part III: Carpenter’s careful enumeration of chores reflects pride in those accomplishments. more »»

Editor's column: Peterson can’t keep me off this bandwagon … will he?

December 5, 2015 I'm writing about Adrian Peterson. Again. I know — let it go, right? I can’t. I won’t. And I’m a total hypocrite. I admit it. more »»

Caution: Winter has arrived, but most winter woes can be prevented

December 5, 2015 We here in southwest Minnesota are fully aware that, as of Monday last, we had our first snow, and the season of winter and its characteristic weather are fast approaching. more »»

Looking for love

December 5, 2015 I can look at my burgeoning closet and dresser of clothes and say “I have nothing to wear!” The same seems to hold true of the Netflix selection. more »»

On the porch …

December 5, 2015 The Lyon County Historical Society’s annual Holiday Home Tour is happening this weekend on Sunday (Dec. 6) from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and they are available at the museum and Hy-Vee. more »»

Books and beyond

December 4, 2015 Library Patron One of my book clubs read “The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness,” by Simon Wiesenthal, last April. more »»

Marshall Community Services

December 4, 2015 For registration information, call Marshall Community Services at 537-6767 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit more »»

Maximize the benefits of your charitable giving

December 4, 2015 Austin DeMuth It’s certainly the season for giving — and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive. more »»

The Christmas stamp

December 3, 2015 After almost 50 years, I am giving up a tradition. The tradition was a personal one. more »»



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