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The long and the short of it

October 12, 2016 It’s always interesting to visit new places and it’s also satisfying to revisit old places. more »»

Random gardening

October 12, 2016 Of all the farming projects I’ve undertaken, our home garden has been the least profitable. I’ve never had any sort of plan, financial or otherwise, going into the gardening season. more »»

Editor's column: Thank you for reading!

October 8, 2016 I’m glad you’re reading this, for many reasons. One, it likely means you enjoy my writing, which means you have pretty good taste. more »»

Going on a Meander

October 8, 2016 As I drove down Lyon Street past Independence Park Friday morning, I noted the gorgeous fall colors. more »»

On the Porch…

October 8, 2016 In 1947, Christian Dior permanently changed the fashion industry, as well as created the look that would dominate the next decad. more »»

Choosing wisely is a program for physicians and patients and a guide for screening programs

October 8, 2016 Many of us have received information, promotions and read testimonials (self-reported successes in health care areas) about some of many and varied Screening Programs which are offered to the public... more »»

Are you on track to meet your financial goals?

October 7, 2016 October is Financial Planning Month. more »»

What’s up with those caps?

October 5, 2016 For quite a few years I have wondered why so many young guys wear their baseball caps backward. more »»

Fall is in the air

October 5, 2016 Fall is in the air. You can see it with the leaves changing color and the harvest activity in the fields. The air turns cooler and crisper, at least up here in the more northern climate. more »»

A gift

October 5, 2016 Recently we were given a gift by “S” — a bottle of nice Italian wine. The gift was a surprise and very much welcome. more »»

My personal assistant

October 5, 2016 It’s been said that you only hurt those who are closest to you. Don’t I know it! I recently visited a dairy farm on a rainy and dreary Friday. more »»

A use for pineapple leaves

October 4, 2016 OK. So besides mycelium (mushroom roots) and agricultural byproducts, what else could you use to make “leather?” Oh come on…take a guess! Here’s a hint — it’s another type of agricultural byproduct. more »»

Providing disability benefits for 60 years

October 3, 2016 District manager Aug. 1, 2016, marked the 60th anniversary of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. more »»

Editor's column: It’s the people who make the sport

October 1, 2016 Whether or not you’re a sports nut, you have to appreciate the sadness of this past Sunday, as the sporting world lost two of its own — one who long ago made his mark and began laying the groundwork... more »»

I went to a paint & party

October 1, 2016 I’d like to say that I’m artistic, or at least aspire to be. When I was younger, (a lot younger), I used to decorate things with colorful accents and squiggles and such. more »»

On the porch

October 1, 2016 In 1938, Dr. A.W. Cowin opened the Cowin Hospital in the former William Gieseke house at the corner of 6th and Lyon streets in Marshal. more »»

Workforce Development Month in Minnesota

September 30, 2016 Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council Gov. Mark Dayton has issued a proclamation declaring September to be Workforce Development Month in Minnesota. more »»

Act today to avoid financial regrets tomorrow

September 30, 2016 “Regrets? I’ve had a few.” — Frank Sinatra. Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. more »»

Will the election impact markets and investments?

September 30, 2016 Randy Groff What drives the stock market? Quite often, it is fundamental factors such as the strength of the economy and its impact on corporate profits. more »»

Minute meals for your kitchen

September 28, 2016 We have all been there. You get home from a long day and you are hungry! You don’t want to take the time to make dinner, so you just end up ordering food to go. more »»



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