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Editor's column: Helping others is just his way

September 17, 2016 Helping others comes naturally to some, even when the people you’re helping are complete strangers and live a world away. Maj. more »»

Boutique and barbecue

September 17, 2016 Last Saturday was a day spent mostly outside looking at things, whether it was people performing music or selling their ware. more »»

On the porch

September 17, 2016 The photograph this week features a bowl that is in museum’s collection. more »»

Art at the ‘Bank’ for SMSU alumnus

September 17, 2016 SMSU alumnus Nicholas Schleif’s artwork will be prominently displayed in the new U.S. more »»

Should you pay off your home mortgage early?

September 17, 2016 Randy Groff Many people who carry a home mortgage dream of the day when they will no longer face the burden of a monthly house bill. more »»

September is Family Meals Month

September 14, 2016 Are family meals a lost art? In our world today, with fast-paced lives, busy work schedules and extracurricular activities, drive-thru meals and takeout food have become the norm. more »»

Decide for yourself

September 14, 2016 It started with someone telling me I wouldn’t like onions and because he was older, I listened to him. In my innocence (some people would call it being dumb), I listened to him. more »»

Editor's column: We should all learn from Jacob’s story

September 10, 2016 It’s easy — and normal — for us to sit back and tell ourselves how important it is for the Wetterling family to finally have closure. more »»

Monson Lake and Sibley

September 10, 2016 On Labor Day, Ross and I visited not one, but two state parks. more »»

Medical musings and other thoughts at the state fair

September 10, 2016 Last week I enjoyed a few days at the Minnesota State Fair. more »»

On the Porch…

September 10, 2016 The passage below about 100 years of business in Lyon County was written by Bob McVenes for the Lyon County Centennial book published in 1970. more »»

Make the most of gifts to grandchildren

September 9, 2016 Did you know that National Grandparents Day is less than a week away? While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key... more »»

Flying high …

September 7, 2016 Trying to learn something from what is in the newspapers is not easy. more »»

An apple a day

September 7, 2016 The apple orchards are opening and now is the season for cooking and baking with tasty, fresh apples. The apple tree at my house was doing great until it succumbed to the beaver one fateful night. more »»


September 7, 2016 A number of things happened recently to remind me that life is filled with magnificence. However, there is a “catch”... more »»

Muscling silage

September 7, 2016 Somewhere in the dusty archives of family photos there’s a black-and-white picture of me (the entire world was monochrome back then) watching a young man rake silage out of a wooden forage wago. more »»

Books and beyond

September 5, 2016 Library patron The poet Barbara Crooker grew up in New York and now lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. more »»

School vs. sports. The winner is clear

September 3, 2016 I watched my daughter’s first volleyball match as a freshman Tuesday. more »»

Itasca State Park

September 3, 2016 I was really looking forward to going to Itasca State Park this past weekend. Ross and I were going to a wedding, and the couple chose the park as the venu. more »»

On the porch

September 3, 2016 During the time of World War II, Marshall had two proprietary hospitals (owned by physicians). There was Dr. more »»



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