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Editor's column: I wish racists would watch their mouths

May 24, 2014 Merriam-Webster defines profanity as “offensive language,” an “offensive word.” I’ll buy that. more »»

A new state park pass

May 24, 2014 With the temperature above 70 on Sunday, it was time to finally get out to a state park. And to one without snow on the ground. more »»

Choosing Wisely is a new program for physicians and patients

May 24, 2014 Editor’s note: This column was published in October 2013 when the Choosing Wisely program was being introduced. more »»

Session ’14: Who are the winners?

May 21, 2014 The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its 2014 session last Friday. A newspaper headline followed with “Winners: Marijuana and Tax Relie. more »»

Remembering the good olde days

May 19, 2014 PART I: We didn’t have fast food — all the food was slow — and we ate at home. more »»

‘That’s not nice’

May 17, 2014 Earlier this week, the weather was on the severe side down in South Dakota and Iowa. more »»

The business of caregiving

May 17, 2014 When SMSU opened its doors in 1967, there were three academic buildings that greeted the 509 students who were part of the charter class: Central Academic Building (now Bellows Hall), PE and Fine... more »»

A quick pat-down before school?

May 10, 2014 I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Parents need to be as involved in the lives of their children as much as humanly possible. Smother them if you have to. Be snoopy. more »»

Time for some barbecue

May 10, 2014 After church on Sunday morning, Ross and I were trying to figure out where to do lunch. Somehow the idea of heading to Brookings, S.D. came about, and we found ourselves tooling down U.S. more »»

Born to teach

May 10, 2014 As a child, SMSU senior Taylor Swenson used to line her dolls up in the living room in her own make believe classroom. That’s where her dream of becoming a teacher was nurtured. more »»

Why can’t we take our meds…?

May 10, 2014 Most of us obtain our information by the usual means: family, friends, work associates, and the media — radio, television, the Internet and associated devices. more »»

A truly special Mother’s Day

May 7, 2014 This year is a special one for Mother’s Day. more »»

Old Phil, veteran barber

May 5, 2014 Part I: The following article appeared in the Nov. 23, 1906, issue of the “Marshall News Messenger.” Then it was published again in the May 1993 issue of the “Lyon Tale,” under my name. more »»

Editor's column: Guns only scary when in the wrong hands

May 3, 2014 Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. We’ve heard it a thousand times. more »»

100 books to read

May 3, 2014 A couple of months ago, Amazon’s book editors compiled a list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. more »»

Professor wants book to help others

May 3, 2014 How do you recover from the loss of a child? That never-ending journey is chronicled in a new book by SMSU professor of education Tanya McCoss-Yeriga. more »»

Things made from used gum

April 29, 2014 Lyon County recycling coordinator Waaay back in 2010, I first relayed to you what I thought was a pretty cool recycling stor. more »»

Editor's column: Waiting for their miracle

April 26, 2014 Most of us celebrated Easter last Sunday in traditional ways. A nice church service, maybe an egg hunt with the kids. In Colorado, they celebrated pot that day. Talk about your happy Easter. more »»

I am a child of the ’80s

April 26, 2014 I tend to be curious about these online quizzes that pop up from time to time, from what Shakespeare character are you, what state do you actually belong in, which clique would you end up in if you... more »»

Writer at heart has always put students first

April 26, 2014 Dr. James Zarzana was cleaning out his office a summer ago when he came upon two letters written to him years ago by Cathy Cowa. more »»



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