Marshall Independent Columnsen-usWed, 29 Jun 2016 03:02:07 EDTWed, 29 Jun 2016 03:02:07 EDT - a picnic staple ultimate picnic weekend is coming up in a few days; for many, the Fourth of July includes grilled foods, favorite salads and of course, watermelon! Maybe because watermelon is so easy to bring, it's a staple menu item.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTGolden shoes and Moscow Mules get a kick out of many of the people and things I've come across over the years.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTNo sushi, yet have eaten at most of the eating establishments in Marshall, fast-food, ethnic, franchise, banquet, smorgasbord, etc.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTBook tourists "Dear County Agent Guy" book tour continues, which means that my wife and I have a valid excuse to behave like tourists. Our most recent leg began in Des Moines, where we took a room at a historic hotel in the heart of the bustling city.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDTPrairie Schooner newspaper publisher Clark Ervin was the pioneer newspaperman of Marshall, establishing the Prairie Schooner in August of 1873. Two years later he sold the paper to C.F. Case, who changed the name to Marshall Messenger. This was sold to C..Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 EDT