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OLYMPICS: Ted Ligety finishes 15th in Olympic GS title defense

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ted Ligety knew he hadn't turned in the best opening run in defense of his Olympic giant slalom title. What he couldn't tell as he was heading down the hill was just how poorly he'd done. "I was really surprised when I saw the time," the 33-year-old American ...

That ain’t good English

Dear Annie: I have been attending a local church for about a year, and although I am very shy, I have come to care a great deal about some of the people, especially my pastors. I have noticed that on the church’s official website, there are quite a few typos and oddly structured sentences. I ...

The need to read to children

Dear Readers: Today’s Sound Off is about people who don’t read to their children or encourage their children to read. — Heloise Dear Heloise: Study after study has found that parents should read aloud to their children from the time they’re born through elementary school. Having ...

Medical records ownership

Dear Dr. Roach: On three occasions, I have had to change doctors: once when I moved out of state, once when my doctor moved out of state and just recently when my doctor sold his private practice. The two first times, I asked for my personal medical records and received a complete file, ...

Regional Calendar

Today Community Transit hours: 5:45 a.m.-9 p.m. Community Transit hours throughout Lyon County: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. SW MN Arts Council Gallery 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m., 114 N. 3rd St., Marshall. Household Hazardous Waste Facility open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Public Works Building, Marshall. ...

On This Date

In 1473: Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born in Torun, Poland. In 1881: Kansas prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. In 1915: During World War I, British and French warships launched their initial attack on Ottoman forces in the Dardanelles, a strait in ...

The kids aren’t all right

Dear Annie: I have been married to my husband for 11 years. He has three grown children, all gainfully employed, who live in distant cities. We live in the large house his children grew up in. Two of the children are married with young kids. The problem is that at least twice a year, his kids ...

The pack says goodbye

Dear Heloise: We’ve always been a multidog family. We had to let one of our dogs, Milo, go last week. His heart was old (he was 17). The veterinarian mentioned that some folks like to bring in the other members of the pack to witness the dog passing. He left it up to us, but we decided to ...

The pack says goodbye

Dear Dr. Roach: Every time my husband finishes a meal, he starts to sneeze. Not only once, but maybe five or six times. Is this normal? Why does he do this? — E.C. Answer: Sneezing is a neurological reflex, normally triggered by inflammation in the nasal passages, such as in people with ...

Kovel’s Antiques

By Terry and Kim Kovel Before the days of radio, television and computers, political candidates spread their vote-seeking messages with reports in newspapers, printed literature, banners, stickpins, bandanas, ribbons and even cigar boxes, ceramic figurines and tableware, sewing supplies and ...

Ray offers a third opinion for stopping on a hill

Dear Car Talk: I drive a 2005 Subaru Outback and live in a very lovely and hilly town. My Outback has an automatic transmission. When I’m stopped at a red light facing uphill, I sometimes hold the car by lightly touching the accelerator. Sometimes I use the brake pedal. When I do use the ...

Poetry Corner

By Ted Kooser U.S. poet laureate, 2004-2006 “How do I know what I think until I see what I say?” has been attributed to a half dozen different writers. It can be helpful in encouraging people to write, but also in describing poetry that arises out of meditation. Greg Kosmicki is a ...

Celebrity Birthdays

Celeb birthdays for the week of Feb. 18-24 By The Associated Press Feb. 18: Author Toni Morrison is 87. Movie director Milos Forman is 86. Vocalist Yoko Ono is 85. Singer Herman Santiago of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers is 77. Actress Jess Walton (“The Young and the Restless”) is 72. ...

New at the Library

New Materials at the Marshall-Lyon County Library Fiction • Brunstetter, Wanda E. The Celebration (Amish Cooking Class #3) • Cole, Alyssa. A Hope Divided (Loyal League #2) • Mankell, Henning. After the Fire • Bracht, Mary Lynn. White Chrysanthemum • Jones, Tayari. An ...

Retirement woes

Dear Annie: I am a 67-year-old man who has extreme seller’s remorse and have slipped into depression from selling my business two years ago. The reason I am writing is to caution the 10,000 baby boomers a day who are turning 65. After retiring, I was caught completely off guard by the fact ...

Watch for ‘combosquatting’

Dear Heloise: There is a new computer/cellphone attack to be leery of called “combosquatting.” Malicious websites creep into your computer by means of what appears to be a familiar name of a bank or business. For example: www.security-(businessname).com, or ...

PSA levels

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m an 80-year-old man in good health. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer (a fast-growing kind) with a PSA level of 4.5. Thirty days after surgery, it was down to 0.25. After 10 years, it is now 10.5. I have had three MRIs, three bone scans, three chest ...

Marshall Community Services

n For registration information, call Marshall Community Services at 537-6767 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or log on to www.ci.marshall.mn.us. n Reminder: Marshall City Hall will be closed Monday, Feb. 19, in observance of Presidents Day. n Introduction to Windows 10 will be ...

The leftovers thief

Dear Annie: I have had this issue with a certain family member, and I am hoping you can advise me on what to do. When the family of one of our sons visits and eats dinner at our house, his wife cleans up afterward, which is appreciated, but the problem is that she takes 90 percent of the food ...

What to know about GMO

Dear Readers: You may hear the terms “GMO” and “non-GMO” in the media. Have you ever wondered what that means? “GMO” stands for “genetically modified organism.” A GMO is something (for our purposes, a food) whose DNA has been scientifically altered by man for any number of ...