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Opinion

Short Takes

Editorials

Keep working on insulin solutions THUMBS UP: U.S. Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., joined other legislators in introducing bipartisan legislation to create a national study to more fully understand the scope of the insulin affordability crisis in America. Earlier this year, Smith introduced ...

What to do with US-born ISIS members

Editorials

One cannot blame the Turks for not wanting to be the world’s jailers for some of the most dangerous people on the planet. When Turkish forces invaded northern Syria to push back Kurdish separatists, they captured some facilities in which the Kurds were holding Islamic State terrorist ...

DHS problems evident; restructure needed

Editorials

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has, over the years, evolved into a big beast. This makes it difficult to handle, as recent news indicates. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported last week that the department violated state law more than 200 times over the past year, ...

Smart snacking tips for managing diabetes

Local Columns

November is National Diabetes Month, but it’s also the start of the holidays, and we all know what that means: Tempting treats are everywhere. This makes it extra challenging to make smart snack choices, which is especially important for the 23 million people with diabetes. Here are a few ...

Let’s take a walk!

Local Columns

I expect we’ve all heard that suggestion a few times during our lives but what does it mean to you? Think back to when someone said the sentence to you with an upward lilt in their voice. Then, think back to when someone said it with a downward lifting voice. It’s kind of the difference ...

Droning around

Local Columns

Like many kids, I dreamed of flying. And like most kids, I longed to do things without interference from pesky authorities such as parents or the Federal Aviation Administration. My childhood aviation efforts were limited to paper airplanes (I learned how to construct three different types, ...

Justice needs to be served in killings of Americans in Mexico

Editorials

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

A world in motion

Local Columns

It’s almost like a switch turns off in my brain the second I settle in for a still hunt for deer, as was the case this opening weekend of the firearms season. The rammy, caffeine-fueled fidgeter checks out and some zen-like observer of the world settles down in place of my usual self anytime ...

Look out for your older neighbors this winter

Local Columns

We know there are very real emotional, mental and physical health risks that come with social isolation in seniors. It can lead to higher blood pressure levels, higher rates of mortality and a quicker cognitive decline. The debilitating consequences of this are only amplified when compounded ...

NCAA: League must go further on compensation for athletes

Editorials

While the NCAA took a good first step admitting that college athletes deserve “to benefit” for the millions they bring to their schools and the league, it left open options for restricting that compensation as much as possible. The NCAA Board of Governor's approved a policy Tuesday that ...

Early travelers through Lyon County

Local Columns

It was in 1837 that George Catlin, the famous traveler and Indian delineator, and an Englishman by the name of Robert Serril Wood, traveled through parts of Brown, Redwood and Lyon counties to visit his old friend Joseph LaFramboise’s fur trading post in the Lynd woods along the Redwood ...

Social Security helps veterans and active duty military members

Local Columns

Every year on Veterans Day, our nation honors the people who risk their lives to protect our country. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who return home with injuries, Social Security is a ...

Who is the American military veteran?

Letters to the Editor

Most of this is from an “anonymous Veteran.” I think this what the heart of every American should be. “It is the Veteran” It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion! It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us Freedom of the press! It ...

A mini solar eclipse, compliments of Mercury

Local Columns

The planets Jupiter and Saturn have been putting on quite a show in the evening sky since mid-summer, shining among the retreating summer constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius. Unfortunately their performance is winding down. Jupiter is setting just after sunset and Saturn is not far behind ...

Goodreads Choice Awards

Local Columns

Several years ago, I joined Goodreads, a website where you can keep track of books you’ve read, ones you want to read, check out others’ reviews on books and my favorite, giveaways. When you enter a giveaway, you have to put it on your to-read list (that’s why I have 800+ books on my ...

Health care No. 1 issue for 2020 election

Local Columns

The voice came from the back of the Marshall Area YMCA men’s locker room. “Did you read Rahm Emanuel’s column on medicare-for-all?” I was asked. Emanuel is the former Chicago mayor and White House chief of staff in the President Barack Obama administration. He wrote an op-ed that ...

Short Takes

Editorials

This is what Veteran’s Day is all about THUMBS UP: Veteran’s Day is one of those yearly observances that sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of our busy lives. Here’s a reminder to take a few moments and thank a military veteran for their service. Health care will be on the ...

You refinanced your home, but what about your car?

Local Columns

Interest rates are still near historic lows, but those rates also may make it wise to refinance your car loan. Interest rates are still hovering near historic lows for mortgages, but did you know that those same super low rates also may make it wise to refinance your car loan? Here’s how ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

“The Widow Washington: The Life of Mary Washington,” by Martha Saxton, c 2019, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, paints a thorough picture of what it was like to live in Virginia in the 1700s. The first English colony in North American was Virginia, established in 1607. Mary Ball Washington was ...

Need a better way to finance new schools

Editorials

Two articles involving school referendums and how they affect farmers were published in Monday’s edition. One of the articles was originally generated from the Minneapolis Star Tribune and shared by the Associated Press. It featured the $34 million bond school referendum on Tuesday’s ...