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Opinion

How Minnesotans can help their neighbors survive pandemic

Editorials

We need to pull together now to aid our neighbors who are most in need. Some Minnesotans are visiting nursing home residents from outside through their windows. Others are organizing singalongs at safe distances and online to emphasize a sense of community and raise spirits. Still more caring ...

The sky in April 2020 — the changing of the stellar guard

Local Columns

This April begins with an outstanding show in the Marshall early evening lower western sky! From April 1st to the 5th, the bright planet Venus, the brightest star-like object in the night sky, is going to travel from west to east across the Pleiades, the best and brightest star cluster in the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

‘Stay-at-Home’ order the right decision THUMBS UP: Gov. Tim Walz made the right decision to order Minnesotans to “Stay at Home.” It was the only decision to make because just look at what’s going on in New York City, California, Louisiana and Washington. We can’t let that happen ...

Aid for workers

Editorials

Congress is moving at an agonizingly slow pace as it works on a $2 trillion package of aid to bolster the economy during the COVID-19. After the package whipped through the House it has bogged down in the Senate as Democrats and Republicans argue over how the money will be distributed and to ...

Icelanders in Lyon County

Local Columns

Part VIII Among most of the early Icelandic settlers, religious observances and training were a must. I don’t know of any church or parish in Westerheim Township other than that of the Icelanders. Before a church was built, services and classes were held in the homes. Of the total of 55 ...

Insider trading?

Editorials

Millions of dollars in stock transactions on behalf of five U.S. senators have raised serious questions about their ethics — and whether they broke laws against insider trading. Clearly, the matter needs to be investigated, but not as a witch hunt with the preconceived notion that someone ...

An alone time wine tour

Local Columns

Well, it seems I’ll/we’ll be spending a bit of time being alone. Is that going to be a bad thing or a good thing? The answer, to borrow Bob Dylan’s phrasing, is blowing in the wind and that wind is going to be blowing for a bit of time. How we as a society handle that wind is going to ...

Lift your spirits with music

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We’ve been in our “Little House on the Prairie” for the past week and, depending on our ages and medical conditions, we have at least another week to stay home in an attempt to stop the coronavirus. My recommendation for everyone is to search “Coronavirus Guidelines ...

Let’s be ready for inner space woes

Editorials

At President Donald Trump’s urging, the United States is adding a sixth branch — the “Space Force” — to our armed forces, in order to defend the vast region beyond our atmosphere. Perhaps we should be thinking of inner space, instead. Throughout the nation, public health officials ...

Civility is needed more than ever

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I read Mr. Nafziger’s letter stating, among others things, how this country is in danger of becoming Communist. I don’t believe we solve anything with vitriolic and hate filled rhetoric. Here’s what I think: First, I have advanced degrees in American History, ...

Panic stockpiling unnecessary, causing more angst

Editorials

The coronavirus pandemic is unlike anything most have seen before. A novel virus, sometimes mixed messages to the public, a measure of fear and above all uncertainty. So it isn’t surprising that people are buying extra supplies. It’s a natural survival reaction and in many cases it makes ...

Social Security Number for children

Local Columns

District manager Getting your newborn a Social Security Number is important. If your child is born in a hospital, the easiest way to secure a Social Security Number is when you give information for your child’s birth certificate. If you wait to apply for a number at a Social Security ...

Social distancing should not be social isolation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Greetings to you all. I hope you all are taking care of yourselves, both physically and mentally. At this time, our communities are gearing up for an unprecedented pandemic that will affect everyone. Something I would like to highlight at this time is our mental state during ...

The hounds of heaven

Local Columns

Even though it’s now officially spring, there’s plenty of winter left in the early evening skies. Part of the beautiful array of winter constellations are the two best-known dog constellations, Canis Major the Big Dog and Canis Minor the Little Dog. They’ve been on the prowl in the ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Leaders must lead by example THUMBS DOWN: A lot of criticism has been directed toward the Trump administration over the handling of the coronavirus. Some of it warranted, some of it not. However, the president, his cabinet members and advisers are all leaders. And leaders must lead by ...

Breaking the Eighth Commandment

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to briefly address the person or persons who vandalized St. James Church recently. This seemed to be a premeditated act and we can’t help wondering if the perpetrator thought about the fact that they were breaking the Eighth Commandment, as well as the ...

We can still support our local businesses

Editorials

Today, all is quiet on our main streets throughout southwest Minnesota. On Monday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz’ ordered the shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters, salons, etc. That order affects our main streets hard. Many bartenders, wait staff and hairdressers are now out of work. Not ...

Staying in my ‘Little House on the Prairie’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Did you ever think that your house/apartment was going to be the “Little House on the Prairie?” I certainly didn’t think so. I thought I’d be going to Bible study tomorrow morning, working at my part time job and then going to babysit grandchildren this ...

Let’s pretend!

Local Columns

For a few moments, let’s pretend. However, before our pretending begins, let’s talk about Stop, Look and Listen. I expect we all know what that means, right? I hope so! At a recent conference in Marshall, the assembly was urged to talk, listen and learn. That makes sense to me. What ...