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The flying horse of autumn is on a rescue mission

Local Columns

One of the great constellations of the Marshall autumn sky is Pegasus the winged horse, along with its next-door neighbor Andromeda the Princess. They’re easy to find. The first thing to look for is what’s called the square of Pegasus, although this time of year the square is orientated ...

Recent events create opportunity to discuss U.S. Constitution

Local Columns

"How much time have you spent studying the U.S. Constitution?” That question was asked of me by a college history instructor. It’s a good question during these times of history in the making involving the impeachment inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives. In the heated debate back ...

In search of fall colors

Local Columns

Every fall it seems like our quest to see fall colors while taking a hike has mixed results. We lucked out on Leaf Days last September in Maplewood State Park where some of the reds were on display. I joined a couple of Facebook pages a couple of years ago, one being North Shore Tribe, where ...

Short takes

Editorials

Don’t worry about outcome of vote THUMBS DOWN: Apparently Tuesday’s scheduled vote on a recycling contract with Southwest Sanitation to provide curbside recycling pickup in Lyon County is a foregone conclusion. Lyon County mailed informational flyers to residents this week providing the ...

Global warming position indefensible

Letters to the Editor

A 10-10-2019 global warming letter stated: “The greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere that otherwise would radiate into space.” True; and water vapor (a greenhouse gas), traps about 1375 times more heat than man’s CO2; and about 8620 more heat than man-made methane. The thing ...

Nobel for testing conventional wisdom

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Use your mind when it comes to abortion

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor What scientific research shows is that in nature and without abortion somewhere between 40 and 60 percent of zygotes (the first cells of life) are naturally destroyed and never become born babies. That is what nature teaches us about the Natural Law. Nature allows a virtual ...

Is pork good for you?

Local Columns

Not all pork cuts are created equal, but they can all be part of a heart-healthy diet. Here’s what you need to know. The lean side According to the National Pork Board, the pork that’s available today is 16 percent leaner and 27 percent lower in saturated fat than it was 25-plus years ...

Wine and music

Local Columns

I woke up and went outside to see what was happening and discovered a whole lot was happening. Looking to the west, I was greeted by a magnificent silver white disc smiling at me which we know as the moon. It was awesome — full, bright and shining! Looking to the east, I was greeted by a ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: Minnesota just recently enacted a hands-free while driving law, but many states do not have such a law. How is this enforced when people from out of state are traveling on our interstate highways? I have not seen any signs go up stating that Minnesota is Hands-Free. Would violators ...

Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I attended a Minnesota U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn Town Hall meeting in Winona in early September. I’ve been haunted ever since by his response to a citizen who was asking if he was aware of the relationship between gun ownership and suicide. Mr. Hagedorn’s response ...

When is impeachment unimpeachable?

Editorials

Minnesota’s First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn borrowed a phrase from former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when he said at his Madelia town hall meeting Wednesday his definition of an impeachable offense is, “you know it when you see it.” Stewart said of pornography in a Supreme ...

Get ready for bi-weekly curbside recycling pickup

Editorials

Later this morning, residents of Lyon County will find out whether or not County Commissioners will approve a new contract with Southwest Sanitation to pick up recyclables from the curb on a bi-weekly basis. Of course this will be a change from the weekly curbside pickup that county residents ...

A different opener

Local Columns

With the forecast in mind on Tuesday, my wife and I packed all of our lawn furniture in storage under the deck, broke out a bag of chicken wings and the last of summer’s hamburger patties and ambivalently celebrated and mourned under 80-degree evening heat the end of the warm-weather season. ...

Pumpkin dysfunction

Local Columns

If Cinderella were to visit our garden in the hopes of finding transportation to Prince Charming’s little soiree, she would be deeply disappointed. This isn’t because there wouldn’t be any mice to be magically transformed into a team of studly horses. It’s entirely possible that there ...

Hagedorn’s response to suicide is ‘appalling’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I attended a Minnesota U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn Town Hall meeting in Winona in early September. I’ve been haunted ever since by his response to a citizen who was asking if he was aware of the relationship between gun ownership and suicide. Mr. Hagedorn’s response ...

Posting caused panic about deer

Editorials

Of course, it’s easy. Of course it’s fast. Of course, it’s going to attract lots of attention. But, oh dear, what a complicated mess. Schell’s Brewery in New Ulm learned that firsthand when a post on social media in September bemoaned the condition of the deer on the brewery ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Local Columns

Part II Marshall Dairy had a dairy located 3 miles south of Marshall. They started with two dairy cows at $32 each. They started milking in 1932 and began to sell and deliver raw milk in Marshall up until 1937. Evelyn Reese Hand was the first delivery person in the area. Shortly after, they ...

Understanding Social Security spouses’ benefits

Local Columns

Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a family unit, it means sharing things like a home and other property. Understanding how your future retirement might affect your spouse is important. When you’re ...

Multiple moon myths

Local Columns

Another full moon is upon us this week, whitewashing the Southwestern Minnesota night sky and making it tough on stargazers. We’re also getting into the time of year when the full moon makes a higher arc across the sky as it rises at sunset and sets at sunrise. Don’t get me wrong. I love ...