Opinion

E-learning efficient way to deal with snow days

Editorials

The Marshall Public School District is following the lead of few smaller school districts in the area and seriously considering implementing an e-learning days program to be used on scheduled school days during inclement weather. An “e-learning day” means a school day where a school ...

Look!

Local Columns

As you proceed through your day, how often do you look at the things around you? To push this question a bit further, how often do you look for diversity in your life, look for beauty in nature or look for something different than the usual? How often do you look? Of course, when one ...

BB brain

Local Columns

There once was a time when I was a complete and utter BB brain. I was 8 years old when one of my school chums acquired an air rifle. It wasn’t long before he began to regale us with tales of his remarkable marksmanship, stories of hitting targets that were so distant that they had ...

Voluntary efforts will propel clean energy production, use

Editorials

While the federal government is cutting back on clean energy research and support programs, Minnesota is one of the states leading the charge to reduce greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A good percentage of that effort isn’t coming from the state Capitol, but rather in the private ...

Kids these days

Local Columns

Kids these days! There’s nothing they can’t destroy from any angle and they do it no matter the conditions: in the rain, in the wind, and in the sun, it just doesn’t seem to matter. When they’re not actively smashing something, they’re talking in hushed tones among their little groups ...

Understanding Social Security benefits

Local Columns

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, whether at the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the onset of a disability, or the transition from work to retirement. For more than 80 years, our programs have contributed to the financial security of the elderly and the ...

God tells us life begins in the womb

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Those who call themselves Christians, i.e., followers of Jesus, should note there is no reference in the Gospels to Jesus having said or done anything concerning abortion.” This statement was made in a Public Forum letter, “Don’t fall for political noise in dealing ...

Visit a state historic site this summer

Editorials

At Jeffers Petroglyphs, a Minnesota Historical Society site near New Ulm, 5,000 ancient and sacred Native American rock carvings of bison, turtles, thunderbirds and humans can be viewed. The carvings are estimated to be up to 7,000 years old. Visitors can walk across these carvings, examining ...

Railroad wreck near Lynd

Local Columns

Train wrecks were big news in the early days of settlement. Trains were an essential part of everyday living, carrying and delivering goods to each station along the tracks, reloading and hauling goods (mostly grain and animals, as well as being the main mode of travel for residents and/or ...

Here comes summer in the night skies

Local Columns

The summer of 2019 begins next Friday at 10:54 in the morning, at least astronomically. Astronomers call it the summer solstice, and it’s the longest day of the year. Friday’s the day that the sun reaches its highest height in our Marshall sky. It all has to do with the inclination or tilt ...

Could a U.S. lawmaker actually make sense from cents?

Local Columns

Finally, some federal legislation that actually makes sense … and cents … at the same time. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from the neighboring state directly south of us, is sponsoring a bill called the “Currency Evolution Now to Save,” or “CENTS” because you know, any good ...

Why I Relay

Local Columns

My work schedule at the paper is Sunday-Thursday, so with my Fridays free I try to find activities that may spark my interest. Last June, I had asked about volunteering the day of Lyon County’s Relay for Life. I had done a Relay many years ago when I first moved to Marshall and wanted to get ...

Short takes

Editorials

City scores on basketball court award THUMBS UP: Marshall Council member Steven Meister is right — the news that construction will begin this summer on a special basketball court in Marshall is “fantastic.” The project to refurbish the basketball court at Independence Park is ...

6 reasons your mortgage was declined

Local Columns

The path to a mortgage isn’t always a straight line. According to Pew Research Center, 12 percent of home-purchase loan applications were denied in 2015. A piece of your financial history could block your mortgage. Here are six common reasons people aren’t approved for a mortgage. 1. Your ...

Trump’s economic brinksmanship

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s brand of economic brinksmanship is nerve-wracking, but it seems to have worked in his push to get Mexico to do more to stem the flow of Central American migrants heading through their country to the U.S. Trump made the extraordinary threat of slapping a 5 percent ...

Make school referendums rare or extinct

Editorials

On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz gave reporters from Greater Minnesota an update on education spending. His office shared numbers that added up to good news for the Marshall Public Schools District. While the Legislature continues to support prekindergarten funding, Walz is seeking more. He vowed to ...

Dad?

Local Columns

I wonder what kind of dad my kids think I am? But, let’s back up a bit — is there anything that fully prepares one to be a father? And, to be fair, is there anything that fully prepares one to be a mother? Those are tough and deep questions and I can only try to answer the father question ...

Out in the slough

Local Columns

Out on the east edge of our farm there’s some ground that’s been classified as a permanent wetland. As such, this part of our farm has no value from a production agriculture point of view. But it’s far from lifeless. Mallards and teal, coots and canvasbacks make their homes in the ...

Share Avera hotline for farmers

Editorials

It would have been a normal obituary submitted by loved ones. Except there was one line that made it different. “This wet spring just got too much for our farmer.” Farming can be a very rewarding profession. But it can also be a traumatic experience during hard times. Today, farmers are ...