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Opinion

Lighting up our holiday season

Editorials

Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care officials are doing a little bragging after last Friday’s kickoff for the third annual Light Up the Night event. And we don’t blame them. What a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit. “This year’s attendance during the Light Parade ...

Getting one-sided story on global warming

Letters to the Editor

To the editor In my 10-18-19 ‘Global warming position indefensible’, I noted that even a somewhat small up or down change in the massive quantity of atmospheric water vapor may release or absorb far more heat, and therefore have more effect on temperature, than would a doubling of our ...

Renew offer of assistance to Mexico

Editorials

Just a month after Mexican drug cartel murderers massacred at least nine Americans living in that country, more evidence of mayhem south of the border has been written in blood. In early November, two separate groups of women and children were ambushed near their homes in northern Mexico. ...

Win humbly — lose graciously

Local Columns

This will come as no surprise to you — sports have a dominant influence in our society. For many of us, sports enter our lives during our early growing years and stay with us until those growing years end. But ... yes ... there’s a “but.” I understand the nature of today’s ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

“The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” is a very detailed book, organized into five parts. Each part begins with a quote from Rogers. My favorite is “All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, ...

Stay warm but safe

Editorials

Temperatures have reached the point where most of us can no longer deny that winter is coming. With the change of seasons comes an increase in the need to heat our homes — and fire departments are warning residents there is also an increased need for caution. One popular way to keep warm is ...

Blue’s clues

Local Columns

The calm blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico shimmered under the sun as the first mullet flopped up and splashed back down on the late-morning surface. From my spot in the lounger underneath the multi-hued beach umbrella, I watched with interest as small baitfish in the shallows splashed ...

An aloha Christmas

Local Columns

It’s that time of year when we are becoming increasingly worried about what a certain person might think of us. And no, I don’t mean that ex whom you recently friended on Facebook. Santa Claus is finalizing his “naughty or nice” list, a task made infinitely easier by the latest ...

Trump shows disrespect for truth

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Although the Nov. 22 “Short Takes” section rightly gave Americans’ dismal ability to distinguish fact from fiction a “Thumbs Down,” it didn’t mention a major contributor to the dismal state of respect for truth in our country: President Donald Trump. According to ...

Slaughter Slough

Local Columns

Part I This series was written with excerpts from a Slayton newspaper account by John Silvernale (no date found). The attempt here was not to do full-fledged research on the Great Dakota Conflict; that has been done by many authors. I was only attempting to give information about the conflict, ...

Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Local Columns

Each year, we announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit ...

November is Family Caregivers Month

Local Columns

Each November, we celebrate our military veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for our blessings on Thanksgiving Day. But did you know that during November, family caregivers are recognized and celebrated? Caregiving is one of the most important jobs someone can do. Whether you are taking ...

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Local Columns

November is recognized nationally as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Facilities and organizations who provide these important services are reaching out to raise awareness of the high-quality services available for those families and individuals who cope with life-limiting illnesses and ...

Lower interest rates and your wallet

Local Columns

As you’ve likely read in financial headlines recently, interest rates are falling. So, what does that mean for you and your finances? Here are some factors to consider. Your existing debt may be more manageable. A rate cut by the Fed may cause interest rates on credit cards, home ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the News Messenger of Lyon ...

Gneiss Outcrops SNA

Local Columns

After spending a good amount of money at the craft and vendor show at Prairie’s Edge Casino last Saturday, Ross and I took advantage of the last nice, snow-free weekend (for a while anyway) and headed to a nearby Scientific and Natural Area. The Gneiss Outcrops SNA is located not to far ...

Short takes

Editorials

New design for city hall looks great, but what about the parking? THUMBS SIDEWAYS: A decision had to be made sooner or later over the outdated and inadequate municipal building in downtown Marshall. Last week the City Council decided to stop kicking the can down the road and voted 5-2 to ...

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving

Editorials

Too often, we prosperous, free Americans take our many blessings for granted. Nearly all of us enjoy material wealth that is the envy of billions of people in other lands. We are free to do nearly anything our hearts desire, as long as our actions do not harm others. Our nation itself is a ...