Opinion

The summer hunter begins his long goodbye

Local Columns

There are two great hunters in the night sky over Marshall. In the winter time it’s the mighty constellation Orion the Hunter, and in the summer it’s Bootes the Hunting Farmer. Since early this spring Bootes has graced our skies, but now it’s beginning its gradual farewell. Bootes, like ...

Rodeo or carnival?

Local Columns

When my wife and I first talked about going to the Lyon County fair this year, I gave her a slight warning not to expect too much. Anecdotally, I had been told the fair had been declining in terms of attendance and attractions, with last year being one of the most disappointing. And after ...

Short takes

Editorials

Good economic development news THUMBS UP: While this week’s news of the closing of the Del Monte peas and corn plant in Sleepy Eye was disturbing, a number of good news events on the economic development front are hitting close to home. First, on Wednesday Avera Marshall showed off its ...

A blow to Sleepy Eye and the region

Editorials

Tuesday’s announcement that Del Monte is going to close its Sleepy Eye plant after this corn pack season is a blow to Sleepy Eye and to many others in the area. The plant is a major employer in Sleepy Eye. The closing announcement said that 69 full time and 294 seasonal employees will lose ...

Community recycling programs

Local Columns

Thank you communities of Lyon County! I believe that each and every one of us has been working hard on understanding what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled. A recycling program that is successful is dependent on residents taking the time to learn about their community recycling ...

We are not a democracy

Letters to the Editor

The coolest you should keep your house is 78 degrees, federal program recommends. How much longer is going to be before people start to realize that this and so many other things that are coming down the pike from the Federal Government as “recommendations, policies and regulations” are ...

Joyful sounds of summer thanks to festival organizers

Editorials

Sounds of Summer patrons on Saturday evening were reminded once again Mother Nature can be cruel when it comes to weather and planned events here in southwest Minnesota. Hundreds of people filled the Schwan’s parking lot next to the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and were ...

4 reasons milk boxes are the new juice box

Local Columns

There’s a reason juice boxes made their way into lunch boxes over the years. They taste good, require no refrigeration, and fit nicely into compact containers. The downside is that many juice boxes are full of added sugar. However, a single swap — out with the juice, in with the milk — ...

Stood up

Local Columns

It was time to meet a colleague for lunch in a local restaurant and upon arriving, I took a seat and waited. And waited. And waited. Where was my friend? I checked my phone — there were no messages about being late or having to cancel our lunch. After a period of time, it became clear I had ...

Who hires those illegal immigrants?

Editorials

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

A pronghorn pace

Local Columns

To the west of Underwood, N.D., my cousin and I cruised with the rising sun lighting the blacktop pavement of Highway 200 toward the boat launch at Government Bay. It was the final stretch of the trip, and we sped along with the hopes of grabbing a lower-tier parking spot at the popular ...

Fair advice

Local Columns

“Have you fallen lately?” the doctor asked. Sadly, I have reached the age where that question can arise during routine medical exams. I gave the matter some thought. “I used to fall all the time,” I began. The physician furrowed his brow. “But things gradually got better,” I ...

‘Gun control never eliminates guns’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the emotional debate about guns and who should be able to have certain types of weapons, we should remember what Aristotle is credited as saying: “The law is reason, free from passion.” Do those who promote further “common sense” gun laws/restrictions bother to ...

Northern forests need urgent attention

Editorials

Without reforestation efforts, northern Minnesota will lose rich habitat that its residents greatly value. In southern Minnesota we often think of “up north” as a place to vacation where we enjoy cooler temperatures, different animals, and trees not commonly found in this farming ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Local Columns

Part IV In the Aug. 19, 1964, article in the Marshall Messenger, Ray Newell, county agricultural agent, predicted that there would be 548 County 4-H’ers showing 2,375 project exhibits at the County Fair, Aug. 27-10. County fair attendance was up 13% over 1963. Sixteen 4-H’ers exhibited ...

Communities fighting fraud

Local Columns

Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. Social Security agrees. You can help your more vulnerable ...

Lyra, a little constellation with many stories

Local Columns

Constellations come in many sizes, shapes, and flavors in our celestial dome. One of the smaller ones is Lyra the Lyre. In case you’re not into ancient musical instruments a lyre is a small U-shaped harp that was played and enjoyed mostly in ancient Greece, but has since fallen out of favor. ...

Trumpland … an idea I can support

Local Columns

Here’s something I don’t state very often: I agree with President Trump. Earlier this week, it was reported that on multiple instances over his presidency, Trump has directed staff members to inquire into the possibility of the United States buying … Greenland, as in the country. ...

Fun at the fairs

Local Columns

I spent a few hours at the Lyon County Fair last Friday while Ross had rehearsal for this weekend’s Shakespeare performance of “The Merchant of Venice.” I like to watch rodeo, and so I took the opportunity Friday night to catch some of the action. The clouds threatened rain for most of ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Lyon County Fair board comes through THUMBS UP: We have to agree with the letter writer in Thursday’s edition that the 2019 Lyon County Fair was the best in several years. Back in April the prospects of a successful fair appeared gloomy when the fair board reported to the board of ...