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Opinion

On the Porch

Community Voices

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 ...

Look what’s happening on Mexican border

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I went to renew my driver’s license this morning. I was born, raised and married in the USA. I have worked, bought a home, raised three kids, retired and paid taxes every year since 1985 in the USA. Because I still do travel, I wanted an “Enchanted ID” so I can fly in ...

Keep hands off the Court

Editorials

President Joe Biden signed an executive order last week setting up a commission to study changes to the U.S. Supreme Court, specifically to study expanding the court or creating limited terms for Supreme Court justices. We think the administrative and legislative branches should keep their ...

A senseless shooting

Editorials

As Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a press conference, the shooting on Sunday of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by one of his police officers could not have come at a worse time. With the Derek Chauvin trial in full swing, tension between the police and the black community is ...

Big Tech stifling conservative views

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The April 13 article by Senator Klobuchar brought out a need that has been promoted by conservatives for quite some time. She is bemoaning the power of big tech because it is advancing the demise of local hard-copy newspapers. Big tech is doing more than that; basically ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

Library patron “The Day the Music Died: The Last Tour of Buddy Holly, the ‘Big Bopper,’ and Ritchie Valens,” c 1997, is sure the book to help me remember my teenage years. Marshall-Lyon County Library has this book, plus “Rave On: the biography of Buddy Holly,” by Philip Norman, c ...

Play ball!

Local Columns

Oh boy, for all the memories! I always find it interesting to analyze myself. Of course, that leads to many pitfalls, pratfalls and pitiful actions. However, thee are those shining times when all of those “P” words are replaced with smiles, sipping, shaking with laughter and a sense of ...

Old fences

Local Columns

The first cup of steaming coffee was just beginning to boot up my brain when I caught a glimpse of a large, shaggy beast lumbering past our living room window. Was it Bigfoot or a sasquatch or maybe even Keanu Reeves? Sadly, no. If it had been any of those, I wouldn’t be here. I would be on ...

A senseless shooting

Editorials

As Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said at a press conference, the shooting on Sunday of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by one of his police officers could not have come at a worse time. With the Derek Chauvin trial in full swing, tension between the police and the black community is ...

Better lucky than good

Local Columns

I can’t tell you what I was reaching for in the boat when I set my rod down. Likely, in the chill of the start to an otherwise perfect Saturday, it was the blue coffee tumbler I had borrowed from my mom when meeting my brother and a buddy for a drift down my home flow of the Sheyenne River. ...

Expanding broadband internet is essential

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There’s one thing this pandemic has shown us, it’s that high-speed broadband internet, in schools and homes is essential. With workers and students being sent home, the need for broadband in these areas has been amplified. President Biden has dedicated over $450 billion ...

State needs immigrants to succeed

Editorials

A new report from the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce confirms what our state demographers have been telling us for a long time: Minnesota’s economy needs the immigrant population to succeed. Here are some of the key findings of the Chamber’s report as outlined in its executive ...

Infrastructure: An investment that’s long overdue

Community Voices

For the first time in many years, there’s a proposal to do more than just simply maintain the nation’s aging network of roads, bridges, and other public works resources. It’s likely to be expensive. The cost to pave even one mile of a two-lane road is more than what’s needed to ...

On the Porch

Community Voices

The Blue Moon Ballroom was located at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Marshall. The ballroom was built in 1929 by Ray Baldwin Jr. and John Bulowski. According to Baldwin, he and Bulowski became involved in building the ballroom after the Valhalla dance hall on Lake Shetek burned to the ground. ...

Farm girl – MaryAnn (Kack) Blanchette – the early years

Community Voices

MaryAnn Blanchette was born June 19, 1931, to Ann and Theodore Kack on the family farm south of Marshall without any physician or midwife in attendance. MaryAnn, at that time, was the youngest of four children. The eldest, Eleanor, was 18 years her senior. MaryAnn’s parents were both ...

Make it harder to sell catalytic converters

Editorials

We continue to see police reports about the theft of catalytic converters. They are stolen off vehicles in car lots or on the streets. People who find their vehicles vandalized and looted by thieves face an expensive replacement cost. It may be upwards of $1,000, depending on the ...

Living with wind

Community Voices

Wind is a constant source of botheration in this part of the world. I’m not just talking about the kind of wind that can arise from consuming a questionable gas station burrito. While that type of wind can be a major health hazard in enclosed spaces, it’s easily alleviated by going ...

I dare you!

Community Voices

Have you ever been dared to do something? Something that’s, well, scary? After doing the ‘dared’ thing, did you find some sense of peace or fulfillment? Or, where you just happy to walk away from the moment? Based on those questions, are you reliving a special moment? Come on! ...

We have a duty to defend, protect U.S. Constitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is so very unfortunate that so many people have no clue, no understanding of our Constitution, how the Founders labored for months to provide the citizens of the United States with a national government that had “limited” powers and how it brought us to become the most ...