Opinion

We cannot permit ourselves to forget

Editorials

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got ...

Virgo the Virgin, a loaded constellation

Local Columns

Virgo the Virgin is the second largest constellation in the night skies but it’s also one of the faintest. Its only bright star is Spica. The rest of Virgo’s stars are barely visible to the naked eye, and to locate the whole thing takes a lot of work, patience, and dark skies. To be frank, ...

Getting lost in the echo chambers of politics

Local Columns

It’s been called the most famous echo chamber in the world. Because of the amazing acoustics associated with it, the Studio Two Echo Chamber has been used by various musical artists including Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Oasis and Adele. Countless movie soundtracks were also produced there ...

Short takes

Editorials

Time to watch the Boys of Summer THUMBS UP: The Boys of Summer are back. Minnesota baseball fans have been enjoying the recent resurgence of the Twins. Currently sitting on top of the American League Central Division standings with a 32-16 record, the Twins have been a pleasant surprise. ...

FEMA still a bureaucratic mess

Editorials

The word “frustrated” and the acronym FEMA often go hand-in-hand when it comes to news articles about aid for disaster relief. So it wasn’t surprising to hear Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy Overbeke tell commissioners on Tuesday “I’m really frustrated with the federal role in ...

U.S. must be patient with Iran, to a point

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Sugar and sugar substitutes

Local Columns

With many people trying to reduce the amount of added sugar in their diets, the use of sugar substitutes has been on the rise and such sweeteners can be found in a multitude of food products. From ice creams and yogurts to granola bars and beverages, sugar substitutes such as sucralose and ...

What does your name tell us about you?

Local Columns

“Hi! What’s your name?” How many times have you been asked your name? Of course, the answer from all of us would be many times in numerous situations. Our names identify us — how’s that for a shocker? But how often do you think of why you received your name? Most of us didn’t ...

Recycling rules

Local Columns

Recycling can be confusing because we do not have a standard set of rules for the United States. Residents must be aware of what the rules are for their community. Generally speaking, these rules can be found either on a city webpage or on a county webpage. The rules that residents have in Lyon ...

Connect with Social Security on social media

Local Columns

District manager We strive to keep you informed with accurate and helpful information. Over the last decade, Social Security’s communications strategy has evolved to include electronic messages, through our social media channels. You can share Social Security information, including ...

Budget deal includes needed increase in education funding

Editorials

Both Republicans and Democrats are calling Sunday’s budget deal a hard-fought compromise. While the deal boosts the general fund overall by 6%, both sides gave in a little on some key issues. Gov. Tim Walz doesn’t get his 20-cent-per gallon increase on the gas tax. He was hoping to use ...

Positively

Local Columns

As I staked out the long-term forecast and searched for some bright spot in the near future — hopefully for the upcoming holiday weekend — I caught a fragment of the interview with David Letterman that was going on in the background noise of the television morning show, in which he and the ...

The lawn zombie

Local Columns

It returned again this spring like a lawn zombie. The sinkhole near our house came back even though I had vigorously disinvited it. We’re not talking about a car-eating crater. It was merely an earthen pothole, albeit one that could tip a riding lawnmower, afflicting its operator with no ...

New players, same train wreck over state budget compromise

Editorials

This time, it was going to be different. New governor. Lots of new legislators. A clean slate. Just a few weeks ago, lobbyists and Capitol watchers were telling this editorial board they were optimistic this year Minnesota could maybe — just maybe — avoid the traditional train wreck at ...

Short Takes

Editorials

Off and running to their careers THUMBS UP: Congratulations to the 2019 Southwest Minnesota State University graduates who participated in Saturday’s commencement. Outgoing SMSU president Connie Gores told the graduates during the ceremony this was “the start of something new,” for ...

Polaris, center of the celestial pinwheel

Local Columns

Ask an average person to name a star and chances are they’ll come up with the North Star. Without a doubt that’s one of the best known stars in the night sky, but “North Star” is just a nickname. Its actual name is Polaris. If you really want to know, Polaris also has a scientific name ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: I moved to Minnesota from Arizona about a year ago and I have a car that has tinted windows. What is the window tint law in Minnesota? Answer: Even if your previous state allowed tinted windows, you will now need to comply with Minnesota law: No vehicle can have any tint to the ...

Launch a well-timed coincidence

Editorials

If, as U.S. officials insist, last week’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile had nothing to do with events elsewhere in the world, it was a fortuitous coincidence. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea off its coast. It appears the rockets were a new ...