Local Columns

The summer hunter begins his long goodbye

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?

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 ...

Community recycling programs

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 ...

4 reasons milk boxes are the new juice box

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

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 ...

A pronghorn pace

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

“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 ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler which has a windshield that has the ability to fold down from the factory. I am just wondering if the windshield is properly folded down and strapped as per the factory design if this is then legal to drive on highway, county or state roads in Minnesota. ...

TBD

So, what’s he saying to me? TBD = The Boring Dog? TBD = The Bad Day? Well, as most of us know, TBD stands for To Be Determined and it can be used in many contexts including one’s faith life, one’s real life or even to measure the quality of something. Let’s take a look at each ...

Meeting Phoenix

Phoenix was the first person I’d ever met who went by that name. I asked if she was named for the city or the mythological firebird. “The bird!” she replied with a smile. “My parents were hippies. That explains a lot.” Much of the pleasure of traveling to new places involves ...

Salamander stories

The dogs recoiled in unison from the movement of the dark, curlicue shaped creature standing out against the streetlight glow which illuminated the driveway cement near the garage door. On our daily walk in the pre-dawn dark of five o’clock, they shook off their surprise at the small, ...

Is life insurance worth it?

Deciding if life insurance is worth buying starts with looking at what’s important to you. Do I need life insurance? A lot of people wonder if life insurance is necessary. Yolie Aleman-Rodriguez, State Farm agent in Tolleson, Arizona, helps customers with this question every day. Her ...

Books and Beyond

In June when my husband and I drove south to visit family and friends in central Iowa, we stopped for lunch at Estherville, and to walk around a bit more, we went into a store with a variety of used and homemade items. I bought a hardback of “Honey Bunch: Her First Trip to the Great Lakes,” ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Part III At the 60th annual Lyon County Fair in 1963, grand champions included Kathleen Fuhrman of the Clifton Happy Workers 4-H Club who won champion beef showman. Her Hereford steer took reserve champion and champion 4-H Hereford. Bob Babcock of Amiret showed grand champion Arabian ...

Social Security is here for you

Social Security turns 84 this year. With more than eight decades of service, we’ve provided benefits to one of the most diverse populations in history. Regardless of background, we cover retirees, wounded warriors, chronically ill children, and people who have lost loved ones. Knowing that ...