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Local Columns

Long bus rides are not my thing

This is probably due to my childhood experiences with school buses. The bus would stop at the end of our farm’s driveway early every school day morning. After my siblings and I piled aboard, the bus would jostle along on a teeth-loosening, convoluted route that traversed much of the state. We ...

The Atlantic Hotel: an historic icon with modern potential

I was surprised this week to learn about the closing of Bello Cucina, the Italian restaurant in downtown Marshall. Bello’s was an asset to the downtown business district. It was good to be able to tell friends and relatives that we had an upscale Italian eating place. The good news is ...

On the Porch

According to John Radzilowski in his book, Prairie Town: A History of Marshall, Minnesota 1872-1997, “the second most talked about holiday after Christmas, at least in the early days, was the Fourth of July”. The communities in Lyon County pulled out all the stops to attract as many people ...

The Vietnam War – Ray Fox – A Marshall infantryman arrives in Vietnam

We’ve begun learning about Ray Fox’s Army service to help us better understand the Vietnam War’s impact on our region. Ray was born in 1945 in Adrian, but his family moved to Marshall in 1957. Ray graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1963 and enrolled in college, an experience ...

Wisdom and wine

Over the ages, many philosophers have expounded on what is wisdom, how to find it and live it. Socrates, the ancient Greek father of philosophy, sought wisdom and truth. His following philosophers, Aristotle and Plato, attempted to further define wisdom and to discover the what, where, how ...

Burning money

The Independence Day holiday is upon us, a day when we will mark the 246th birthday of our great nation with festivities, feasts, and fireworks. Despite rampant rumors, I am not old enough to remember the very first Fourth. Fireworks have always been a large part of Fourth of July ...