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Local Columns

Let it be

Like many folks, I read/scan the news every morning — hoping for some good news. At the end of one of my morning reads, the platform always has a song that is meant to be upbeat and encouraging. As I read the news, it was anything but upbeat and encouraging ,and then I saw the song. Say ...

Extended Producer Responsibility

In 1970, when recycling started, how recycling was set up made it the consumer’s problem with what to do with empty but yet recyclable materials. Because of this, cities and municipalities started the recycling programs that we still use today. However, there are some changes that are now ...

The weight of the walk

With the anchor-like weight of a deer tag becoming more and more tangible in the right leg pocket of my camouflage hunting pants and that heft spurring much of my recent outdoor activity, I catch myself thinking ahead, beyond the quiet morning sits and windy sneaks through the countryside as I ...

Haystack memories

The story goes that a young farmer was driving his city girl bride home from their wedding. Pointing at a passing field, the young lady asked, “What’s that?” “Those are haystacks,” the husband replied. “I wasn’t born yesterday!” fumed the wife. “I know darn well that hay ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: How do you determine if your tires are unsafe for winter driving? Answer: Tire talk is important any time of the year, but as winter approaches it is important to double your efforts when maintaining your tires. Over the years, I have investigated numerous crashes where worn ...

Why do we do it?

My brother and I had a talk. To say we don’t see the world eye to eye would be a truthful statement, but we are still brothers. That’s easy to say but sometimes hard to live. Why is that? Why do we do it to ourselves? Is it because we live differently? Yes, to a degree but we still ...

Righting the ship after a financial setback

2020 has proven to be a challenging year in many ways, not the least of which has been a less than hospitable financial environment. Events ranging from a significant bear market in stocks earlier in the year to a dramatic increase in job layoffs have put many Americans in difficult financial ...

Grilled venison

As we travel the highways and byways of our great nation, we see constant reminders that it’s the grilling season. I don’t mean the kind of grilling that includes glowing charcoal and sizzling meat and secret blends of herbs and spices. We’re talking about the type of grilling that ...

Recyclables

Imagine if you are a farmer or business person that has something to sell — corn or some sort of mass-made trinkets. You want to have a quality product to sell so you can make the most money from what you have produced. In recycling, we are all supplying something to the recycling markets ...

Slow morning

Those days when overcast conditions settle in well before dawn provide a unique time to be outdoors, particularly during deer season. The lack of the pinks and oranges streaking overhead from the eastern horizon and lighting up the sky early makes the anticipation of first legal light even more ...

The Lyon County Landfill

November is National Recycling Month and with the generous support of this newspaper, I will writing about recycling and trash disposal for the next four weeks. While we spend a lot of time talking about how to recycle, we don’t often spend time talking about why we recycle or for that matter ...

Do you feel it?

I don’t want to sound like a mardy guy but do you feel it? Every where I go and to everyone with whom I speak, the feeling is always present. It’s the feeling of: Mounting tension: hopefully by the time you read this the national election has been settled in a peaceful manner and ...

Husband mean since concussion

Dear Annie: How much can a woman take before she finally gets enough guts to leave? My husband and I are older (60) parents to 19-year-old twins. Things were OK for the first 15 years we were married. Then he got cancer, which was tough. He went through chemo and is now in remission. But two ...

Help from housepets

During troubled times such as these, people yearn for someone they can depend upon, somebody who will be there for them through thick and thin yet won’t eat all of the Wheat Thins. Certainly a spouse or a significant other can fulfill this role. But the record numbers of pet adoptions that ...

The most important season

Don your blaze orange, secure your tag, check your scope one more time and stuff a package of handwarmers in your vest pocket because the big day is just about here. Firearms deer season starts this weekend and you don’t want to miss out on the excitement that comes with “the grandaddy of ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I know that there was recently a law passed restricting cell phone use while driving and it was about time. I commute approximately 100 miles per day and have been noticing the number of drivers with a dog on their lap is getting out of control. I have recently been in 3 close calls ...

Books and Beyond

Library patron The Alan Alda book I’ve just read is “Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Other Things I’ve Learned,” c 2005. That’s the title of Chapter 3 too, so I will start by telling you about this chapter. When Alan is 7 years old, he has polio, and his parents, who are actors in ...

Anna at 90

“Live long and prosper” is more than a Vulcan salute. It’s an aspiration for most of our planet’s inhabitants, although it’s a goal that only a few attain. My mother, Anna, recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Mom has been in assisted living for some years due to health issues, ...

The scent of faith

I often wonder what it’s like, to smell a million times more than what is humanly possible. When my lab lifts his nose to the northwest gusts and cocks his head ever so slightly before upping his pace into the breezes, I try to box the experience into something my limited senses can ...

How about a ‘scary’ laugh?

It’s Halloween time! Enjoy it! It seems I say something like this about each of our four seasons: “This is my favorite time of the year.” We forget how special each season is to us and how lucky we are to have them. I’ve lived where there’s hot and humid summer 11 months of the ...