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Local Columns

Ask a Trooper

Question: I thought I heard about 911 being able to find accurate locations even when people don’t know exactly where they are. Can you talk about that? Answer: Yes, we shared some information on this very subject on our Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s blog just recently. I will ...

A superstar Super Bowl

There is great news for Kansas City Chiefs fans! Taylor Swift has won the Super Bowl! Well, OK, she may have had a little help from her boyfriend, Travis Kelse. Also, from that guy named Mahomes and maybe Coach Reid and all of those other guys who were running around on the Las Vegas gridiron ...

Life or something like it

As a fan of science fiction, and more accurately now, science fact, my RSS feeds and inboxes are often inundated with technology stories I can barely wrap my brain around. From quantum physics and computing, to teleportation of sub-atomic particles to nano-technology, the blur of updates ...

The best laid plans sometimes don’t work

This will be a rather short article. More on that later. It’s not news to any of us that our plans get derailed. We went on a wonderful trip to Yellowstone National Park this past week, and had a bit of a hiccup while traveling. While getting my baggage receipt at the airport, I noticed ...

Projects and initiatives — the year ahead

The coming year will be an eventful year for the city of Marshall with many projects and initiatives on deck for City Council and staff. After the successful November 2023 referendum on the new aquatic center that has dedicated sales tax revenue to fund construction, the design process has ...

Dedicate this session to correcting bills passed last year

The 2024 legislative session kicked off this week, and it is an honor and a privilege to be back at the Capitol serving the residents of Senate District 15. Last year, members in the majority passed nearly $10 billion in tax hikes, in addition to spending the entire $19 billion surplus. ...