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Passionate

The young man slowly entered the enticing room. To him, everything looked perfect. The stage was set with alluringly soft music, romantic lighting and the table with its silver ice bucket was set for the offering. He had prepared for this night for a long time and knew the offering would be ...

Enjoy the wow

There’s only three episodes in the current season of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.” Typically, PBS releases five or six installments at a time, and most seasons have at least 10 shows in an entire run. However, right now there’s only three, which for those parents like me looking for ...

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The first day of fall marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day — and this year, the holiday lands on Sept. 23. This holiday, sponsored by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), is an opportunity for people to learn how to prevent fall-related injuries that affect older adults. According to the ...

Social Security celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

District manager Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. Hispanics make up our nation’s largest ethnic minority group with a population of 58.9 million, representing 18.1 percent of the nation’s total population. We work hard to deliver great customer service ...

The untold story of the greatest sea evacuation of all-time

Thanks to the Oscar-award-winning movie, "Dunkirk," which came out in 2017, most of us are familiar with the World War II battle which culminated with a historic sea evacuation that allowed for the rescue of nearly 340,000 allied soldiers. The overpowering German army had pushed the combined ...

Talking

It seems that lately there’s been a lot of talk about talking. When the subject of talking comes up, it’s expected we are referring to the discourse between one person and another person, correct? Of course, in today’s environment, there are plenty of talking heads, but I wonder if ...

Don’t overlook WPAs this fall

From the rush of a buck moving under my perch in the low crook of a large tree along a vast slough, to a covey of sharptailed grouse rising on a grassy hillside, to the excitement of a flushing pheasant breaking its way out of the cane on a mid-December hunt, the countless opportunities ...

September silage season

In September the Earth rounds an elongated curve in space and the weather begins its languorous glide into the long slog of winter. September suffers from multiple personality disorder, with summery heat one day and an autumn chill the next. The furnace will be running in the morning and ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: As we are ending the Motorcycle season I heard of an individual near Rochester whom was killed by going off the road and struck a sign head on. He was not wearing a helmet. Being an individual whom has been in a motorcycle accident with the helmet likely saving my life, why are ...

Medicare, a simple explanation

District manager Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, ...

Celestial congestion

The Great Hercules star cluster is one of the true treasures of the summer and early autumn Marshall sky. It’s a dense cluster of stars all crammed together in a tight sphere that you’ll love to direct your telescope to it again and again. I sure do! As with many celestial treasures ...

Are you and your spouse on the same page about retirement?

Retirement is one of the most important financial goals for many married couples. It’s something you may dream about and work hard to reach. But, even if you feel like you are on track in terms of meeting your financial objectives, there is an equally important factor to consider — are you ...

On the Porch

In early 1944, at the request of Mayor Ray Baldwin (mayor 1943-1946), the Marshall City Council appointed what was known as a City Post War Planning Board. This board was charged with the responsibility of making suggestions to the city council concerning plans for Marshall in the future. ...

Exploring Rollag

This past weekend ended up being a look at area history for me as I visited the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy on Friday, and Ross and I made a stop at the End-O-Line Museum in Currie on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiched in-between those days was the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers ...

Would consumers pay more for recycling?

Woodbury, New Jersey, is a town much like Marshall. Both located in the southwest portion of their states and with similar populations (11K-15K), Woodbury’s biggest claim to fame is serving as the base camp for Gen. Charles Cornwallis during the British Army’s advance on Philadelphia ...

Books and Beyond

I was reading in the BBC Music Magazine for May 2019 the article noting that 2019 is the 150th year anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Brian Wise describes how in the early years of train travel, musicians often performed for people on the train ride. This was a new ...

No! Wait!!

It’s a bit unsettling because I believe it’s still summer. It seems the advertisers are urging the seasons forward, but it’s still summer! When one looks at newspapers and other media sources, there seems to be an upswing in advertising for fall. And, winter apparel. And, Christmas. ...

Follow the fracture

Rocks are the bane of a farmer’s existence. They are the one crop we can depend upon; a new harvest of stones appears each spring even though we never planted any mineral-based seeds. Jim Wakeman has an entirely different way of thinking about rocks. He sees rocks — or wood or clay, for ...

Communication devices can be nuisances

Phones and computers are really great inventions. These days you can apparently have both capabilities operating through a watch on your wrist, but I am way behind times so I have only progressed to a cell phone carried in a holster on my belt — no, it does not look anything like a gun — ...

Salmon success

Through thick fog, the gurgle of my boat’s motor joined the crowd launching from the east side of Garrison Dam, with one more search for summer salmon as its primary mission. As we cleared the first of phalanx of boats readying rods and dropping downrigger balls, I turned the wheel over to my ...