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Community Voices

The pulls of two new seasons

I questioned the wind and the chill blowing in the mist rising off the wavy surface of the small powerplant lake, a place I frequent this time of year to cure cabin fever prepare things for openwater and chase the largemouth bass and crappies that are two months ahead of their brothers and ...

Time to open up Minnesota

This month marks a year since Minnesota was first shut down.  The last larger events in town included our very own State of the City event and the YMCA Shamrock Shuffle took place on March 14.  What a long year it has been.   We have seen our businesses and economy gradually open up and ...

Five ways to make the most of your tax refund

It’s unusual to be talking about tax refunds at this time of year. But due to the unusual circumstance created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the tax filing deadline was extended until mid-July. Therefore, many people are now just receiving their refunds. So how can you make the most out of this ...

On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from The News Messenger of Lyon ...

Our 1918 Pandemic – the terrible October continues

We have been learning about the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic from its origins in Kansas; to its spread across the nation, aided by the movement of troops during WWI; to its mutation into a more deadly form over the summer; to its reaching our region in the fall of 1918. October 1918 was an ...

Many ways to get your gardening questions answered

The sunnier days and warmer temperatures are getting the gardener inside all of us ready to go and pumped up for another summer of gardening in Minnesota. We made it through probably the worst winter has to offer and I am finding that there are many gardeners who have been starting their seeds ...

Looking at the lives of rich and famous — and their homes

For a few years now I have been a regular reader of the magazine: The Week. The subtitle of the magazine is, “The best of the U.S. and international media.” Though there are opinion articles now and then, The Week often gives at least two viewpoints for every news story. For example, ...

It’s all in the name

When it comes to marketing, a good lure needs a good name. No angler is going to buy lures called The Skunk, Zippo, or The Blanker. Lures must have two essentials to catch the attention of anglers. First they must catch fish, and second they must have a moniker to remember, that catches the ...

Reasons to buy life insurance

Many people don’t think about buying life insurance until they have children. But far too many people — having a child or not — put off the purchase entirely. Many consumers overestimate the cost of having and paying for life insurance. Why do I need life insurance? Life events and ...

A presentation at Penn State

I want to be perfectly clear about something: I have never gone to college. Well, that’s not entirely true. When I was 21, I attended a dormitory party at Hanson Hall, located on the campus of South Dakota State University (go Jacks!). I don’t think that should count, even though it was ...

Honor

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary tells us the word honor means to have high respect for something, for it to be held in high esteem, that it’s worthy of special merit and, it can be a gesture of high regard. It seems that word follows us from infancy to forever but, for me, it was just a ...

The city of Marshall’s diversity equity and inclusion commission

Recently the City of Marshall established a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) commission. The following is information on the DEI Commission: History of the commission In February 2020, the City Council—in response to community input—approved a city-wide 2020-2024 Strategic Plan ...

More must be done to protect the health of our hometown heroes

As the former Marshall Fire Chief, I’ve witnessed firsthand the escalating crisis in the Minnesota fire service — one that is costing firefighters their lives. The high incidence of illness — particularly cardiac, cancer and mental health challenges — is alarming and requires an ...

On the Porch

On March 3, 1921, a destructive fire swept through Russell. The fire destroyed all the buildings in Block II east of the old Russell State Bank building. The estimated lost was between $75,000 and $100,000. The buildings that were completely destroyed were: F.S. Purdy store building; Zvorak ...

Our 1918 Pandemic – the influenza burns through our region

We have been learning about the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic from its origins in Kansas; to its spread across the nation, aided by the movement of troops during WWI; to its mutation into a more deadly form over the summer; to its reaching our region in the fall of 1918. The Lyon County ...

Andrew Cuomo is everything the press accused Ron DeSantis of being

Throughout the pandemic, the press has been excoriatingly harsh on a governor who was slow to act, unnecessarily endangered the lives of the elderly, alienated experts and cooked the numbers. It just thought the governor in question was Florida’s Ron DeSantis rather than New York’s Andrew ...

What is homeowners insurance and what does it cover?

After investing in your home it’s important to have it insured properly. What are all the policy coverages, forms, and exclusions? Why Homeowner’s Insurance? A home is the single biggest investment most individuals will ever make; it is typically the largest asset on the family ...

Get rid of old information on recycling

Twenty-30 years ago we handled waste (trash) much more differently than we do today. The ability to recycle more is now here. The ability to have more choices on how we handle our waste in the rural setting is now here. The ability to reuse more of the things that we no longer want is now ...

If we can’t laugh together, we can’t…

Once upon a time, I learned the value of a good laugh. My maternal grandfather was a character. I say that with all affection for him because he taught me the importance of laughter. He was hard of hearing, had lost a leg and was the victim of a heart attack. He couldn’t hear without his ...