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Community Voices

A year filled with gratitude

Especially during this stressful year, we faced plenty of challenges. However, as we look back, it’s important to reflect on all of the reasons to be grateful. Highlights of the year on why we should be thankful for our community: Resilient family members Resilience is all about being able ...

Holiday cooking brings back memories

The year 2020 meant a different sort of Thanksgiving for many of us, one that should lead to an appreciation for the family spirit that marks the occasion. Normally there are at least two places I could go, either my sister’s house in the Omaha area or my uncle’s house in the Twin Cities. ...

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 ...

A WAVE from Cottonwood – C

We’ve been learning about Tyler’s Ardith (Aamodt) Sween and her early years in Cottonwood; her work with Northstar Life Insurance during the Depression era and early years of WWII; and her decision to volunteer for service in the U.S. Navy WAVES. She traveled to the Bronx, New York in March ...

Butter boy

Nutritional advice can be confusing. Getting a definitive answer regarding whether any particular food is good or bad for you is like trying to pin Jell-O to a wall with a red-hot branding iron. For instance, there once was a time when nutrition authorities implied that coffee is bad for ...

A new look to year-end tax planning in 2020

At this time of year, you often hear advice to take steps before year-end to limit your tax liability. Yet 2020 is a unique year in a variety of ways — while many of the normal rules regarding managing income and timing deductions still apply, new provisions for 2020 have been implemented by ...

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 ...

A WAVE from Cottonwood – B

Last week we met Tyler’s Ardith (Aamodt) Sween and learned about her early years in Cottonwood and beginning her work career during the Depression era and early years of WWII. By early 1943 she was ready for a change and became one of over 86,000 young women to volunteer for service in the ...

Thanking Adopt a Highway volunteers

So here we are at that holiday that gets squeezed between Halloween and Christmas. Maybe the day after Thanksgiving gets even more publicity: Black Friday. This year the full Macy Thanksgiving Day parade is really best seen on TV: NBC will have the whole thing. It’s a three hour program ...

Trump supporters…where should they turn?

Another presidential election this year led to another sharply divided vote, with Joe Biden edging out incumbent President Donald Trump. In keeping with the recent pattern, the eastern and western thirds of the country leaned toward Democrats. The middle third, especially the rural Farm Belt, ...

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 ...

A WAVE from Cottonwood – A

This year the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. We are participating by remembering contributions of persons from our region, most of whom are no longer with us. I interviewed Tyler’s Ardith (Aamodt) Sween in June 2008. Ardith was born in Cottonwood in ...

On the Porch

The history of farming in Minnesota from 1850 to the mid-20th Century can be divided into three periods. From 1850-1870, farmers engaged in subsistence farming, which means that farmers were just getting established on their new land. From about 1870 to 1895, most farmers put nearly all their ...

A bomber pilot from rural Minneota over Europe – F

We’ve been learning about Minneota’s Frank Josephson who enlisted in the Army Air Forces in Minneapolis and went through a series of training cycles, beginning in March of 1943 with Aviation Cadet training in San Antonio, Texas. He then completed Primary, Basic, and Advanced Flight Training ...

Looking back at Marshall Fire Hall Construction

John F. Kennedy wrote in his book “Profiles in Courage” that “stories of past courage can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration”. One such inspiration is the story behind the construction of the current Marshall Fire Hall and leadership of past Fire Chief Ed Scheele. ...

No way to treat a woman running for office

It takes a tremendous amount of cot takes a tremendous amount of courage and fortitude to run for office. The immense amount of time spent campaigning. The need to fundraise. Learning about the issues. Getting out and talking to people. Putting yourself and your beliefs out in the open for ...

Why hate?

In response to the recent letter by Anita Gaul about the indecent acts that were directed at her and fellow Democrats, I can’t help but wonder why hate? I have not done extensive study on world religions, but I have learned about a few, and they all seem to have love and compassion as ...

Information Age: the political side

Election 2020 is just around the corner, and many issues will be on the minds of voters. The need for information is as great as ever. It’s therefore ironic that there hasn’t been more discussion of telecommunications (the process of how people acquire information they need in order to be ...

Solutions to challenging retirement income environment

Investing used to be easier for retirees. Many sought to generate enough income from the yield created by bonds or short-term investments like money market funds to meet their living expenses. This was easier in 1981, when yields, another term for interest, on the benchmark 10-year U.S. ...

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 ...