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Get a bead on it

When it comes to fast moving water, or big fish lurking below the school, nothing gets an angler down to business like the addition of a heavy, flashy bead at the front of a fly. Whether it is a rapidly-flowing stream harboring trout in deeper pockets or tucked into the slow water of pools ...

The living will

I found this article as I was cleaning out some drawers, and I thought it might be a good one to share. It was written by Paul Rudnick in a 2005 issue of “The New Yorker.” • If I should remain in a persistent vegetative state for more than 15 years, I would like someone to turn off ...

10 financial opportunities to consider in 2017

The start of a new year is a great time to take stock of your financial life. Have you done all that you can to put yourself in the best possible position? Or, have you missed out on some important financial opportunities? Take a look at where you stand and consider these key opportunities that ...

Books and Beyond

“On Tide Mill Lane,” by Melissa Wiley,  © 2001, is a book that tells earlier stories for the “Little House on the Prairie” series. The daughter in the book is Charlotte Tucker, who eventually moved west and became the grandmother of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The book is advertised for ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: What should a person do if they are involved in a crash? Answer: The answer to your question depends on the circumstances of the crash. If it is a property damage crash without injuries you should move your vehicle away from traffic if possible and get to a safe location before ...

A reading challenge

When browsing through the Daily Cheap Reads website Thursday morning, I noticed one of the posts talked about reading goals for the new year. One of my main goals is to just get motivated to read again. The administrators of the Daily Cheap Reads website found the following list from the ...

On the Porch

One of the United States’ worst blizzards earned many names: The Great Storm of 1975, the Super Bowl Blizzard, the Tornado Outbreak of 1975, and Storm of the Century (as it was known in Minnesota). By definition, a blizzard isn’t simply a heavy snowstorm. Blizzards must also meet the ...

TV time

I was 5 years old when we got our first TV. Its picture tube had a viewing area that was approximately as wide as a pancake and it lived in a dishwasher-sized wooden cabinet that perched on four spindly legs. Our TV received only three channels, its picture was often snowy and always ...

Five secrets to becoming the best version of you in 2017

You may have pictured it in your head numerous times — the best version of you. The best could mean the healthiest version, the happiest version, the smoke-free version or the less-stressed version of you. Whatever your best version means, the following five secrets can help you reach your ...

Dancing in the kitchen

This is a story about a recently completed holiday adventure. I know! I hear some of us screaming “The holidays are finished — leave them.” However, since tomorrow, Jan. 5 is actually the 12th day of Christmas, I feel it’s fair for one final holiday recollection. For over four days, ...

A perfect reminder

We were five-for-seven heading into the homeward turn of a slough on a year end pheasant hunt. Seemingly every rooster that got up in shooting range went down in shooting range. The couple that escaped did so by the very fibers of their long tailfeathers, which waggled in the breeze after some ...

Memories of my first four years of formal education in District #4

People have been sharing stories and memories with me over the years. I have decided to share those memories with our readers. So, with full permission from the authors I will add these memories to this series of columns. The following memory is from Geraldine Swang Velde. “I remember the ...

With the New Year comes new changes

District manager Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will see a slight increase in 2017. Some other adjustments that take effect in January of each year are based on the increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings ...

Setting a few goals

Last year I made some “reasonable” goals for 2016. They included going to more state parks, reading more books, trying a new class at the Y, exploring my creative side and cooking dinner more often. I think I achieved one of the five. I started going to BodyPump classes on Mondays ...

On the Porch

Happy New Year from the Lyon County Historical Society! I want to thank all our volunteers, members, donors and visitors for the great year we had at LCHS. First of all, our volunteers contributed hundreds of hours at the museum working on projects, greeting visitors, serving ice cream and ...

Ring in the New Year

Here we are in the days between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Most of us probably allowed ourselves a few extra “dietary indiscretions” over the holidays. As we move into the new year, many of us turn our attention to getting back on track and getting our eating habits under control. And ...

Music, doctors and grace

It’s that time of the year when we usual think about the places we’ve traveled to during the last 12 months and also, the people who aren’t with us any longer.  I prefer doing something else. I could write about all the great new wines I’ve tasted these past months, pontificate about ...

A year-end review

Our little blue ball has completed another revolution around its local star, so it’s time to pause, look back and say, “Whoa! Where did that year go?” This past year was stuffed with big league news, such as Minnesotan Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Bob took a pass on ...

New Year’s Eve

There was a time, I suppose, way back in the distant past, when I wasn’t old enough even to know that Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 were special times to celebrate. Heck, I didn’t even know that years were numbered, so what was so different? It wasn’t long before I found myself begging my parents to ...

Year-end recycling review

In last year’s column for December I started out with the following: So far…as of Dec. 16…we’ve had very little winter-like weather. Well, for this year until Dec. 10 we had very little winter-like weather.  We had that wet snow on Nov. 19, but it didn’t stick around long and then ...