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History of the Lyon County Fair

Part V According to Josephson, who served on the Lyon County Fair Board from 1957 to 1992, the Fair Association used to give away cars on the final day of the fair for about five years. Winners had to be present to claim the car. Businessmen from throughout the county donated funds for the ...

September celestial splendor

Sadly summer comes to an end this month, but the great news for stargazing in September is that there’s still plenty of great summer constellations, and with the early sunsets you can get an earlier start in the evening. The full moon this month is on Sept. 14 and because of its proximity ...

Airport anxiety

Whenever I think of Dallas, I wonder: who shot J.R.? My wife and I recently spent some time in Dallas. I still don’t recall who did that fictional shooting but can empathize with the why of it. Maybe that’s just a reaction to being stuck at an airport for what seemed like a decade. Air ...

4 nutrients you should be eating for breakfast

Back to school means a busy morning is ahead. Here’s a simple formula for a breakfast that will keep you fueled and full until lunch. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Claire describes what nutrients make up the most filling breakfasts. The nutrients you need 1. Protein Protein plays a big ...

A moment in time

It seems we’re filled with moments in time, and it’s interesting how these moments in time keep repeating. During a time that doesn’t exist anymore and in a universe that’s history, a young boy was raised in an environment where family was everything and money was minimal. A dime a ...

Season sampler

It happens fast and almost unexpectedly, like a mourning dove banking hard from behind to circle in on the muddy edge of a stock pond during an evening hunt, or in the way a doe and her fawns suddenly appear in front of a bow stand where there was nothing a moment before. Fall shows up in this ...

Changing your direct deposit info with Social Security

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed ...

The summer hunter begins his long goodbye

There are two great hunters in the night sky over Marshall. In the winter time it’s the mighty constellation Orion the Hunter, and in the summer it’s Bootes the Hunting Farmer. Since early this spring Bootes has graced our skies, but now it’s beginning its gradual farewell. Bootes, like ...

Rodeo or carnival?

When my wife and I first talked about going to the Lyon County fair this year, I gave her a slight warning not to expect too much. Anecdotally, I had been told the fair had been declining in terms of attendance and attractions, with last year being one of the most disappointing. And after ...

Community recycling programs

Thank you communities of Lyon County! I believe that each and every one of us has been working hard on understanding what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled. A recycling program that is successful is dependent on residents taking the time to learn about their community recycling ...

4 reasons milk boxes are the new juice box

There’s a reason juice boxes made their way into lunch boxes over the years. They taste good, require no refrigeration, and fit nicely into compact containers. The downside is that many juice boxes are full of added sugar. However, a single swap — out with the juice, in with the milk — ...

Stood up

It was time to meet a colleague for lunch in a local restaurant and upon arriving, I took a seat and waited. And waited. And waited. Where was my friend? I checked my phone — there were no messages about being late or having to cancel our lunch. After a period of time, it became clear I had ...

A pronghorn pace

To the west of Underwood, N.D., my cousin and I cruised with the rising sun lighting the blacktop pavement of Highway 200 toward the boat launch at Government Bay. It was the final stretch of the trip, and we sped along with the hopes of grabbing a lower-tier parking spot at the popular ...

Fair advice

“Have you fallen lately?” the doctor asked. Sadly, I have reached the age where that question can arise during routine medical exams. I gave the matter some thought. “I used to fall all the time,” I began. The physician furrowed his brow. “But things gradually got better,” I ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Part IV In the Aug. 19, 1964, article in the Marshall Messenger, Ray Newell, county agricultural agent, predicted that there would be 548 County 4-H’ers showing 2,375 project exhibits at the County Fair, Aug. 27-10. County fair attendance was up 13% over 1963. Sixteen 4-H’ers exhibited ...

Communities fighting fraud

Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and fraud awareness as a way to prevent abuse. Social Security agrees. You can help your more vulnerable ...

Lyra, a little constellation with many stories

Constellations come in many sizes, shapes, and flavors in our celestial dome. One of the smaller ones is Lyra the Lyre. In case you’re not into ancient musical instruments a lyre is a small U-shaped harp that was played and enjoyed mostly in ancient Greece, but has since fallen out of favor. ...

Trumpland … an idea I can support

Here’s something I don’t state very often: I agree with President Trump. Earlier this week, it was reported that on multiple instances over his presidency, Trump has directed staff members to inquire into the possibility of the United States buying … Greenland, as in the country. ...

Fun at the fairs

I spent a few hours at the Lyon County Fair last Friday while Ross had rehearsal for this weekend’s Shakespeare performance of “The Merchant of Venice.” I like to watch rodeo, and so I took the opportunity Friday night to catch some of the action. The clouds threatened rain for most of ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: I have a 2018 Jeep Wrangler which has a windshield that has the ability to fold down from the factory. I am just wondering if the windshield is properly folded down and strapped as per the factory design if this is then legal to drive on highway, county or state roads in Minnesota. ...