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Local Columns

Throwing a baseball

It can drive me nuts, but I really enjoy it. What is this thing that gives me pleasure but irritates the heck out of me? The game of baseball. I have to confess (?) that I am a dyed in the wool Minnesota Twins fan. Now, if you know anything about the history of the Twins, you know that ...

Team work makes the dream work

United Way of Southwest Minnesota is kicking off our annual fundraising campaign in September. As United Way staff discussed our marketing efforts and how we’d like to get the word out this year, one thing was certain. We need to find a way to better explain what we do. This led us to ...

Running into fall

This Saturday was the second of two back-to-back weekend road races which capped off the most amazing summer of running for me. It was blissfully cool in the morning ahead of the two-day warm-up which, once again in this summer’s style, timed out perfectly for an enjoyable weekend. With the ...

Languages: still the world’s all-time greatest invention

A friend of mine posted on social media in the past week about the widespread use of abbreviations and text language. The post noted that when history is written in the future it probably won’t have correct spelling and punctuation. Some of the replies lightheartedly joked about the trend. ...

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 ...