Local Columns

Does age matter?

I never thought about it too much until I tasted it. There are so many ways to take that sentence and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Let’s see... Onions were never on my food list. I grew up having very little to do with them unless we were served onions and liver for ...

Return to the Rainy

Part II As with all rivers, the flow, action and environment can change from day to day. The Rainy River, which drains the lake of the same name, along with dozens of tributary rivers and creeks, down an 85 mile stretch of the Minnesota-Canada border to Lake of the Woods, is no different. On ...

Books and Beyond

“Alone in the Labyrinth” is the title of Hugh Mercer Curtler’s recent book, published by Ellis Press, c 2018. I find it to be one of the books I would take with me anytime to read and reread. It’s available at Marshall-Lyon County Library. Professor Curtler taught at Southwest Minnesota ...

Corvus blew it

In my other life I’ve been a weather forecaster for nearly 40 years, and admittedly when the forecast goes really bad I end up eating crow! Why is it that crows get such a bad rap? They’re actually one of the smartest birds around. In fact, according to Greek and Roman mythology, crows were ...

The continuous lambasting of a president

Back in the 19th century, when the newspaper industry was comparatively in its toddler years, objectivity didn’t exist. With each town served by multiple newspapers, even as many as a half dozen in a community the size of Marshall, publications didn’t have a political leaning; they were ...

‘Rockin’ the Shop’

A few weeks ago, Ross’ barbershop chorus performed its spring concerts. This year’s theme was “Rockin’ the Shop” where the chorus performed rock ‘n’ roll and pop numbers from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘90s. (I was kinda bummed a little that the ‘80s weren’t represented) ...

Healthy eating tips while traveling

Over the past week, I have spent quite a bit of time in the car traveling for both work and personal reasons. While I tried my best to plan accordingly and pack healthy options for my travels or eat prior to leaving, there were instances when I needed to find options along the way. While it was ...

May Day

Happy May Day! Like so many of us, you might be looking a bit befuddled when someone wishes you Happy May Day! And, you might even reply: “Yeah, Happy May Day to you, too” and then wonder why you replied at all. Well, it’s May 1 and that’s May Day. And, again, you might be saying: ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Both my daughter and I have a disability. I have the handicap license plates on my car and she only has a placard. When she drives my car, does she have to use her placard to park? Answer: The registered license plates are designed for you to be able to park that vehicle in a ...

Social Security announces Top 10 baby names

Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year. We are the leading source for America’s popular names because almost every newborn gets a Social Security number at birth. In a way, your name is your first “personal” information — a piece of ...

Return to the Rainy

Part I It had been five years since I had been on the Rainy River in northern Minnesota and flung the weight-swivel-circle hook combination full of crawlers in that overhead style of a surf angler, made all the less graceful by the rocking of the current and the wakes of the passing boats ...

Derby daze

This happened more than a decade ago, but I remember it like yesterday because we took pictures. The Kentucky sun blazed down on my wife and me. Before us was a racetrack that had been groomed to fanatical perfection; behind us were the iconic twin spires of Churchill Downs. We were sitting ...

We still have work to do

Congratulations Lyon County! We were able to recycle 200 tons of recyclables, which means we saved 200 tons of potential trash from going to the landfill from the period of March 22 to April 22. Great job! We also received some great news from Millennium Recycling in Sioux Falls. This is the ...

Winter’s curtain call in the west, summer’s opening act in the east

This is your absolute last chance to see what’s left of the brilliant winter constellations in the Marshall western sky. They’ve just about crashed in the low western sky, not to be seen again in the evening until late next autumn when they re-emerge above the eastern horizon. Since ...

Is America ready to elect a homosexual president?

I’ll be the first to admit, 11 years ago, I never thought it was possible. From what was considered at the time a crowded field of eight candidates, a relatively unknown congressman from Illinois emerged as the front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. I wrote then it would ...

Still a fan of Red Green

I first learned about “The Red Green Show” on PBS back in the mid-’90s from my former roommate in Duluth. It was an amusing show, probably geared more toward guys my dad’s age who liked to do “do-it-yourself” kind of projects, whether or not they’re a good idea. Yet this then ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: I want to install a lift kit and put bigger tires on my Jeep. I want to comply with all the state laws. What is a bumper height law and the law about tires that extend out past the fenders? Answer: Anytime you make any modification or alteration to a vehicle’s stock suspension and ...

A is for April and asparagus

April in Minnesota this year hasn’t felt much like spring. For those who like to garden, their thoughts turn to seeds and planting in the spring, but it’s hard to think about planting seeds when everything was just covered with snow and the ground is still so cold. However, one of my ...

Baggage

Baggage can be good or bad. When we think of baggage, most of us see that suitcase we pack for a trip, right? Yeah, so do I, but there’s also that other type of baggage connected to our mental being which can cause concern, anxiety or that all enveloping sense of stress. I was attending a ...

The comeback

My wife and I, like millions of others, watched the event unfold on live TV. The affair was billed as possibly the biggest comeback since Lazarus. Much to our surprise, the outcome actually lived up to the hype. Collective opinions are now unanimous: Tiger’s victory at The Masters is ...