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Local Columns

Newsies brings history of journalism to life on stage

One way to explore the history of publishing is to see a performance of the musical Newsies, which is on stage this month at the Lake Benton Opera House. I attended a performance last weekend. It’s based on the true story of the newsboy strike of 1899 in New York City, which was a response ...

On the Porch

For this column, I often share social news or the gossip columns from the old newspapers. The social news is always fascinating to read and a lot can be learned of local people and events from the communities in Lyon County. For this article, I’m going to share the classifieds from one of ...

The Vietnam War – Ray Fox – an infantryman’s life in the field

We’ve been learning about Ray Fox’s service as an Army infantrymen to help us better understand the Vietnam War’s impact on our region. Ray was drafted into the Army in 1967 and deployed to Vietnam in June 1968. The Army assigned Ray to A Company, 1st Battalion of the 6th Infantry ...

Checking out the corn fields

The year of my graduation from high school (1955) was also the year of one of my favorite movies of all times, Oklahoma. I am not sure how many times I have seen it either in a theater or in the form of the play, but I certainly know the story by heart and can sing along with many of the ...

It’s the little things

I wanted to do it, but was hesitant to do so. I’m not a big fan of poetry because at times it seems a little too obtuse to me. Having noted that, please understand I thoroughly enjoy some of the poets. They have a way of expressing and explaining the world in words I cannot gather. If ...