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Local Columns

Turning 20

It was 20 years ago this summer I took a job in between college and law school as a part time reporter for my hometown newspaper, the Valley City Times-Record. In fact, it’s a publication for which I still proudly write today, and I am happy and sometimes amazed that they’ve kept me on ...

On the Porch

In 1871, the first white settlers arrived in what would become Lucas Township in Lyon County. The settlers were R. H. Slater, Peder Eliason, E.T. Hamre, Hans Dahl, James Wardrop, and R.H. Price. The township was organized in July 1873 as Canton. The name changed to Lisbon, then Moe, and ...

Camden love letters — converting an immigrant dream

We have been exploring the history of Camden State Park, our southwest Minnesota wilderness. We learned that Norwegian immigrant, Andrew Dale, bought a farm in the “Camden Woods” upriver of Lynd in 1911 because the valley reminded him of Norway and he thought it would be great for ...

Sometimes it’s tough

Why is it sometimes so tough to admit you’re wrong? During my lifespan, I’ve encountered quite a few situations in which neither one of us can admit we are wrong. Is it ego that creates this scenario, stupidity or just plan stubbornness? Whatever the reason and at certain times, we seem ...

The importance of a new box of crayons

I often think about a new fresh box of crayons. I think of how good it feels to pull open the top and stare at the finely sharpened crayons. The possibilities of what I can create with them are endless. I can hardly wait to get started and use them. Even when they are used or well loved, I ...

Driving distractions and how to avoid them

Texting is one of the most dangerous driving distractions, but here are 7 others. Did you know texting is not the only driving distraction? In 2018, 2,841 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Texting ...