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What a finish

On the backside of the first hill, which dropped off sharply into the drain leading to the large slough at the end of the waterfowl production area, my lab Ole lit up with the hint of something carried by the northwest winds. As he advanced on the invisible trail through the short grasses under ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Part I At one time there were 11 working dairies in or around Marshall. Marvin Kiel and Art Reese spent a great deal of time researching information about these dairies then donated it to the Lyon County Museum. We are very grateful for their interest in documenting this part of our area’s ...

Social Security can help you get back to work

Having a job means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their work. Others may enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) ...

Our need for nature — Camden Regional Trail and Camden State Park

For Marshall, two highly regarded outdoor amenities are right in our backdoor: the Camden Regional Trail and Camden State Park. Recently, the city of Marshall received the results of tracking the number of Camden Regional Trail users over the past year leading from the city of Marshall to ...

A celestial swan song

There are all kinds of celestial characters among the constellations and all of them have stories dreamed up by people over the eons. That’s certainly the case with the constellation Cygnus the Swan. Without too much of a stretch it really resembles a swan in the high early evening southwest ...

Dreaming of retiring early? Here’s your playbook

Currently trending in the media is the concept of an incredibly early retirement, called the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) movement. News outlets are printing stories of people successfully retiring in their 50s, 40s and even 30s. If you are intrigued by the idea of retiring ...

Four hours at the Ren Fest

Note to self for next year…don’t wait until the last weekend of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival to go. Well Saturday was a somewhat sunny day weatherwise. It wasn’t too cold or hot, and I guess everyone had the same idea we had — “oh, we haven’t been to the Ren Fest yet this ...

On the Porch

Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually replaced the smaller carte de visite format. Carte de visite (originally a calling card) is a small photograph. The front of the cabinet card is often printed or embossed with ...

Can you drive safely in every type of severe weather?

It’s helpful to know how to drive competently in every kind of bad weather. Are you well equipped for severe weather driving conditions? Driving in perfect weather is hard enough, but when severe weather hits, it’s important to take extra precautions. You probably already know that ...

Do you want potatoes with that?

September was National Family Meals Month and National Cholesterol Education Month. What better time to talk about the health benefits of everyone’s favorite side dish? Potatoes! Here are a few things you can appreciate about these nutritious spuds. Loaded with potassium A medium-sized ...

Hunting

I am not a hunter. A couple of weeks ago I was awakened by the sounds of shotguns, and I realized it was, once again, that time of the year. And, once again, I had a touch of envy and, also, pity. I grew up hunting pheasants, quails, squirrels and rabbits so I’m not a stranger to the ...

Books and Beyond

The first type of bird I looked up after reading “Where the Crawdads Sing,” by Delia Owens, c 2019, was gull. There are many species of gulls, and I found that the laughing gull lives much of the time in the southeast coast of the United States, including North Carolina. That’s where this ...

Mentoring memories

As a hunter who started on his own at the age of 22, I was non-traditional to say the least, and my trip up the learning curve was about 10 years behind those young people around me in my hunter’s education class that summer. In the process though, I was mentored by a number of people — ...

The pizza guys

Lee Kratochvil reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt. Like T.R., Lee has an effusive personality and is an avid outdoorsman. Some years ago, Lee’s broad, toothy grin landed him the role of Teddy in a local production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.” One major difference between Lee and T.R. might ...

Awesome autumn stargazing

As far as I’m concerned this is the prime time of stargazing season, and I think you’ll agree! The nights are longer and because there’s less moisture in the air the skies are more transparent, and the stars really jump out at you. Treat yourself and lie back on a reclining lawn chair and ...

Even with a main event, Democrats are losing impeachment fight

It was early in the morning and I awoke about 30 minutes before my alarm sounded, unable to go back to sleep. As my unfocused mind raced in several directions, it eventually circled to an article I had read the night before, which predicted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was expected to relent ...

Vikings and the muddy hike

A couple of Saturdays ago, Ross and I went to Memorial Park in Granite Falls to check out the Elvidal Viking Fest, which was hosted by the Sons of Norway Lodge Elvidal 509. The description I saw on Facebook said the event involved traditional game competitions, Viking encampment, weapons ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: Can you give some advice on driving in fog? The fog became one car-length dense the other day and it became a dangerous situation. Answer: Driving when the weather limits your visibility can be a challenge for all of us on the road. You can reduce your chances of being involved in ...

Rushing along

“Ol’ man river That ol’ man river He don’t say nothing But he must know something Cause he just keeps rolling along...” Obviously, these opening phrases are from the well known 1927 song “Old Man River” that is embedded in the musical “Show Boat.” The song ...

There is no substitute

The sensations experienced and the understanding gained from a hunt or fishing trip are rewards all their own. Whether the challenge of meeting the rising landscape or braving the heat, cold, wind, rain or snow ends with a punched tag, a missed shot, a landed fish or a lost lunker, there is no ...