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Slaughter Slough

Part III One Indian took Mrs. Koch. Some others took Tommy Ireland’s oldest girls. Another took Mrs. Duley and Mrs. Eastlick by the hand and started to lead them off. At this time Freddie and Giles Eastlick were killed by a squaw. Mrs. Eastlick was shot twice and left for dead. She ...

There is a star in all of us

Remember the late ‘70s hit, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” performed by Marilyn McCoo  and  Billy Davis, Jr.? Well like it or not, we’re all stellar, literally! The iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, and the gold and silver you may be wearing were all ...

What’s new for Social Security in 2020?

With the new year upon us, those who collect Social Security or pay into the public retirement program through payroll deduction will see some changes. The Social Security Administration makes cost-of-living adjustments on an annual basis. Here’s how the changes may impact you: For those ...

My T-shirt obsession

More than a year ago, it was mentioned that it seemed like I had about 1,000 T-shirts. It may seem like I have that many (I have a couple or so Rubbermaid tubs filled with just T-shirts to prove it), I don’t (hopefully) have that many. But what can I say, T-shirts are comfortable to ...

On the Porch

The following information is from a newspaper article in the Marshall Messenger from Nov. 28, 1946. The photograph featured this week from the museum’s collection was taken on Main Street in Marshall in the 1950s. “Marshall in all probability will have Christmas lighting on its business ...

The Hottest Stuff on Ice 2019-20

Another ice season is upon us, and with the shift to hardwater comes not only the annual tradition of getting out there after walleyes, pike and panfish but also the review of some of the latest innovations in what has become one of fishing’s fastest growing markets. While things have ...

Alternative interpretations

My wife and I recently “did lunch” with a friend at a local restaurant. As we prepared to leave, a lady who had been seated at a nearby table asked, “Are you that dear county agent guy?” Bracing myself for the worst, I plead guilty. “I teach high school,” said the lady. “One ...

Slaughter Slough

Part II Myers was able to deter the Indians by reminding them that he had always treated them well and given them food and shelter. They left and went on to the Hurd cabin where they entered and began smoking. When one of the children awoke and began crying, the hired man picked it up and ...

Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

If you’re changing your name, it’s important to let Social Security know so we can update the information we maintain, send you an updated Social Security card, and ultimately ensure we pay you accurate benefits when you retire or if you become disabled. To change your name in our ...

The full moon is rising high

Even though our next official full moon is this coming this Thursday we more or less have a full moon every night this week in the Marshall sky, putting the kibosh on any serious stargazing or astrophotography. Even if you don’t have to put up with light pollution the moon kicks out so much ...

Win humbly — lose graciously

This will come as no surprise to you — sports have a dominant influence in our society. For many of us, sports enter our lives during our early growing years and stay with us until those growing years end. But ... yes ... there’s a “but.” I understand the nature of today’s ...

Books and Beyond

“The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” is a very detailed book, organized into five parts. Each part begins with a quote from Rogers. My favorite is “All our lives, we rework the things from our childhood, like feeling good about ourselves, managing our angry feelings, ...

Blue’s clues

The calm blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico shimmered under the sun as the first mullet flopped up and splashed back down on the late-morning surface. From my spot in the lounger underneath the multi-hued beach umbrella, I watched with interest as small baitfish in the shallows splashed ...

An aloha Christmas

It’s that time of year when we are becoming increasingly worried about what a certain person might think of us. And no, I don’t mean that ex whom you recently friended on Facebook. Santa Claus is finalizing his “naughty or nice” list, a task made infinitely easier by the latest ...

Slaughter Slough

Part I This series was written with excerpts from a Slayton newspaper account by John Silvernale (no date found). The attempt here was not to do full-fledged research on the Great Dakota Conflict; that has been done by many authors. I was only attempting to give information about the conflict, ...

Social Security benefits increase in 2020

Each year, we announced the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). Usually, there is an increase in the benefit ...

The sky in December 2019 — Have a holly jolly starwatching season

There’s magic in the air this holiday season and there’s also magic in the Marshall night skies. These long nights are blessed with some of the best constellations of the year. Bundle up, get out that comfy reclining lawn chair, brush away the snow if you have to, and enjoy the cold clear ...

November is Family Caregivers Month

Each November, we celebrate our military veterans on Veterans Day and give thanks for our blessings on Thanksgiving Day. But did you know that during November, family caregivers are recognized and celebrated? Caregiving is one of the most important jobs someone can do. Whether you are taking ...

November is Hospice and Palliative Care Month

November is recognized nationally as Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Facilities and organizations who provide these important services are reaching out to raise awareness of the high-quality services available for those families and individuals who cope with life-limiting illnesses and ...

Lower interest rates and your wallet

As you’ve likely read in financial headlines recently, interest rates are falling. So, what does that mean for you and your finances? Here are some factors to consider. Your existing debt may be more manageable. A rate cut by the Fed may cause interest rates on credit cards, home ...