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Local Columns

The State Farm — the Banks connection

Occasionally, folks will ask how I find the stories for this column. Sometimes my own experiences lead me to dig more deeply into a story. Sometimes I rely on persons willing to share their experiences after I do a presentation. But often I stumble onto something interesting when researching ...

Practicing patience

If patience is a virtue, many of us are leading unvirtuous lives. I often try to correct this by asking a Higher Power to increase my supply of patience and to do it right now. Americans can hardly be blamed for evolving into such an impatient nation. Our modern world has trained us to expect ...

Have you ever?

Hang on! Here we go... We all have good days and bad days, right? Let’s be honest, some days we’d rather forget about, and then there are those days when we want them back every day. So, let’s explore a few days on either side of that emotional equation. Have you ever had a day that ...

The hope in habitat

When it comes to hunting, where you find habitat, you find your quarry. While fields of corn and soybeans will draw pheasants, deer and waterfowl to their edges to feed, the other 95 percent of their lives are spent loafing, staying warm, remaining hidden and raising their young in places kept ...

Books and Beyond

Library patron Reading Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s book “Colored People: A Memoir” a few months ago led me to more books about Black history. The next book title and author is “My Bondage and My Freedom” by Frederick Douglass, written in 1855. The first chapter brings him to life as a ...

Homecoming week proves SMSU’s value to southwest Minnesota

Every October the Marshall area takes a weekend to celebrate the importance of post secondary education in the region. We enjoy Southwest Minnesota State University’s homecoming week; an event that culminates in a parade, athletic events and alumni gatherings. A special milestone is part ...