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Local Columns

Knee surgery recovery

Recovering from total knee replacement surgery can be an excruciating process. There are the constant worries about swelling and infection and the challenges that come with managing a shelfful of postoperative prescription medications. As trying as this process has been for me, it has ...

Thinking big

It was by far the biggest walleye my 10-year-old eyes had ever seen. Back in those days at the lake cabin, when septic fields slowly filtered their way into the water, and weeds grew thick this time of year from the warm, fertile shallows out into the depths, walleyes were a bit rarer than they ...

Thinking more broadly

Thank you Lyon County for all of the hard work you have been doing by disposing the things you no longer want or need in the right place! We have been working hard on educating residents on how and where to dispose of items and we appreciate your help in getting items in the right place! The ...

The Vietnam War – Ray Fox – combat patrols in Vietnam

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 him to the 29th Infantry “Americal” Division in ...

On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from The News Messenger of Lyon ...

Crazy Days shows enduring legacy of hometown businesses

The sun shined on Marshall’s Crazy Days in 2022, enough so that people wanted to go out and shop. It led to crowds in the downtown business district and at businesses in other locations. A wide range of specials and promotions were available. Everyone liked the annual Kiddie Parade. When ...