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TBD

So, what’s he saying to me? TBD = The Boring Dog? TBD = The Bad Day? Well, as most of us know, TBD stands for To Be Determined and it can be used in many contexts including one’s faith life, one’s real life or even to measure the quality of something. Let’s take a look at each ...

Meeting Phoenix

Phoenix was the first person I’d ever met who went by that name. I asked if she was named for the city or the mythological firebird. “The bird!” she replied with a smile. “My parents were hippies. That explains a lot.” Much of the pleasure of traveling to new places involves ...

Salamander stories

The dogs recoiled in unison from the movement of the dark, curlicue shaped creature standing out against the streetlight glow which illuminated the driveway cement near the garage door. On our daily walk in the pre-dawn dark of five o’clock, they shook off their surprise at the small, ...

Is life insurance worth it?

Deciding if life insurance is worth buying starts with looking at what’s important to you. Do I need life insurance? A lot of people wonder if life insurance is necessary. Yolie Aleman-Rodriguez, State Farm agent in Tolleson, Arizona, helps customers with this question every day. Her ...

Books and Beyond

In June when my husband and I drove south to visit family and friends in central Iowa, we stopped for lunch at Estherville, and to walk around a bit more, we went into a store with a variety of used and homemade items. I bought a hardback of “Honey Bunch: Her First Trip to the Great Lakes,” ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Part III At the 60th annual Lyon County Fair in 1963, grand champions included Kathleen Fuhrman of the Clifton Happy Workers 4-H Club who won champion beef showman. Her Hereford steer took reserve champion and champion 4-H Hereford. Bob Babcock of Amiret showed grand champion Arabian ...

Social Security is here for you

Social Security turns 84 this year. With more than eight decades of service, we’ve provided benefits to one of the most diverse populations in history. Regardless of background, we cover retirees, wounded warriors, chronically ill children, and people who have lost loved ones. Knowing that ...

The Perseid meteor shower … plowing through the comet debris

All of us living on this big world are tearing around the sun at a speed of more than 67,000 mph. This month, as our Earth continues its orbit around the sun, we’re running into a dust debris trail left behind by a comet. This cosmic trash is courtesy of Comet Swift-Tuttle that last invaded ...

Books and more books

So I’m multi-reading again, and it’s caused a few novels to fall to the wayside. For example, I started reading “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts about a couple of months ago. It’s a historical fiction book that sounded interesting from the description: “Hollywood, 1938: As soon ...

If we have a problem, then what?

It was one of those facts that just seemed so outrageously untrue … I wondered if it was true. I had the same kind of doubt and skepticism I experienced when I first heard that hippos kill more people in Africa in lions. They do … about 3,000-250 more. So when discussing the most ...

It’s only fair

Just in case you may have missed it, it’s fair time! County fairs abound this time of the year — as you well know — and the excitement and expectations grow exponentially with each passing day. Who will qualify to go to the State Fair? What’s your 4-H project? And suddenly you’re ...

Boot work

That new boot smell is the hunter’s equivalent of new car smell. The fresh scent of slightly greased leather emerging from the crackling beige wrapping paper is a signal that autumn is not far away. Clean and bright stitching, unmarred by dirt, mud or rain and running in a dotted yellow line ...

See-worthy Galveston

As a kid, all I knew about Galveston was what I gleaned from the 1969 Glen Campbell song that was named for the place. Campbell crooned about sea waves and sea winds and sea birds. There seemed to be a theme. I was 11 years old when Campbell’s song hit the airwaves. Listening to the tune as ...

On vacation? Access Social Security from anywhere

It’s summer and millions of families are enjoying our nation’s beaches, forests, and mountains before the school season begins. If you’re on vacation this summer, know that you can access Social Security’s online services anywhere you have an internet connection. Our online services ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Part II At the 1912 fair, a monoplane plunged into the parking lot while attempting to get into the air for a scheduled stunt show. Five automobiles were damaged. Some of these cars were occupied, but those occupants escaped unharmed. The pilot received two fractured ribs. The accident was ...

A great summer shower

The annual Perseid meteor shower is a late summer stargazing classic in our Marshall skies. The Perseids this week, and the Geminids in December, are the two best annual meteor showers that we have. There are many other moderate to minor meteor showers that I believe get a little too hyped up ...

A mining controversy in Minnesota

When you hear the word “mining,” a variety of metals comes to mind. There are five designated precious metals including the obvious gold, silver and platinum and the not-so-obvious palladium and rhodium. Maybe you think of magnesium, or uranium, or something more common like salt or ...

A summer of the arts

I love going to art fairs, and this past month, I got to hit two of them. Earlier this month, we paid a short visit to the Brookings Summer Arts Festival, and this past weekend we went to Alexandria for Art in the Park. Both are fun to visit and draw a lot of people to Brookings and Alexandria ...

Pick pork

Pork is often overlooked as a healthy choice. Perhaps it’s because cuts like bacon, spare ribs and sausage get more attention in today’s society. But the fact is, many cuts of pork are a wonderful addition to a healthy diet. Pork tenderloin, for example, meets the government guidelines for ...

The beauty of doubt

Standing in line to purchase some wines, I was asked if I’d ever met a wine I didn’t like. My immediate response was ‘No!’ However, when I thought about it, I did doubt the goodness of some wines and for a variety of reasons. The reasons to doubt a wine’s worthiness included ...