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Local Columns

Rhubarb comes to life — Season of Eating just around the corner

I took a photography class in college. On the first day, Brother Zarr informed us that he didn’t want to see any photos of old people or kids. Anyone can shoot a picture of an old guy on a corner or a kid on a swing. It doesn’t take any creativity. Writing about spring is like that. ...

How to protect yourself from financial fraud

In 2023, Americans reported they were the victims of more nearly $10 billion in financial fraud1. With fraud increasing in frequency and intricacy, investors must stay vigilant about protecting their financial security. Here are six steps you can take to help protect yourself: Actively avoid ...

The Vietnam War – Loren Wood – When the war came close and returning home

We have been learning about Loren Wood, who was born in Tyler, grew up in rural Russell, graduated from Russell High School in 1965, volunteered for the draft in February 1967, and trained as an Army Aviation Communications Equipment Repairer. Loren deployed to Vietnam on Dec. 17, 1967. He ...

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 ...

The power of flowers and moms

At a time in our history, there was a period called the age of flower power. It was a time of peaceful protest during the Vietnam War, and the flower represented peace and power for many people. It was a time that needed the power of peaceful flowers, and today, flowers still present ...

Gold Aberdeen

Long Bridge on Big Detroit Lake is a place that most anglers would refer to as a slump buster for its plentiful panfish. Even now, a week ahead of the walleye opener in Minnesota, it’s a destination because it’s a guarantee that something will bite in the waters along the concrete pilings ...