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Local Columns

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 State Farm — O.C. Gregg and the State Farm

We have been learning about the Coteau Farm, also well-known as the State Farm, founded west of Lynd by Oren C. and Charlotte Gregg in the late 1800s. The farm has been operated by members of the Banks family since Will and Kathryn Banks bought it from the Greggs in 1909. O.C. Gregg ...

If we can’t

My grandfather speaks to me constantly. Over the years, I’ve participated in tense discussions about various topics, and as the discussion got quieter and quieter, my mind goes back to my grandfather’s advice. For as long as I knew him, he was in a wheelchair and wore hearing aids. ...

Farewell, Marilyn

I’ve written way too many obituaries over the past year. First there was the obit for my sister Janet, followed a few months later by one for my mom. My most recent funereal writing was for my wife’s mother, Marilyn. Marilyn was born in 1937 to Freeman and Millie Hansman. Freeman moved ...

Flushing out opportunities

There is nothing more surprising on an upland hunt than to wander into a draw or to the edge of a stretch of grass and watch a covey of grouse or a group of pheasants rise en masse, wings whirring over their warning calls issued in the moment of excitement. Likewise, there are few results more ...

Daylight Savings Time: should it become the 21st century standard?

We’re just a few hours away from the Fall Back, the point in the fall when our clocks are turned back to Standard Time. Every year it’s a big adjustment for many people. We’re suddenly plunged into late afternoon darkness. The days seem much shorter even though the length only changes ...