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Hot lead and hot curry

When you think of the golden age of mobsters, names like Dillinger or Bonnie and Clyde might spring to mind. You may envision such hotbeds of gangsterism as Chicago or New York. You probably won’t think of the sleepy little backwater settlement of Possum Trot, which is now commonly known ...

Free up your time by using my Social Security

Time is one of our most valuable commodities. That’s why at Social Security, we are constantly improving our online resources to make doing business with us easier and faster. With a my Social Security account, those receiving benefits can change their address and direct deposit ...

Fur traders settle in Lyon County

Joseph LaFramboise, a trader in the employ of the American Fur Company, established a home in Lyon County in 1835. He built a home and a trading post in the Lynd woods along the Redwood River. LaFramboise was the first recorded white man to settle in the county, according to A.P.Rose, ...

Action packed November stargazing

The colder and longer Marshall nights of November are a stargazer’s paradise! The bright winter constellations are on the rise, but the best show this November is actually in the daytime. On Nov. 11 there’s going to be a transit of the planet Mercury across the face of the sun. With the ...

Whitewater State Park

We were in the Rochester area this past weekend for the Land O’Lakes 2019 Fall District Convention in which Ross’ barbershop chorus was competing. Whitewater State Park is only a half-hour away from Rochester and was highly recommended by one of Ross’ fellow barbershoppers. It was a brisk ...

Window and door draft blockers can help keep your home cozy and warm

Before cold weather comes along, take time to insulate your home or apartment to help lower your heating bill and keep the winter chill outside. A single pane of glass can lose nearly 10 times as much heat as the same area of an insulated wall — and depending on when your home was built or ...

Holy, Happy All Hallow’s Eve

It never made me enter the state of horripilation. It was never macabre to me. There was never anything scary about it. Just a whole lot of fun! In case you don’t understand what the heck I’m talking about, and, just in case you haven’t noticed, it’s Halloween time! It’s a time ...

Swamping it

The roaring winds of Saturday dipped only slightly on Sunday morning as we made our way into the field to close out a weekend of pheasant hunting. Along with the slight decrease in the northwest gusts came a drop in temperature and the dashboard readout on the truck posted 22 degrees. It was ...

Time after time

Most of us Nelson siblings have a birthmark. Mine is a pea-sized, perfectly circular, scarlet dot on the inside arch of my right foot. I was pulling on my socks the other day when I said to my wife, “When I was a little kid, I thought that everyone had a mark like this to help them remember ...

Heavenly Halloween hauntings

Ghosts, goblins, and assorted other demons of the dark will be lurking this week amongst us with and without costumes, especially this Thursday. There’ll be airborne spooks as well. No doubt we’ll also hear of stealth flying broomsticks being piloted by not so attractive characters with ...

Optimistic farmer — even during tough times

Harvest time was approaching when I sat across Doug Albin at his kitchen island inside his Clarkfield farmhouse as he described the decision process on whether to plant or not to plant. “I sat down at the kitchen table here and I had seven spread sheets laid out of different scenarios if we ...

Noblesse oblige

Noblesse oblige: The unwritten obligation of people with a noble ancestry to act graciously and generously to others. I don’t think too many of us commoners can claim noble ancestry. If you can, I hope you act with noblesse oblige to the rest of us non-nobles and, in doing so, fulfill ...

You make the call

The beginning of fall and the start of archery hunting for deer is an interesting time. It’s great to be out, sitting in the stand watching the last of summer (and the mosquitoes) fade away while deer begin to make their moves as the mornings and evenings cool off and patterns change. Sits ...

What do I do with the things?

I have had many opportunities to talk to all generations of residents living in Lyon County about recycling and many more topics on the environment. While it is true that we can get more information than what we know what to do with on the Internet, there is nothing like having a simple ...

History of dairies in Marshall

Part III Land O’ Lakes Creamery, or the Elmer Swanson Dairy, was located on North Fourth Street and West Main Street (near the present site of the former Norwest Bank which is now Wells Fargo). At this dairy, milk and cream were bottled. They specialized in large containers of butter sold ...

The flying horse of autumn is on a rescue mission

One of the great constellations of the Marshall autumn sky is Pegasus the winged horse, along with its next-door neighbor Andromeda the Princess. They’re easy to find. The first thing to look for is what’s called the square of Pegasus, although this time of year the square is orientated ...

Recent events create opportunity to discuss U.S. Constitution

"How much time have you spent studying the U.S. Constitution?” That question was asked of me by a college history instructor. It’s a good question during these times of history in the making involving the impeachment inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives. In the heated debate back ...

In search of fall colors

Every fall it seems like our quest to see fall colors while taking a hike has mixed results. We lucked out on Leaf Days last September in Maplewood State Park where some of the reds were on display. I joined a couple of Facebook pages a couple of years ago, one being North Shore Tribe, where ...

Is pork good for you?

Not all pork cuts are created equal, but they can all be part of a heart-healthy diet. Here’s what you need to know. The lean side According to the National Pork Board, the pork that’s available today is 16 percent leaner and 27 percent lower in saturated fat than it was 25-plus years ...

Wine and music

I woke up and went outside to see what was happening and discovered a whole lot was happening. Looking to the west, I was greeted by a magnificent silver white disc smiling at me which we know as the moon. It was awesome — full, bright and shining! Looking to the east, I was greeted by a ...