Local Columns

Self employment and Social Security

Many people enjoy the independence of owning and operating their own small business. If you’re a small business owner, you know that you have additional financial responsibilities when reporting your taxes. A part of this is paying into Social Security. Most people who pay into Social ...

Jupiter’s jumping in

The king of the planets, at least in our solar system, has made a grand entrance into our early summer skies, and will continue to dominate the early evening heavens well into October. A couple of weeks ago our Earth and Jupiter reached their closest approach to each other. Back then Jupiter ...

Ask A Trooper

Question: When the speed limit changes on a road, does the new speed limit start at the sign, or does it start when you can see the sign? Answer: The speed zone becomes effective when you reach the sign. If the speed limit reduces, you must begin to slow down before the sign. If the speed ...

Look!

As you proceed through your day, how often do you look at the things around you? To push this question a bit further, how often do you look for diversity in your life, look for beauty in nature or look for something different than the usual? How often do you look? Of course, when one ...

BB brain

There once was a time when I was a complete and utter BB brain. I was 8 years old when one of my school chums acquired an air rifle. It wasn’t long before he began to regale us with tales of his remarkable marksmanship, stories of hitting targets that were so distant that they had ...

Kids these days

Kids these days! There’s nothing they can’t destroy from any angle and they do it no matter the conditions: in the rain, in the wind, and in the sun, it just doesn’t seem to matter. When they’re not actively smashing something, they’re talking in hushed tones among their little groups ...

Understanding Social Security benefits

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American, whether at the birth of a child, the loss of a loved one, the onset of a disability, or the transition from work to retirement. For more than 80 years, our programs have contributed to the financial security of the elderly and the ...

Railroad wreck near Lynd

Train wrecks were big news in the early days of settlement. Trains were an essential part of everyday living, carrying and delivering goods to each station along the tracks, reloading and hauling goods (mostly grain and animals, as well as being the main mode of travel for residents and/or ...

Here comes summer in the night skies

The summer of 2019 begins next Friday at 10:54 in the morning, at least astronomically. Astronomers call it the summer solstice, and it’s the longest day of the year. Friday’s the day that the sun reaches its highest height in our Marshall sky. It all has to do with the inclination or tilt ...

Could a U.S. lawmaker actually make sense from cents?

Finally, some federal legislation that actually makes sense … and cents … at the same time. U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from the neighboring state directly south of us, is sponsoring a bill called the “Currency Evolution Now to Save,” or “CENTS” because you know, any good ...

Why I Relay

My work schedule at the paper is Sunday-Thursday, so with my Fridays free I try to find activities that may spark my interest. Last June, I had asked about volunteering the day of Lyon County’s Relay for Life. I had done a Relay many years ago when I first moved to Marshall and wanted to get ...

6 reasons your mortgage was declined

The path to a mortgage isn’t always a straight line. According to Pew Research Center, 12 percent of home-purchase loan applications were denied in 2015. A piece of your financial history could block your mortgage. Here are six common reasons people aren’t approved for a mortgage. 1. Your ...

Dad?

I wonder what kind of dad my kids think I am? But, let’s back up a bit — is there anything that fully prepares one to be a father? And, to be fair, is there anything that fully prepares one to be a mother? Those are tough and deep questions and I can only try to answer the father question ...

Out in the slough

Out on the east edge of our farm there’s some ground that’s been classified as a permanent wetland. As such, this part of our farm has no value from a production agriculture point of view. But it’s far from lifeless. Mallards and teal, coots and canvasbacks make their homes in the ...

Rain and rainbows

The pop-up clouds bubbled on the western horizon, fueled by the hot southern winds that brought the first real sensation of summer to the region. With the truck’s digital thermometer bouncing between 88 and 90, I hooked up the puddle jumper and turned extra-wide through the pre-rush traffic ...

Sign up for Medicare and estimate Medicare costs

Affordable medical coverage is something everyone wants, especially as people age. Luckily, our nation has safeguards for workers as they get older. Millions of people rely on Medicare, and it can be part of your health insurance plan when you retire. Medicare is available for people age 65 ...

The Big Dipper and Great Spring Arch

If you sit back in a lawn chair facing northward after twilight on these late Marshall spring evenings and tilt your head way up toward the overhead zenith, the Big Dipper will leap out at you, hanging diagonally by its long-curved handle. You’ll probably be more comfortable if you sit in a ...

‘Homicide Hunter

I find myself watching more and more Investigation Discovery shows through Hulu, and one of the programs I’ve been kinda binge-watching is “Homicide Hunter.” It features Lt. Joe Kenda, a retired Colorado Springs homicide detective who spent 23 years with the department. He retired in ...

Ask a Trooper

Question: When golf carts are using a pedestrian crosswalk, are vehicles required to yield? This happens in some towns where the roadway separates a golf course. Answer: Unless there is an ordinance or some other special allowance set by local or state officials golf carts are treated as ...

Pizza through the years

My first experience with pizza was when I was a kid and these new pizza kits were in the supermarket. The kits contained a packet of yeast and a packet of flour. It also contained a can of pizza sauce with some little pieces of meat in it, a little packet with some herbs and a bigger packet ...