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Local Columns

Farm boy — Joe DeJaeghere — from a proud immigrant family

Joe DeJaeghere was born Sept. 2, 1931, to Leonie and Edmund DeJaeghere in the old Marshall hospital on South Fourth Street, known as Dr. Gray’s hospital. But today’s column is not about Joe DeJaeghere. Rather, it is about his parents’ immigration story. Their story of coming to ...

Gen. Custer, Cedric Adams and TV test patterns

Two weeks ago in this column, I mentioned that I had some books someplace, about George Armstrong Custer. I am happy to report that after much searching I did turn up about 30 books and have now drawn up a four page list titled, “Books on Custer, Civil War, The West.” Not only that, ...

Rummage sailing

The days have warmed, the grass is green and the last vestiges of the glacial snowbank in our grove have finally disappeared. This can mean only one thing: it’s the sailing season. Let me clarify that. What I mean is that it’s the rummage sailing season. I know this because this is the ...

Books and Beyond

Library patron When I read that 104-year-old children’s author Beverly Cleary died this March, I put her on my list and have checked out many of her books and the CDs of her books from Marshall-Lyon County Library. I started by reading her first published book, “Henry Huggins,” c 1950. ...

How have you matured?

If there’s anything this past year should have taught us, it’s that we shouldn’t take time for granted. I was recently sitting in a neighborhood park and a class of preschool children arrived and began to play. Immediately, a smile found itself on my face as I watched the kids play tag, ...

A chance to learn

We buzzed along the inside of the breakline, my buddy Kevin and I, watching the rhythmic ticking of the tips of the trolling rods strung out alongside his Alumacraft, with a second eye toward the graph behind the console he was manning for the blips and arcs which symbolized the post-spawn ...