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Voters support school referendum THUMBS UP: Bond referendums usually set off heated debates in communities. There is always the need vs. the cost. It was no different in Minneota for the past several months as registered voters mulled over the need to upgrade school district ...

Many news bulletins not important

Local Columns

ast Friday I had carefully prepared lunch between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. by boiling some eggs to add to some canned white chicken (breast?) with mayonnaise, relish (I prefer sweet for the chicken salad rather than dill), some ground mustard, fresh ground pepper, and some Mrs. Dash. I set ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: My wife and I love to ride our Honda 1800 Goldwing trike. Can our granddaughter ride between us on short rides? She is seven and loves to ride too. Answer: Your motorcycle owner’s manual states, “Your motorcycle is designed to carry you and one passenger.” Based on that and ...

Patients with mental health issues getting help

Editorials

According to 2016 data from all 50 states collected by Virginia-based Mental Health American, nearly six out of 10 adults with a mental health issue receive no treatment. It also reports 18.5 percent of Americans were found to be experiencing some form of mental health issue, which was a slight ...

Packing a healthy lunch

Local Columns

One challenge we face today is making healthy choices for our meals, and lunch is definitely included in that. As busy individuals, we are faced with challenges to make good choices with shortened lunch times and fewer opportunities to eat at home during lunch breaks. Quick and easy meals do ...

Fjords and wine?

Local Columns

After a rather hectic day, I was trying to soothe my soul by talking with a friend and sipping a glass of wine. The conversation flowed to many subjects — from the day’s political shenanigans to what was happening in our neighborhoods and somehow, we got on the subject of wine. Can you ...

Staying married

Local Columns

My wife and I have been married for a long time now and we can’t help but feel that we are hopelessly out of style. Why? Well, I’m ashamed to admit this, but neither one of us has ever been divorced. Not (according to my wife) that the option hasn’t been seriously considered. This is ...

More dialogue, less speeches good idea by governor

Editorials

It was good to see Gov. Mark Dayton in Marshall Thursday. His presence at Southwest Minnesota State University conference center was a surprise. Dayton and his staff are hosting a series of 10 town hall meetings throughout the state. The town halls are part of Dayton's “25 by 25” goal of ...

A summer disappearing act

Local Columns

“Hey Nick, what are we going to catch,” asked Rylyn, the oldest son of my wife’s cousin, as we made our way out to the dock. “Ninety-nine percent bluegills,” I replied as his brother Radlee and father Chase made their way behind us, trailed closely by my son AJ. Unsealing the red ...

Child identity theft: a hidden but real danger

Local Columns

Chances are you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children? You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Local Columns

Part II When these Marshall people reached the Redwood River, at the farm place known as the Muzzy flat, the horses refused to approach the usual fording place, due to the fact that the ground before them, of about 20 rods wide and a large distance long, was covered with locusts that were ...

Your retirement planning starts with Social Security

Local Columns

District manager Right now is the perfect time to start planning for a secure, comfortable retirement. And you can count on Social Security to help you begin the process. First, we encourage you to set up an online my Social Security account so you can verify your lifetime earnings ...

It’s solar eclipse time

Local Columns

Thousands and thousands of sky watchers including yours truly have waited a long time for this Monday’s total solar eclipse. There are many people traveling to the narrow band of totality that stretches diagonally across the 48 contiguous states from Oregon to South Carolina. It’s no more ...

Let communities decide fate of statues

Local Columns

If you blinked, you would never see the town of Laclede, Mo. This community of 400 is by all appearances, just like every other sleepy little town in the Midwest; an anonymous face among the thousands dotting our rural landscape. But this town has a former resident who sets it apart from ...

The fair and Czech Fest

Local Columns

Thankfully the weather held out Saturday afternoon as Ross and I headed to the Lyon County Fair. I went toward the 9/11 Never Forget exhibit, which was seeing a good crowd. Parents were pointing out to their kids the different photos and stories. I spent time looking at the items from the New ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

Tidemand (Tideman) Jensen Klevgaard was born in Norway on Dec. 24, 1821. On March 22, 1856, he married Marit Torsdatter Gansager. Marit was born in Norway on July 23, 1832. Tideman and Marit came to America in 1866 as part of a large wave of over 15,000 Norwegian immigrants in that year. With ...

Vigil protesters led by false headlines

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is in response to the people who recently gathered in Marshall to protest “The White Supremacists...” group, etc. As much as I appreciate and support their intentions, I believe they should not be led by false headlines plastered on front pages by many Deep State/Dark ...

Finally a decision on memorial funding

Editorials

THUMBS UP: The Lyon County Board finally made a decision on the funding for the Minneota-Ghent-Taunton Veterans’ Memorial. The board approved a motion to include $15,000 toward the $100,000 project in the 2018 county budget. Minneota American Legion Commander Jim Fink went before ...

Let’s end the crisis, not just put it off

Editorials

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...