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Opinion

Release the files on JFK assassination

Editorials

Despite conclusive debunking of most of the conspiracy theories regarding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, many Americans believe our government has not told us everything. It hasn’t. At all levels, federal officials insist the basic facts are established: Lee Harvey ...

Consider this: Just outlaw tobacco

Editorials

The city of St. Cloud is considering whether to increase the age to buy tobacco in the city to 21. Really, though, if elected and professional officials of any government wanted to do what’s best for their constituents, they would simply outlaw tobacco. Yes, admittedly, that seems ...

Early season secrets

Local Columns

Since the cold end of last year’s pheasant season, hunters have eagerly awaited opening day, and now, mere hours away from it, we’re so close we can almost hear the crackling of the dry autumn grasses underfoot and the cackling of a flushing rooster in front of a hard-charging dog. The ...

Random act of kindness changes ordinary day

Local Columns

In a fast-paced, oftentimes turbulent world, it can be easy to get caught up in day-to-day negativity, whether it’s politics, bad restaurant service, terrible drivers, pressures at work or dealing with a cranky child — the list is endless — and it can bring you down. But every now and ...

Disrupting’ public meetings too tricky to define

Editorials

The Minnesota Supreme Court threw out parts of a law few people knew existed. The statute is part of a disorderly conduct law that bars people from disturbing public meetings. The case stems from a 2013 City Council meeting in Little Falls where a woman was escorted out and charged with ...

Your Health How to beat bloating

Local Columns

Bloating is uncomfortable. It can make us feel like we have gained 10 pounds overnight and cause some gassy situations. What is bloating? How can we cut back on this frequent feeling of bloat? Bloating is the feeling you get when you have abnormal swelling in your abdominal region, excess ...

Harvest moon heaven

Local Columns

There are so many songs, poems, and myths about the moon and moonlight. One of the best ones is the old classic, “Shine on Harvest Moon.” If the weather cooperates this coming week the moonlight will really feel right because we’ll be approaching a full harvest moon. When darkness sets ...

An appreciation for the arts

Local Columns

I may not know how to create art, but I do know how to appreciate it. That was the theme for Saturday as Ross and I joined others at Southwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual meeting and celebration in Windom. The event started at 2 p.m. where people could go to three different venues to see ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

In 1959, a bill authorizing a study on whether southwestern Minnesota needed a four-year college was passed into law. The interim committee set up to study the matter came up with seven possible sites for the new college: Marshall, Tracy, Granite Falls, Redwood Falls, Montevideo, Willmar and ...

Returning to the ‘nest of learning’ 50 years later

Local Columns

"It was the best times. It was the worst times,” Gordy Tvedt said. “You were going to school. You were getting an education. At the same time we felt the world just wasn’t right.” His words could easily have been said by a Southwest Minnesota State University student today. I mean ...

A new version of Daniel and the lion’s den

Local Columns

t’s one of the most recognizable stories in the Bible: Daniel and the Lion’s Den. If you wanted to compose a “Best of” Bible stories compilation, Daniel and the Lion’s Den would have to be included along with such classics as Jonah and the Whale, David and Goliath, and the birth, ...

Celebrating an important anniversary

Local Columns

The 50th anniversary of the founding of Southwest Minnesota State University is a cause for celebration, one that can manifest itself in a variety of expressions—intellectual, academic, literary, athletic….and musical, as well. Sunday afternoon we are celebrating this important ...

Short takes

Editorials

No stopping the sounds of music THUMBS UP: Mother Nature was unsuccessful in stopping the sounds of music at Mattke Field at the Schwan Regional Event Center at Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday. High school bands throughout the region marched on despite rain and the threat of ...

Community trust critical for police

Editorials

In many towns and cities, some members of minority communities do not trust police officers. Many in law enforcement work to build trust among those they serve. Clearly, however, enforcing the law is the department’s overriding priority. We pay police officers and sheriff’s deputies to ...

Ask a Trooper

Local Columns

Question: If you are 15 years old and have a farm permit to drive a farm truck, how late at night can you drive? Answer: A Minnesota Farm Work license allows a 15-year-old to drive alone only to perform farm work for his or her parent during daylight hours, within 20 miles of the farmhouse ...

How many more will die on 23

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: One question for the people of Marshall — how many more people must die or be injured before we lower the speed limit on Highway 23 through Marshall down to 45 mph? David Bero Marshall

Pride and determination on display at SMSU

Editorials

There are two words to describe the 50 years of rich history involving Southwest Minnesota State University — determination and pride. It was the determination of a community to address a need for higher education. Individuals like Warren Quarnstrom formed a committee more than 50 years ...

Oatmeal around the world

Local Columns

Fun fact: Oatmeal is not just a boring breakfast cereal; it is so much more! In fact, oatmeal is used throughout the world in many other ways than just your typical rolled oats, milk and sugar for breakfast. Oats have been a staple in many countries for thousands of years. Oats are cheap to ...

Clearly confusing

Local Columns

I was in the process of scheduling a meeting with an associate and we finally agreed on a date, site and time for the meeting. Or, so I thought... As we ended our conversation, my associate stated the meeting was a...definite maybe. What? How can something be polar opposites? Maybe doesn’t ...

A Deadwood book festival

Local Columns

Deadwood, South Dakota, is a city that’s historically known for its history. Soon after an 1874 expedition discovered gold in the Black Hills, Deadwood became renowned for hard rock mining, hard drinking and an atmosphere of hard living. During the recent South Dakota Festival of Books, ...