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Opinion

President Trump continues attack on the environment

Editorials

Of all the greenhouse gases, methane is one of the most potent because it so efficiently absorbs heat in Earth’s atmosphere. It is dozens of times greater at warming the Earth than carbon dioxide. That is why the Obama administration instituted rules that forced oil and gas companies to ...

Medicare, a simple explanation

Local Columns

District manager Social Security and Medicare are both programs that are household names, but do you know the true difference? Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life for their family and friends. While Social Security offers retirement, ...

Celestial congestion

Local Columns

The Great Hercules star cluster is one of the true treasures of the summer and early autumn Marshall sky. It’s a dense cluster of stars all crammed together in a tight sphere that you’ll love to direct your telescope to it again and again. I sure do! As with many celestial treasures ...

Are you and your spouse on the same page about retirement?

Local Columns

Retirement is one of the most important financial goals for many married couples. It’s something you may dream about and work hard to reach. But, even if you feel like you are on track in terms of meeting your financial objectives, there is an equally important factor to consider — are you ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

In early 1944, at the request of Mayor Ray Baldwin (mayor 1943-1946), the Marshall City Council appointed what was known as a City Post War Planning Board. This board was charged with the responsibility of making suggestions to the city council concerning plans for Marshall in the future. ...

Exploring Rollag

Local Columns

This past weekend ended up being a look at area history for me as I visited the Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy on Friday, and Ross and I made a stop at the End-O-Line Museum in Currie on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiched in-between those days was the Western Minnesota Steam Threshers ...

Would consumers pay more for recycling?

Local Columns

Woodbury, New Jersey, is a town much like Marshall. Both located in the southwest portion of their states and with similar populations (11K-15K), Woodbury’s biggest claim to fame is serving as the base camp for Gen. Charles Cornwallis during the British Army’s advance on Philadelphia ...

Short Takes for Sept. 6

Editorials

A problem that needs a solution THUMBS DOWN: It’s too bad there isn’t a better solution for the curbside recycling in Lyon County. On Tuesday the Lyon County commissioners, facing a huge increase in the recycling contract, voted to end curbside pickup. Residents will have to cart their ...

‘Institutional’ racism?

Editorials

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. Racism does exist and we all would be better off without it. No form of bigotry, including the anti-Semitic comments made by a few members of ...

Books and Beyond

Local Columns

I was reading in the BBC Music Magazine for May 2019 the article noting that 2019 is the 150th year anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Brian Wise describes how in the early years of train travel, musicians often performed for people on the train ride. This was a new ...

Let’s hope China has learned from 1989

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

No! Wait!!

Local Columns

It’s a bit unsettling because I believe it’s still summer. It seems the advertisers are urging the seasons forward, but it’s still summer! When one looks at newspapers and other media sources, there seems to be an upswing in advertising for fall. And, winter apparel. And, Christmas. ...

Follow the fracture

Local Columns

Rocks are the bane of a farmer’s existence. They are the one crop we can depend upon; a new harvest of stones appears each spring even though we never planted any mineral-based seeds. Jim Wakeman has an entirely different way of thinking about rocks. He sees rocks — or wood or clay, for ...

Communication devices can be nuisances

Local Columns

Phones and computers are really great inventions. These days you can apparently have both capabilities operating through a watch on your wrist, but I am way behind times so I have only progressed to a cell phone carried in a holster on my belt — no, it does not look anything like a gun — ...

Some contenders now reject ‘Medicare for all’

Editorials

"Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful idea, until they learned more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for all” is ...

Salmon success

Local Columns

Through thick fog, the gurgle of my boat’s motor joined the crowd launching from the east side of Garrison Dam, with one more search for summer salmon as its primary mission. As we cleared the first of phalanx of boats readying rods and dropping downrigger balls, I turned the wheel over to my ...

History of the Lyon County Fair

Local Columns

Part V According to Josephson, who served on the Lyon County Fair Board from 1957 to 1992, the Fair Association used to give away cars on the final day of the fair for about five years. Winners had to be present to claim the car. Businessmen from throughout the county donated funds for the ...

ELCA’s action a vote for humanity

Editorials

Despite what some critics are saying, the decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to become a sanctuary denomination does not incite law-breaking. The action clearly embraces the philosophy of Christianity. Jesus didn’t ask anyone for papers before offering them ...

September celestial splendor

Local Columns

Sadly summer comes to an end this month, but the great news for stargazing in September is that there’s still plenty of great summer constellations, and with the early sunsets you can get an earlier start in the evening. The full moon this month is on Sept. 14 and because of its proximity ...