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Opinion

Short takes

Editorials

Doing nothing is wasting resources THUMBS UP: Kicking the can down the road can’t go on forever. The city of Marshall is facing that reality. First it was City Hall now the Aquatic Center — both are showing their age. City Council members and other officials toured the Aquatic Center ...

Vaping not so harmless after all

Editorials

One of the big selling points the “Vaping” industry has been pushing is that the practice of inhaling nicotine-laden mist is a safe alternative to regular smoking. Turns out, vaping may not be so harmless after all. In the past few weeks hospitals around the country are reporting ...

Airport anxiety

Local Columns

Whenever I think of Dallas, I wonder: who shot J.R.? My wife and I recently spent some time in Dallas. I still don’t recall who did that fictional shooting but can empathize with the why of it. Maybe that’s just a reaction to being stuck at an airport for what seemed like a decade. Air ...

Cracking down on ‘robocalls’

Editorials

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Or lowering or credit card interest rate? Or selling you siding or windows? Welcome to ...

4 nutrients you should be eating for breakfast

Local Columns

Back to school means a busy morning is ahead. Here’s a simple formula for a breakfast that will keep you fueled and full until lunch. Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Claire describes what nutrients make up the most filling breakfasts. The nutrients you need 1. Protein Protein plays a big ...

A moment in time

Local Columns

It seems we’re filled with moments in time, and it’s interesting how these moments in time keep repeating. During a time that doesn’t exist anymore and in a universe that’s history, a young boy was raised in an environment where family was everything and money was minimal. A dime a ...

Act now to protect military veterans

Editorials

Men and women who have served us in the military should not have to worry that they may be murdered if they seek treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Federal authorities are investigating as many as 10 deaths at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, W.Va., it has been ...

Season sampler

Local Columns

It happens fast and almost unexpectedly, like a mourning dove banking hard from behind to circle in on the muddy edge of a stock pond during an evening hunt, or in the way a doe and her fawns suddenly appear in front of a bow stand where there was nothing a moment before. Fall shows up in this ...

How do we know Earth is billions of years old?

Letters to the Editor

For most of my life I believed, and most everybody believes that the earth is billions of years old. A couple months ago I inquired the Minnesota Geological Survey as to how they know the rocks are 3.6 million years old which they reference on a bronze plaque located in Ramsey park in Redwood ...

Reversing the tone of politics won’t come from leaders

Editorials

The level of political rhetoric in the United States today is in the sewer. And it’s mostly our, the citizenry’s, fault. Yes, high-ranking politicians at every level of government do, on occasion, lob verbal Molotov cocktails out into the air we breathe. Yes, the political parties twist ...

Changing your direct deposit info with Social Security

Local Columns

With our busy lives, it’s easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed ...

The summer hunter begins his long goodbye

Local Columns

There are two great hunters in the night sky over Marshall. In the winter time it’s the mighty constellation Orion the Hunter, and in the summer it’s Bootes the Hunting Farmer. Since early this spring Bootes has graced our skies, but now it’s beginning its gradual farewell. Bootes, like ...

Rodeo or carnival?

Local Columns

When my wife and I first talked about going to the Lyon County fair this year, I gave her a slight warning not to expect too much. Anecdotally, I had been told the fair had been declining in terms of attendance and attractions, with last year being one of the most disappointing. And after ...

Short takes

Editorials

Good economic development news THUMBS UP: While this week’s news of the closing of the Del Monte peas and corn plant in Sleepy Eye was disturbing, a number of good news events on the economic development front are hitting close to home. First, on Wednesday Avera Marshall showed off its ...

A blow to Sleepy Eye and the region

Editorials

Tuesday’s announcement that Del Monte is going to close its Sleepy Eye plant after this corn pack season is a blow to Sleepy Eye and to many others in the area. The plant is a major employer in Sleepy Eye. The closing announcement said that 69 full time and 294 seasonal employees will lose ...

Community recycling programs

Local Columns

Thank you communities of Lyon County! I believe that each and every one of us has been working hard on understanding what can be recycled and what cannot be recycled. A recycling program that is successful is dependent on residents taking the time to learn about their community recycling ...

We are not a democracy

Letters to the Editor

The coolest you should keep your house is 78 degrees, federal program recommends. How much longer is going to be before people start to realize that this and so many other things that are coming down the pike from the Federal Government as “recommendations, policies and regulations” are ...

Joyful sounds of summer thanks to festival organizers

Editorials

Sounds of Summer patrons on Saturday evening were reminded once again Mother Nature can be cruel when it comes to weather and planned events here in southwest Minnesota. Hundreds of people filled the Schwan’s parking lot next to the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and were ...

4 reasons milk boxes are the new juice box

Local Columns

There’s a reason juice boxes made their way into lunch boxes over the years. They taste good, require no refrigeration, and fit nicely into compact containers. The downside is that many juice boxes are full of added sugar. However, a single swap — out with the juice, in with the milk — ...

Stood up

Local Columns

It was time to meet a colleague for lunch in a local restaurant and upon arriving, I took a seat and waited. And waited. And waited. Where was my friend? I checked my phone — there were no messages about being late or having to cancel our lunch. After a period of time, it became clear I had ...