On the Porch

Local Columns

The 80th anniversary of D-Day was this past Thursday on June 6. According to the United States Army website, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline, to fight Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944. General Dwight ...

Want to retire early? Read this first

Local Columns

As a financial adviser, I have seen firsthand how much planning it takes to retire early. Deciding to leave the workforce (and say goodbye to your steady paycheck) earlier than you previously intended to may come with many considerations. If you are intrigued by the idea of retiring early, read ...

You can have good health at any age

Community Voices

From newborn babies to older adults, we all want to be as healthy as possible and live full and productive lives. That’s why preventive health is so important. Certainly, some health conditions are beyond our control. Yet there are those things that we can control, and that’s where the ...

Anti-police sentiment has got to end

Community Voices

The second clause of The American Legion preamble to its constitution reads; “To maintain Law and Order,” a clause that is recited before all official meetings. Minnesota cannot expect to conduct a civil society, build an economy and practice a vibrant democracy amid crime and ...

Trump on the wrong side of the law

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Before he was elected President, “Donald Trump and his businesses were involved in over 4,000 legal cases …,” more by far than comparable business magnates — this according to Wikipedia. Between 1991 and 2009, six of Trump’s hotels and casinos went bankrupt. In ...

The poetry of wine

Local Columns

In the past, I’ve mentioned to people that wine is like poetry. The responses I’ve received are, well, varied to say the least. One of my favorite poems is entitled “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. It’s short, packed with visual images and reminds me of who I am in the final verse: ...