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Slaughter Slough

Local Columns

Part III One Indian took Mrs. Koch. Some others took Tommy Ireland’s oldest girls. Another took Mrs. Duley and Mrs. Eastlick by the hand and started to lead them off. At this time Freddie and Giles Eastlick were killed by a squaw. Mrs. Eastlick was shot twice and left for dead. She ...

To arm or not to arm

Editorials

A significant number of schools throughout the United States have authorized staff members to carry firearms while at work. The idea is that armed educators and school service personnel can protect students in the event of an incursion by someone bent on violence. But an Associated Press ...

Impeachment — at last?

Editorials

Not to rain on the Democrats’ impeachment parade, but you might want to grab an umbrella. I’ll be brief: President Trump will not be convicted by the U.S. Senate, and his positioning for reelection will have been strengthened by the process. As even my blind dog knows, the House of ...

European leaders meet to take the future into their own hands

Editorials

As France headed into a second week of mass transit paralysis due to a nationwide public-sector strike over proposed pension reforms, tensions ramped up among Parisian commuters, and protesters braced for more flying tear gas canisters as they prepared for another day clashing with riot police ...

There is a star in all of us

Local Columns

Remember the late ‘70s hit, “You Don’t Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show)” performed by Marilyn McCoo  and  Billy Davis, Jr.? Well like it or not, we’re all stellar, literally! The iron in your blood, the calcium in your bones, and the gold and silver you may be wearing were all ...

What’s new for Social Security in 2020?

Local Columns

With the new year upon us, those who collect Social Security or pay into the public retirement program through payroll deduction will see some changes. The Social Security Administration makes cost-of-living adjustments on an annual basis. Here’s how the changes may impact you: For those ...

My T-shirt obsession

Local Columns

More than a year ago, it was mentioned that it seemed like I had about 1,000 T-shirts. It may seem like I have that many (I have a couple or so Rubbermaid tubs filled with just T-shirts to prove it), I don’t (hopefully) have that many. But what can I say, T-shirts are comfortable to ...

On the Porch

Local Columns

The following information is from a newspaper article in the Marshall Messenger from Nov. 28, 1946. The photograph featured this week from the museum’s collection was taken on Main Street in Marshall in the 1950s. “Marshall in all probability will have Christmas lighting on its business ...

Short Takes

Editorials

USMCA trade deal is finally a reality THUMBS UP: Farmers throughout the nation and right here in southwest Minnesota are probably pleased that the Democrats and President Donald Trump finally reached an agreement on the new trade pact with Canada and Mexico. But they are also probably ...

Saudi sympathies ring hollow after Pensacola shooting

Editorials

If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest. Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack. What might have given them that ...

Time for House to do some real work

Editorials

After many weeks in which the U.S. House of Representatives has seemed preoccupied with impeachment hearings, action on a new trade agreement may finally be on the horizon. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Tuesday announced her caucus has reached agreement with the White House on the ...

USMCA hardly a good deal

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Now that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated she will support the USMCA, President Donald Trump is thrilled with her decision. The so-called Patriot Act, and Obamacare, were both passed without any federal lawmaker having a chance to read the then proposed legislation. It ...

Community colleges are blessing to many

Editorials

We don’t get it. Really. Apparently, according to The Associated Press, there is some sort of stigma attached to those who attend two-year colleges. As the AP reported, a Perrysburg, Ohio, college president decided to do something about the stigma. Steve Robinson, of Owens Community ...

Rural hospitals take another hit

Editorials

The struggle of rural hospitals to stay open in today’s economy is well documented. Rural areas have high rates of people without health care coverage, and hospitals face high rates of uncompensated care when they have to come in for treatment. Population is falling in rural areas, meaning ...

The Hottest Stuff on Ice 2019-20

Local Columns

Another ice season is upon us, and with the shift to hardwater comes not only the annual tradition of getting out there after walleyes, pike and panfish but also the review of some of the latest innovations in what has become one of fishing’s fastest growing markets. While things have ...

Alternative interpretations

Local Columns

My wife and I recently “did lunch” with a friend at a local restaurant. As we prepared to leave, a lady who had been seated at a nearby table asked, “Are you that dear county agent guy?” Bracing myself for the worst, I plead guilty. “I teach high school,” said the lady. “One ...

No child should be denied a hot school meal

Editorials

Like a bad meal that revisits hours after eating, lunch shaming in school cafeterias keeps coming back up in Minnesota. Enough already. No school cafeteria worker should ever take away the lunch of any child because of a zero balance in his meal account. No child should get a shaming stamp ...

Slaughter Slough

Local Columns

Part II Myers was able to deter the Indians by reminding them that he had always treated them well and given them food and shelter. They left and went on to the Hurd cabin where they entered and began smoking. When one of the children awoke and began crying, the hired man picked it up and ...

Need to change your name on your Social Security card?

Local Columns

If you’re changing your name, it’s important to let Social Security know so we can update the information we maintain, send you an updated Social Security card, and ultimately ensure we pay you accurate benefits when you retire or if you become disabled. To change your name in our ...

The full moon is rising high

Local Columns

Even though our next official full moon is this coming this Thursday we more or less have a full moon every night this week in the Marshall sky, putting the kibosh on any serious stargazing or astrophotography. Even if you don’t have to put up with light pollution the moon kicks out so much ...