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On the Porch…

July 2, 2016 The Lyon County Historical Society is a non-profit, member supported organization. more »»

A historical hospital …

July 2, 2016 Passersby may have noticed that some building work is underway at the home of Southwest Minnesota State University Professor Mark Goodenow located across the street from the Marshall Independen. more »»

How can you declare your financial independence?

July 1, 2016 Next week, we observe the 4th of July with sparklers, picnics and parades. And living in a country that offers so much freedom, we have a lot to celebrat. more »»

Books and beyond

June 30, 2016 Library patron “Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America’s Independence” was a good choice for a book to read as we get close to July 4. more »»

Watermelon — a picnic staple

June 29, 2016 The ultimate picnic weekend is coming up in a few days; for many, the Fourth of July includes grilled foods, favorite salads and of course, watermelon! Maybe because watermelon is so easy to bring,... more »»

No sushi, yet

June 29, 2016 I have eaten at most of the eating establishments in Marshall, fast-food, ethnic, franchise, banquet, smorgasbord, et. more »»

Golden shoes and Moscow Mules

June 29, 2016 I get a kick out of many of the people and things I’ve come across over the years. more »»

Book tourists

June 29, 2016 The “Dear County Agent Guy” book tour continues, which means that my wife and I have a valid excuse to behave like tourists. more »»

Prairie Schooner newspaper publisher

June 27, 2016 Joseph Clark Ervin was the pioneer newspaperman of Marshall, establishing the Prairie Schooner in August of 1873. Two years later he sold the paper to C.F. more »»

Social Security payments

June 27, 2016 Over half a million people who live outside the United States receive some kind of Social Security benefit, including retired and disabled workers, as well as spouses, widows, widowers, and childre. more »»

Editor's column: Hey, Blue: well deserved

June 25, 2016 Music has Bob Dylan. Sports broadcasting has Vin Scull. more »»

It’s been a tough road

June 25, 2016 Since the beginning of April I’ve been trying to lose a few pounds. Now it hasn’t been an easy road, especially with cutting way back on chocolate and Mt. Dew, but it has produced results. more »»

On the porch

June 25, 2016 Garvin lies in the southeast quarter of section 27, Custer township in Lyon County. The railroad track was laid west from Tracy in 1879. In 1882, a side track was laid and was called Siding No. 7. more »»

6 facts you might not know about Medicare

June 25, 2016 More than 50 years ago, the federal government established programs designed to help Americans afford health care services, called Medicare and Medicaid. more »»

Don’t keep family in the dark about your plans

June 24, 2016 Neil Frost You might work diligently at building a financial roadmap for your retirement years and a comprehensive estate plan. more »»

Hotdish on a bun

June 22, 2016 Have you ever served hotdish on a bun? Unbeknownst to me, I served this entree to my family this past month and took some good-natured chiding as a result! Let me start at the beginning. more »»

Why? Because...

June 22, 2016 A little while ago I was involved in a conversation and the person asked if I was the guy who wrote about drinking in the newspaper. Additionally, I was asked why I write about such a subject. more »»

Roller scouting

June 22, 2016 As a teenager growing up on a South Dakota dairy farm, the opportunities for meeting members of the opposite sex (other than Holsteins) were somewhat limited. more »»

Energy conservation tips

June 21, 2016 OK…I had a column written for this time, but my mind went in a different direction (“Hate to say it but her mind went in a different direction a long time ago. more »»

Lyon County Soldiers’ Memorial

June 20, 2016 As you drive along West Main and cross 6th Street, you will notice on your left the monument on the lawn of the Lyon County Government Center that is a tribute to the Union soldiers of the Civil Wa. more »»



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