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IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING: Why I only watched half of the Super Bowl

February 9, 2016 If you have been reading my columns, you probably know that I’m a huge football fan. I have been for as long as l can remember. more »»

Why Shannon should have watched the whole Super Bowl

February 9, 2016 As Shannon already explained in her column, she had committed to not watching the Super Bowl this year. more »»

IN CASE YOU WER WONDERING: A Packer fan in a Vikings’ world

December 12, 2015 Growing up in Minnesota, there are a few things expected of you. more »»

In case you were wondering: Stay Classy Minneota

November 15, 2015 MINNEAPOLIS —?The Minneota Vikings had plenty of game plans in place for the big game against the Minneapolis North Polars on Saturday, but there are just some things you can’t plan for. more »»

In case you were wondering: New Beginnings

November 11, 2015 Moving to a new place can always be scary. A new city, a new job, a new apartment and nobody you know is a tough combination. Or at least it should be. more »»

SMSU MEN'S BASKETBALL: More than a game

October 27, 2015 MARSHALL —?The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs men’s basketball team opened their exhibition season with a 71-69 win over the SMSU Alumni team Saturday. more »»

Don’t believe the DraftKings hype

October 24, 2015 If you haven’t seen a DraftKings or FanDuel commercial this football season, you’ve probably been living under a rock. The commercials play about as often as you and I blink. more »»

Remember the past, think of the future, but focus on the present

October 23, 2015 Wednesday was “Back to the Future Day” around the country— playing off the fact that “Back to the Future II” predicted the Cubs would beat the Marlins in the 2015 World Series. more »»

WINTER'S "Nebrasketball" a must-read

October 17, 2015 A few days ago, I wrapped up “Nebrasketball”, written by Scott Winter, who was nice enough to send me a copy. more »»


October 6, 2015 I struggled, really, trying to figure out how to start this column. Columns— taking personal experiences and making them matter to each and every one of you— were Nick’s thing. more »»

NICK'S NOTES: Nick’s night

October 3, 2015 Just about 15 months ago, life wasn’t going great for me. I was living in Somerville, Massachusetts, in a townhouse that smelled like cat urine. I split up with my girlfrien. more »»

NICK'S NOTES: Understudies

September 19, 2015 When I was a senior in high school, I tried out for the role of Lt. Joe Cable in my school’s production of “South Pacific.” I thought I nailed the audition. more »»

NICK'S NOTES: Nick’s notes: The gold standard

September 5, 2015 A few weeks ago, I was collecting interviews from Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang volleyball players for a season preview. more »»

NICK'S NOTES: No trouble with trophies

August 19, 2015 The latest internet outrage cycle, inspired by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison taking aways his sons’ participation trophies, is the stupidest viral discussion since we all tried to... more »»


August 18, 2015 As the NFL season approaches, Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker James Harrison gave us a refreshing NFL headline that let us escape the black hole that is Deflategate. more »»

2014-15 Independent All-Area Girls Basketball Team

April 11, 2015 FIRST TEAM: Explosive, smart, versatile By Jenny Kirk Along with Player of the Year Taylor Reiss — a 2015 Miss Basketball finalist who led the Minneota Vikings to a Class A third-place finish at... more »»

NICK'S NOTES: Sincere cheer

April 11, 2015 If you have not been down to Mustang Field to see a Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs softball game, you’re missing out on the most of joyful part of the spring sports season: the cheers of the... more »»


April 7, 2015 MCC moves to 2-0 after 6-5 win over SW United Murray County Central stole eight bases, and Mitchell Woldt and Kellen Johnson struck out a combined nine batters as the Rebels improved to 2-0 on the... more »»

Editor's column: That’s courage with a ‘K’

September 20, 2014 Last weekend’s junior high volleyball tournament brought hundreds of kids to the Marshall Middle School. Hundreds of kids and one rock star. more »»

Defending the Cup

June 28, 2014 If Sunday’s World Cup match between the United States and Portugal hadn’t ended the way it did, you likely would be reading about my cats getting spayed right now. more »»

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Mustang Booster Club Drive underway

May 23, 2014 Hello Mustang fans! On Tuesday night, the Mustang Booster Club (MBC) hosted a Membership Drive Social at the Schwan Regional Event Center where new and current members gathered information and sign... more »»



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Don't call her "Karin"

February 9, 2016 Today I interviewed Brenda Elton for a story that will be in Saturday’s paper. She is a teacher at the alternative school in Marshall. Every time I see her she mentions how people call her “Ka. more »

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