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Editor's column: Election ‘16 — is it over yet?

October 22, 2016 The presidential campaign isn’t the only thing getting ugly. So is the mail I receive. First, I was ripped because the Independent came across as a Trump supporter. more »»

Another trip to Camden

October 22, 2016 As October starts to slip away, it was time to go out and see some of the remaining fall colors this past Sunday. more »»

On the Porch…

October 22, 2016 The Lyon County Historical Society (LCHS) is a nonprofit, member supported organization. more »»

Diversification is still important for retirees

October 21, 2016 During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth — you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisione. more »»

An end to the story

October 19, 2016 The man with the mellifluous radio voice came to mind when I read the ending of my last column in the newspaper. more »»

Cruciferous vegetables anyone?

October 19, 2016 Have you heard the word “cruciferous” used in conjunction with certain vegetables and wondered what they were? Cruciferous vegetables are part of the Brassica genus of plants. more »»


October 19, 2016 Once upon a time, when something was termed funky, it wasn’t a good thing. Then, there was a time when to be called funky meant you were with the “in crowd” and you were oh, so cool. more »»

Holiday season preparations

October 19, 2016 The holiday season will soon be here, that time of year when belts shrink and stretchy pants become your best frien. more »»

Social Security is here to stay

October 17, 2016 It’s healthy to be skeptical in a world of uncertainties. Major news networks sometimes broadcast conflicting facts that require a bit of research to verify. more »»

Editor's column: Don’t take troops, or freedom, for granted

October 15, 2016 It’s been just over 11 years since 1st Lt. Jason Timmerman of Tracy was killed in Iraq. The National Guardsman died on Feb. 21, 2005, along with Staff Sgt. David Day of St. Louis Park and Sgt. more »»

‘It Takes A Church’

October 15, 2016 I’ve been trying to make better use of my Netflix subscription. more »»

On the porch

October 15, 2016 Herman Stone was born on Feb. 25, 1891, in Vladislavova, Russia, and he passed away in Marshall on Oct. 21, 1968. more »»

5 questions to consider before downsizing your home

October 15, 2016 As retirement approaches, your lifestyle and priorities begin to change. more »»

Vote for smart investment moves

October 13, 2016 The presidential election is less than a month away. Like all elections, this one has generated considerable interest, and, as a citizen, you may well be following it closel. more »»

The flavors of fall

October 12, 2016 Rachelle Deutz Fall brings an abundance of flavorful, seasonal foods that are packed full of nutrition! With October being National Pork Month, Apple Month, Cranberry Month — and Oc. more »»

The long and the short of it

October 12, 2016 It’s always interesting to visit new places and it’s also satisfying to revisit old places. more »»

Random gardening

October 12, 2016 Of all the farming projects I’ve undertaken, our home garden has been the least profitable. I’ve never had any sort of plan, financial or otherwise, going into the gardening season. more »»

Editor's column: Thank you for reading!

October 8, 2016 I’m glad you’re reading this, for many reasons. One, it likely means you enjoy my writing, which means you have pretty good taste. more »»

Going on a Meander

October 8, 2016 As I drove down Lyon Street past Independence Park Friday morning, I noted the gorgeous fall colors. more »»

On the Porch…

October 8, 2016 In 1947, Christian Dior permanently changed the fashion industry, as well as created the look that would dominate the next decad. more »»



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