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Books and beyond

March 10, 2016 Library patron I hadn’t read a mystery for awhile, and then I knew I wanted to read a book by Erin Hart. She will be at the Marshall-Lyon County Library at 6:30 p.m. more »»

How much caffeine is safe to consume?

March 9, 2016 Last week in this column I talked about March being Nutrition Month. It seems there is a month for almost anything, and I recently heard that March is Caffeine Awareness Month as well. more »»

Sinking his teeth into it

March 9, 2016 How much is a tooth worth? The older I get the more valuable or at least the more I have spent on each. more »»

Some things make me pause

March 9, 2016 While traveling along the road of life, there have been those moments when “something” literally brought me to a stop. For instance, while walking, perhaps that “something” is a fallen tree limb. more »»

Celebrating 35 years

March 9, 2016 We are fast approaching the vernal equinox, a day when everyone on earth has equal access to the same amount of sunshine. more »»

Should you retire in ‘stages’ ?

March 9, 2016 For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. more »»

Childhood memories

March 7, 2016 PART V: A continuation of Ella Junette Kalberg Velde’s memoirs, “We Moved to the Woods” “The schools were the usual one room buildings, with a hall for coats and the dinner buckets. more »»

Filing taxes just got (a little bit) easier

March 7, 2016 Now that it’s March, your annual tax filing deadline is fast approaching. more »»

Editor's column: Donald Trump — feel the love

March 5, 2016 I’m still trying to figure out Donald Trump. Hopefully I can wrap this up quickly so I can move on with the rest of my life. And then move to Canada if he’s elected. I can’t figure the guy out. more »»

The Daily Burn

March 5, 2016 When I’m watching television shows on Hulu, I’ll sometimes see a commercial for Daily Burn, an online streaming workout from professional trainers. more »»

Caring for ourselves and society: The latest challenge of opiod abuse

March 5, 2016 The Independent is to be congratulated for the series of excellent and comprehensive articles about pain medications which have appeared during the last month. more »»

On the porch

March 5, 2016 The “Last Man’s Club” American Legion Veterans of World War I of Cottonwood was founded on Nov. 11, 1935. In 1936, the group formally organized as a club. more »»

Letting go of emotional investing patterns

March 5, 2016 When the Fed raised short-term interest rates in December, did you feel obligated to buy, sell or change your investing strategy solely on that knowledge? The urge to make an investment decision is... more »»

Ask a trooper

March 3, 2016 Question: If driving a commercial vehicle and stopped, what documents are needed to present to the trooper? Also what do they look for if a truck is weighed? Answer: I will list what is covered in a... more »»

Women may need extra steps on the road to financial security

March 3, 2016 International Women‘s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women‘s achievements. more »»

Savor the flavor

March 2, 2016 “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2016. more »»

People are like wine

March 2, 2016 As I continue to delve into the interesting subject of human nature and the fascinating world of wine, I find some interesting similarities. Yes, in many ways, people are very much like wine. more »»

Birds on the brain

March 2, 2016 It seems like the invasion begins earlier and earlier each spring. I don’t mean the foul-mouthed political campaigns. I’m talking about the arrival of migratory waterfowl. more »»

Childhood memories

February 29, 2016 Part IV: A continuation of Ella Junette Kalberg Velde’s memoirs, “We Moved to the Woods” We children were kept busy during the summer months picking the many kinds of wild fruit that grew within... more »»

Editor's column: Clean water won’t happen without some changes

February 27, 2016 Why do we continue to take our most precious natural resource for granted? Why, when we hear southwest Minnesota has some of the most polluted lakes in the whole state, the general public seemingly... more »»



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