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Ah, those field trips

May 14, 2016 In the last couple of weeks of school, area elementary students have been getting their field trips in. more »»

Opioid drug use in America: How, why and what to do

May 14, 2016 My comments regarding this controversial subject will be more fully appreciated by the readers if they review the recent article by Paul John Scott: “Reliance on Opioids: One of the greatest mistake... more »»

On the porch

May 14, 2016 The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. more »»

The financial side of being a caregiver

May 14, 2016 Caring for a family member is complex. While deeply meaningful, it can be emotionally taxing and often presents unexpected challenges, often financial ones. more »»

While paying off student loans, don’t forget about retirement

May 12, 2016 Even if you’ve been out of school for a few years, you may still have a vivid reminder of college: your student loan debt. more »»

Summertime oatmeal

May 11, 2016 As we get into the month of May and the temperatures are finally starting to be more consistently warm, it seems that our menus and eating habits also cycle along with the season. more »»

Better late than never

May 11, 2016 There are times in life when we wait to do _________ (You fill in the blank). Nobody is exempt from this thing we call procrastination. more »»

50 years of friendship

May 11, 2016 A common complaint nowadays is that nothing seems to last. This is especially true for smart phones, those handheld supercomputer thingamabobs that have a knack for making a guy feel dum. more »»

Balaton — The little village by the lake

May 9, 2016 Part II: Lake Yankton is an L-shaped body of water to the northeast of Balaton. more »»

Editor's column: Being there for Mom

May 7, 2016 Tomorrow is Mother’s Day. This, as you all know, is a day we should pay extra attention to our mothers. Maybe we pamper them with a spa day. more »»

Prom and the park

May 7, 2016 Last Saturday night saw me hovering near the last stop of the Marshall High School prom’s grand march. more »»

On the Porch…

May 7, 2016 According to the Aug. 29, 1940, edition of the Marshall Daily Messenger, a new dairy store was opening soon in Marshall. more »»

Challenges? Bring ’em on

May 7, 2016 Annette Carr’s journey has been a long and difficult on. more »»

Help your mother prepare for retirement

May 5, 2016 Mother’s Day is almost here, so start shopping for the flowers or candy for Mo. more »»

Aphorisms come with limitations

May 4, 2016 There are aphorisms that are published or commonly stated that sound good when first encountered, but sometimes deeper consideration reveals that they may not be universally or always true or may... more »»


May 4, 2016 Life’s an interesting journey. I write that statement knowing full well that not everything in life is a bowl of cherries. more »»

Barbecue and baseball

May 4, 2016 Limestone outcroppings line the superhighways that thread their way into Kansas City. more »»

Some history of Balaton

May 2, 2016 Part I: Like so many prairie towns, Balaton was founded in 1879 as a result of the railroad building tracks to a site determined entirely by railroad officials. more »»

Give an invaluable gift this Mother’s Day

May 2, 2016 Are you struggling to find that perfect gift for Mom this Mother’s Day? Like most Americans, her schedule is busy and she might not get to spend as much time with loved ones as she would lik. more »»

Editor's column: Walk a mile in our shoes. Dare you.

April 30, 2016 Thank you, CareerCast, for reminding me that my job stinks. OK, that came out wrong. Time for some context. more »»



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