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Ring in the New Year!

December 30, 2015 Here we are in the days between Christmas and the New Year. Most of us have probably allowed ourselves a few extra “dietary indiscretions” over the holidays. more »»

Goodbye to 2015

December 30, 2015 Despite such earth shattering news as Ben and Jennifer breaking up, our planet managed to complete another circuit around the sun. more »»

Post-holiday thoughts

December 27, 2015 By the time you read this article, most people will have taken down and packed away all the remnants of Christmas 2015 and have begun buying up items, on sale, to be used for Christmas of 2016. more »»

The 12 sites of Social Security

December 27, 2015 Familiar carols are a part of the season. This song is so popular that holiday revelers clamored for it again. more »»

Editor's column: A shot of perspective at the right time of year

December 26, 2015 My daughter’s two basketball games in Windom a couple weekends ago had its ups and downs. Well, that’s kind of an understatement. more »»

My goals for 2016

December 26, 2015 Back in the day, people made New Year’s resolutions: losing weight, learning a new skill, quitting smoking or exercising a little mor. more »»

On the porch …

December 26, 2015 Archbishop Ireland of St. Paul strongly suggested that Holy Redeemer needed a Catholic school in Marshall. Mother Seraphine and Mother Celestine from the Sisters of St. more »»

Ask a trooper

December 24, 2015 Question: Are the blue or Xenon headlamps legal in Minnesota? Answer: Xenon or (HID) high-intensity discharge headlights are legal if they comply with the same Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard... more »»

Time for some New Year’s (financial) resolutions

December 24, 2015 The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. more »»

Twas the night before Christmas

December 23, 2015 For all the years that I have been writing this column, the one that I write just before Christmas is my favorite one to do. more »»

A sense of home

December 23, 2015 For some of us, it takes longer to find it. I expect the reasons for the delay in finding it are many and varied — too busy, too angry or maybe you think the path is too long. more »»

Our Christmas baby

December 23, 2015 My wife and I have a Christmas baby. Well, he isn’t exactly a baby anymore. He is 34 years old now and towers over his mother and me. But he’s still our Christmas bab. more »»

A year-end recycling review

December 22, 2015 So far…as of Dec. 16…we’ve had very little winter-like weather. The one “major” snow we did get (Nov. 30) was mostly gone by the end of that week except for big piles of it in parking lots and su. more »»

Early Christmas practices in the Midwest

December 21, 2015 When was Christmas first celebrated in Middle America? The American Indians did not celebrate Christmas — there was nothing like it in their traditions of lore. more »»

Editor's column: We’ll miss you, Red

December 19, 2015 How come the chicken gets so much play? Why did the chicken cross the road? Chicken cacciatore. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Chicken Soup for the Soul. Chicken Alfredo. Chicken Parmesa. more »»

A little holiday shopping

December 19, 2015 Normally I don’t mind shopping, whether it’s for clothing, food, books, movies, music or other miscellaneous item. more »»

On the porch …

December 19, 2015 I was around 8 years old when I first saw the original “”Star Wars”” trilogy. My mom had the original trilogy on VHS tapes, and my brother and I watched them frequently. more »»

Your Health How to prevent workout injuries

December 19, 2015 It’s that time of year again when we tend to overindulge on cookies, cakes and calories of all kinds. For many, this typically prompts us to reevaluate our workout regimens. more »»


December 16, 2015 "I wish you a good morning,” is a standard greeting in the A.M. often accompanied by either, “How are you doing today?” or maybe the declarative, “It looks like a great day. more »»

Tall grass — past and present

December 16, 2015 Looking over the prairie today one is hard-pressed to imagine what it looked like during the days of the early pioneers. Thankfully we have O.E. more »»



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