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Monson Lake and Sibley

September 10, 2016 On Labor Day, Ross and I visited not one, but two state parks. more »»

Medical musings and other thoughts at the state fair

September 10, 2016 Last week I enjoyed a few days at the Minnesota State Fair. more »»

On the Porch…

September 10, 2016 The passage below about 100 years of business in Lyon County was written by Bob McVenes for the Lyon County Centennial book published in 1970. more »»

Make the most of gifts to grandchildren

September 9, 2016 Did you know that National Grandparents Day is less than a week away? While this “Day” is not as widely known as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key... more »»

Flying high …

September 7, 2016 Trying to learn something from what is in the newspapers is not easy. more »»

An apple a day

September 7, 2016 The apple orchards are opening and now is the season for cooking and baking with tasty, fresh apples. The apple tree at my house was doing great until it succumbed to the beaver one fateful night. more »»


September 7, 2016 A number of things happened recently to remind me that life is filled with magnificence. However, there is a “catch”... more »»

Muscling silage

September 7, 2016 Somewhere in the dusty archives of family photos there’s a black-and-white picture of me (the entire world was monochrome back then) watching a young man rake silage out of a wooden forage wago. more »»

Books and beyond

September 5, 2016 Library patron The poet Barbara Crooker grew up in New York and now lives in southeastern Pennsylvania. more »»

School vs. sports. The winner is clear

September 3, 2016 I watched my daughter’s first volleyball match as a freshman Tuesday. more »»

Itasca State Park

September 3, 2016 I was really looking forward to going to Itasca State Park this past weekend. Ross and I were going to a wedding, and the couple chose the park as the venu. more »»

On the porch

September 3, 2016 During the time of World War II, Marshall had two proprietary hospitals (owned by physicians). There was Dr. more »»

SMSU’s Weis to compete in Deaflympics

September 3, 2016 SMSU track and field athlete Alex Weis will represent the United States at the Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey, July 18-30, 2017. Weis, a Luverne native, is a senior at SMSU. more »»

No room for complaining after you see this little guy

September 3, 2016 MARSHALL — Curiosity almost killed another cat recently. more »»

How to get smart about the stock market

September 3, 2016 The stock market can have big implications on world events and your own finances, but many investors find it overly complex and cumbersome. more »»

Investors can learn much from workers

September 2, 2016 Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. more »»

Better-for-you after-school snacks and benefits

August 31, 2016 We have all been there — we get home from a day of work and the first thing we think of is “What can I snack on before it’s time for dinner?” Like many adults, kids may be having the same thought... more »»

The art of patience — Part 2

August 31, 2016 Do you remember that last week you (the vintner — wine maker) were in the process of making a good bottle of wine? You had found your perfect location with spot-on terroir (climate, soil and... more »»

Wing Fest

August 31, 2016 Many years ago, when I first heard the term “buffalo wings,” my initial reaction was, “What? Buffalo can’t fly!” My second thought was, “But if they could, just think of the mess they would leave on... more »»

Don’t get schooled — be prepared

August 29, 2016 Your summer job has ended, so there’s no better time than now to start planning for retirement. You can easily be ahead of the game and secure your future with a few simple steps. more »»



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