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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 »»

O Christmas tree

December 16, 2015 Perhaps one of the strangest traditions we observe during the Yuletide season — other than using the word “Yuletide” — is the act of installing an indoor Christmas tree. more »»

Old newspaper article depicts rough winter

December 14, 2015 Some time ago I came across the following article taken from a Marshall newspaper (author unknown) that describes the spring of 1881, when Marshall was only nine years old. more »»

Get your retirement soaring

December 14, 2015 Wright Brothers Day, observed on Dec. 17, marks the day in 1903 that two adventurous brothers in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, took to the air for the first time. more »»

Editor's column: A Minnesota sports fan’s X-mas list

December 12, 2015 On Monday, the Independent will publish its annual Nick of Time section that includes area kids’ letters to Mr. Claus. I was late in getting my list, so this column will have to d. more »»

'Yellow Crocus'

December 12, 2015 This coming Wednesday is book club night, and I’m happy to say that I finished the book for this month. Hey, that’s been an accomplishment as of late. more »»

On the porch

December 12, 2015 A few weeks ago, I had an article and photograph of the New Atlantic Hotel. The New Atlantic Hotel was built in 1926, and the grand opening occurred on Jan. 25, 1927. more »»

SMSU grad loved time in the pit

December 12, 2015 SMSU alumnus Garrett Conn credits his exercise science degree for “the experience of a lifetime. more »»

Now is the time to think about your next tax return

December 12, 2015 Your 2015 tax return isn’t due until April of 2016, but now is the time to consider your options for tax plannin. more »»

Check out these end-of-year investment tips

December 11, 2015 Who knows where the time goes? Although 2015 is almost in the books, you can still make some year-end investment and financial moves that may help you get off to a good start in 201. more »»

A ‘nutty’ time of year

December 9, 2015 Enjoying a handful of nuts is a pleasure for most people, and now is a great time of the year to enjoy them. Many stores have big displays of fresh, mixed nuts for the holidays. more »»

Snowflakes and whiskey

December 9, 2015 It was a dark snowy evening when I went outside to shovel the accumulated snow off the sidewalk. As I began to shovel the snow, I noticed how quiet it wa. more »»

Fourth-grade memories

December 9, 2015 There are 29 of us fourth-graders in the old black-and-white photo. I’m the skinny kid with the crooked glasses sitting on the floor at front and center. more »»

Books and beyond

December 8, 2015 Library patron The title “Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon,” by Michael O’Brien, © 2010, tells the potential reader much about the book. more »»

Letters reveal life of Marshall pioneer

December 7, 2015 Part III: Carpenter’s careful enumeration of chores reflects pride in those accomplishments. more »»

Editor's column: Peterson can’t keep me off this bandwagon … will he?

December 5, 2015 I'm writing about Adrian Peterson. Again. I know — let it go, right? I can’t. I won’t. And I’m a total hypocrite. I admit it. more »»



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