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Marvin Repinski: Circles of our lives

Most of us wear a number of hats (masks?). It doesn’t mean we “change” personalities, but that we are a part of a variety of ... Read more

2 days ago by Marv Repinski.

The Wide Angle: Finding my way in country music

This past Tuesday, country star Hal Ketchum passed away due to complications from dementia. It was a sad end to a long and successful career. ... Read more

2 days ago by Eric Johnson.

Holly Johnson: How Thanksgiving looked in the year 1909

No doubt your Thanksgiving celebration looked a little different this year.  Did you fix a turkey?  How many pies did you bake?  Were there fewer ... Read more

2 days ago by Holly Johnson.

Annie Lane: Brother has become a burden

Dear Annie: I’ve hit a dead end and am not sure what to do. My family has become dysfunctional to the point of my wanting ... Read more

2 days ago by Daily Herald.

Kevin Nelson: Newly funded programs and projects for Parks and Rec

The City received some exciting news this past week. The Hormel Foundation Board approved 2021 funding for several department-related requests. Specifically, those include educational programming ... Read more

2 days ago by Kevin Nelson.

50 states, 50 heroes: Counterattack

Born Jan. 3, 1927, in Portsmouth, Virginia, Richard Thomas Shea Jr. attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute before dropping out in 1944 to enlist in the Army. ... Read more

2 days ago by Mike Stoll.

Peggy Keener: Our turkey day propugnaculum

Thanksgiving will be different this year. Actually it will be unlike any year we’ve ever known. The reason—we will have to protect ourselves by socially ... Read more

5 days ago by Peggy Keener.

Ask A Trooper: What commercial vehicles need

By Troy Christianson Question: If driving a commercial vehicle and stopped, what documents are needed to present to the trooper? Answer: I will list what ... Read more

5 days ago by Daily Herald.

Al Batt: Who carried the straw?

Echoes -from the Loafers’ Club Meeting What’s wrong with you? I superglued my thumb and my forefinger together. Don’t worry, everything will be OK. Driving ... Read more

5 days ago by Al Batt.

Annie Lane: Want to keep working from home

Dear Annie: I am in my mid-20s and fortunate enough to have a job that I’ve been able to do remotely since the outbreak of ... Read more

5 days ago by Daily Herald.

Holly Johnson: Expressing gratitude for what we got

I would love to start this column offering you wishes for a nice Thanksgiving week filled with family, friends, and fun, but the current state ... Read more

1 week ago by Holly Johnson.

Jamey Helgeson: Tell Congress to pass COVID-19 relief now!

It’s been months since Congress last passed pandemic relief legislation and we need action now that includes people with disabilities and those who support them! ... Read more

1 week ago by Jamey Helgeson.

Ask a Trooper: Seat belt is always worth the reminder

By Troy Christianson Question: I have heard a lot about “click it or ticket” recently, I thought seat belt use was at an all-time high? ... Read more

1 week ago by Daily Herald.

50 states, 50 heroes: ‘Red Mike’

Born April 25, 1897, in Rutland, Vermont, Merritt Austin Edson grew up in Chester, Vermont. He joined the National Guard and was a student at ... Read more

1 week ago by Mike Stoll.

The Wide Angle: Feeling just a little better about the world

By nature many would be within their rights to consider me a cynical man. I’m not the worst pessimist you’ll come across, certainly, but I ... Read more

1 week ago by Eric Johnson.

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