There’s a metaphor for those who make our lives better by working through all seasons to keep “the trains running on time.” But in our community, in these frigid days, there literally are dozens of Marshall countians who keep those Union Pacific engines rolling through town loaded with goods, connecting shippers and customers throughout the Midwest.

The same can be said for local farmers who simply do what they need to do to feed livestock and tend to arriving calves or ailing animals come drizzle, sleet, gale or blizzard. There are the truckers who take to the wintry roads to haul local grain, livestock and manufactured products to regional markets, processing facilities and distant shores for shipping overseas.