Community Voices

A kitchen mishap

Last week I had a bit of a tragedy at home. For many years we have made lots of homemade jelly, primarily wild raspberry and wild grape, but at times it has included choke cherry, crabapple, domestic red raspberry and domestic grapes of various kinds. The general process is to secure the ...

Time of complete greatness never existed

By Anita Gaul I was pleased to see a response to the question I posed in the Aug. 24 issue of the Independent. It is important for citizens of a democracy to engage in constructive, civilized debates of the important issues facing our nation. That said, it is also important for our debates ...

On the Porch

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. It gives a great account of the changes in business in Lyon County in its first 100 years. The past 100 years in business in Lyon County has seen many ...

Reaching the tipping point on tips?

Lately it seems that I have been eating more meals away from home than I ever had before. That means that I have also been spending a little more overall on a non-edible item: Tipping. Years ago, I thought the going rate was about 10 percent, but that seemed to give way to 15 percent and now ...

Fire up for dove season

With the turn of the calendar page to September 1, we’re officially at the start of hunting season as the regular mourning dove opener occurs at first light. Knowing where to go, how to target these birds and what tactics that pay off in the field will help make the start to fall a very ...

Julia J. Johnson shared the pioneers days of her parents

Part V My sister Lena was now confirmed and she wanted to come to Marshall and work to. And Mother thought I better come home and help her with the work. So I told my sister if she would stay home I would give her half of my pay, but when Mother heard that she would try and get along ...

Beat procrastination by changing direct deposit

District manager Sept. 6 is National Fight Procrastination Day. With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of constantly postponing some tasks because of other things we need to address right now. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for ...

One of the three ‘R’s

Recycling is only one of the “R’s” that we should be paying attention to. Reducing the amount of things you purchase that will get thrown away can be difficult but after some practice, it can be done. Reducing the use of plastic bags at the store can be done in small steps. You can bring ...

On the Porch

The Taunton school district purchased land from the Winona & St. Peter Railroad Company for a school. The elementary school began in 1889. A four room school house was built in 1906 at a cost of $7,000. The building was located on block 13 of Main and 4th Street. A high school began in July ...

Local investments, BIG return

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety & well-being. United Way of Southwest Minnesota initiatives, community partner programs and ...

YMCA short takes

The YMCA will host our Annual Team Up, Clean Up event from Aug. 27 through Labor Day. During this time the facility is closed to the public as staff and community volunteers tackle a number of projects. Large projects will include refinishing wood floors, the transition to new cardio equipment, ...

School safety

A majority of the preparations for the 2018-2019 school year are complete, and school will soon be starting for over 2,500 students in the Marshall Public School District. School safety has been a major focus over the summer months, and we will maintain this focus during the school year as ...

National Senior Center Month

National Senior Center Month is celebrated every year in September. A center is a hub for those who age — creating a momentum to age well in our community. The theme this year is “Building Momentum” Because research shows connecting older adult with other and making friends matter. That ...

Constitution Day

Often missed on busy calendars, Constitution Day usually passes without a lot of thought or fanfare. But this Sept. 17, I want to encourage everyone to use the occasion to recommit to discussion across differences — something that was critical at our nation’s founding and in the centuries ...

5 common Social Security questions answered

There’s no question that Social Security is a cornerstone of retirement income for many Americans. Yet, deciding when to take Social Security benefits is something that many people struggle with. As with most financial decisions, the right move depends on a variety of factors unique to each ...

On the Porch

On March 29, 1950, the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shop opened in Marshall, located at Fifth and Main Streets (where Midwest Cleaners is today). In the May 16, 1950, Marshall Messenger, the Maid-Rite shop is featured with the opening quote, “I’d like a Maid-Rite sandwich with everything — pickles, ...

Taking nostalgic trip to D.C.

Flying in to Washington, D.C. to the Ronald Reagan National Airport allows a great view that never fails to bring a great patriotic feeling to me. If you can arrange to sit on the left side of the airplane at a window seat, the planes usually land flying west to east across the southern part ...

On the Porch

Governor (William) Marshall appointed a few county officers and vested them with power to begin county government. It was proposed to organize in December 1869, but owing to the absence of two of the county commissioners it had to be postponed, and the machinery of county government was not set ...

Putting cash to work may get more rewarding

Cash has a role to play in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors in any market situation, particularly when interest rates and volatility are on the rise. If you have a portion of your portfolio in cash, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed your cash position, read ...

On the Porch

The First National Bank of Marshall opened its doors on Sept. 8, 1891. The original capital stock of $50,000 was owned by H.M. Langland, G.W. Pitts, M.W. Harden, R.M. Addison, C.F. Johnson, Olof Pehrson, F.E. Parsons, and Andrew Nelson. These men also served in management of the bank as the ...