Community Voices

Celebrating volunteerism

United Way recognizes that engaging volunteers is essential to accomplishing our mission to unite people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities in southwest Minnesota. National Volunteer Week is celebrated the week of April 23-29 and serves as an opportunity to recognize ...

Your voice, for a better us

Last month I wrote about an upcoming Community Needs Assessment and the importance of hearing your perspective on the critical needs in the Marshall area. Your input is extremely important and we invite you to take a couple minutes to share your thoughts at http://tinyurl.com/areaneed. This ...

Older Americans Month 2017: Age out loud

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A ...

Partnerships are everything

Positive changes are happening in the disABILITY community as there is a federal push for increased focus on competitive wages and community employment. Advance Opportunities is helping employees in the Marshall area find jobs that fit their strengths, abilities and personal goals — but we ...

Strategic planning input session

Strategic plans in business, industry, and public entities (such as schools) are increasingly important for many reasons. Strategic plans provide direction, goals and measurable outcomes to determine progress. Strategic plans guide daily decisions and policies. And, strategic plans define ...

Rotary connection leads to the experience of a lifetime

This past January, the Rotary Club of Marshall Noon hosted Rotarian Mark Siemonsma, director of Planned Giving at Hope Haven International. In addition to telling us about his work, he offered an opportunity to travel to Vietnam on a mission/sightseeing trip. Hope Haven is based in Rock ...

End of the year

It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of another academic year at SMSU. Next weekend we will celebrate the close of our 49th year, culminating with commencement exercises on May 6. We will gather to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and wish them well as they embark on ...

A year in review

United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual celebration and progress report to the community on Thursday, March 23. The event recognized southwest Minnesota volunteers, investors and community partners and highlighted United Way’s 2016 accomplishments. In addition, awards of distinction ...

Community needs assessment, join the conversation

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Since our founding in 1844, the Y has listened and responded to the nation’s most critical ...

Fine Arts Celebration

Spring is in the air, and this week marks the beginning of our 11th annual Fine Arts Celebration at Southwest Minnesota State University. It will be an event-filled month featuring vocal and instrumental concerts, theatre productions, readings, and art exhibits to name just a few. The ...

Technology in the classroom

What, if any, impact does technology have in schools? Perhaps that is a question many of us have thought at one time or another, whether or not we work in education. At a recent school board meeting, some of the Marshall Public Schools teachers provided accounts of how they use technology with ...

March is Clean Water and Sanitation Month

March for Rotarians is a time to remember the importance of providing clean water and adequate sanitation services for others less fortunate than us around the world. To effectively promote the gift of clean water and sanitation Rotary International collaborates with the U.S. Agency for ...

A look at membership

It’s spring. A time when everyone seems to have a little extra spring in their step! For me, it is a fun time to take a look at our membership! Heather and I see it every day- how active and vital you are to the community so it is fun to look at the facts and see the information support ...

Community impact grant review panelists needed

An important part of United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s work is the annual review of local not-for-profit programs that seek affiliation and grant funding from United Way. It’s an exciting process to be a part of…affecting change in our community both now and into the future. Volunteers ...

Serving our communities — Y’s in Minnesota

I recently spent a day at the state Capitol with my YMCA peers from across the state. We shared legislative priorities that nurture the potential of youth through childcare, afterschool programs, and summer camps. We demonstrated leadership in the field of healthy living, through programs like ...

Career Services

This time of year marks the midpoint of the spring semester and for many students, the finish line for completing that college degree is in sight. Graduation is just around the corner and securing the first job out of college becomes a top priority. The Career Services department at SMSU plays ...

Recognizing board members and bus drivers

Important work happens each day and in many different places in the school district. Every person who works with/around and who interacts with students is an important person in our school district. I would like to share a bit of information about the significant work that school board members ...

The global effort to end polio

Feb. 23 marked the 122th anniversary of the founding of Rotary. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on Feb. 23, 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, ...

Activities for March

Spring is almost here! Then again the next moment we could be in an all out heavy wet snowfall. The ACC has some special events planned for you. On March 13, Doug Ohmann will be here to present on country churches and share Irish stories. Fun event in which Doug shares information through ...

Local people, regional impact

We are currently winding down the annual local United Way campaign, which runs through Jan. 31. Funds raised will support local programming and people in 2017-2018. No gifts are too small to make a difference in making the goal and, more importantly, making a difference. United Way fights for ...