Community Voices

Barns

Part III: Anyone who grew up on a farm is very familiar with this imposing structure, which was really the centerpiece of a farming operation. There was the sight of the barn as I tried to make it out in the darkness of the night or in the blinding snow; there was the smell of the barn that ...

A calculated retirement

District manager Calculating when you should retire requires evaluating all sources of your retirement income. There are many factors to consider, including your personal retirement goals. With multiple factors affecting your decision, sometimes it’s difficult to see the big retirement ...

Small grants, big impact

The United Way of Southwest Minnesota unites people and resources to improve lives and strengthen communities. As part of our grant funding portfolio, UWSWMN sets aside funding each fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to provide small grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in our service area. The ...

Y bits and pieces

With the onset of cooler weather the Y starts to heat up. The first week of October is our annual member appreciation week and will include an Open House for all community members on Wednesday beginning at 5 p.m. All full-time staff will be available through 7 p.m. to discuss membership, ...

Becoming a member

It’s fall! The leaves will soon become an array of brilliant colors. Each leaf uniquely changing and turning color on its own nature’s timeline. Leaves changing is a reminder that it is membership time at the center! Fun time of year, when we’re able to connect and interact with all of ...

The first few weeks of school

The start of each new school year is exciting for many reasons. We get to welcome new and returning staff back to work, we have the opportunity to get students back into the buildings, and there is just a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. When school is out during the summer months, it gives ...

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a service club that started in Chicago back in 1905 by Paul Harris. The motto for Rotary is “Service above Self.” One of Rotary’s biggest accomplishments to date is its Polio Plus Campaign. Last year, less than 100 cases were reported worldwide. Since the first vaccine in 1979 ...

50 years at SMSU

For the last 50 years, many faces have graced the halls of Southwest Minnesota State University. Faces that have brought curiosity, debate, and an overwhelming desire to teach and learn. These faces shaped and defined an institution that today serves not only as an educational hub for southwest ...

Social Security is there for those who served our country

District manager The men and women who served our country in the military can count on Social Security to be there for them throughout their lives. Active duty military members earn credits toward Social Security retirement benefits. Wounded Warriors can receive expedited handling of ...

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Part V The Prairie Schooner newspaper then published an estimate of the damage township by township. Then it reported: “Taking the whole county together, we believe there will be from two-thirds to three-fourths as much wheat and oats and seven-eighths as much corn and potatoes as there ...

Roll out the keg one more time at SMSU

As best as Tom Karlson can recall, the idea to roll an empty keg of beer to St. Louis, Mo., was hatched — where else? — at a party. “Back in those days, you’d hear on the radio about fraternities rolling a keg of beer a certain distance. Initially it was 25 miles, then 50, then 100. ...

Get to know your Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. We’ve been with you from day one, when your parents applied for your Social Security number, and we are with you from your first job through your retirement party and beyond. For more than 80 years, Social Security has stayed true ...

15 years…$5.9 million local investment

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 and well-being. More than 50,000 local people will be served in 2017-18 through United Way of ...

A history of swimming innovation

Swimming and aquatics have long been associated with the YMCA, and 10s of millions of people across the country learned how to swim at the Y. The first reported YMCA swimming bath was built at the Brooklyn Central YMCA in 1885 and by the end of that year 17 Y’s across the country offered ...

SMSU’s 50th year

This week marks the beginning of a major milestone at SMSU as we began our 50th year! It has been a remarkable journey for this institution as it literally rose out of the cornfields and has become the regional educational hub that we know today. In my tenure here at SMSU, countless alumni and ...

The year is about to start

August is the time of the year and summer when my days are filled with more-than-usual tasks, meetings, projects and activities. This month has been no exception. While there are many things happening I’d like to share, I will focus on communications, a few things relevant to the start of the ...

Rotary’s activities

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends and problem-solvers who come together to share ideas, join together to improve the greater good, and take action to create lasting change both in their own communities and throughout the world. his is reflected in the ...

Membership to the ACC

Senior Center Month is celebrating “Your Home Away From Home.” It’s time to reflect on the value the center brings to your life. I often hear participants say, “I don’t know what I’d do if this place wasn’t here.” I hope you have taken time to read the questions: What a MASC ...

Child identity theft: a hidden but real danger

Christian Becker Chances are you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children? You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission ...

10 handy ways to use Social Security online

District manager Cotton swabs, aluminum foil, and www.socialsecurity.gov; everyday items that are simple, easy to use, and serve multiple purposes. Cotton swabs can keep your ear and computer keyboard spotless. You can use aluminum foil for both baking and preserving food. And what ...