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The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall ...

On the Porch

One of Lyon County’s retailers was S & L. In the August 15, 1930 Marshall News Messenger, there is an article about S & L’s move from Main Street to the Knights of Columbus building. The S & L opened in April of 1929 in the former Bee Hive building (where Mariachi is located) ...

Hunting, fishing and foraging

Foraging and gleaning have been part of my spring, summer, and fall pleasures going back to early childhood. Though a city boy, my parents and particularly my father, had strong roots in the country. Family reunions on my father’s side were invariably on one farm or another in the Greenfield, ...

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Summer in southwest Minnesota has a different meaning for everyone, but most people this summer will consume ice cream, which is especially tasty on hot summer days. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice ...

Here’s A Thought

Now Jesus could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And Jesus marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:5.6) I believe: Help my unbelief! We think about faith as powerful, ...

City of Marshall receives results of 2017 audit

At the most recent City Council meeting, the Marshall City Council received the results of the City’s 2017 Financial Audit. The City received a “clean” audit opinion from the certified public accounting firm of Abdo Eick and Meyers. City councils in cities with a population of 2,500 or ...

On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall ...

Four innovative ways to boost the impact of your charitable giving

If philanthropy is part of your financial strategy, you may want to think outside of the box and look for methods of giving that go beyond traditional monetary donations. Recent changes in the tax landscape may also be a reason to take another look at how you give financially. The following are ...

What to do with calendars?

It started about a month ago. We received our first new calendar in the mail along with several other items that were neither personal nor of any great interest. Within a few days we got a second new calendar and a few days after that, another new calendar and now yet another. Most of the ...

Looking back at the 33 years of the SMSU Golf Classic

The late Sherri Martel was in town for the SMSU Celebrity Golf Tournament back in 1988, and the then-WWF women’s heavyweight wrestling champion didn’t want her dogs to stay in the hotel alone. “She couldn’t have been more than 150 pounds,” said David Drown, one of the founders of the ...

On The Porch

June 14 was the commemoration of Flag Day in the United States. The adoption of the flag of the United States was on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. Since 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on ...

Read report on Sheriff Telkamp

I strongly urge citizens to read the investigative report on Sheriff Steve Telkamp which is available at the Murray County Court Building. And if you are able, also view the three videos before you make any decisions on whom to vote for. It is your right to vote for whomever you think is the ...

Answering questions on Sheriff Telkamp

As a dispatcher, currently employed with the Murray County Sheriff’s Office under the supervision of Sheriff (Steve) Telkamp for the past 15 years, I can honestly answer these questions. 1. Who is a fair and honest person? In this day and age, to find a leader with the trustworthiness and ...

Jean Replinger: Amazing woman

Jean Replinger was outside the Women’s Center at Southwest Minnesota State University, chatting with President Connie J. Gores and some friends. She was there for the presentation of her Women Who Dared Award to SMSU. The award is a national recognition that goes someone who has taken risks ...

Concerned about health care expenses in retirement? How HSAs can help

Healthcare costs are a significant concern for many Americans, particularly for those approaching retirement. One increasingly popular way to manage medical expenses is to save into a Health Savings Account (HSA). If you have access to an HSA, read on for details on how you may use it to ...

On the Porch

“O.G. Anderson & Company will soon begin operations on their proposed building on the corner of Jefferson and Second. This is to be a brick building two stories with basement sizes about 40 x 100. The second story will be fitted for an opera house and will be one of the largest in this ...

Fly the flag and toys from long ago

It is time for a reminder about one of our country’s special days to fly the flag of the United States. June 14 this year marks the 241st anniversary of the resolution of the Second Continental Congress adopting the flag in 1777. It also is the 243rd anniversary of Congress’ adoption ...

Books and Beyond

I read Terri Kirby Erickson’s poem “Fund Drive” in a recent Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry. That’s what made me get her book of poems “Becoming the Blue Heron,” c 2017 Press 53, Winston-Salem. It interested me, too, that the author is from North Carolina. I wanted to do some ...

On The Porch

The photograph this week features a bowl that is in museum’s collection. This early 20th Century bowl from Blanchette’s store in Marshall was a premium that was given to customers who traded in that store. Giving premiums or promotional items as they are also called, was a common practice ...

What is tax increment financing?

Tax Increment Financing (TIF) is one of the few public finance tools available to cities in the State of Minnesota. The use of TIF has been governed by State Law since the late 1970s. The City of Marshall has used TIF as an economic development tool for several decades. What is TIF? TIF ...