Community Voices

Alleys disappearing from residential areas

Whatever happened to alleys? If you grew up in a city, town, or possibly even a village and lived in an area that had alleys, your area was probably developed before 1950. It was about that time that alleys began to disappear from housing developments. An example of the change in Marshall ...

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World War I was one of the bloodiest in history– an estimated eight to 10 million troops were killed, including over 112,000 Americans. Nearly as many civilians died from disease, starvation, and other causes. World War I is known for the use of trench warfare. Trench warfare takes place when ...

Six questions to help you make your open enrollment selections

Each year, employers offer an open enrollment period — a window of time to select your benefits package for the coming year. It’s easy to overlook this opportunity and maintain the status quo, but this could be a costly mistake given the significant role benefits play in your financial ...

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The first bank established in Marshall was the Bank of Marshall. The Bank of Marshall opened its doors in April of 1878. It was founded as a private institution by William S. Dibble, who was the manager, and Jonathan Owen. It was conducted under the firm name of Owen & Dibble until the ...

Positive momentum to build upon

Having completed my first year with the City of Marshall, now is a fitting time to describe the positive changes that have occurred with the support of Council, staff and community members. A year ago there was much community discussion and focus on the City of Marshall’s building ...

Facing a comics page disaster

My habit in the morning is to get the newspaper from behind the screen door them reading the headlines as I walk back to the bedroom where I can get back in bed for a brief time to examine my favorite part of the paper, the comic strips. That habit is broken on Sunday when the Independent is ...

Be first to know: Online COLA notices

District Manager We are constantly expanding our online services to give you freedom and control when doing business with us. Our new online cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) notices are another example of our commitment in this area. Soon, you’ll be the first to know your new benefit ...

Sex trafficking: not in my neighborhood … or is it?

By Elizabeth Bunjer Sex trafficking isn’t something we think of as being a major problem in America, but the truth is that both youth and adults are being exploited and trafficked in our own backyards. Sex trafficking knows no zip code and doesn’t only exist in big cities, like Las ...

An opportunity to provide input

Some communications experts suggest sharing the MOST important information in a written communication at the beginning of that communication. I’ll use that advice now and share that our school district wants and needs community input. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the ...

Maybe something beautiful

Area volunteers participated in Read for the Record earlier this week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota coordinated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, again this year. One hundred seventy-one volunteers read “Maybe Something Beautifu” at 18 schools, eight libraries, 14 child ...

Grow Our Own Summit Is Nov. 8

The Southwest Initiative Foundation will be facilitating a Grow our Own Summit 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event will attract several hundred community leaders from the 18-county SWIF service area. Cost is $20 and lunch is provided. Visit ...

SMSU’s presidential search to begin

As you most of you already know, I have announced my plans to retire on June 30, 2019. It has been a privilege and honor to serve as the president of Southwest Minnesota State University, a position that is among the most fulfilling of my professional career. The Mustang family is a special ...

Reflecting on thankfulness

As October ends and we enter November, the holiday season begins. A time to reflect on thankfulness before jumping into the next holiday. We can choose to focus on what we are thankful for, it can change our daily outlook. There is something to be thankful for in every circumstance, we must ...

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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 ...

Can the markets and economy maintain momentum?

The current bull market, which is nine years in the making, ranks as the longest of all time This persistent upward trend has eclipsed the market climb that spanned most of the 1990s. And, stocks are showing few signs of letting up. Synchronously, the economy has maintained a steady if ...

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Dr. John Banks Robertson was one of several Lyon County residents who served in World War I, either stationed in the United States or fighting in the trenches overseas. When the United States entered the war, Dr. Robertson was one of the first from Lyon County to enlist. He was given the rank ...

No longer a city boy

This past Saturday I discovered that I could no longer consider myself as a city boy – not because I am not young any longer, but because for some time I have lived in a small town. I have gotten used to being able to leave home only about 5 to 10 minutes before I need to be at any location ...

Voting is serious business

If we cheer irrationally for the Vikings to win, nobody gets hurt. If we vote for our side with the same irrational zeal, we could be risking the future of the nation. We tend to forgive the shortcomings of the candidates on our side and vilify any misstep on the other side. But the leader ...

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The photograph featured this week was supposed to be with last week’s column. The photograph is a scan of a cabinet card in the Lyon County Museum’s collection. The people in the photograph are unidentified. The photographer is E.M. Carver of Tracy. Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on ...

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Cabinet cards are photographs mounted on stiff pieces of cardboard. They were introduced in the 1860s and gradually replaced the smaller carte de visite format. The front of the card is often printed or embossed with the photographer’s details, and the back of the cabinet card is often ...