Community Voices

Driving cars one song at a time

Come away with me, Lucille In my merry Oldsmobile. Down the road of life we fly Automo-bubbling you and I.” Are the first few lines of a bit of music from back in 1905, just seven or eight years after the first Oldsmobile cars came off the assembly line, making Oldsmobile one of the ...

Homesteading on the Great Plains

Part III Then, the windmill made its debut upon the flat prairie, serving as a symbol of the homesteader’s victory over the trials of prairie living. This stilt-legged tower harnessed the prairie wind and transformed it into an energy source that could pump the water from deep wells to the ...

Aphorisms that helped guide my life

Though neither of my parents had been able to finish high school because of having to work to help support their families, they nevertheless seemed to have acquired lots of aphorisms that helped guide my siblings and me in our development. My favorite definition of an aphorism is that it is a ...

City to undertake long-term financial planning

Recently the Marshall City Council directed that a debt management study and long-term finance plan be completed by staff with assistance from the Certified Public Accounting auditing firm of Abdo Eick and Meyers. The planning process will include the evaluation of the City’s Capital ...

Homesteading on the Great Plains

Part II Due to the lack of trees on the prairie, most of the first dwellings were built of sod. The only trees that grew in this area were along the riverbanks and the lake shores. There is a fine example of a log cabin at the Lyon County Museum, which was built in 1872 by Peter Flume who ...

Get involved, change lives, Live United

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. In 2017, our organization received the direct benefit of more than 425 unique volunteers contributing 2,600 ...

June, July and August

My father would always share his humorous Top 3 list regarding the benefits of the teaching profession — June, July and August. These months mean free time for children but we often forget that summer can be a difficult time for parents in our community. Young children suddenly need ...

A few updates

By the time you read this, there will only be a few short weeks of school left. The school year seems to go flying by faster each year. As we continue planning for the start of the 2018-2019 school year, there are a few things I want to provide a brief update on. What the state ...

Service above self

Rotary, what an incredible organization of over 1.2 million men and women from all over the world joining together to make a real difference by providing “Service Above Self.” Did you know that Rotary is credited with almost entirely eradicating polio worldwide? Last year only eight cases ...

Introduction to Education

Education is important to the future of our region and our country. Schools across Minnesota are seeing a growing demand for new teachers. To meet that need, SMSU is taking a lead in getting high school juniors and seniors interested in teaching careers. Next fall, a new concurrent enrollment ...

Helpful facts about disability benefits

District manager When the unexpected happens and you can no longer work due to a serious medical condition, Social Security is there with a lifeline to help you and your family. Most American workers contribute to Social Security through federal payroll taxes and benefit through monthly ...

Following Connie Mack’s code of Conduct

Dallas, Carroll, Kim, Jan, Adrian, Jordan, Angel, Brook, and many more names have been used for both boys and girls. Dallas (a woman) and Carroll (a man) were a married couple with whom I played tournament bridge about45 years ago. Spelling and pronunciation may also be confusing. For ...

Autos changed the way we did business

The following was written by S.E. “Stu” MacDonald, who owned and operated along with his wife, Dorothy, Stu’s Drive-In during the summers of 1949 to 1961. This was a popular place for young people from all over southwest Minnesota to meet their friends and “show off” their cars. Food ...

More balance needed on editorial page

In his March 24-25 editorial “Providing different perspectives,” Independent Publisher Gregory Orear writes, “Newspapers do not exist to be a government-sanctioned propaganda producer. Public relations firms churn out well crafted, specifically themed content designed to invoke feelings ...

Downsizing and gardening

Downsizing started several years ago. One big step was to sell the single family house that necessitated getting rid of some furniture and lots of miscellaneous treasures that I will admit I haven’t really missed lately, but at the time caused some consternation. Unfortunately, our condo ...

Life at the turn of the century

Part I The following account was written by Roe Wetherbee in January of 1970 (requested by Mr. Luttmers, principal of the Marshall East Side Elementary School) in his own handwriting on the back of several sheets of a big calendar. Wetherbee owned and operated a hardware store on the corner of ...

United Way has annual celebration

United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual celebration and progress report to the community on Tuesday, March 20 at the Marshall Golf Club. The event recognized SW MN volunteers, investors and community partners and highlighted United Way’s 2017 accomplishments. In addition, awards of ...

Healthy Kids Day and Camp Rally Night

On Saturday, April 21, the YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long. The annual Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families is an opportunity to ignite children’s ...

Preparing for success

Spring is trying its best to arrive, and that means it is time for our students to finalize their summer employment plans or ramp up the job search process in anticipation of graduation in a few weeks. It is hard to believe that there are just four more weeks of classes before our students ...

School safety update

As many of you are aware, there has been a great deal of media attention regarding school safety. It saddens me that this much attention is given to various threats, situations and school shootings across the nation. But, as someone tasked with the safety of our students, staff, and visitors to ...