Community Voices

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 ...

The Y’s role in economic development

I recently attended the town hall meeting with Senator Gary Dahms and Representative Chris Swedzinski and one of the discussions delved into our local workforce and attracting qualified staff to fill the many open positions in southwest Minnesota. During this conversation the YMCA was ...

A busy month at SMSU

This month marks a big month at SMSU as we kick off several scholarship initiatives across the campus. Scholarships of all types play an important role in keeping an SMSU education affordable and accessible for our students. Our scholarship programs provide enhanced opportunities for students ...

Special election coming up

The midpoint of the 2016-2017 school year has passed, and our focus over the next four plus months will involve many different things, including the important tasks of putting together next year’s budget and providing information about an upcoming Facilities Referendum on April 18. I would ...

It’s Rotary Awareness Month

Rotarians each January focus our efforts toward informing our communities about our important activities benefiting people locally and around the world. We get our message out in several ways: our monthly Community Voices article outlines functions of Rotary clubs along with weekly club meeting ...

Activities at the ACC

Hard to believe a month in 2017 has already passed. January saw over 90 people attending the mini-gold classes with a theme of WWII. It causes one to stop and reflect on Living Life at the Adult Community Center. With our programming focuses on: • special events • connecting • ...

Get connected to your community in 2017

Make volunteering a reality in 2017. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota has made it easier than ever to find opportunities and connect people directly with a variety of programs, schools and organizations that need help across the region. United Way recognizes that engaging volunteers is ...

Farmers Market — looking to the future

The Farmers Market is a wonderful place to bring your family! The Farmers Market allows you to provide your family with wholesome, healthy food while supporting small farmers in our community. It is an especially great place to bring children. Kids are able to connect directly to the food they ...

The World’s Best Workforce Plan

As you may or may not be aware, school districts create and follow a variety of different plans that provide direction for our efforts. One of these plans that has become increasingly important is the World’s Best Workforce Plan. I would like to share information and a few updates about this ...

Making a difference

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. There are 1.2 million men and women from more than 200 countries who make up this service organization. Here in Marshall, there are ...

A new year at the ACC

Welcome 2017! Some may be setting goals or New Year’s resolutions. Others may choose not to, and I’m with them. One thing I would challenge all to consider: giving 15 to 30 minutes a month to visit someone close to you in a face-to-face visit. Not much time, but will impact your life ...

Investing in the United Way

On behalf of the United Way team and 23-member local board of directors, we extend wishes of a warm and happy Thanksgiving. There is much to be thankful for in this area even in the current time of uncertainty and challenge. My job allows me to see donations of time and resources to the United ...

Who we are

The Marshall Sunrise and Noon Rotary clubs are grateful to share our Rotary story about who we are and what we do both within our community and worldwide. Our first entry comes at an important time for Rotarians around the world because November has been dedicated to the support of our ...

Being thankful

The holiday season is here in full swing and it's a wonderful time to stop for a moment and be thankful for all that we have. Too often we get caught up in the day to day hustle and activity of our busy schedules and lives. There is an abundance of good happening around us that we should stop, ...