Community Voices

A year in review

United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual celebration and progress report to the community on Thursday, March 23. The event recognized southwest Minnesota volunteers, investors and community partners and highlighted United Way’s 2016 accomplishments. In addition, awards of distinction ...

Community needs assessment, join the conversation

At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. Since our founding in 1844, the Y has listened and responded to the nation’s most critical ...

Fine Arts Celebration

Spring is in the air, and this week marks the beginning of our 11th annual Fine Arts Celebration at Southwest Minnesota State University. It will be an event-filled month featuring vocal and instrumental concerts, theatre productions, readings, and art exhibits to name just a few. The ...

Technology in the classroom

What, if any, impact does technology have in schools? Perhaps that is a question many of us have thought at one time or another, whether or not we work in education. At a recent school board meeting, some of the Marshall Public Schools teachers provided accounts of how they use technology with ...

March is Clean Water and Sanitation Month

March for Rotarians is a time to remember the importance of providing clean water and adequate sanitation services for others less fortunate than us around the world. To effectively promote the gift of clean water and sanitation Rotary International collaborates with the U.S. Agency for ...

A look at membership

It’s spring. A time when everyone seems to have a little extra spring in their step! For me, it is a fun time to take a look at our membership! Heather and I see it every day- how active and vital you are to the community so it is fun to look at the facts and see the information support ...

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 ...