Community Voices

Here’s A Thought

Have you noticed all the Christmas stars appearing throughout community? They come to us in various sizes and colors. But what do they mean or symbolize to us? Well, from Sacred Scripture, which is God’s Love Letter to members of His Family, the Bethlehem Star was God’s Birth ...

Consider multiple factors when creating retirement plans

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement? Consider the following: Age at ...

Christmas letters

‘Tis the season to send out and receive those beautiful Christmas cards, usually accompanied by a typewritten letter. These ever-popular Christmas letters have received a “bad rap” in the last few years. To quote a reader’s letter to Ann Landers, “Why do normally intelligent folks ...

Is it Medicare or Medicaid

District manager A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter “M.” They’re both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask questions about what Medicare and Medicaid are, ...

Catherine Jones Thomas

Part IV Catherine was also involved with the temperance movement, and she played the role of trying to rehabilitate an alcoholic. It is impossible to tell whether “the cure” she gave to a friend worked for him or not, but in the following quote it appears that she was attempting to help ...

Social Security online puts you in control

District manager Taking control of your future is the first step in planning a long and happy retirement. Social Security is making it faster and easier to do this with my Social Security. With your own personal my Social Security account, you’ll get immediate access to your personal ...

Kind is cool…

Doughnuts for the teachers at school. Helping a colleague prepare for an important meeting. Paying for coffee for customers behind you in line. Dedicating a good karma yoga session to an organization. Writing a kind note to a friend. Smiling at a stranger. Carrying groceries for your neighbor. ...

Many Things are happening at MPS

I recently had a community member ask me to visit about the school district and something they were wondering about. While the conversation initially focused on one topic, it morphed into another topic, and then another, and eventually we had talked about almost a dozen different things ...

Thinking of Christmas

Happy winter! It’s that time of year when we eagerly anticipate the holidays! Then they sneak up on us and before we know it — it’s the middle of January! With Christmas in mind, I was contemplating how it means so much, yet it is so different and a unique experience for the individual. ...

Tis the season for open enrollment and facility construction

It’s that time of the year when people are shopping for 2018 medical insurance. A major topic around the Y is Silver Programs. One provides a free membership to the Y and is offered through various Medicare health or supplemental insurance plans. It doesn’t get much better than a free Y ...

Ask a trooper

Question: Is it legal for local police or State Patrol to make regular traffic stops with an unmarked vehicle (no markings at all) or does the vehicle have to be a certain color or have some kind of markings? Answer: You might be aware of some posts on social media that say, according to ...

Tax time volunteers put the ‘FUN’ in refund

Tax time is coming again! If you would like a time-limited volunteer opportunity, helping people at United Community Action Partnership’s free tax clinic is for you. United Community Action, in partnership with the United Way of Southwest MN and the MN Department of Revenue, the Internal ...

One fact you should know about disability

District manager Disability is something many people aren’t faced with in a direct way. The reality is, a 20-year-old worker currently has a one-in-four chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age. That makes Social Security disability benefits something you should learn ...

Catherine Jones Thomas

Part II At the age when people of our generation are starting to think about retirement Catherine Thomas was still working hard and facing the hardships of pioneer life. Throughout her diary we get a picture of a tired, sick and worn-out woman, but one must search to find mention of why ...

Thirteen fearless things to know about your Social Security number

District manager While many of us look forward to Friday, with its end-of-the-workweek designation and our weekend plans, certain cultures consider it an unlucky day. Some people, suffering from triskaidekaphobia, are truly terrified of the No. 13. Combine the two factors and it’s not ...

‘Quackers’

Local volunteers across southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record earlier this week. The United Way of Southwest Minnesota locally coordinated Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, again this year. One hundred seventy volunteers read “Quackers” at 20 schools, nine libraries, 11 ...

Making an impact

I lost my father to cancer last week. An expected conclusion in his cancer battle but nonetheless a sad and sobering event. I had many months to consider and prepare for this unavoidable event and was well prepared for the sadness but had never considered the positive aspects, which can be ...

A busy month at SMSU

October is one of the busiest months of the year when it comes to students and the college search process. Hundreds of prospective students and their families take advantage of the various college visit opportunities and events that fill the calendar at SMSU. Students have the chance to come ...

National Principal’s Month

Each year, the month of October is designated as National Principal’s Month, and I would like to take a moment to recognize our principals and assistant principals. They include Darci Love and Jim Gagner (Park Side), Jeremy Williams (West Side), Mary Kay Thomas and Jeff Hansen (Middle ...

The holiday season

It’s the holiday season! A time to celebrate. As we all celebrate my mind contemplates how diverse and different he celebrations are throughout the month. Each unique. Each special. This month at the center, we are celebrating the season too! Join us for the following events! Join us as ...