Community Voices

Social Security’s five top new blog posts

Social Security’s blog is a go-to source for news and resources. That’s why we named it Social Security Matters — it matters to everyone even if you don’t think you directly benefit from Social Security benefits today. The popularity of our blog has grown. We’d like to share some of ...

Talk, read, play, every day

Wild about Reading is being held in 16 different parks throughout southwest Minnesota this summer. The tour has already stopped in Marshall, Fulda, Ivanhoe, Russell, Canby, Balaton and Currie. Upcoming stops include: Cottonwood, Milroy, Marshall, Tyler, Westbrook, Granite Falls, Tracy, Slayton ...

Rotary International celebrates in Atlanta

On June 14-17, over 40,000 Rotarians from around the world gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2017 Rotary International Convention. One of the key points of the conference was to celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s 100th year. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving ...

Happenings in the Marshall Schools

Although school has been out for several weeks and there is still two months of summer vacation left, many things are happening in the Marshall Public School District. I’d like to share a few updates this month. On June 5, the second annual Marshall Public Schools’ Celebration of ...

Summer memories

June — the beginning of a summer for many. When thoughts turn to outdoor activities, blue skies, sunshine and vacations. Our family made our annual vacation trek to Lake Marion near Perham. So many memories of the time spent there. I can see my grandma swimming in the lake — splashing ...

talk, read, play, every day

Wild about Reading is being held in 16 different parks throughout southwest Minnesota this summer. The tour has already stopped in Marshall, Fulda, Ivanhoe, Russell, Canby, Balaton and Currie. Upcoming stops include: Cottonwood, Milroy, Marshall, Tyler, Westbrook, Granite Falls, Tracy, Slayton ...

rotary international celebrates in atlanta

On June 14-17, over 40,000 Rotarians from around the world gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the 2017 Rotary International Convention. One of the key points of the conference was to celebrate the Rotary Foundation’s 100th year. That’s a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving ...

Happenings in the Marshall Schools

Although school has been out for several weeks and there is still two months of summer vacation left, many things are happening in the Marshall Public School District. I’d like to share a few updates this month. On June 5, the second annual Marshall Public Schools’ Celebration of ...

summer memories

June — the beginning of a summer for many. When thoughts turn to outdoor activities, blue skies, sunshine and vacations. Our family made our annual vacation trek to Lake Marion near Perham. So many memories of the time spent there. I can see my grandma swimming in the lake — splashing ...

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes this one so special — at least ...

On the Porch

Garvin lies in the southeast quarter of section 27, Custer township in Lyon County. The railroad track was laid west from Tracy in 1879. In 1882, a side track was laid and was called Siding No. 7. The Aug. 11, 1882 issue of the Marshall newspaper reported: “Lyon County has a new village, ...

Student emergency fund grants

This year marks 14 years of student emergency grant funding made available to schools in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service area. Each spring all private, public and charter schools in our service area are invited to apply for a student emergency grant for the upcoming school year. ...

One Voice

Making a difference within the community is something that many people strive for. For this particular group of individuals within the Marshall community this type of impact is a reality. One Voice, is a group of local professionals who promote senior services. One Voice is a group of ...

Creating a strategic plan for MPS

As I work on this document — even though there are only a few days of school left — there is much to share about what’s happening in the Marshall Public School District. We recently started a process that will lead to the creation of the next strategic plan for the Marshall Public ...

May is Rotary Youth Service Month

Rotary’s Youth Service programs have a long history of developing young leaders, and providing for health and education projects to make the world a better place. These programs make it a priority to create world peace and understanding while exposing youth to the ideals of “Service Above ...

A season of change

You would think I would learn but every spring I am surprised by the shift from the steady winter season into the vitality of summer. It is a slow climb up the mountain followed by the thrilling descent into summer. The transition is drastic and comes in all shapes and sizes. Short, long, ...

Celebrating volunteerism

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. National Volunteer Week is celebrated the week of April 23-29 and serves as an opportunity to recognize ...

Your voice, for a better us

Last month I wrote about an upcoming Community Needs Assessment and the importance of hearing your perspective on the critical needs in the Marshall area. Your input is extremely important and we invite you to take a couple minutes to share your thoughts at http://tinyurl.com/areaneed. This ...

Older Americans Month 2017: Age out loud

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many aging Americans, it is a phase of life where interests, goals and dreams can get a new or second start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits you best. Take Barbara Hillary, for example. A ...

Partnerships are everything

Positive changes are happening in the disABILITY community as there is a federal push for increased focus on competitive wages and community employment. Advance Opportunities is helping employees in the Marshall area find jobs that fit their strengths, abilities and personal goals — but we ...