Community Voices

Rethinking Kansas and Oz for more than a century

It first glance the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” seems incredibly simple, just the nice wide-eyed Dorothy Gale played by Minnesota’s very own Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm from Grand Rapids) getting carried away to a fantasy land where she bands together with a trusted group of ...

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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, ...

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According to Arthur P. Rose’s 1912 “History of Lyon County,” the first school in Tracy opened in the summer of 1875, and it was conducted in a small frame structure that housed the Presbyterian church. Miss Stella Cleveland was the first teacher and the first pupils were Mary Starr, Fred ...

That’s the $64,000 question

Radio/television quiz shows have been around almost exactly as long as I have. As mentioned in this column before, I have been a long-time follower of “Jeopardy!” and enjoy other quiz shows as well. The first radio quiz show, “Professor Quiz,” appeared in 1936 and ran until about ...

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The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall ...

Where we’ve been,where we’re going

As past Marshall Independent newspaper editor Jim Tate once wrote about Marshall weather, “It takes tough people to live in Southwest Minnesota.”. This past month resulted in the snowiest snowfall on record. Marshall’s seasonal snowfall is at just over 70 inches and currently ranking ...

Be part of the process

On behalf of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) staff and the board of directors, thank you to the many individuals, families, service organizations, clubs, schools, foundations and businesses that contributed to our annual campaign. Your generosity will be invested to impact your ...

School board appreciation

The Minnesota School Boards Association set Feb. 18-22 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Marshall Public Schools joins other school districts across the state to ...

News from the Marshall Area YMCA

Let’s Chat Y volunteers and staff and busy sifting through information that will guide facility and programmatic decisions through the next decade. We are currently planning a number of focus group events. Diversity of perspective is important so I invite you to reach out to me if you would ...

Special events at the Adult Community Center

It is the time of year when the winter blues and cabin fever seem to hit. This year probably has been a bit more of a challenge than recent years. Through the storms the center has only been closed one day. I find it interesting that many have asked why are you open? My reply was instant: I ...

Shining light on lamps, shopping

For at least a couple of months, my bedside table lamp has been rather temperamental. It had an incandescent, three-way bulb (50-100-150) that I liked to have on at 150 for reading. The bulb would flicker and go back to 100 or even 50. I could sometimes tap on the lamp or even on the table ...

Custer – Terry – Kent – Garvin

Part II The devastation brought to the crops by the grasshopper scourges from 1873 to 1876 caused many to return east to find other work or means to feed their families. Some families looked beyond their pride and accepted state welfare. Others did not. The blizzards of 1872-73, 1874-75, ...

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The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall ...

A year to remember the glory days of NASA

It’s hard to top an anniversary of a year like 1968, a year that cast a long shadow in the wake of its Jan. 1 Tet Offensive in Vietnam followed by assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the tumultuous Democratic convention in Chicago, and a heightened level of public protest ...

Will you spend your retirement savings or leave it behind?

A key financial question for retirees is what to do with their hard-earned retirement savings. For example, some investors may find it more fulfilling to provide a college fund for grandchildren rather than purchase a second home for themselves. The opposite can also be true, and that’s OK. ...

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In 1909, 110 years ago, a major snowstorm enveloped the region with blizzard conditions. Two snowstorms struck the region within a couple of weeks at the end of January and the beginning of February 1909. Several photographs, many of which were printed on postcards, were taken in the region to ...

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

Happy New Year! Some of you may think that I am way late in giving you this greeting, but I’m really only about a day or so late. The reason: The New Year I am referring to is the Chinese New Year which is determined not solely by the Earth’s revolution around the sun, but instead has a ...

Democrats’ leftward march

President Donald Trump should send liberals a big fat thank-you note. For each day Americans see how truly radical the Democratic Party has become is a win for the president, who, by contrast, looks like a full-blown moderate. Take Democrats’ extreme swing to the left on women’s ...

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100 years ago, a major snowstorm enveloped the region with blizzard conditions. Several photographs, many of which were printed on postcards, were taken in the region to document the large amount of snow. The museum has several postcards in its collection from the blizzard storm of 1909. The ...