Community Voices

On the Porch

The official organization of Grandview Township took place in August of 1873 at the first town meeting in the home of Jacob Thomas. The village of Grandview was founded in the spring of 1878 and the town site was plotted by the railroad on July 5, 1878. Grandview was the name chosen for the ...

Dealing with increasing robo calls

Ring, ring. Me: “Hello.” Pause on the receiver. Then: “Don’t hang up…” Click. Yep! Another robo call. That “Don’t hang up…” brings my automatic response to do the opposite. I just can’t bring myself to not answer, to not do what so many of my friends do: ...

When everything comes up roses

I began my New Year’s Day for 2019 in the same basic way I begin most new-year holidays, by watching the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. It’s a final chapter for each holiday season. It closes things out in the same fashion that the Macy’s Parade launches hundreds ...

On the Porch

The Star Vaudeville House, which was located on West Main Street in Marshall (where Palmer’s Tattoo Parlor is today) opened its doors in October of 1907. It was the first theater in Marshall with a film projector to show motion pictures. The theater later became the Standard Theater in 1909 ...

Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

This time of year we are reminded of the strength and generosity of our communities. There are many ways to give back to your community. GIVE: One way to support the communities in which we live is by contributing to the 2018-19 United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) Campaign, which ...

A YMCA class in your community

Like individuals and families each fall the Y eagerly awaits open enrollment announcements from the major insurance carriers. Which plans are they keeping? Are there new plans with different qualification criteria? What are the reimbursement rates for the Y? It’s been about 9 years since ...

A preview of 2019 in the MPS District

As the Marshall Public School District transitions into the new calendar year, important work on a variety of different things will continue to take place. The winter break gives us a few days to catch our breath and focus on some of the things that we haven’t quite found time for while also ...

A new adventure at the ACC

The first of the year is upon us! A time to celebrate and look forward with eagerness to what 2019 holds! A time to take on an adventure — not hibernate. The Center is offering wonderful opportunities to go on a new adventure! Wednesday, Jan. 9 @ 4-5 p.m. — Immunity Boost: It’s ...

An early take

It’s played out in a similar fashion over the past several hunts, an early-flushing rooster pheasant rises unexpectedly at the start of a walk, cackling into the air with wings whirring, shocking me into shooting mode. In the slightly warmer days that have passed into the recent history of ...

4 terms to know when buying salmon

The seafood counter can be overwhelming. How do you know if the salmon you’re eyeing was sustainably sourced? Is it better to buy wild caught or farm raised? And which is better for you … and for the ocean? Understanding a few common terms and labels can help you get answers, or at least ...

Year ends on a happy note

Our little blue marble has completed another revolution around our local star, so it’s time to twist sideways in the chair, crane the neck and take a gander at the flotsam bobbing in our wake. As always, there are regrets. For instance, I regret expending all that time and energy thinking ...

Football loyalties torn between several teams

College & University Football games generally start in August and end mostly with Bowl games early in January of the following year, ending earlier for the teams not involved in championship or bowl games. Professional football games extend over a little longer time beginning with ...

Christmas sans lefse

I have celebrated Christmas every year of my life by spreading butter and sugar on lefse, rolling it up and biting into this delicious Norwegian delicacy. It is an important tradition that brings back memories of childhood and the tales about our ancestors who lived in Norway for centuries. The ...

May all your Christmases be white

In 2018 almost everyone in southwest and west central Minnesota wondered whether or not we’d have a white Christmas. Early in December a white Christmas looked like a sure thing. It seemed to be “made in the shade” thanks to a 7-inch snowfall. Then a trend toward milder weather, which ...

Top 10 sites of Social Security

At the end of the year, some of us like to take a tally of our top favorite things, such as movies and songs. At Social Security, we’re no different. Because we care a lot about making our services convenient and easy to access, we care a lot about our online services — from signing up for ...

Trade tensions and your portfolio: What you need to know

A prominent economic story of the past year has been the growing tide of trade disputes across the globe. The U.S is at the center of it – most notably with China – which means investors are often subject to daily headlines debating possible implications for global markets and the economy. ...

On the Porch

The following information is from a story in the Marshall Messenger on Nov. 28, 1946: “Marshall in all probability will have Christmas lighting on its business streets this year despite the brownout caused by the coal strike and cancellation of its evergreen order. Marshall’s ...

Do You Believe in Santa Claus?

Every parent or teacher has wondered at least once what to say to a child about the existence of Santa Claus. Children believe that Santa lives at the North Pole, is married to a Mrs. Claus, and has a contingent of elves who make toys for Christmas. On Christmas night he spans the globe in ...

On the Porch

The Christmas card is often sent as part of the traditional celebration of the holiday season in order to convey between people a range of sentiments related to the holiday season. Over a billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the United States. A leader in the greeting card business, ...

A visit from Santa’s deer?

Deer in the Marshall city limits? I hadn’t realized that Santa had decided to feed his deer on the best corn in the world, the corn right here in the city limits of our hometown. But sure enough, there were eight deer in the field just north of the Marshall Cemetery on the southeast lot ...