Community Voices

Putting cash to work may get more rewarding

Cash has a role to play in a diversified portfolio for long-term investors in any market situation, particularly when interest rates and volatility are on the rise. If you have a portion of your portfolio in cash, or if it’s been awhile since you’ve reviewed your cash position, read ...

On the Porch

The First National Bank of Marshall opened its doors on Sept. 8, 1891. The original capital stock of $50,000 was owned by H.M. Langland, G.W. Pitts, M.W. Harden, R.M. Addison, C.F. Johnson, Olof Pehrson, F.E. Parsons, and Andrew Nelson. These men also served in management of the bank as the ...

Seeing double a sign of the times

Darn it! Here I was all set to write a paragraph or two about the crazy duplicate signs on MN State Hwy 23. Then on Saturday the Marshall Independent not only mentioned it, but also had a picture and had an official word from a MN Dept. of Transportation spokesperson about what was ...

Should breaking news alter your investment strategy?

Our days are filled with alerts and notifications that bring the world right to our fingertips. For investors, it’s natural to consider the investment implications of headlines like trade disputes, political uncertainty and global business decisions. If you follow the news, it’s important ...

On the Porch

The 115th annual Lyon County Fair is Aug. 8-12 at the fairgrounds in Marshall. The Lyon County Fair has free admission and free parking. Some of the events this year include: Merriam’s Midway Show Carnival, rolle bolle, RALCO Enrichment Center, Barnes PRCA Rodeo, IV Play, Hick Town Mafia, ...

How property taxes are calculated and city of Marshall in comparison

By law in Minnesota, the fiscal year of a city and all of its funds must be the calendar year. Thus, for cities, a budget is one year of estimated money coming in, or revenue and expenditures or money going out. Budgeting is basically planning and prioritizing goals for the coming year based ...

That’s a lot of glue sticks

Help thousands of local children get a good start to the school year by donating some new school supplies or hygiene products. In 2017, approximately 4,000 local children (grades K-12) at 26 schools benefited from the more than 62,000 school supplies distributed. That’s a lot of glue sticks! ...

Changes are happening at MPS

I am looking forward to the start of the 2018-2019 school year for quite a few reasons. I am looking forward to the enthusiasm that traditionally comes with the start of a new school year, both from the students and our staff. I am looking forward to new faces, new challenges, and new ...

10,000 reps/24 hours — a full body endurance marathon

Last week I met a rather remarkable young man named Rumen Hulmequist. I first heard of Rumen last spring through a connection with SMSU where he is an exercise science major. At that time I learned that he planned to complete a fitness challenge and was looking for a venue which could meet his ...

Campfire thoughts

August is almost here and perhaps the last true month of multiple hot and humid days! Relief for many. My mind wanders to campfires. A glorious blaze in the darkness of night. It all begins with the building of the campfire to ensure its burning. Carefully squaring logs to put crunched paper ...

Ask a trooper

Question: Yesterday, I saw a guy go by my house on a motorcycle. He had his daughter sitting in front of him while he operated the motorcycle. This girl could not have been more than 7 years old. What is the age for a child to legally ride as a passenger in Minnesota? A second question, is it ...

On the Porch

Florence was founded in 1888 on the northwest quarter of section 20 in Shelburne Township. When the Willmar and Sioux Falls Railroad (branch of the Great Northern) came through the area, it was announced that the station would be named Florence. It was named after the daughter of the founder, ...

Stones

Stones have always been a part of my life. The Rolling Stones, rock and roll, Sly and the Family Stone, Neil Diamond. But some of my relationships with stones have been, well, rocky. As a kid, I was forced to participate in the springtime ritual of picking rocks. I saw this chore as a form of ...

Dealing with all the hot air

While I have known some folks claim they never or only very seldom have a dream, I seem to dream quite a bit. However, I have seldom been able to remember much of what I dreamed except for situations that I will describe a bit later. But the other night I woke about 2 a.m. ending a dream ...

On the Porch

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 ...

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One of Lyon County’s retailers was S & L. In the August 15, 1930 Marshall News Messenger, there is an article about S & L’s move from Main Street to the Knights of Columbus building. The S & L opened in April of 1929 in the former Bee Hive building (where Mariachi is located) ...

Hunting, fishing and foraging

Foraging and gleaning have been part of my spring, summer, and fall pleasures going back to early childhood. Though a city boy, my parents and particularly my father, had strong roots in the country. Family reunions on my father’s side were invariably on one farm or another in the Greenfield, ...

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Summer in southwest Minnesota has a different meaning for everyone, but most people this summer will consume ice cream, which is especially tasty on hot summer days. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice ...

Here’s A Thought

Now Jesus could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And Jesus marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. (Mark 6:5.6) I believe: Help my unbelief! We think about faith as powerful, ...

City of Marshall receives results of 2017 audit

At the most recent City Council meeting, the Marshall City Council received the results of the City’s 2017 Financial Audit. The City received a “clean” audit opinion from the certified public accounting firm of Abdo Eick and Meyers. City councils in cities with a population of 2,500 or ...