Community Voices

Grasshoppers brought disaster to Lyon County

Part V The Prairie Schooner newspaper then published an estimate of the damage township by township. Then it reported: “Taking the whole county together, we believe there will be from two-thirds to three-fourths as much wheat and oats and seven-eighths as much corn and potatoes as there ...

Roll out the keg one more time at SMSU

As best as Tom Karlson can recall, the idea to roll an empty keg of beer to St. Louis, Mo., was hatched — where else? — at a party. “Back in those days, you’d hear on the radio about fraternities rolling a keg of beer a certain distance. Initially it was 25 miles, then 50, then 100. ...

Get to know your Social Security

Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. We’ve been with you from day one, when your parents applied for your Social Security number, and we are with you from your first job through your retirement party and beyond. For more than 80 years, Social Security has stayed true ...

15 years…$5.9 million local investment

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. In southwest Minnesota, we focus on health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety and well-being. More than 50,000 local people will be served in 2017-18 through United Way of ...

A history of swimming innovation

Swimming and aquatics have long been associated with the YMCA, and 10s of millions of people across the country learned how to swim at the Y. The first reported YMCA swimming bath was built at the Brooklyn Central YMCA in 1885 and by the end of that year 17 Y’s across the country offered ...

SMSU’s 50th year

This week marks the beginning of a major milestone at SMSU as we began our 50th year! It has been a remarkable journey for this institution as it literally rose out of the cornfields and has become the regional educational hub that we know today. In my tenure here at SMSU, countless alumni and ...

The year is about to start

August is the time of the year and summer when my days are filled with more-than-usual tasks, meetings, projects and activities. This month has been no exception. While there are many things happening I’d like to share, I will focus on communications, a few things relevant to the start of the ...

Rotary’s activities

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends and problem-solvers who come together to share ideas, join together to improve the greater good, and take action to create lasting change both in their own communities and throughout the world. his is reflected in the ...

Membership to the ACC

Senior Center Month is celebrating “Your Home Away From Home.” It’s time to reflect on the value the center brings to your life. I often hear participants say, “I don’t know what I’d do if this place wasn’t here.” I hope you have taken time to read the questions: What a MASC ...

Child identity theft: a hidden but real danger

Christian Becker Chances are you shred or secure any paperwork that contains personally identifying information, such as your Social Security number or birth date. But do you do the same for your children? You ought to. The Federal Trade Commission ...

10 handy ways to use Social Security online

District manager Cotton swabs, aluminum foil, and www.socialsecurity.gov; everyday items that are simple, easy to use, and serve multiple purposes. Cotton swabs can keep your ear and computer keyboard spotless. You can use aluminum foil for both baking and preserving food. And what ...

55,000 supplies…

Help thousands of local children get a good start to the school year by donating some new school supplies or hygiene products. Stuff the Bus is coordinated by United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) and benefits all public, private and charter schools in the UWSWMN service area. Collected ...

Farmers market — a healthy option

August is at our doorstep, which means that the Farmers Market is just reaching peak season for our favorite fresh from the farm produce. The market is a wonderful asset in the community, and vendors work all year to prepare their products for the 16-week market season. This past winter the ...

A special day

Summer, summer! As we near August, kids are about to back to their school activities and practices. That means its time for Marshall to celebrate-with Sounds of Summer. It’s the annual special events that culminate the summer, triggering in my mind that SMSU is back in session, school ...

Looking strategically to the future

It is the time of the year when some of us might be asking, “Where did summer go?” I remember when I was a school-age child and student, I was excited in August — after all, football was starting! I had the same excitement when I was teaching and coaching, and I am still very excited ...

Rotarians begin efforts to upgrade Liberty Park

During the upcoming months the Rotary Club of Marshall Sunrise will work with the city of Marshall and the Marshall Fire Department to upgrade playground equipment at Liberty Park. Current play equipment has served its purpose for many years and because Liberty Park continues to be used by many ...

Clothesline Part II

Clothes hanging on the outside lines gave an opportunity for someone to hide between the lines of clothes. More than once, when I went to gather the clothes, the neighbor boy ran out from between the lines to scare me – which happened every time. I also remember that when I was returning to ...

Social Security and Medicare

District manager In July, communities everywhere celebrate our nation's independence with fireworks, family, and friends. A strong community also creates independence as we help each other recognize our full potential. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of ...

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 ...