Community Voices

Continue the impact

It’s the end of January and each year that signals the end of our campaign. Words cannot express the gratitude and honor it brings us as an organization that so many folks from throughout the area trust us to make an impact in southwest Minnesota with their gift. Without all of you, we would ...

A community partnership

Each November the Y hosts our annual Heritage Club Luncheon which brings together community leaders with past and present YMCA board leadership. It was a wonderful event with Brian Knochenmus providing a keynote addressing the YMCA’s role as a community hub in the areas physical and mental ...

SMSU alum Williams leaves a generous gift

All of us at Southwest Minnesota State University received a wonderful gift this last month when SMSU alum Jim Williams from Clarkfield presented a check on behalf of his late brother Steve’s estate. Steve was a 1974 graduate who had a great sense of pride and appreciation for his time at ...

ACC: More than cards

I find it interesting as I move about town and people greet me, asking what is up at the Center and which card game is it today. That caused me to pause and share with the individuals that we are so much more than cards. I see the activity at the Center every day ... the Center is not the ...

School board and food service

Finalizing which topic or topics I include in my monthly piece (that the Marshall Independent is kind enough to let me write and submit) is not always easy. There is always a lot of things taking place and going on, yet I try to share information that I hope is relevant and that people can ...

A little bit of everything

Some years ago, my stepson was owner, publisher and editor of the Raymond (MN) News and wrote a weekly column using Potpourri in the heading. Today’s “Oh, Fiddlesticks!” column might be described as a bit of potpourri which in this context means: A little bit of ...

Working for WCCO a dream come true for SMSU grad Dave Hillestad

SMSU alumnus Dave Hillestad recently had the honor of directing the final television show for WCCO sports broadcaster Mark Rosen. Hillestad is an Emmy Award-winning producer who has worked at WCCO television since 1997. He graduated from what was then Southwest State University (SSU) in 1996 ...

Village of Florence rich in history

Many villages sprang up along the railroad lines as the rails stretched across the barren prairie, bringing new life and hope for good times and good fortune. Settlers in each of these hamlets were sure that their town was going to grow to be the trading center of the area. But the railroad ...

Extra help with Medicare prescription drug costs

District Manager Paying out of pocket for prescription drugs can be a burden that many households can’t afford. The Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs program was designed to help people in getting the vital medicine they need to live healthy and productive ...

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 News-Messenger ...

Landscapes become whatever we make them

In almost any situation, ecosystems are influenced by the choices humans make when it comes time to decide how they should be managed. Since Jan. 1, I’ve been reminded of that both by two of the magazine articles I’ve read and by several subjects that have been part of the Independent’s ...

A question for retirees — rent or own your second home?

The dream scenario for many retirees is to have a second place to call home. It may be a house or condominium in a warmer climate that allows you to escape the cold winters, a retreat at a lake or resort location where you can spend extended periods of time, or even an apartment in the big city ...

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 ...