Community Voices

Make an impact — be a lifeguard

Swimming, boating and fishing are staples of life in our Land of 10,000 Lakes, but with all the fun comes the realization the drowning is one of the leading causes of death to children in the United States. Teaching children how to be safe around water is not a luxury; it is a necessity. The ...

What’s the big deal about technology in schools?

I recently overheard one of my superintendent colleagues say, “We need to leverage technology to improve teaching and learning for the 21st century learner.” When I heard that statement, I was getting ready to run a meeting and did not pay much attention to it. However, after the meeting, I ...

Making a difference

The Sunrise Rotary Club recently finished its annual Food for Kidz packaging event. What an incredible display of local groups and students coming together to achieve amazing results. The Sunrise Club, in conjunction with over 600 middle school kids, 20 Marshall High School Honor Society ...

Marshall ACC is ‘your center’

So often we receive phone calls that we may or may not answer, which to some, may be confusing. The Center is the hub and host site to the LSS dinning program and receives guidance from the Adult Community Center Commission and valuable input from Marshall Area Senior Citizens, Inc. Below is a ...

Old Phil, veteran barber

Part I Southwest Minnesota has experienced racial diversity over the past few years as food processing plants and other industry provided jobs for new immigrants from Somalia, Mexico, Central America, India and China. Besides Native American Indians that called southwest Minnesota home for ...

Reaching retirement age? Here’s what you need to know

District manager Every birthday deserves celebration, but some seem a little more special than others. Think of a baby’s first birthday. Sweet 16. The “Big 4-0.” Then, before you know it, along comes 65. This last milestone is especially important to retirees. For nearly half a ...

Easily access your Social Security benefit statement

District manager Social Security puts you in control of your finances and future. We have made requesting or replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement is also known as the SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you have the ability to download it anytime and ...

United Way mythbusters, you asked, we busted

Part Two: This column is the second in a two part series dedicated to busting the myths sometimes associated with United Way. I busted five common myths last month and I’ll address another five below. If you missed part one, please visit www.UnitedWaySWMN.org for details. Myth #6: United ...

2017 in review

We are now officially over one-half of the way through the 2017-2018 school year. As I look back on the first half of the year, there are several celebrations and opportunities for good news. Here are four of the (many) positive happenings that took place in 2017 in our district and in ...

Community is our cause

January is both a time of renewal and reflection for the Y. We look forward to 2018 and the arrival of creative new programming, exciting collaboration opportunities and the completion of infrastructure updates. This transition also provides an opportunity to take a look back and assess our ...

Sustaining SMSU

SMSU was very fortunate this month to host the Senate Capital Investment Committee as part of their statewide tour of proposed bonding projects. Committee Chairman, Sen. Dave Senjem, along with Sen. Gary Dahms and many of the other committee members spent time on campus to learn more about our ...

What the ACC has to offer

The dust has settled, the holidays are behind us, and we are officially in full swing of the year 2018. February is the month in which we celebrate love. Love is such a powerful word as it provokes a variety of emotions. Professionally….my mind shifts to knowing that I have the incredible ...

Transition goals for 2018 for city administrator

Expectations for the position of city administrator as communicated by the mayor and city council and following two months on the job have led me to develop some early transition goals for the position and the city of Marshall. The following is a list of transitional goals identified for the ...

Bandits are part of area history

Part I “Bandits Get $4,500 in Raid This Morning,” read one of the headlines of the Marshall News Messenger newspaper on Jan. 3, 1933. “Three gunmen, who spread roofing nails on the highway to prevent pursuit, escaped amid a fusillade of bullets after they held up and robbed the new ...

Rosie the Riveter: Working women’s icon

District manager “Rosie the Riveter” is an American icon representing women working in factories during World War II. These women learned new jobs and filled in for the men who were away at war. They produced much of the armaments and ammunition to supply the war effort. They also ...

4 questions to ask yourself as you plan for retirement

District manager Deciding when to start receiving your retirement benefits from Social Security is a decision that only you can make, and you should make that decision with as much information as possible. There are a lot of important questions to answer. Should you claim benefits ...

The upland slam

Despite the headwinds on the prairie due to lower numbers of upland birds resulting from habitat loss and drought, this season marked a monumental first for me. By combining a September trip to the pine-and-popple forests of northeastern Minnesota, along with weekly adventures between the ...

Childhood Christmas memories

Part II Next morning the Christmas feast was prepared and served at noon, following the 11 a.m. church service. This was when Mama let out all the stops as the table was heaped with lutefisk, mashed potatoes, sil, melted butter, home-canned corn (from our field to the north), bread kringle, ...

My Social Security features in the new year

District manager The year 2018 is here! It’s the New Year. There’s no better time to tell you about the new features we have in my Social Security. They not only save you time, but also put you in control of your retirement future. There are a growing number of states (and the ...

United Way mythbusters, you asked, we busted

Part one: This column will be the first in a two-part series dedicated to busting the myths sometimes associated with United Way. I’ll bust five common myths this month and another five in January. Myth #1: United Way of Southwest Minnesota supports PETA. Answer: Incorrect. FACT: The ...