Community Voices

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 ...

Books and Beyond

Have you planned your Christmas menus yet? The cookbook I’ve been reading is by Vivian Howard, and the title is “Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from My Corner of the South.” People come to her restaurant Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, N.C. For their family Christmas menu ...

On the Porch

The following excerpt is from a letter by World War I veteran and one time editor of the Marshall Messenger, Wilbur Peterson, to his mother and grandparents. Peterson was born in Marshall in 1898 and died in Nevada in 1988. The photograph featured this week shows Wilbur in uniform in Europe. He ...

The gift and the art of living to be a 100

The historic week of funerals celebrating the life of former President George Bush Sr. (H.W. Bush), who died the week before at age 94, made me think about what it must be like to be blessed with a long life. Bush Sr. was a true leader and statesman who reflected all that’s good about the ...

Ask a trooper

Question: I will be travelling to Minnesota in a few weeks, can I use studded tires in your state? Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169.72, “Every solid rubber tire on a vehicle must have rubber on its entire traction surface at least one inch thick above the edge of the flange ...

ASDF

There are some true treasures of the Christmas season which light up our house with color each year. They can also be raised to bloom throughout the winter months as well-Amaryllis. These are often for sale now and will disappear from the store shelves soon after Christmas has come and gone. If ...

SWCD names Haases Conservationist of the Year

The Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) conservationist of the year for 2018 are Loran and Patricia Haas. The Haases are very active in participating in the Conservation Reservation Program, Conservation Stewardship Program, Environmental Quality Incentive Program, ...

Utility fees explained — surface water management

As part of your monthly utility bill, two charges relate to specific City of Marshall services, the surface water management utility fee and waste water (sewer) utility fee. This month’s article, an explanation of the surface water management fee. The surface water management utility fee ...

Nursery rhymes and other readings

Peas Porridge Hot, Peas Porridge Cold, Peas Porridge in the Pot, Nine Days Old. This nursery rhyme, published back in 1760, came to mind in this food-season of Thanksgiving. Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune spoke with Vanna White at the end of one of their Thanksgiving shows last week ...

A ‘nutty’ time of the year

Enjoying a handful of nuts is a pleasure for most people, and now is a great time of the year to enjoy them. Many stores have big displays of fresh, mixed nuts for the holidays. I remember a special “nut” bowl that my parents had that they used over the holidays, complete with all those ...

Et tu Brute

It’s something he never thought he would say. In William Shakespeare’s play “Julius Caesar,” the Roman dictator Julius Caesar meets his demise when his fellow Roman politicians stab him to death. One of the men putting Caesar to death is his friend, Marcus Brutus and, upon seeing ...

Roads and bridges

Roads and bridges are an area of county government that receive a lot of attention from county commissioners. Requests from the public are always on the agenda for repair, rebuilding and improving of these links to all economic and social arenas. Who determined where these roads and bridges ...

In this season of giving, help a love one with Social Security

District manager During the holiday season, we surround ourselves with family and friends, some of whom may rely on us for a number of reasons. An aging parent might need help clearing snow. A sibling may require help after a surgery. And as we get older, our family members may need help ...

The safety of our students and staff

On a number of occasions, I have shared that I believe school districts have two primary obligations to parents — 1) that students learn and grow and 2) that students are safe at school. We continue to take the safety and security of our students seriously and continue to examine our ...

Try a little kindness

United Ways across the state of Minnesota, celebrated United Acts of Kindness Week, Nov. 12-16. This special week was designated to promote volunteer engagement and to encourage kindness to others statewide. People were encouraged to do at least one United Act of Kindness for another ...

December events

It's December and the holiday season is upon us! So much to do — take time to enjoy the sights the sounds the smells and all the emotions of the holiday season! Winter in Minnesota is a season that usually brings up thoughts of dread or fear. Instead lets focus on the spectacular season in ...