Community Voices

Following Connie Mack’s code of Conduct

Dallas, Carroll, Kim, Jan, Adrian, Jordan, Angel, Brook, and many more names have been used for both boys and girls. Dallas (a woman) and Carroll (a man) were a married couple with whom I played tournament bridge about45 years ago. Spelling and pronunciation may also be confusing. For ...

Autos changed the way we did business

The following was written by S.E. “Stu” MacDonald, who owned and operated along with his wife, Dorothy, Stu’s Drive-In during the summers of 1949 to 1961. This was a popular place for young people from all over southwest Minnesota to meet their friends and “show off” their cars. Food ...

More balance needed on editorial page

In his March 24-25 editorial “Providing different perspectives,” Independent Publisher Gregory Orear writes, “Newspapers do not exist to be a government-sanctioned propaganda producer. Public relations firms churn out well crafted, specifically themed content designed to invoke feelings ...

Downsizing and gardening

Downsizing started several years ago. One big step was to sell the single family house that necessitated getting rid of some furniture and lots of miscellaneous treasures that I will admit I haven’t really missed lately, but at the time caused some consternation. Unfortunately, our condo ...

Life at the turn of the century

Part I The following account was written by Roe Wetherbee in January of 1970 (requested by Mr. Luttmers, principal of the Marshall East Side Elementary School) in his own handwriting on the back of several sheets of a big calendar. Wetherbee owned and operated a hardware store on the corner of ...

United Way has annual celebration

United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual celebration and progress report to the community on Tuesday, March 20 at the Marshall Golf Club. The event recognized SW MN volunteers, investors and community partners and highlighted United Way’s 2017 accomplishments. In addition, awards of ...

Healthy Kids Day and Camp Rally Night

On Saturday, April 21, the YMCA is holding a free community event to inspire kids to stay active and keep learning all summer long. The annual Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families is an opportunity to ignite children’s ...

Preparing for success

Spring is trying its best to arrive, and that means it is time for our students to finalize their summer employment plans or ramp up the job search process in anticipation of graduation in a few weeks. It is hard to believe that there are just four more weeks of classes before our students ...

School safety update

As many of you are aware, there has been a great deal of media attention regarding school safety. It saddens me that this much attention is given to various threats, situations and school shootings across the nation. But, as someone tasked with the safety of our students, staff, and visitors to ...

Spring at the ACC

There’s nothing quite like spotting the first robin. My first spotting was on Monday, March 5, as the snow was falling and falling. As I stood to look out the window there the robin was. I had to look again — yes it was a robin! Enjoying a crab apple in the tree. A sure sign of ...

Public engagement beyond town halls

For Marshall to have a productive future, effective communication with citizens is essential. Effective communication benefits citizens and helps the City meet goals in many ways: • Communication encourages informed participation. • Communication builds community pride and ...

Reading sets mind off wandering

About 100 years ago, American humorist Will Rogers began using the line, “Well, all I know is what I read in the newspapers.” He used that as an introduction in his monologues and in his newspaper column which at one time was carried by 600 or so newspapers. These days, the line would ...

Women who helped settle southwest Minnesota

Part II During the Depression, men and women worked together to eke out a living. In some ways, rural people did not suffer as much as those who lived in large urban areas, because at least the farmers had land to continue to raise large gardens and livestock for family consumption. During ...

Wagon trail women

Part I March, being Women’s History Month, is a good time to take a look at the trials and tribulations women suffered, and mostly lived through, during the settling of the West. Even though women’s lives today are filled with an overload of duties to perform (with many women having ...

Apply today

An important part of United Way of Southwest Minnesota’s work is the annual review of local programs that seek affiliation and grant funding from United Way. It’s an exciting and influential process to be a part of for United Way supporters…affecting change across southwest Minnesota both ...

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 ...