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MARL’s impact

January 31, 2015 This spring marks the 15th anniversary of the creation of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program at Southwest Minnesota State University. more »»

Chances to get involved with your schools

January 31, 2015 This month, I would like to provide information about two opportunities for stakeholders (students, staff, parents, and community members) in the Marshall Public School District to provide direction... more »»

Lasting solutions

January 31, 2015 Real change requires tackling the source, not just the symptoms, of community challenge. more »»


January 31, 2015 It’s February and most people think of love and Valentine’s Day. For me, February is about friendship. As I sit and contemplate- I realize there are different types of friend. more »»

Technology in our schools

December 27, 2014 The first semester for Marshall Public School students, staff, and parents officially concluded on Dec. 23. more »»

Return on investment

December 27, 2014 When you invest in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN), you invest in your own backyard. more »»

Saving energy in 2015

December 27, 2014 Right now our focus is on the holiday season: food, gifts, time with friends and family. When January gets underway we sometimes have to pay the price for too much food eaten, too much money spent. more »»

Diabetes — prevention is key

December 27, 2014 The statistics are staggering. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States today. more »»

Looking out for seniors

December 27, 2014 The “graying” of America is a reality now. In Minnesota by 2025 there will be more people 65 and older than in the classrooms, according to the State Demographers Office. more »»

A big month

November 29, 2014 November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. There are 88,000 Minnesotans age 65 plus living with Alzheimer’s disease. more »»

An AmeriCorps/VISTA partnership

November 29, 2014 AmeriCorps is a federal program that engages thousands of Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and faith-based groups across the nation. more »»

‘Quarter break’

November 29, 2014 I admit that I like transitions. For example, when I referee football, I enjoy the transition between quarters. more »»

Reflections from President Gores

November 29, 2014 This time of year is the perfect time to pause and reflect on the many things we have to be thankful for. more »»

WCA tax volunteers put the ‘fun’ in refund

November 29, 2014 It’s that time of year again! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, many people stop to think about ways they can help others. more »»

Much to be thankful for

November 29, 2014 On behalf of the United Way team and 23 member board of directors, we extend wishes of a warm and happy Thanksgiving. more »»

Apples and pumpkins, and so much to be thankful for

October 25, 2014 Oh, the smell of fresh apple crisp and that first pumpkin pie. Not to mention some amazing sunrises and sunsets! It’s a time for reflection and thankfulnes. more »»

A record-setting day

October 25, 2014 More than 100 volunteers across Southwest Minnesota participated in Read for the Record this week. more »»

Volunteers and the ‘Y’ — a long history

October 25, 2014 For 170 years volunteers have been the one constant in Y’s around the worl. more »»

It’s National Principals month

October 25, 2014 Strong schools have several common characteristics, including great teachers and principals and strong parental support and involvement. more »»

‘Charting the future’

October 25, 2014 This coming week Southwest Minnesota State University will be hosting a “Charting the Future Gallery Walk” to build awareness of Charting the Future activity; gather ideas, insights and responses... more »»



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