Informing our communities


Newspapers and reporters have had a rough few years, as they’ve been lumped in with those in newsertainment who led too many to become distrustful of the community-focused work our journalists practice each day. For the men and women working in our state’s weekly and daily newspaper ...

At the end

Local Columns

I’m a fan of end-of-the-world movies, particularly those incorporating the zombie genre into their plot. There’s something that piques my interest in those scenarios where nothing is left but a handful of hardy survivors taking on what remains of a hardened and structureless society of ...

Cucurbit chaos

Local Columns

One of my long-term goals has been to organize my metaphorical chaos drawer. I have never wanted to be a super-organizer such as Martha Stewart. I would be happy to just have a bit more order to smooth out the ragged edges of life’s disarray. Some of this disorder isn’t my fault. When ...

United Way campaign underway

Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:  I’m extremely excited to be sending a letter to the editor about something I really care about, and that is the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN). My wife Shana and I moved to Marshall in 1994 and raised two great kids Sadie Zahrbock Schaeffer and Simon Zahrbock, ...

Raising awareness to domestic violence this month

Community Voices

WoMen’s Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc. (WRAP) 7 full-time staff and a handful of volunteers provided 553 individuals living in or around Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, and Yellow Medicine Counties experiencing domestic violence and/or trafficking with 19,475 free and confidential services during July ...