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Community Voices

Daylight saving eases our ‘chimed’ lives

We all hope that people will at least give us the time of day. It’s so simple. It only gets complicated twice a year. For me personally, the “fall back” observance creates 90 percent of the complication. Conventional wisdom dictates that it should be the other way around. It doesn’t ...

Take steps now to save on your 2019 tax return

2019 is winding down, and before you know it, you’ll be pulling together everything needed to file your federal income tax return for the year. Federal income tax returns for 2019 are due on or before April 15, 2020. But if you’re interested in potentially saving on taxes, you should plan ...

On the Porch

The holiday season begins this weekend at the Lyon County Museum! Christmas trees are up, lights are on, and holiday music is playing. The seventh annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk is open. The trees decorated by area individuals, businesses, groups, and non-profit organizations are on view at ...

Closing the door to refugees a bad policy

The Nov. 7 issue of the Independent included columnist Michelle Malkin’s appalling editorial applauding the Trump Administration’s approval of a new annual refugee cap of 18,000, “the lowest since the US program began in 1980.” At the end of her article, she advocates even reducing that ...

Historical dates to remember

Thirty years ago this past Saturday. One hundred years ago this past Sunday. One hundred years ago this past Monday. One hundred and ones ago this past Monday. Four anniversaries noted in three days. Many readers of this column were probably cognizant of three of the anniversaries, the fourth ...

On the Porch

The social news or gossip columns in the old newspapers are always fascinating to read. A special section in the newspaper was devoted to the social media of the day. The whereabouts of local people and events were often featured in these columns. Here are a few from the Marshall ...

Five reasons to pay attention to the Federal Reserve

We hear frequent references in the news to the Federal Reserve (or the “Fed,” as it is more commonly called). Yet, for many individual investors and consumers, the way the Fed affects their lives is a bit cloudy. So, let’s clear the air. Decisions by the Federal Reserve can have major ...

On the Porch

W. Dale Reishus and Donna Mae Larson were high school sweethearts from Cottonwood. When they graduated high school in 1942, war was going on in Europe and in the Pacific. Dale knew he would be drafted, so he chose to enlist in the Navy. Before he left for training, Donna Mae gave him a diary ...

Social Security covers disabled children

District Manager Children are our future — we share our knowledge and talent with them — we pass on our values to them knowing they will share those gifts. Social Security safeguards children all year long, but we’d like to take this opportunity to share information about our programs ...

World’s Best Workforce progress report

Minnesota school districts prepare a plan that includes district-specific goals related to kindergarten readiness, reading well by third grade, reducing achievement gaps, preparing students to be career- and college-ready, and graduation rates. Each year since 2013, when the “Striving for ...

Check out the many activities at the ACC

It’s fall! Fall is my favorite season. The cool mornings and evenings with warm days. Perfect Minnesota weather. The other day I had a conversation with a member. The member was sharing that they didn’t realize how many activities we did down here, they thought it was just cards. Oh no ...

Add a little more kindness

The sign above my desk reads, “We Rise by Lifting Others.” I apply this wisdom in both my personal and professional life by trying to be kind, gracious, respectful and supportive to others. Signs with different sayings have become very popular over the last 10 years. Have you ever thought ...

The spirit of a caring community

November is National Hospice Month. It also ushers in the holiday season. Both events provide an opportunity for us to reflect on the generosity and spirit of a very caring community. “During National Hospice month, we honor hospice patients, their families, and the care teams that ...

Upcoming events at the Marshall Area YMCA

Halloween at the Y Join us today from 1 to 3 p.m. for our annual Halloween at the Y event. This free event is open to the entire community. Free will donations will support the Y Partners program which provides scholarships for Y membership, child care programs, swim lessons, and youth sports ...

Many opportunities offered to ‘adult learners’ in community

“Adult learner” is the name we typically use to refer to students who are aged 25 years and older. They are also called the non-traditional learners. In 2019, there are 6.6 million adult college students in the country, according to the Education Writer’s Association (EWA). Nearly 38% ...

On the Porch

The 1900 book, “A Souvenir, Marshall, MN” is a great book about Marshall’s early infrastructures and business owners. The book was published by Wall & Haines of Minneapolis. The purpose of the book was to promote the community. For example, “The men doing businesses in Marshall are ...

Halloween horrors

We are at a juncture when icky things are being hauled out from their dank, dark recesses and thrust into the harsh glare of daylight. But enough about the news. We are also in the season for All Hallows Eve, a Christian holiday that is celebrated with pagan symbols and rituals. None of ...

The Inverted Yield Curve – What Does It Mean to Me?

Investors who follow the markets have seen headlines in recent weeks about something called the “inverted yield curve.” For those less familiar with the phenomenon, an inverted yield curve is essentially a point on a chart where short-term investments in U.S. Treasury bonds pay more than ...

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The Spanish-American War in 1898 was a conflict between the United States and Spain that ended Spanish colonial rule in the Americas and resulted in U.S. acquisition of territories in the Western Pacific and Latin America. The war originated in the Cuban struggle for independence from Spain, ...