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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 News Messenger of ...

Set proper expectations for your home’s value

If you are like a lot of homeowners, you occasionally check real estate websites for a sense of the current value of your home. But you may be wondering, how accurate are the estimates? Even as you evaluate your home’s value online, there are a few elements to keep in mind. The housing ...

On the Porch

In the Marshall Independent of Nov. 20, 1982, Steve Olson wrote a story on the 1924 Lyon County Band. The photograph featured this week is half of the original photograph of the band taken in St. Paul. The photograph was taken of the 1924 Lyon County Band while the band was in St. Paul for the ...

Resolutions and term limits

Last month was the time to make New Year Resolutions. I missed my chance back then to make my usual procrastinator’s resolution: “I promise to always put off until tomorrow what I could have done yesterday.” I guess I don’t really need to make that resolution every year because it ...

On the Porch

On Jan. 2, 2002, a fire destroyed the Food Service East building on the SMSU (then SSU) campus. The fire started accidentally in the dishwashing area on the main level as a result of work being done with an acetylene torch. Fire departments from Marshall, Minneota, Ghent, Tracy, and Cottonwood ...

Sharing the facts

Where did 2019 go? It feels like just yesterday I was getting used to writing 2019 on everything. As we look to a new year, it is common to set goals, make changes or adjustments and maybe just resolve to be better overall. What are your resolutions going to be? One of my personal goals is to ...

Top 10 hospice myths

Myth #1: Hospice is a place. Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care. Wherever a patient calls home is where hospice care is provided: residence, assisted living facility, nursing home, inpatient facility (hospice house) or hospital. Myth #2: Hospice patients cannot live longer than ...

Proud heritage

As we celebrate the Christmas season I want to share a segment taken from the book “Proud Heritage: The History in Pictures of the YMCA in the United States: by Andrea Hinding. When George Williams and 11 other young clerks formed the first Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in ...

Keeping busy at the ACC

It’s a busy time of year, followed by the lull of a Minnesota winter! The lull can be a hard time for some. Here at the Center we are keeping busy — getting rid of the lull. January has some fun events taking place at the Center. Mini GOLD College kicks off on Jan. 15 with memoir writing ...

Minnesota Student Survey results

Every three years, the Minnesota Department of Education surveys public school students in 5th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades to learn about “trends” in youth activities and perceptions. There are several “carryover” questions in the survey from one year to the next. About 80% of school ...

When you don’t know what to say… stock phrases bridge the gaps

It’s that time of year for family gatherings, which often include plenty of conversation topics that work around gift openings, dinners, and sports events. It’s an occasion for talking face to face with relatives who we sometimes don’t see all that often. We don’t always know their ...

On the Porch

The photograph featured this week is from the museum’s collection. It is a postcard featuring a photograph of the Catholic Church in Russell. The old Russell school building (built in 1897 and closed in 1920 when the present school building opened) and outhouses are shown in the photograph ...

Gifts for gardeners

Even though fall is but a short memory away, gardeners keep thinking about gardening no matter how deep the snow is on the ground. There is always that one thing that we all are looking to do each year including redoing a garden or putting in a new one. If you have a gardener or two on your ...

State program provides grants to home owners

“Your Yard can BEE the Change” is the slogan from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources for a new program that provides grants to home owners or land owners alike who would like to establish a bee lawn in Minnesota. This legislation was signed by Governor Tim Walz in May 2019 and ...

A few examples of finding ways to make a comeback

My wife and I recently “did lunch” with a friend at a local restaurant. As we prepared to leave, a lady who had been seated at a nearby table asked, “Are you that dear county agent guy?” Bracing myself for the worst, I plead guilty. “I teach high school,” said the lady. “One ...

It’s so beautiful!

Ozzy Osbourne is quite a character and that might be an understatement. The informal “Godfather of Heavy Metal Music” has a distinctive voice and history to go along with his persona of an artist, songwriter and singer. He has written songs that have brought a storm of heated debate ...

Hometown Wednesday shopping concept deserves consideration

It seemed like there was non-stop chatter in 2019 about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, lots of discussion about the huge impact those dates have begun to have on holiday shopping. It was backed up by numbers. Statistics announced immediately afterward pointed to record-level retail ...

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 Marshal Messenger on ...

2019: a year of notable developments

This past year there were many notable projects in the city that support the building of our community. The city’s wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and equipment upgrade project and the Marshall Municipal Utilities water softening project, $14 and $11.5 million respectively, will ...

They’re not exactly gone … all those old familiar places

There are plenty of places where someone can almost hear echoes. They speak volumes even though they’re just quiet, out of the way locations. A short self-guided tour is enough to imagine what they must have been like in the past. In their day they were centers of activity. They hosted ...