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Community Voices

Icelanders in Lyon County Part III

The Rev. Jerome Anderson then came to take over the Minneota and Lincoln County parishes. He was not enthusiastic about coming out for services in Lincoln County because we only had nine in church. In spite of this we met our financial obligations, due to some substantial contributors. In 1966 ...

Ready to retire? Apply online with Social Security

District manager It’s never too early to start planning for retirement and our online tools can help. Go to www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount to access your my Social Security account to get a personalized estimate of your retirement benefits based on your earnings record. Once you ...

The moral relativism of my tribe

Nobody really wants to be honest these days. If they were honest, they would have to admit a few inconvenient truths. First and foremost, they would have to acknowledge that had a Democrat done what President Donald Trump did on that Ukraine phone call, Republicans would be outraged, and ...

On the Porch

Currently, there are two temporary displays featured at the Lyon County Museum. “The How to Talk Minnesotan” display in the museum’s entry and the Snowmen and Father Time collection display in the museum’s Heritage Room. Both displays end on March 31. This week I will write about the ...

Five reasons to get a jump on filing your taxes

Filing your income tax return is an easy task to put off until a later time. If you are like most people, you often wait until just before the April 15 deadline to get the job done. This year, considering giving yourself a head start. Here are five ways getting a jump on tax filing could ...

Upcoming opportunities for public participation

April 1, 2020 is Census Day. The once-a-decade population count provides rich data on communities, including trends in the population, projections of growth, and information on demographics that can provide potential for federal and state dollars. Congressional representation is also based on ...

Lack of uniformity on Minnesota, Marshall roads

A drive to Minneapolis last Thursday was planned last fall in that it was for a concert at Orchestra Hall by the Minnesota Orchestra. That, of course, meant that I was gambling that the roads would be in good shape and, lo and behold, there was no snow, no ice anywhere on the roads and though ...

Beware of Social Security scams

District manager Scammers go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information. We want to help you protect your information by helping you recognize a Social Security imposter. There’s a widespread telephone scam involving callers claiming they’re from Social Security. ...

Impeachment 2020… there’s still life out there

The holidays are over. It’s back to business, back to whatever matters were at hand before an extended Christmas and New Year’s break. At the federal level in Washington D.C., one of those matters is the trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate for two impeachment articles that were ...

Teacher crisis

The state of Minnesota is in a teacher crisis. The worst of the crisis impacts our area, also defined as Economic Development Region 8 (EDR 8). According to the Minnesota 2019 Supply and Demand report, enrollment in K-12 has increased 3.9% from academic year 2016 to 2017. At the same time, ...

Light Up the Night

On behalf of Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care we would like to extend an incredible, immense, huge, AMAZING "Thank You" to all our Light Up the Night… 1. Sponsors Frosty Level Sponsor: Marshall Radio Gold Level Sponsor: Action Sports, Pioneer PBS, Kesteloot Enterprises ...

Together, Let’s Help Our Home

Happy New Year! I can’t look back at January and not mention the weather. That is just what we Minnesotans do; we talk about the weather! I think there is a saying that if you want to experience different weather in Minnesota, wait 30 minutes or drive 45 miles! The good news is that the ...

Marshall Public Schools facilities update

While much of the work taking place has been happening "behind the scenes," there has been a great deal of work happening with and on the school districts' facilities, buildings and grounds, and safety and security. Work on improving safety and security at West Side Elementary and the ...

Pedal for a Purpose

On a normal day the YMCA serves approximately 800-1,200 people for membership, programs, meetings and events. It is easy to assume users are a homogenous group with a similar goal that centers on personal wellness. Reality is that although there are certain commonalities; the individual ...

New adventures for 2020

It's January! That time of the year when we look back over the previous year and are excited for the new adventures that await us in 2020! So interesting to see that the top five programs at the Center for 2019 were: Special events, Pepper, Flex-n-Stretch, Coffee Club Walkers and 500. This ...

On the Porch

“One of the most important of the smaller towns in Lyon County in a business sense, and by far the most important historically, is Lynd, located on the Great Northern Railroad and the Redwood River, six and one- half miles south-west of Marshall. Nestled among the river bluffs, it has the ...

Tax-smart giving with qualified charitable distributions

Thinking about making a large financial gift to charity? Looking for ways to reduce your taxes? If you’re retired and have IRA assets, the qualified charitable donation (QCD) tax rule might work in your favor. The QCD rule allows IRA owners or those who have inherited an IRA to exempt their ...

Landscaping

The word landscaping sometimes strikes fear into a homeowners mind mainly because of the cost. If you are a gardener who is setting up a perennial garden or if you are taking a do over with your landscaping near or around your house, the next few weeks will help you through the process. The ...

The cost of smoking, drinking and drugs

It seems that the last couple of years there have been many news stories and advertisements proclaiming the tragedy of opioid use as well as other drug use. Recently, in the last couple of months, however, there have been articles and newscasts highlighting the heavy use of alcohol and the ...

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 News Messenger of ...