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Community Voices

School is starting

The start of a new school year is a time that is often filled with nervousness, anticipation, and a sense of newness for many of our students, families, and staff members. I am personally excited to welcome students back into our buildings and get the year off to what I fully anticipate will be ...

‘Your Choice, Our Promise’

Have you found yourself thinking “What Exactly is “Your Choice Our Promise” Campaign?” “Your Choice, Our Promise” is an awareness campaign. It is an effort to remind the community that: Prairie Home Hospice is no longer the only hospice agency available in the community and we are ...

A common vision for SMSU

The week before classes began on Aug. 26 was Gold Rush week at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). As the new president of SMSU, this was my first Gold Rush experience. One of the most impressive parts of this week was the sense of community at SMSU. On the move-in day, for example, ...

Let’s help our home

“With the help from WRAP (a United Way of Southwest Minnesota funded program) and its many volunteers I have been able to successfully leave and stay gone from my abuser for 1 year and 4 months. This is a huge success as I have spent the past 9 years of my life with my abuser.” — local ...

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 24. The YMCA will be working with local election officials and other agencies to both promote and facilitate voter registration for all local citizens. By engaging individuals in their civic duty to vote, the Y is improving the well-being of our ...

One building … so much more

The Adult Community Center is often seen as one place. Actually, it is one physical building with three different and separate programs housed within its walls. Each with their own purpose. So let’s take a look at each. Adult Community Center is here to serve those 55 and best through a ...

On the Porch

Jacob David Eastman was born in Benton, Maine, on Oct. 13, 1845. He moved to Lyon County in 1878, and he was a resident here until his death on April 23, 1922. The following information is from his obituary, which was published in the Marshall News-Messenger: In 1861, when President Lincoln ...

Confessions of a ‘chuckwagon’ cook

here was ample opportunity all throughout the summer of 2019 to sample great modern-day food selections. Plenty of those possibilities could be found right here in our part of Greater Minnesota. Almost every weekend, there was at least one town celebration or county fair. In nearly every ...

Are you and your spouse on the same page about retirement?

Retirement is one of the most important financial goals for many married couples. It’s something you may dream about and work hard to reach. But, even if you feel like you are on track in terms of meeting your financial objectives, there is an equally important factor to consider – are ...

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 ...

Conspiracies and bench car seats

Have you ever had the feeling that there are conspiracies aimed at you? I have, but maybe I am a bit paranoid. I would like to report several that are somewhat related. Six years ago I found that I could no longer purchase a new car that had a bench front seat. Chevrolet stopped making ...

On the Porch

“The kids from Tracy, Minn.” is the headline on this postcard, which is postmarked Sept. 16, 1908, The United Art Publishing Company (1910-1916) based in New York published this postcard. The postcards were printed either in Germany or the United States. This postcard was printed in ...

On the Porch

The 116th Annual Lyon County Fair is happening now at the fairgrounds in Marshall! The Lyon County Fair has free admission and free parking. For more information on this year’s Lyon County Fair, look for their posters, program guides, or online at www.lyoncountyfairmn.com The first fairs ...

How to create a wedding budget you and your finances will love

If you’re planning a wedding – whether it’s your own or your child’s – and haven’t been paying close attention to the wedding industry, you may experience sticker shock as you begin calculating costs. An average American wedding costs the newlyweds and their families just under ...

Good things arriving in the mail

Do you look forward to getting items in the mail? Oh, I mean other than the junk mail. Even from childhood, I remember good things arriving in the mail. In the years of WWII, probably around 1943 or 1944, I was pleased to receive the Jack and Jill children’s magazine for a few years. ...

What’s there to celebrate? Where to begin?

I heard last week that a high percentage of famous plane crashes have happened in the Upper Midwest. It didn’t totally surprise me. I thought immediately of displays I saw in May on a spring vacation while traveling through Clear Lake, Iowa — which commemorate the famous Buddy Holly plane ...

On the Porch

Dudley was a railway station on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in the northwest quarter of section 17 in Clifton Township. It was platted on Dec. 20, 1901. The village was named for Dudley village and township in Massachusetts. The following information on the history of Dudley is from ...

The importance of trees in a city

Trees have a tough life in cities. They face heavy stress from storms, insects, air pollution, road salt, low-quality soil and damage from equipment or other vehicles. The benefits of a healthy tree population are many: Visual appeal Few things can compare with the aesthetic impact and ...