Community Voices

Our community vision through branding

The City of Marshall has launched an intensive branding program designed to discover, define, and design the City of Marshall. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to attract businesses and visitors to the city and to promote quality of life for existing residents. City branding is the ...

Catching up on my reading

For the last couple of weeks I have been attempting to catch up on “reading” magazines that have been accumulating throughout the condo. Sometimes that has meant magazines that are almost a year old. The magazines also include alumni magazines from a couple of my college/university alma ...

May 14 facility referendum

As we transition into the last few months of the school year, I want to thank all of the members of our community — parents, students, staff and residents — who have helped us work to achieve our goal of inspiring every student every day. The winter certainly tried to disrupt our rhythm, ...

April activities

We are making it through another Minnesota winter — the snow piles are shrinking and the water is dripping. Soon we will hear the robins chirping and see the daffodils smiling at us! Then it’s April … hopefully it will be April showers and not snow showers like last spring! Have you ...

Annual celebration and progress report

United Way of Southwest Minnesota held its annual celebration and progress report to the community on March 26 at the Marshall Golf Club. The event recognized southwest Minnesota volunteers, investors and community partners and highlighted United Way’s 2018 accomplishments and awards of ...

Free community events blossom in April

Camp Rally Night launches the Y’s summer season on Monday April 8 from 5-7 p.m. Camp Rally Night is a great opportunity to check out what the YMCA Summer Day Camp is all about! At this event youth and parents get to meet some of our camp counselors and the camp director. Campers can bond with ...

Women’s Leadership Conference

As president at SMSU, I have the privilege of seeing firsthand the myriad great ways that our faculty and staff routinely work with our students. There are themes that one quickly identifies and successes that become common occurrences. One such theme that resonates loudly across our campus is ...

On the Porch

America’s national pastime, baseball, originated before the Civil War, but grew in popularity during the war. In 1871, the first professional baseball league was formed, and by the beginning of the 20th Century, most large cities in the eastern United States had a professional baseball team. ...

Methods and madness in the making

Staying organized might involve lots of methods, at least a little madness, and almost always a combination of both. Ways to be efficient with living space were spotlighted at a Sunrise Rotary meeting earlier this winter. Guest speaker Angie Fahl, who was one of my classmates at Southwest ...

Don’t make these mistakes with managing your taxes

If you follow the news, you may be hearing about how recent changes in the tax code may impact how much Americans receive as a tax refund this year. With tax filing season upon us, now is the time to analyze your tax bill. Whether you end up owing money or receiving a refund, here are four ...

On the Porch

“Governor Marshall appointed a few county officers and vested them with power to begin county government. It was proposed to organize in December 1869, but owing to the absence of two of the county commissioners it had to be postponed, and the machinery of county government was not set in ...

Rethinking Kansas and Oz for more than a century

It first glance the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz” seems incredibly simple, just the nice wide-eyed Dorothy Gale played by Minnesota’s very own Judy Garland (Frances Ethel Gumm from Grand Rapids) getting carried away to a fantasy land where she bands together with a trusted group of ...

On the Porch

Garvin lies in the southeast quarter of section 27, Custer Township in Lyon County. The railroad track was laid west from Tracy in 1879. In 1882, a side track was laid and was called Siding No. 7. The Aug. 11, 1882, issue of the Marshall newspaper reported: “Lyon County has a new village, ...

On the Porch

According to Arthur P. Rose’s 1912 “History of Lyon County,” the first school in Tracy opened in the summer of 1875, and it was conducted in a small frame structure that housed the Presbyterian church. Miss Stella Cleveland was the first teacher and the first pupils were Mary Starr, Fred ...

That’s the $64,000 question

Radio/television quiz shows have been around almost exactly as long as I have. As mentioned in this column before, I have been a long-time follower of “Jeopardy!” and enjoy other quiz shows as well. The first radio quiz show, “Professor Quiz,” appeared in 1936 and ran until about ...

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 ...

Where we’ve been,where we’re going

As past Marshall Independent newspaper editor Jim Tate once wrote about Marshall weather, “It takes tough people to live in Southwest Minnesota.”. This past month resulted in the snowiest snowfall on record. Marshall’s seasonal snowfall is at just over 70 inches and currently ranking ...

Be part of the process

On behalf of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) staff and the board of directors, thank you to the many individuals, families, service organizations, clubs, schools, foundations and businesses that contributed to our annual campaign. Your generosity will be invested to impact your ...

School board appreciation

The Minnesota School Boards Association set Feb. 18-22 as School Board Recognition Week in Minnesota as a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society. Marshall Public Schools joins other school districts across the state to ...