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Community Voices

Hygiene drive in October

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) is coordinating our second personal hygiene drive this year to benefit area food shelves, crisis programs, schools, etc. during the month of October. Personal hygiene items are an on-going need at various schools and human service providers. All ...

The YMCA at 175 years

Last month the YMCA celebrated its 175th anniversary with a global youth event in its birthplace of London, England. George Williams, a 22-year-old department store worker gathered 11 friends on June 6, 1844 (exactly 100 years before D-Day) for a Bible study serving young men seeking escape ...

3 questions to determine if your loved one needs homecare services

Do you need Home Care services? The Home Care services that we provide are separate than the hospice services that we provide. Home Care is NOT end of life care. Home Care services we provide are great if you are transitioning home after an illness, injury, surgery, or seeking to shorten a ...

On the Porch

In the 1930s, a popular outdoor recreation area in Lyon County became a park. The 27 acre tract of land along the Cottonwood River in section 2, Custer Township was named Garvin Park. The park came into existence through the efforts of local people and H.C. Garvin. Mr. Garvin was a station ...

A Turner thesis for social media?

Much has yet to be written about the formative years of computer-based social media, and that’s because many of its standards still haven’t been established. We know that concerns about electronic etiquette happen every day. Someone’s choice of words, or even the choice of a particular ...

Does Your Retirement Plan Account for Inflation?

Today it’s common for Americans to spend 2, 3 or even 4 decades in retirement. This means people have ample time to relax and achieve a bucket list of dreams. However, the flip side is that retirees need to ensure they have enough savings to last through their lifetime. One complicating ...

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 News-Messenger ...

Mystery solved on the swans

For those who have used Marshall’s Country Club Drive passing the Marshall Golf Club (MGC), you may have noticed that they are no longer there. For the users of the golf course as well as many of us who have travelled in the southwest part of Marshall, the two stately, peaceful, beautiful, ...

Ellison wants to hear from local ag producers

I love my family’s farm. I love its location on top of Buffalo Ridge with its expansive view of the hills, fields, and pasture all around. I love its smells, particularly the smell of the first cutting of alfalfa in June. I love its remoteness, where I could live in quiet privacy, see the ...

On the Porch

Joseph Fifield was a veteran from the War of 1812, and he is buried at the Russell Cemetery in Lyon County. The following information is from a May 26, 1979, article in the Marshall Independent about historian Arthur Louis Finnell’s search on information regarding Joseph Fifield. It was ...

Hurricane season: no rhyme or reason

Last week was one of those Weather Channel weeks, a stretch of days when natural forces in a distant location spoke volumes. With our current instance it was Hurricane Dorian. It seemed like an unusual Atlantic hurricane event. We never knew exactly what to expect. Dorian progressively ...

Recycling challenge: Controlling costs

If you have not been following the story regarding Lyon County recycling, the following may help. On June 17, Lyon County received notice from the current recycling contractor of the contractor’s intent to sever the existing recycling contract which was set to expire Dec. 31, 2020. The ...

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 ...