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Erasers, glue sticks, markers and more

July 30, 2016 Help more than 4,000 local children get a good start to the school year by providing some new school supplies or hygiene products. more »»

School: Just about a year-round affair

July 30, 2016 I admit that I chuckle when someone asks me “Have things have slowed down?” or “What are you doing with all your free time?” since school let out. more »»

So many served by Head Start program

July 30, 2016 The summer is quickly speeding by and soon the school year with all its programming and activities will be here. more »»

The YMCA structure

July 30, 2016 I am often asked about our relationship with other YMCA’s across the country. It’s a great question 172 years in the making. more »»

SOS events

July 30, 2016 We are in some of the hottest and most humid days of the year. A warmth we need to keep in our memories for when the cold hits. It’s also time for Marshall’s annual Sounds of Summer. more »»

Reptiles, rodents, insects …?oh my!

June 25, 2016 Talk. Read. Play. Every day. Wild about Reading is being held in 17 different parks throughout southwest Minnesota this summe. more »»

Yes, it’s severe weather season

June 25, 2016 Quite an interesting week for weather last week! Hopefully the two bad weather events have gotten you thinking more about how your severe weather plan works. more »»

State of the fitness industry

June 25, 2016 Every year I receive a report on the state of the fitness industry from Recreation Management magazin. more »»

Behind-the-scenes work at MPS

June 25, 2016 Students, families, and staff have (hopefully) been enjoying summer vacation for over a month no. more »»

Celebrating life

June 25, 2016 It’s summertime! With a few hot days we’ve had already, the memories of making of ice cream has been the topic of discussion. Nothing quite like the taste of home churned ice cream. more »»

Student emergency fund grants

May 28, 2016 This year marks 13 years of student emergency grant funding made available to schools in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota service are. more »»

Looking back, looking ahead

May 28, 2016 Wow! Summer vacation has officially started for students in the Marshall Public School Distric. more »»

Healthy 56258 — looking to connect pand partner

May 28, 2016 What is Healthy 56258 is a common question being asked around Marshall as we enter the summer seaso. more »»

The gift of giving

May 28, 2016 “Leaving a legacy” often turns one’s thoughts to immediate family members. more »»

Public transit — often forgotten, always important

May 28, 2016 Public transit is often forgotten, always important Independence is a treasure. It’s a thing many of us would fight to the death to maintain. more »»

Annual Imagination Library Survey results

April 30, 2016 We recently surveyed parents of children enrolled in the Imagination Library Program locally sponsored by the United Way of Southwest Minnesot. more »»

Advancing public transit starts with volunteers

April 30, 2016 I am going to take the opportunity this column affords, and open a discussion about rural public transit. more »»

Celebrating another school year

April 30, 2016 By the time I type my next monthly contribution to the Marshall Independent, the Class of 2016 will have walked across the stage to receive their diplomas and school will be out for the summer. more »»

Campus Compact

April 30, 2016 Earlier this month I was fortunate to gather together with college and university leaders from Minnesota Campus Compact, an association of colleges and universities dedicated to campus-based civic... more »»

Working with the best

April 30, 2016 Weekends — always an interesting time. It is common for me to interact with multiple generations. Most recently, I was struck by the comments on reactions as I share my joy in working with seniors. more »»

Mother’s Day letter

April 30, 2016 The roots of Mother’ Day can be traced all the way back to the West Virginia in the 1850’s when Ann Reeves Jarvis organized Mother’s Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary conditions in an effort to... more »»



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