Editor’s note: We’re talking a lot about shopping local this holiday season. It’s a crucial time of year for rural communities to draw shoppers and their revenues and sales tax that keep our communities going. For some perspective, we asked retired Memorial Presbyterian Pastor Marilyn Sweet of rural Oketo, who is grandmother of pre-schooler Julian Ford, what she likes most about shopping in Marshall County.

It was quite a day when a 3-year-old grandson discovered the toy wall at the back of Orscheln’s.