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Lighting up the night

MARSHALL The temperature was only 15 degrees last Friday, but people were still cheery as they celebrated the magic of the holidays at the Prairie Home Hospice and Community Care’s Light Up the Night in Marshall. The location of the second annual event was moved — from the Southwest ...

Building a village

It took a couple of days to set up. But in some ways, the wintry scene on the upper level of the Lyon County Museum was years in the making. On tables stretching along one wall of the museum space, visitors can see a whole neighborhood in miniature — houses, churches, shops, a train ...

Facing the future

About a dozen people recently took the opportunity to inspect the Russell, Tyler and Ruthton facilities that make up the RTR educational system in an effort to form their own opinions about the direction the district should take regarding facilities planning in the future. A building bond ...

A warm thank-you

MARSHALL The Pieces For Heroes, Quilts of Valor group based in Marshall is wrapping up its first year with presentations of handmade quilts to local veterans. The group made 37 quilts in its first year. Coordinators pay a membership fee to belong to the nationwide Quilts of Valor ...

A turn in the road

MARSHALL A week prior to starting college classes, 18-year-old Shayla Savage’s life was turned upside down. For as long as she could remember, Savage planned on pursuing a career that involved caring for animals. After graduating from Marshall High School in the spring, she was on track ...

Brothers net two bucks in Missouri

Brandon Lightfoot, from Lucan, and his brother Justin, from Vesta, went on their annual deer hunting trip to northern Missouri. Here is Brandon’s account of their adventure: Opening morning was extremely cold at a bone chilling 9 degrees. After a fulfilling breakfast we set out to our ...

Touring in place

MARSHALL Who knew Marshall has a street called Denali? Or an Amber Court or Kaleb Circle? There is more to Marshall than you may know. Marshall residents are that much the wiser after taking a Marshall Economic Development Tour last Friday, Nov. 2. “Sometimes we get stuck on our ...

Artistically inclined

MARSHALL The 2018 Conference for Young Artists marked the 25th year that K-8 students had hands-on opportunities to learn about different art genres and to use their creative energies to make unique artwork to take home. More than 1,000 were in attendance at this year’s event presented by ...

A good place to stop

IVANHOE If you want good food, go to where you see a lot of trucks parked. A national website, truckerpath.com, has listed the 19 & 75 Filling Station in Ivanhoe as a good place to stop. Marty Sterzinger, owner of 19&75 Filling Station, figures the truckers hauling wind equipment ...

Looking back on a good foundation

BALATON It’s been more than 60 years since the District 52 schoolhouse in Custer Township closed — an old flagpole and water pump are all that remain at the site. While the rural schoolhouse is long gone, former students like Geneva Swan and Ray Kirk still have plenty of memories of those ...

The gatherings are growing

MARSHALL   The Red Baron Arena and Expo officially opened in 2016, and since that time, the variety and size of events held there has grown. You only have to look back at the past few weekends for examples: the facility hosted a billiard and darts tournament, a fundraiser event for Hope ...

Time spent with cellphones

Dear Annie: Is there such a thing as mobile phone etiquette? I know that I am a dinosaur, but is it OK for someone to be looking at his or her phone for the majority of the time he or she is in the company of someone socially? It feels so lonesome to me. All of my life’s conditioning taught ...

Too much social information

Dear Heloise: My husband and I were so excited about our trip to New Zealand that we posted on our social media a lot of information about when we’d leave and return. While we were gone, we were robbed. Burglars broke into the house and took our computers, jewelry, golf clubs, appliances ...

Cannabis and crashes

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column, you mentioned that “Cannabis adversely affects driving ability.” Yet, further on in the article, you state that, “Early data from areas that legalized recreational marijuana suggest reduced rates of motor vehicle accidents.” These two statements ...

The pumpkin season

COTTONWOOD — Traci Olson of rural Cottonwood has always believed that Halloween was special and that everyone should have a pumpkin of their own. And, not just orange ones. Olson made her second attempt at growing white pumpkins this year because her nephew in Detroit Lakes is getting ...

Enjoying the view

It takes somebody special to be a service technician in the wind energy industry. Not only are they tasked with performing routine maintenance, testing and troubleshooting electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components and system and replacing worn-out or malfunctioning parts, they have to ...

Keeping the system running

MARSHALL It’s a big, complicated, and smelly job. But collecting and treating the city of Marshall’s wastewater is a vital job for both the health of the community and the Redwood River. The city’s Wastewater Treatment Facility, located on Erie Road on the north edge of town, normally ...

Pitching a patch

ECHO There’s a new pumpkin patch in the area. With the Holmberg Orchard closed, the Pedersons of rural Echo thought they should fill the void for fall harvest entertainment. With a twist. The twist was to add a fundraising aspect to it in addition to the games the Pederson family ...

Stuffed with love

MARSHALL While they might not have known the full story behind the plush animal stuffing opportunity, everyone who took part in the Stuff-a-Stanger event during Gold Rush Days orientation recently at Southwest Minnesota State University helped contribute to meaningful causes. It was the first ...

The kids decision revisited

Dear Readers: I am always fascinated to hear diametrically opposed yet equally valid viewpoints. Such was the case with the following two letters, which both appeared in my inbox on the same day in response to “Undecided in Ohio,” who isn’t sure whether she wants kids. Read on. Dear ...