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Turning the pages of history

MARSHALL There’s been a half-century’s worth of events and changes at the corner of Lyon and 3rd Street. But the former Marshall-Lyon County Library building has stood through it all, from its construction in 1967 to its renovation as the Lyon County Museum. Area community members will ...

A creative inventor

MARSHALL The late Albert Callens loved to make people’s dreams come true through his blacksmith skills. When swathers were first on the market, farmers couldn’t afford them, son George said. They also had perfectly good binders that were getting behind-the-times. So, Callens took grain ...

They’re all pulling together

IVANHOE For Dan Jerzak and his family, summer weekends are tractor time. But that doesn’t mean working in the fields. It means towing heavy weights in front of a cheering crowd, or giving kids a chance to try tiny pedal-powered versions of the big tractors. Members of the Jerzak and ...

Finding her creative side

MARSHALL They are handmade, carefully made and Leona Mae’d. Marshall resident Whitney Deutz has made many artistic creations out of items such as old silverware, blocks of wood and clothespins. Her main artistic medium is forks and spoons. She finds old silverware at antique stores. ...

Remembering District 49

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about one-room country school experiences in the southwest Minnesota area. BALATON The lunch pails were empty, the maps were in a different location and the small wooden desks weren’t the original ones, but most of the furnishings ...

Repairing a landmark

GRANITE FALLS Rain damage had caused the historical Volstead House in Granite Falls to require repairs this summer. “The porch is being repaired because water leaked into the bottom of the balcony and down to the porch,” director Mary Gillespie said. “Terri Dinesen wrote the ...

‘It teaches you gratitude’

MARSHALL She went to India to teach others, but ended up learning more than she can say. “It was a really good experience,” said Linnea Bader, who spent a month teaching underprivileged children in Delhi, India. “It’s easy to fall in love with India. I’m grateful for the ...

Finding more in Florida

Kandy Noles Stevens has been a Minnesota resident since 1994, but part of her heart will always favor Florida. It’s where she and her husband Daniel have attempted to instill many life lessons and a love for the Florida environment in their children — Sawyer, Erin and Cloie. “I consider ...

50 years in the parks

GARVIN PARK It was a milestone birthday for Lyon County parks, but the focus at the party was what it had been for 50 years — giving area community members a place to go outside and have some fun. The Lyon County Parks celebrated their 50th anniversary with an ice cream social and other ...

Taking the tour

BALATON It was a beautiful day to be inspired by the talented community members of Balaton during the third annual Tracy Area Gardens and Quilts Tour recently. As part of a fundraising effort for Tracy Kiwanis and St. Mary’s CCW, the tour featured the garden sites at six Balaton homes. ...

Echoes of the past

ECHO Antiques tell stories about the past. Combined with old newspapers clippings, fascinating tales can be told about even small towns like Echo. Former Echo residents Brad Kurtz and Anne (Kvistad) Anderson will be exhibiting their collections of Echo memorabilia at Echo’s 125th ...

Family stories, Minnesota history

MARSHALL Immigrants from countries like Norway have had a big impact on Minnesota’s history and population. But telling their story also means telling the stories of local residents and their families. A new traveling exhibit at the Lyon County Museum looks at both of those angles, ...

A market for music

MARSHALL As if buying fresh vegetables and other goods isn’t enough incentive to shop at the Marshall Area Farmers Market, coming to see live entertainment might be. The Marshall Area Farmers Market has been awarded $3,250 by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to bring musicians to the ...

A lesson in love

BALATON Students on a recent missions trip to the Dominican Republic learned that people don’t have to speak the same language to communicate or show love. The Victory Christian youth group of 13 students — Kaylee Kirk, Olivia Knochenmus, Odessa Knochenmus, Sydney Lanoue, Lydia Bader, ...

A flood of memories

MARSHALL It was only one day of rain, but it came down in “sheets,” area residents said, and ended up delivering 8 inches of water June 16, 1957. On June 21, 3.52 inches of rain fell, making a total of 14 inches for the month. According to “At the Headwaters,” edited by Joseph Amato ...

Celebrating history

HENDRICKS A depot, one-room schoolhouse, working church, Sears and Roebuck house and two outbuildings containing military and agriculture memorabilia contain heaps of donated historical items in Hendricks. The public can visit the complex from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tour the six buildings ...

A field trip to the past

CURRIE They hadn’t gone back in time. But Marshall area second-graders got to look back at how life used to be in southwest Minnesota. Steam engines, a historic train station, and a lot more sights were waiting for Park Side Elementary students earlier this month as they toured ...

A place of their own

TRACY Family and community are important in the Hmong culture — something that was evident at a comprehensive meeting recently at the Veterans Memorial Center in Tracy. Khou Lor, Project Uniting Southwest Hmong (PUSH) lead, welcomed the group of more than 50 individuals. After viewing the ...

A precious gift

MARSHALL Danette Stoks of Marshall has sewn 31 baby quilts for grand-nieces and grand-nephews over the past 14 years. “I’ve been quilting since elementary school,” Stoks said. “I wanted to do something special for my nieces and nephews as they had babies.” Stoks said it was ...

A day for art

GRANITE FALLS If they weren’t artists when they walked in — they were when they walked out. Students from six area schools got a chance May 3 to sample four areas of art and bring home their creations. The day is funded through the Yellow Medicine Integration Collaborative and involves ...