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Area residents learned some of the basics of swing dancing during their first session of a class that kicked off Jan. 12 at the Marshall Area YMCA. Darwin Dyce and Rachel Dubbeldee practiced steps while Megan Reynolds, at right, offered instruction.

Putting a swing in their step

MARSHALL The people gathered in the Marshall Area YMCA’s multipurpose room all had different levels of experience — ranging from “dancing at weddings” to years of partner dancing. But no matter their background, everybody seemed to be having fun, practicing steps while “My Baby ...

Photo by Mike Lamb
Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot, jumps over a group of Marshall Middle School student and teachers  during a dunk show Thursday afternoon. 
Crunch entertained the students with games and dance moves.

A howling good time

MARSHALL — It was Crunch time at Marshall Middle School Thursday afternoon. But it took awhile for Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot, to find his way inside the gymnasium where several hundred middle school students waited for the long anticipated famous dunk show. “It’s time ...

Photo by Karin Elton
Evelyn Lozenski shows the Easter eggs, shamrocks and valentines that she has crocheted.

Crazy about crocheting

MARSHALL It started when she was working nights for REM in Canby and had to occupy her time with something that wouldn’t make her fall asleep. She knew how to crochet doilies, so she crocheted the night away. “When I had my work done, I could do anything I wanted so I crocheted from ...

After years in the making, the Red Baron Arena and Expo had its grand opening event in September.

2016: A look back

To say that 2016 was an eventful year would be an understatement. There were plenty of changes and surprises in store for the world over the past 12 months, and not all of the newsworthy events happened at the global level. The Independent has compiled some of the local events that made ...

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Carter Barker of Marshall received a slice of bread from server Mike Sanders at the Community Christmas Dinner at Holy Redeemer’s Carlin Hall on Sunday.

Lending a hand

MARSHALL – Roberta Wyatt said she came to Marshall in 2004, and the Community Christmas Dinner in Carlin Hall at Holy Redeemer Church had already been started. Wyatt said she had started attending as a guest of her aunt, Elizabeth Brookshire. She eventually progressed to volunteering to serve ...

Photo by Jody Isaackson
Roger Staton and Kelly Johns pose with their summer fishing rods. They have had a lot of success with a yellow grasshopper-like jig on Tyson Lake, Lady Slipper and Cottonwood Lake over the past year.

Fishing buddies

Most people would find fishing a relaxing hobby, others not so much. For two Cottonwood men, it has practically become a way of life. Spending 20 to 25 hours per week on a lake year round is only feasible if you are retired, disabled or a professional fisherman. After a life-threatening ...

While some finishing touches like wall paneling still need to be put in, new courtrooms at the Lyon County Government Center are now complete enough to use. The new courtrooms are bigger than the old ones, and have some more traditional features, like jury boxes.

Making progress

MARSHALL It’s been a long road for construction work at the Lyon County Government Center. Work on a three-story building addition started in summer 2015, and it’s going to continue through this winter, said Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg. However, it’s easy to see the ...

Photo by Jenny Kirk
Mavis Verschelde, a passionate and outdoor-loving woman, demonstrates how to take aim with her crossbow.

On target

IVANHOE Ivanhoe resident Mavis Verschelde isn’t your typical grandmother. The 82-year-old has 24 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren, and though she’s been known to bake batches of cookies from time to time, Verschelde is more of an outdoorsy kind of woman. She loves to hunt and ...

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Santa pays a visit to Marshall

Photo by Jody Isaackson Three Coudron children from Marshall shared their Christmas gift lists with Santa Claus at the ECFE Santa Day at Greenwood Nursery Saturday. Pictured with Santa are, left to right, Annabel, 8, Andrew, 2, and Austin, 6.

Pictured is the sledding hill at Upper Sioux Agency State Park. This hill is ranked 8th in the state for best sliding, according to park personnel and the park’s Facebook page.  Below:

A winter wonderland

Even when the snow is flying, it doesn’t keep Minnesotans from enjoying outdoor recreation. Fortunately for area residents, state parks still offer plenty of things to do once it’s time to take the coats and mittens out of the closet. Marshall Independent staff writers rounded up some of ...

Stable students

It's good-bye regimented rows and hello flexible seating in many classrooms including two in Marshall.MARSHALLMost kids in school have moderate to severe cases of the wiggly-wobblies. A treatment increasingly gaining favor among teachers is flexible seating.Emily Pollock, fifth-grade language ...

A special project

Modern Woodmen and SMSU EMSP members banded together to tie quilts for soldiersMARSHALL?On Monday evening, several members of Modern Woodmen of America in Marshall met members of Southwest Minnesota State University Education Minnesota Student Program at the SMSU Individual Learning Center ...

… And many more

The Marshall-Lyon County Library celebrated five years last weekIt really didn't feel like it had been that long, speakers said. But what many area residents may still think of as the "new" Marshall-Lyon County Library building has definitely become established, and hit a new milestone.Last ...

Art, with heart

Works by Tyler native featured at the MAFAC arts centerMARSHALL - When Karen Stombaugh retired from her career in critical care nursing, she turned to her love of art.Stombaugh's exhibit "Oh How We Grew" will be on display through Dec. 16 at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center in ...

Literacy at Lakeview

School hosts Family Literacy Night to remind everyone of the importance of reading. And they had some fun while doing it.COTTONWOODMost parents and educators know that reading is instrumental to academic success. More often than not, it's also been determined to be a key indicator to success in ...

Musical mentors

SMSU Band celebrating 10 years of Guest Artist SeriesFor a decade, the students in the Southwest Minnesota State University Band program have learned from a host of professional musicians.The Southwest Minnesota State University Band program is celebrating its first 10 years of its Guest Artist ...

So much in store …

The Lyon County Historical Museum has been transformedthis month and is opening its doors today for everyone to see its new look.MARSHALLIf you needed sugar and coffee, you could bring a basket of fresh eggs into the mercantile store in town and make a trade.If you wanted to while away an ...

Taking on a classic comedy

SMSU?Theater Department to perform 'You Can't Take It With You'MARSHALL - Alice Sycamore falls in love with a young man from her work. But she has a dilemma - how does she introduce him and his parent to her eccentric family?The Southwest Minnesota State University Theater Department is ...

How much for Halloween

For some, Octobers' major holiday rivals December's in terms of outdoor decorWhen driving through town, any town, this time of year, one expects to see some either pleasant or scary yard decorations. This year, it seems that only about half the area homes had special lawn decorations to ...

Lizzie’s story continues

Redwood Falls native releases the second and third book in historical fiction seriesMARSHALL - Minnesota author Gail Wood's books may be geared for students in grades 3-7, yet she has a large number of adults who come to her book events because they are interested in pioneer life in Minnesota, ...