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School’s out, but fun’s not

MARSHALL It was mid-June, and classes were in session this week at Marshall High School. These weren’t the kind of classes you got graded on, however — these were strictly for fun. In the art classroom, a group of area kids were learning how to turn pieces of fence wire and stretchy ...

Finding a cause

TRACY Kevin and Wendy Haney of rural Tracy don’t ride motorcycle, but they are participating in Ride-For-A-Reason in two big ways. Wendy Haney designed a quilt for raffle at a national convention, and Kevin Haney will provide electronic and medical support for the fundraising ...

Better late than never

MARSHALL Marshall native Marc Remhof recently retired after spending 29 years as a Sun Country pilot. He also served in the U.S. Navy, worked as an aircraft mechanic and attended college. He’s done a lot of remarkable things in his life and he also has a loving family, but he said he’s ...

One last ride

RUSSELL It’s been part of Russell’s Bandwagon Days celebrations for more than a decade. But next week will be the last chance to see the cowboys in action at the Russell Stampede Rodeo. Local organizers said this year’s rodeo, on June 1 and 2, will be the last one. But they’re ...

Planting a legacy at SMSU

MARSHALL The past, present and future were harmonized in a special tree planting ceremony last week on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. Mirroring the planting of trees on campus more than 50 years ago when the university was founded, the SMSU Class of 2018 chose a 50th ...

Weighing the options

MARSHALL Talk about what, if anything, to do about the condition of Marshall’s city hall building has gone on for years. But settling on a course of action is a more complex process than it might seem. Earlier this week, members of the Marshall City Council continued to weigh options like ...

Science was brewing

MARSHALL It wasn’t quite your typical brewery tour. While the group of people following Dustin Brau through the back room at the Brau Brothers brewery last week were learning how the beer was made, there was also a heavy emphasis on how all the tanks, pumps and other equipment around them ...

‘It isn’t late yet’

MARSHALL Farmers in the southwest Minnesota region that were buried in snow this April are being urged to be patient with their planting plans this spring. “Be as patient as we can and with each other as well as the those we interact with every day,” Paul Lanoue said. He is a ...

Dishing up success

MARSHALL Peachy Keen team members Megan Forster, Alexandra Froman, Clarissa Geisel and Dean Zinda believed they had developed a good product for a national culinology competition, but they kept getting pressure to change it. The Southwest Minnesota State University team members said people ...

SMSU makes history at Research Chef Association competition

MARSHALL For the first time in Research Chef Association history, first and second place in the national student culinology competition went to the same academic institution — Southwest Minnesota State University. The team of junior Dean Zinda and seniors Clarissa Geisel, Alexandra Froman ...

100 years of John Deere

MARSHALL Site manager Kyle Minett and members of his staff at Kibble Equipment are busy getting ready for their spring open house called “Drive Green.” This year, they are also celebrating the 100th anniversary of the John Deere tractor. Minett said that this year’s models will be ...

Portraying the greats

MARSHALL Two classrooms at West Side Elementary School were recently taken over by famous trailblazers, legends, innovators and other impactful people, creating an entertaining and educational experience for many at the “Wax Museum.” Walking through the classrooms, people could find and ...

Good things come in threes

RURAL WOOD LAKE Brad VanLerberghe, who typically sees things in black and white — as in black and white Holstein cows — recently experienced what many would call a miracle on the farm. On Saturday, the longtime dairy farmer had triplet calves born. As if the birth of triplet calves ...

Snow daze

Mother Nature can be stubborn when it comes to spring arriving in Minnesota. The National Weather Service observing program manager in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Brad Adams, is forecasting a fairly mild March for the rest of the month. He predicts the same in April for southwest ...

Well worth it

MARSHALL Sometimes people who donate to charities or foundations might wonder where their money goes — am I really helping someone? Area members of a new group have been given photos of a concrete result of their efforts. Last summer, a group of Marshall area residents who have ties to ...

A journey of hope

COTTONWOOD As the first anniversary of the Lakeview bus crash was getting closer, people were really dreading the day. That’s when a few people decided to get together and plan an uplifting celebration instead. Now 10 years later, people are proud to talk about their Journey of Hope, ...

It’s what’s inside that counts

MARSHALL February has traditionally been a month to study the presidents of the United States. It has also become a tradition to learn about Black History and famous African Americans. This year, two of Park Side’s eight kindergarten classes learned about prejudice for Martin Luther King ...

Going full strength against cancer

MARSHALL As she sits in a hospital chair watching the “red devil” chemo treatment flow into her arm, Tonya Ormberg looks pretty vulnerable. The treatment is strong and has a lot of negative side effects. It’s what caused her to lose her hair. But the 42-year-old has a ferocious ...

German coalition talks for new government adjourned until today

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats embarked Sunday on a final push for an agreement on a new German government, but negotiators adjourned for the night without resolving all their differences. After an all-day session, the ...

Curling comes to Marshall

MARSHALL The first group of people had taken their positions, crouching down on the ice. One by one, they each got ready to slide the 44-pound stones in front of them down the length of the rink. Or not. At least at first, many of the would-be curlers gathered at the Red Baron Arena and ...