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A new arrival

ECHO Mother Nature expects to see babies in the spring, as she did in the Hennens’ horse corral on the east edge of Echo nearly two weeks ago. Sandra Hennen’s trail horse, Sugar, had the first foal on the place since the Hennens moved there 13 years ago, Sandra said. “It’s been ...

A good fit

Editor’s note: This is the third in a four-part series on the challenges and successes that people with disabilities and the people who work with them experience. MARSHALL They go together like a tongue and groove cabinet door. A local cabinet making company and employment agency for ...

Rising to the challenge

There was plenty of chatter around the gymnasium at Southwest Minnesota State University’s Recreation/Athletic Facility, as area high school students buttoned their white chef’s jackets and set up their workstations. But once the judges started the time clock, things quieted down. The ...

Making chemistry cool

MARSHALL Explosions of light and sound, disappearing water and other cool chemistry reactions — despite oftentimes being awe-inspiring and mysterious — are not to be mistaken for magic, members of the Southwest Minnesota State University Chem Club said. “People always call our shows ...

A reason to celebrate

MARSHALL Marshall Evangelical Free Church is enjoying a growth spurt that has it expanding its facilities to include more youth ministry space. “A building has been added between the two buildings,” said the Rev. Don LeClere, who is senior pastor. “It holds a whole new youth room.” ...

An architectural genius

MARSHALL The beautiful architecture of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church will be celebrated next week — and the man behind the building. The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra will perform “Building Minnesota: The Centennial Commemoration of Emmanuel Masqueray” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Holy ...

A new look at Mustang heritage

MARSHALL They had to work fast, Stacy Frost said. With the student center at Southwest Minnesota State University quiet during spring break, a group of area volunteers had a short window of opportunity to do some major moving and sorting. On Tuesday afternoon, Andrea Hess helped unlock ...

On the watch

MARSHALL Cold weather might keep a lot of people indoors during the winter, but not avid year-round birders like Garrett Wee and Roger Schroeder. “It’s really neat that it gets you outside,” said Schroeder, who has been birding for more than 20 years. “It’s something my family got ...

Report warns of state money fallout from health law repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act ...

A rewarding project

MILROY A beautiful old building has been saved, thanks to the efforts of an area woman who hated to see it in disrepair. Sunny Ruthchild, an area organic farmer and owner of Merryweather Farm near Walnut Grove, bought the State Bank building in downtown Milroy “for a song” about “10 ...

Everyone’s ready . . . to read

COTTONWOOD It was a big day for Lakeview Elementary students. The whole school, from pre-kindergarteners to sixth-graders, were gathered in the auditorium. When Susanne Lee asked, everyone tapped out a “drumroll” and counted down to a big announcement. When the countdown reached zero, ...

Making his debut

COTTONWOOD Move over Don Muenchow. Step aside Nick Kissner. There’s a new country writer in the area. Leon Doom of rural Cottonwood recently self-published a novel called “Our Red Blue Family,” using Lulu Publishing in Indianapolis, Indiana. “It is a fictional story ...

Sending a message

Area residents found themselves a part of history as they joined the women’s march “to promote women’s rights, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights, and to address racial inequities, workers’ issues, and environmental issues,” according to Wikipedia.com, which goes on to say that last ...

His roots are deep

Editor’s Note: This story is the sixth in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. LYND – Jes Mellenthin of rural Lynd has earned distinction for himself and made his alma mater, Marshall High School, proud ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...