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More than summer reading

You might not think a small-town library would be a busy place right before a June weekend. But the Balaton branch of the Marshall-Lyon County Library was having a pretty lively Friday morning. A crowd of around 10 kids came to hear Christina Izquierdo read books inspired by songs, like ...

My husband the creep

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for eight years. My first marriage ended because my ex was a serial cheater and all-around creep. “Mike” seemed to be the exact opposite. However, shortly after we were married, I found out he was checking out dating sites. I confronted him, ...

Wedding by the numbers

Dear Heloise: Recently on the news, I heard that the average price of wedding in America is $35,000! Just how many engaged couples have that kind of money to invest in their big day? — Carmon H., Trenton, Ohio Carmon, weddings today have gotten very expensive, but there are ways to save ...

Low iron level

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter’s iron level has been dangerously low for several years. One measurement was as low as 5, but mostly it is between 9 and 15. She took iron pills, which affected her in many other ways. She was given one iron injection, which affected her negatively. She refused ...

It’s all about the cows

COTTONWOOD/WOOD LAKE There used to be 40 dairies along Minnesota Highway 23 in Lyon County alone. Now there are only six in the county, dairy farmer Dan Louwagie said. Louwagie and his two brothers, Tim and Bruce, farm together, starting the dairy in 1991. The Louwagies run 180 Holsteins ...

A week to remember

MARSHALL Eleven young men from Marshall recently had the opportunity to take part in the 70th annual American Legion Minnesota Boys State program held on the campus of St. John’s University in Collegeville, and for many of them it was a life-changing experience. Boys State is a unique ...

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 ...