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In name only

There’s a new movie called “Cottonwood,” but Cottonwood residents shouldn’t get too excited. The writer and director of the movie, Ethan Clerc, didn’t know about the city of Cottonwood until after he made the movie. The film is named after Cottonwood Lake in Windom, and it is a ...

A ride for reconciliation

MARSHALL So much has been taken from the Dakota people. Yet somehow, they’ve never lost their ability to love and to forgive others. For more than a decade, a journey toward healing and reconciliation has taken place during the Dakota 38 + 2 Wokiksuye Ride, which honors the 38 Dakota ...

A legacy at SMSU

MARSHALL At one time or another, Stu Galstad said, he’s probably worked with people from all levels at Southwest Minnesota State University. “It’s been kind of interesting that way, in that you meet a wide variety of people,” Galstad said. It’s not hard to see why that would ...

Building it in Balaton

BALATON Despite being a community of less than 700, Balaton is growing in a number of ways. As Balaton Economic Development Authority (EDA) director, Tara Onken has seen development, construction and expansion opportunities come to fruition throughout the community, including at Eastbay, ...

All decked out

MARSHALL Those of you who just can’t get enough of holiday activities will want to stop in at the Lyon County Museum this month. In addition to the regular exhibits, there are a variety of Christmas trees, gift items and Christmas decorations throughout the museum to look at. A holiday ...

Making the best of it

ECHO ECHO Charter School kids seem to have fun riding the bus with the streets all torn up for the big infrastructure project the town is undertaking. Some days bus drivers had the challenge of weaving between two large pieces of construction equipment, a bull dozer on one side of the ...

Carving out a piece of history

MARSHALL Being commissioned to carve a statue for a church is an amazing honor, especially if you are a retired woman like Alice Marthaler of Marshall who enjoys carving. Marthaler is a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall, a sister parish to the Church of St. Clotilde for ...

Going national

MARSHALL An educational tour at koi fish and shrimp farms, a visit to a unique horse racing track and opportunities to meet new people and learn new things were among the highlights that eight members of the Marshall FFA chapter got to experience recently as they joined more than 67,000 FFA ...

Re-use, recycle and retire

MARSHALL When Sharon Root sat at her display table at the Lyon County Fair last summer, she recognized more than one young person as someone she has watched grow up over the years from annual visits to Lyon County classrooms as a recycling educator. She told one girl, who is now in her early ...

Testing the waters together

MARSHALL On the day before the Governor’s Pheasant Opener, lots of people around Marshall were preparing to get out into the field. But for some it wasn’t about hunting — it was about scientific field work. While a chilly drizzle fell from the sky, young people climbed off of school ...

The future of learning

MARSHALL As technology continues to advance, educational institutions like Holy Redeemer School in Marshall have learned to balance the use of traditional teaching methods while also embracing new technological opportunities. While the teachers are attempting to use the best possible ...

Going off-script

MARSHALL It’s not often you get a chance to work one-on-one with someone at the top of their career, but Southwest Minnesota State University junior Sariah Cheadle recently got a few acting tips from Isiah Whitlock Jr. Whitlock gave a presentation on what it takes to succeed in acting ...

Pets with a purpose

Sometimes the best medicine is the companionship of a furry friend. Laurel Wambeke knows that to be true. “I’ve been training therapy animals,” said Wambeke, who lives with her husband, Vincent, in the rural Marshall area. “It’s going great so far. I’ve gone to assisted living ...

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 ...