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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...