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Finding more in Florida

Kandy Noles Stevens has been a Minnesota resident since 1994, but part of her heart will always favor Florida. It’s where she and her husband Daniel have attempted to instill many life lessons and a love for the Florida environment in their children — Sawyer, Erin and Cloie. “I consider ...

50 years in the parks

GARVIN PARK It was a milestone birthday for Lyon County parks, but the focus at the party was what it had been for 50 years — giving area community members a place to go outside and have some fun. The Lyon County Parks celebrated their 50th anniversary with an ice cream social and other ...

Taking the tour

BALATON It was a beautiful day to be inspired by the talented community members of Balaton during the third annual Tracy Area Gardens and Quilts Tour recently. As part of a fundraising effort for Tracy Kiwanis and St. Mary’s CCW, the tour featured the garden sites at six Balaton homes. ...

Echoes of the past

ECHO Antiques tell stories about the past. Combined with old newspapers clippings, fascinating tales can be told about even small towns like Echo. Former Echo residents Brad Kurtz and Anne (Kvistad) Anderson will be exhibiting their collections of Echo memorabilia at Echo’s 125th ...

Family stories, Minnesota history

MARSHALL Immigrants from countries like Norway have had a big impact on Minnesota’s history and population. But telling their story also means telling the stories of local residents and their families. A new traveling exhibit at the Lyon County Museum looks at both of those angles, ...

A market for music

MARSHALL As if buying fresh vegetables and other goods isn’t enough incentive to shop at the Marshall Area Farmers Market, coming to see live entertainment might be. The Marshall Area Farmers Market has been awarded $3,250 by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council to bring musicians to the ...

A lesson in love

BALATON Students on a recent missions trip to the Dominican Republic learned that people don’t have to speak the same language to communicate or show love. The Victory Christian youth group of 13 students — Kaylee Kirk, Olivia Knochenmus, Odessa Knochenmus, Sydney Lanoue, Lydia Bader, ...

A flood of memories

MARSHALL It was only one day of rain, but it came down in “sheets,” area residents said, and ended up delivering 8 inches of water June 16, 1957. On June 21, 3.52 inches of rain fell, making a total of 14 inches for the month. According to “At the Headwaters,” edited by Joseph Amato ...

Celebrating history

HENDRICKS A depot, one-room schoolhouse, working church, Sears and Roebuck house and two outbuildings containing military and agriculture memorabilia contain heaps of donated historical items in Hendricks. The public can visit the complex from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. today and tour the six buildings ...

A field trip to the past

CURRIE They hadn’t gone back in time. But Marshall area second-graders got to look back at how life used to be in southwest Minnesota. Steam engines, a historic train station, and a lot more sights were waiting for Park Side Elementary students earlier this month as they toured ...

A place of their own

TRACY Family and community are important in the Hmong culture — something that was evident at a comprehensive meeting recently at the Veterans Memorial Center in Tracy. Khou Lor, Project Uniting Southwest Hmong (PUSH) lead, welcomed the group of more than 50 individuals. After viewing the ...

A precious gift

MARSHALL Danette Stoks of Marshall has sewn 31 baby quilts for grand-nieces and grand-nephews over the past 14 years. “I’ve been quilting since elementary school,” Stoks said. “I wanted to do something special for my nieces and nephews as they had babies.” Stoks said it was ...

A day for art

GRANITE FALLS If they weren’t artists when they walked in — they were when they walked out. Students from six area schools got a chance May 3 to sample four areas of art and bring home their creations. The day is funded through the Yellow Medicine Integration Collaborative and involves ...

Blazing a trail

RUSSELL It’s not obvious that the trails are there. Even when viewed from the perspective of a Google satellite map, it’s not easy to see many of the paths under the oak trees by Coon Creek. But the spreading network of trails, designed for offroad vehicles, have gotten positive ...

Mary’s courage

BALATON More than 300 high school students walked across the stage to receive their state FFA degree at the Minnesota State Convention Monday night, but perhaps none were as proud as Marshall High School’s Mary Sundquist. Seventeen-year-old Mary, who lives in Balaton, not only suffered ...

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.” ...