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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 ...

Art, with heart

Works by Tyler native featured at the MAFAC arts centerMARSHALL - When Karen Stombaugh retired from her career in critical care nursing, she turned to her love of art.Stombaugh's exhibit "Oh How We Grew" will be on display through Dec. 16 at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council's arts center in ...

Literacy at Lakeview

School hosts Family Literacy Night to remind everyone of the importance of reading. And they had some fun while doing it.COTTONWOODMost parents and educators know that reading is instrumental to academic success. More often than not, it's also been determined to be a key indicator to success in ...

Musical mentors

SMSU Band celebrating 10 years of Guest Artist SeriesFor a decade, the students in the Southwest Minnesota State University Band program have learned from a host of professional musicians.The Southwest Minnesota State University Band program is celebrating its first 10 years of its Guest Artist ...

So much in store …

The Lyon County Historical Museum has been transformedthis month and is opening its doors today for everyone to see its new look.MARSHALLIf you needed sugar and coffee, you could bring a basket of fresh eggs into the mercantile store in town and make a trade.If you wanted to while away an ...

Taking on a classic comedy

SMSU?Theater Department to perform 'You Can't Take It With You'MARSHALL - Alice Sycamore falls in love with a young man from her work. But she has a dilemma - how does she introduce him and his parent to her eccentric family?The Southwest Minnesota State University Theater Department is ...

How much for Halloween

For some, Octobers' major holiday rivals December's in terms of outdoor decorWhen driving through town, any town, this time of year, one expects to see some either pleasant or scary yard decorations. This year, it seems that only about half the area homes had special lawn decorations to ...

Lizzie’s story continues

Redwood Falls native releases the second and third book in historical fiction seriesMARSHALL - Minnesota author Gail Wood's books may be geared for students in grades 3-7, yet she has a large number of adults who come to her book events because they are interested in pioneer life in Minnesota, ...

School pride

Marshall and Minneota are two proud high schools that pay closeattention to its athletes of the past by honoring them, Hall-of Fame-styleIt started as a tradition of athletic excellence at a pair of local schools. Now, it's become the start of something new.Over the past few years, supporters ...

An introduction to rural life

Dawson woman produces web series 'Poems from the Field'MARSHALL - After moving to the Dawson area from Chicago, Lauren K. Carlson learned to appreciate small town life."Living here has far exceeded my expectations, and I wanted a way to promote the region and celebrate the people here," she ...

Meeting Laura

Traveling program brings Laura Ingalls Wilder fans an interactiveperspective on her real-life experiencesArea Laura Ingalls Wilder fans will get the whole pint - instead of just a "Half Pint" this month.Laura will be fleshed out in the form of historian Melanie Stringer who will portray her in ...

All about the arts

Annual Meander: Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl gets underway FridayFor artists, the annual Meander offers a chance to share their craft with visitors from around the state and beyond. And for those who attend the yearly event, they get to explore the beauty of Upper Minnesota River Valley and ...