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Well worth it

MARSHALL Sometimes people who donate to charities or foundations might wonder where their money goes — am I really helping someone? Area members of a new group have been given photos of a concrete result of their efforts. Last summer, a group of Marshall area residents who have ties to ...

A journey of hope

COTTONWOOD As the first anniversary of the Lakeview bus crash was getting closer, people were really dreading the day. That’s when a few people decided to get together and plan an uplifting celebration instead. Now 10 years later, people are proud to talk about their Journey of Hope, ...

It’s what’s inside that counts

MARSHALL February has traditionally been a month to study the presidents of the United States. It has also become a tradition to learn about Black History and famous African Americans. This year, two of Park Side’s eight kindergarten classes learned about prejudice for Martin Luther King ...

Going full strength against cancer

MARSHALL As she sits in a hospital chair watching the “red devil” chemo treatment flow into her arm, Tonya Ormberg looks pretty vulnerable. The treatment is strong and has a lot of negative side effects. It’s what caused her to lose her hair. But the 42-year-old has a ferocious ...

German coalition talks for new government adjourned until today

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the center-left Social Democrats embarked Sunday on a final push for an agreement on a new German government, but negotiators adjourned for the night without resolving all their differences. After an all-day session, the ...

Curling comes to Marshall

MARSHALL The first group of people had taken their positions, crouching down on the ice. One by one, they each got ready to slide the 44-pound stones in front of them down the length of the rink. Or not. At least at first, many of the would-be curlers gathered at the Red Baron Arena and ...

A is for Active

MARSHALL What does it take to become a Triple A Award winner? For Marshall High School seniors Luke Jones of Marshall and Morgan Radel of Arco, it means a high school career full of activities that they enjoy and know will benefit them in the future. Each year, the Minnesota State High ...

Spreading kindness

RUSSELL Christmas is known to be a time for giving, but thanks to a project organized by Russell-Tyler-Ruthton sixth-grader Kai Drake, that Christmas spirit is expected to continue making children smile throughout the entire year. Drake spearheaded a project that involved collecting toys, ...

A year of building

While construction season is still a few months away, it already looks like 2018 will be a busy year for public construction projects. A number of highway and bridge projects will start in the Marshall area, while the city of Marshall is planning a major reconstruction project on Saratoga ...

Building a brand

PORTER The Stoks brothers of Porter continue to build a business that has impact nationwide. Known for building a larger-than-life steam engine and coal car for the Houston Astros 17 years ago, SMI (Stoks Manufacturing Inc.) & Hydraulics Inc. has stayed the course to develop working ...

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 ...