Features

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 ...

Produce producers

Farm to School: Kim and Kerry Ruppert of rural Currie host localyouth to give them insight on where some of their food comes fromRURAL CURRIEThe importance of knowing where your food comes from cannot be understated, which is why Westbrook-Walnut Grove third- and fourth-graders recently took a ...

A timely show

SMSU theater to present '44 Plays for 44 Presidents'MARSHALL - With the election just around the corner, the Southwest Minnesota State University Theater Department is presenting a show that looks at the lives of past presidents through song and dance, dramatic pieces and even ballet.The SMSU ...

Distinctive domiciles

New homes are nice, but nothing beats the charm of Victorian homes. And there are plenty around the area to enjoy a glimpse of.When traveling, a favorite hobby of many people is observing various house/building styles. Even if you are not into architecture in a big way, you can appreciate the ...

Bringing the past to life

Many things are happening at Tracy's Wheel's Acrossthe Prairie Museum, including live blacksmithingTRACYThe Wheels Across the Prairie Museum in Tracy preserves pieces of area history, but that's definitely not all it does. When Tracy area residents and museum volunteers come together, they can ...

‘Ten: Five Five’

Royal Hettling's account of his tour in Vietnam detailed in his new bookIn the first few pages of his book, Royal Hettling of Minneota tells about being 18, thinking about the people he grew up with getting ready to go to college or vocational school and how he wished he could trade places with ...

On pillboxes, subs and the dungue fever

Editor's Note: This is the third of a three-part series of stories about Stan Kindler. Kindler, a PFC in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was with the 2nd Marine Division, 8th Regiment, 2nd Service Battalion, Ordnance Company. The interviews were conducted by Phil Drietz, who also ...

Baby steps

It's called Baby Play Date, and it has been provento have far-reaching benefits for everyone involvedMARSHALLSome things you never forget - such as how good it feels to hold a baby. Residents of Boulder Creek Assisted Living and Memory Care got to do just that and more last week.Marshall Public ...

Ted’s story

His physical life derailed by a freak injury, Ted Stamp eventually moved on spiritually, as is detailed in his new book.MARSHALL - Back in the summer of 1993, Ted Stamp had just graduated from high school and was looking forward to going to college.Less than a month after graduation, he ...

Noteworthy

Women's barbershop chorus has made some big changes in the last yearWith a new director and a new name, the area women's barbershop chorus has a new outlook and is looking to grow.Last fall, the Song of the Prairie Chorus left the Sweet Adelines, changing its name to Take Note. The group now ...

Marine recalls the landing at Tarawa

Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series of stories about Stan Kindler. Kindler, a PFC in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was with the 2nd Marine Division, 8th Regiment, 2nd Service Battalion, Ordnance Company. The interviews were conducted by Phil Drietz, who also ...

A Marine’s memories

Editor's Note: This is the second of a three-part series of stories about Stan Kindler. Kindler, a PFC in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II was with the 2nd Marine Division, 8th Regiment, 2nd Service Battalion, Ordnance Company. The interviews were conducted by Phil Drietz, who also ...

Jessie’s way

Faced with adversity following a 2014 car crash that left this standout high school athlete battered, broken and bruised, Jessie Nelson faced a future full of questions. Today, her scars are a reminder of a spiritual and physical journey that has given her new perspective.Most people wouldn't ...

Florence native pens first novel

MARSHALL - For her first attempt at writing a novel, Alberta Tolbert said the biggest challenge was writing from the point of view of a young girl.Tolbert, a Florence native and graduate of Tyler High School, had her first novel "Poppa's War" published earlier this year.Tolbert, who now lives ...

Dancing, and growing

MCS dance class teaches aspiring dancers the basics, and it also gives them a chance to express themselves."Are we ready for animal action?" instructor Wilson Ebner asked the young dancers as they excitedly bounced up and down. Ebner and the youngsters clapped their hands and laughed as they ...