Features

‘Just like anybody else’

Aside from the whole hair thing, Kayla Padfield wants everyoneto know there's nothing different about people with alopecia.No, it's not cancer."That's what most people with alopecia have to explain to people. And while it's a natural assumption for people to think that someone's baldness is due ...

Her literary path

Slayton native releases her latest novel, 'Lady in the Moon'MARSHALL - Connie Claire Szarke had started writing when she was still a girl in Slayton but didn't become a published author until after she retired from her teaching job.Szarke recently published the third book in a trilogy, "Lady in ...

Getting fresh

Farmers Markets to open soon offering fresh produce for summer enjoymentWith summer here, everyone seems to be anticipating fresh garden produce, whether they grow it themselves or attend a nearby farmers market to purchase the mouthwateringly delicious food stuffs.Within a 15-mile radius of ...

Cast iron art

Lamberton man's work on display at MAFACMARSHALL - When Clayton Hubert of Lamberton was in third grade, he already knew he wanted to be an artist and an art teacher.Hubert's exhibit, "Casting Vessels," which features cast-iron bowls and vases, will be on display through June 30 at the Marshall ...

Magic man

He may be only 16 years old, but magician Jett Skrien has the stage presence of asavvy veteran.Jett Skrien is turning what started as a fun hobby, into a rapidly expanding business."I am a professional magician or illusionist. It's a business I have been doing for about two years," said ...

The finished product

The doors were opened on the Red Baron Arena & Expo this week, as the public got their first real look at a much-talked about regional complex.The construction of a new sports and event center in Marshall is something area residents have had their eyes on over the past year. But getting ...

Marshall native to take part in national competition

MARSHALL - This summer will be the "summer of Chicago" for Marshall native Emma Larson.Besides being in a production of the musical "Chicago," Larson, a Marshall High School graduate, will compete in the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Student Auditions in July in ...

A special screening

Revere woman's cartoon to be shown in Tracy, Walnut GroveMARSHALL - For more than 20 years, Denise Fick of Revere was an animator and graphic designer for public television in the Twin Cities.Even though she's been designing and animating for decades, she recently created her first animation ...

Giving them a voice

Southwest Minnesota State University sociology students dug deep to learn about local immigrants for their undergraduate research projects in December, which was part of a larger project known as 'Migrant Voices'"When I was 7 years old, we started to run for our lives. The (Burmese) soldiers ...

On stage in Spain

Southwest Minnesota State University Touring Ensemble plays three concerts in central SpainBeautiful towns, lots of great food, appreciative audiences and churches dating back to the 1300s were just a part of the itinerary for the contingent from Southwest Minnesota State University during its ...

Back on the lake

Whether it's for the fish or the fun of it,area residents are drawn to the water.The saying goes that even a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. Judging by the turnout for the start of fishing season last weekend, it seems plenty of southwest Minnesota residents would agree. ...

On location

Tyler native Kathy Swanson is returningto her roots to put together an independent filmThey say writers should write what they know. For Tyler native Kathy Swanson, what she knows is the Tyler area.Swanson, who now lives in Vermont with her husband, Vince O'Connell, is returning to her roots ...

Gone fishin’

Program gives veterans a special day on the lakeCOTTONWOODLance Peterson's vision to give back to local veterans started with two men - a father and son who were both wounded while serving. Now, after collaborating with the Cottonwood Area Sportsmen's Club and several area businesses, ...

Strings attached

Fourth-graders who makeup the orchestra learnvalue of string instrumentsOn a recent Thursday afternoon, members of the fourth-grade orchestra at West Side Elementary School got their instruments ready to play a few songs they've learned throughout the year.Toward the end of their lesson, the ...

Helping others sleep tight

Sisters Jennifer and Molly Krog volunteered with aMinnesota nonprofit to help give kids in need beds to sleep in.Giving others a warm place to sleep has become a family project for two sisters from southwest Minnesota. Over the past year, Jennifer and Molly Krog, both students at Minneota High ...

Art with a message

Marshall woman creates painting for fire department's 125thMARSHALL - When Nicolle Jennings of Marshall was approached more than a year ago to do a painting, she had to keep it a secret.Last August, the painting was presented to the Marshall Fire Department for its 125th anniversary ...

Still poppin’

It wouldn't be summer in Granite Falls without popcornGRANITE FALLS - Granite Falls folks - and nearby ducks - are building up steam and ready to explode in anticipation for May 1.That's when the Granite Falls Kiwanis Popcorn Stand is set to open for the season."Opening night is huge," said ...

A Fine Arts Celebration

SMSU celebrates the arts all month longThis year marks the 10th anniversary of Southwest Minnesota State University's annual month-long Fine Arts Celebration. The festival combines the work of the art, communications, music, theater and writing programs on campus.Dr. Pat Brace, art professor ...

‘A Worthwhile experience’

Works by MHS/SMSU grad to be featured at MAFACMARSHALL - Suzannah Gau said preparing for her upcoming exhibit was sometimes tough, especially with her full-time job."It was challenging and often mentally exhausting, but it was a worthwhile experience, and I'm happy with what I have to show for ...

Bed time

Minneota Rotary Club, Minneota Manor, team up to provide beds for those in needMINNEOTAIt has been said that one man's junk is another man's treasure. That certainly was the case recently when the Minneota Rotary Club was notified about a possible opportunity to help those less fortunate.When ...