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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 ...

Stage presence

Members of SMSU's?current Forensicsteam continue strong traditionMARSHALLThe Southwest Minnesota State University Forensics team has seen a great deal of success throughout the years, from members being named an All-American by the American Forensics Association to state champions and national ...

Bigger than a ‘Little House’

The words 'Walnut Grove' have become synonymous withLaura Ingalls Wilder, but all you need is a few minutes in the town'smuseum to see there's more to its history than its most famous resident.WALNUT GROVEIf you've visited the Walnut Grove Museum, you've seen dozens of exhibits about the town's ...

Meeting in the middle

Area residents took a trip to the Middle Ages last weekend, with the help of members of the Society for Creative Anachronism.LUCANFor a few moments last Sunday, you could have been forgiven for thinking the basketball court at the Lucan Community Center was caught in a time warp. While a small ...

Storytelling through the lens

Pipestone photographer to have exhibit at SMAC galleryMARSHALL - Pipestone photographer Mark Thode's work encompasses a variety of subjects, and he said it's given him a form of communication, storytelling and expression.Thode's photography exhibit will be on display from Tuesday through April ...

Giving of themselves

Balaton native pays itforward by helping youthin the Dominican RepublicLifetouch is well-known for its school and family photography, though the Minnesota-founded organization does so much more than that.In addition to being the professional photography of choice for nearly 80 years, Lifetouch ...

The play’s the thing

A group of RTR?High School students know their drama - they've gone to the state one-act play competition three years running.TYLERRussell-Tyler-Ruthton High School is one of the smaller schools taking part in the winter one-act play competitions held around Minnesota. When they perform for ...

‘The secret life of words’

Works by Twin Cities artist on display at SMSU's William Whipple GalleryMARSHALL - Before she came to the United States, Twin Cities artist Ute Bertog worked in the corporate world. But she knew it wasn't for her.Works by Bertog, "The Secret Life of Words," are on display through March 4 at the ...

Soft, furry therapy

Paws for People program serves to brighten the days of assisted living residencesand nursing homes. And it works.A few minutes after noon on Monday in the multi-purpose room at Boulder Estates, a group of residents were eagerly awaiting a few four-legged feline visitors. A sign on the door to ...

Cloth creativity

Lifeskills, community service and a gift for mom. It's a win-win-win for students in Brenda Elton's textiles class at Marshall Area Technical and Educational Center. The 10 juniors and seniors are learning how to sew on a button, crochet baby blankets and create hot pads and coasters. The ...