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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 ...

The man who keeps on giving

For years, Bill Swope has devoted himself to serving kids through education, and because of his kindness and commitment to helping children, has become a very beloved figure in the Marshall area.After over 40 years in the education field, Swope will be stepping down from his role as executive ...

In their defense

A group of area women practiced the basics ofself-defense at the Marshall Area YMCA recentlyThey hadn't been practicing long, but the women landing kicks on training pads in the YMCA multipurpose room were making good progress."You can tell by the sound," said Kevin Knight. A solid blow to the ...

Turning over her own leaf

Sima Amid Wewetzer seeks healing, peace,freedom and creativity in her abstract artworkMARSHALL - Artist Sima Amid Wewetzer said she has a lot of energy for her paintings.And in her latest local exhibit, that energy shows with more than 40 of her artworks on display.Amid Wewetzer's work will be ...

R & R at B & Bs

Who said you have to drive long distances to enjoy a weekend away? There's no need to spend an arm and a leg on gas in addition to room accommodations when there are a half dozen bed and breakfasts within a 50-mile radius of Marshall.When Kathy and Jerry Lozinski opened their second bed and ...

A space for birds

Birds are the creative force behind Walnut Grove man's exhibitMARSHALL - With his current exhibit, Walnut Grove artist Dan Wahl turned to the subject of birds."Something that delights me about them in relation to the whole exhibit is how the art forms and the objects are both highlighted," he ...

Food and fun…what else do you really need?

Kids in a Talents Academy food-prep class learned how to create fun and (mostly) healthful treats last week.All classes should be like this: do a little work, eat, do a little more work, eat. Repeat about five times.That's roughly the schedule and curriculum for the first- through ...

‘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 ...