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Marshall reaction: Inaugural speech unusual

MARSHALL — Local political leaders agree President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech was unusual and was consistent with his campaign platform before the election. “It was an ‘America first’ speech,” former Minnesota State Representative Marty Seifert (R) of Marshall said. “He was ...

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Chanda Bossuyt, MA-TEC student services, spoke on behalf of Kiara Donaire, who received her high school diploma Friday  during a winter graduation ceremony. Also graduating were Paris Clifton, Melody Goltz, Cassandra Herberg, Liban Ibrahim, Arturo Inguanzo and Darren Nelson.

MA-TEC graduates ‘overcome obstacles’

MARSHALL — Seven students at Marshall Area Technical and Educational Center stuck it out, persevered over obstacles and received a diploma to show for their efforts at that MA-TEC winter graduation ceremony Friday afternoon. In addition to the graduation ceremony, two juniors, Eric Diaz and ...

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Rep. Chris Swedzinski and Sen. Gary Dahms spoke to Marshall area residents during a town hall meeting Friday at the Marshall Area YMCA.

Local legislators focused on the issues in 2017 session

MARSHALL — There’s a lot of Minnesota legislators’ plates this session, but area representatives said they’re getting down to work. “It’s been a fast and furious two weeks,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski. Swedzinski (R-Ghent) and Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) were in Marshall ...

Ready to get to know Marshall

Full of anxiety, I walked into Fuzzy’s Sunday afternoon wearing my Green Bay Packers shirt underneath my winter coat. My nervousness had less to do with the 1,658-mile journey from Helendale, California, to Marshall and more to do with my concern of missing the kick-off for the NFC ...

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Spelling it out

Photo by Karin Elton Avery Anderson, a Marshall Middle School eighth-grader, was among the students who took turns at the podium Thursday at the annual Spelling Bee. The middle schoolers spelled words such as “pertinacity” and “velocipede.” Fifth- and sixth-grade champion: Tera ...

RTR School Board elects officers for 2017

RUSSELL — During its first meeting of the new year on Wednesday night, the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board elected its officers for 2017. Regaining his post as board chair by a narrow margin was Jeff Hansen. Craig Hess is vice chair, Peggy Dunblazier remains as clerk, and Tony Dybdahl ...

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From left to right, writer and Freedom Rider Joan Browning, SMSU professor Jeff Kolnick, and Marshall resident Gary Watson took part in a panel discussion Wednesday night at the university.

Growing in unity

MARSHALL — Some of the most influential leaders of the Civil Rights movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lames Lawson, believed nonviolence and love were more powerful than hate. They were correct, Joan Browning said — and their message is still relevant today. Browning, a ...

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Rick and Heather Purrington have two children, Juliann, 10, and Brooklyn, 6, whom they are happy to raise in Marshall, the small town they, themselves grew up in. Rick and Heather also enjoy their positions in education and Rick’s involvement in coaching the Tiger Speech Team.

Making a connection

Editor’s Note: This story is the fourth in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. MARSHALL — Finding life in large cities less congenial than rural Minnesota towns, Rick and his wife, Heather (Pratt) ...

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Lyon County Commissioner Steve Ritter makes a point during Tuesday’s board meeting.

Lyon County gets first look at buffer enforcement options

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners still have plenty of questions — and a lot of frustration — about how Minnesota’s buffer law would affect local landowners and county government. On Tuesday commissioners got a first look at their options for who will enforce compliance with the ...

Lincoln County Board approves watershed plan

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board approved several resolutions during the course of its Tuesday meeting. Dale Sterzinger of the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District asked for the board to approve the four-part One Watershed, One Plan. No. 12-2017 Resolution to Adopt and ...

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The library is the place to be

Photo by Jody Isaackson Weather doesn’t matter when you have a fun library to go to. Alric Njua, 2, and Ariel-Kenzie Njua, 4, played with the toys in the children’s section of the Marshall-Lyon County Library Tuesday afternoon while their grandmother read to them and their mother checked ...

MPS takes next steps for April referendum

MARSHALL — The Marshall School District took more formal steps Tuesday toward a new building bond referendum in April. At their regular meeting, members of the school board unanimously voted to call for a special election on April 18. Marshall Superintendent Scott Monson said two ...

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Physician Assistant Stephanie McKee, right, pauses for a photo during her busy day at the ACMC in Marshall. She is conferring with her CMA Keri Sandhurst. McKee is one of many Marshall High School graduates who have chosen to come back to Marshall to live after having worked elsewhere.

Reaching out

Editor’s Note: This story is the third in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. MARSHALL —When one thinks of the medical profession, often scenes from television shows come to mind. It becomes easier to do ...

Broadband grant means more opportunity for students, Tracy supt. says

MARSHALL — It was big news, said Tracy Area Schools Superintendent Chad Anderson. The announcement that the Tracy Area School District will receive a state broadband grant was something that would “really open up” opportunities for students. Last week, it was announced that the Tracy ...

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Nate McNett helped Kaysen McNett cut out a paper heart to glue on the front of a card he was making, during the “Be Kind” event at the Marshall-Lyon County Library on Saturday. The cards kids made at the event will be given to veterans.

A day for kindness

MARSHALL — The table set up in the community room at the Marshall-Lyon County Library on Saturday was covered in art supplies, paper and just about everything you’d need to make a greeting card. And there were just about as many different styles of cards being put together as there were ...

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One of the unique features of the Red Baron Arena and Expo is a display of memorabilia on loan from the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Museum in Eveleth. Darin Rahm, director of the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau, talked about the items on display earlier this week.

Pieces of hockey history

MARSHALL — The Red Baron Arena and Expo was designed to give hockey fans a good experience. But what some visitors might not know is that the arena and expo facility has a little bit of hockey history too, said Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Darin Rahm. Inside the Vast ...

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Heritage Fair at True Light

Photo by Karin Elton True Light Christian School third- and fourth-graders in Sara Perez’s social studies class presented at the annual Heritage Fair where they showed the fruits of their research on their ancestry, their countries of origin, its customs and food. True Light third-grader ...

Tracy School District gets state grant for Internet access

MARSHALL — Technology is an ever-increasing part of education for Minnesota children. But many students risk being left behind, especially in areas where there’s little access to reliable Internet service. “You can’t compete if you can’t connect,” said Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina ...

DEED broadband grants include SW MN projects

MARSHALL — Area students aren’t the only ones who will benefit from expanded Internet access in the future. The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced this week that several southwest Minnesota broadband projects received grants as part of the Border-to-Border ...

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Austin DeMuth is one of those Marshall High School graduates who has come back home to raise a family and make a contribution back into the community in which they grew up.

Making Marshall home

Editor’s Note: This story is the second in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. MARSHALL — Most people who make charitable donations feel good about their donations no matter the size. They are doing ...