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Chasing Our Tails finds home in Minneota, Tracy

MINNEOTA — A business owner, who withdrew from Marshall after resistance from neighbors of the property he intended to buy, will be setting up shop in Minneota and Tracy. Instead of building a pet treat production and packaging facility in the former County Fair supermarket building, ...

Faith kept them going

MARSHALL — Even though the forecast for floods appeared ominous this spring in much of Minnesota, a group of Marshall residents found time to help flood victims located 250 miles away. They traveled to eastern Nebraska after historic mid-March floods. They spent four days staying at ...

Marshall launches city branding initiative

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall is going to be taking a closer look at how it presents itself — and the process is going to involve getting feedback from community members. This spring, Marshall has launched an initiative to develop a brand for the city. It’s a process that goes beyond ...

Bunny Bingo

Boulder Estates had an Easter event Friday afternoon featuring “a hoppin’ good time bunny bingo” with community members. Bingo winners yelled out “hippity hop” and Jan Mason would check their cards. Winners picked an egg out of her basket and a large rabbit would deliver a prize. ...

History comes to life at Holy Redeemer School

MARSHALL — Community members and fellow students got an instant history lesson at the push of button Thursday morning at Holy Redeemer School. The fifth-grade’s annual biographical wax museum event took place in the gym in which 29 students learned about, dressed up as, and memorized ...

Excess water causing problems for area sewer systems

LYON COUNTY — It looks like the rain and snow are finally letting up in the Marshall area, but now area communities are struggling to deal with the excess water swamping their sewer systems. “It’s a combination of several different things,” said Marshall wastewater superintendent Bob ...

Smart phone app to take measure of rural broadband

MARSHALL — People living in southwest Minnesota know about the challenges of getting a good Internet connection. But in order to help fix the problem, they might need to spread the word about it first. Lyon County officials said this week they’re encouraging people to use a free smart ...

Blue ribbon for a gamer

RUTHTON — Being among the blue ribbon winners at a science fair is great, and getting recognition — and cool stuff — from a major electronics company is pretty great as well. For his science fair project, Alex Streeter, a fifth-grader at Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, did an experiment testing ...

Lake Benton pondweed control planned this spring

LAKE BENTON — Treatment for curly-leaf pondweed at selected locations in at Lake Benton will take place within the next several weeks. Lincoln County Environmental Officer Robert Olsen said vegetative management plan documentation and lake treatment permitting are being finalized to allow ...

Lyon Co. planning to recycle Styrofoam

MARSHALL — Lyon County will soon be able to recycle Styrofoam. Roger Schroeder, the Lyon County Public Works department administrator, asked the county board of commissioners Tuesday morning for the go-ahead to seek quotes for the purchase of a polystyrene densifier. Public Works asked ...

Hearing from the schools

MARSHALL — As she’s traveled to different schools across Minnesota to discuss education funding, state Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker said she’s noticed a pattern. Educators aren’t talking about making cuts, she said. Instead, Ricker said, they’re talking about finding ...

Lincoln Co. Board launches broadband grant application

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board gave a green light Tuesday to a county-wide grant application aimed at funding for broadband Internet access. At Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners approved a grant application to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development for a ...

Getting a handle on homelessness

MARSHALL — An area collaborative partnership has received statewide recognition that it has ended chronic homelessness in southwestern Minnesota — and state representatives would like tips on how this extraordinary feat was achieved. Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan was in Marshall Monday morning ...

Waiting for power, watching for rain

SLAYTON — It’s anything but business as usual this week at Carlson Corner in Murray County north of Slayton. The business, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and the road that leads to Valhalla Island and Keeley Island on the west side of Lake Shetek, lost power last week as a ...

Lynd School District moving board elections to even years

LYND — All six members sitting on the Lynd Public School District Board will serve an extra year after voting 5-1 last week to move elections from odd years to even years. The board voted to hold elections on the same day as the general election after District Business Manager Joann ...

Welcome to the Pride

MARSHALL — Over the years, they had supported Marshall’s schools in many different ways. Now it was their turn to be recognized. “Thank you so much for being part of the Pride, and thank you so much for being part of Marshall,” Pride in the Tiger Foundation Executive Director Janel ...

Growing together

MARSHALL — It had been a long journey. And it wasn’t over yet — faith always takes growing and facing new challenges, speakers at Grace Life Church said Sunday morning. But there was time to celebrate along the way. Grace Life’s congregation gathered to dedicate the building ...

Restoring power

MARSHALL — Ruth Staeffler from rural Ruthton had to sit in her car to get warmed up and charge her phone Thursday. Staeffler didn’t have electricity for 16 hours and is one of many around the area who felt the effects of downed power lines because of the late winter storm. Staeffler said ...

Pet treat business ‘missed opportunity,’ council members say

MARSHALL — A conditional use permit request that would have made it possible for a pet treat company to move into the former County Fair supermarket building never made it as far as the Marshall City Council. After some intense opposition from neighboring residents, the Chasing Our Tails ...