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Dinosaur scientists for a day

LYND — How can you tell if an animal is a carnivore or an herbivore by just looking at a tooth? If it’s a sharp pointy one, it’s probably a carnivore, which needs teeth good for ripping flesh off the bone. Lynd elementary students in grades kindergarten through second grade received a ...

Judge’s order raises questions for Lyon Co. refugee issue

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners had planned to hold a public hearing on the issue of refugee resettlement on Jan. 28. But after the actions of a federal judge this week, it’s not certain whether commissioners will need to go forward with it. Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg ...

Fewer couples tie the knot

MARSHALL — There’s one place in Lyon County that has a good sense of how many people are getting married in the area — the county recorder’s office, where couples go to apply for marriage licenses before their weddings. But even the county records can sometimes be surprising. Lyon ...

State, region under winter storm watch

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota will be seeing some difficult weather this weekend, and subzero wind chills overnight were just the start. The National Weather Service is forecasting a strong winter storm, with around 5 to 6 inches of snow expected in Lyon County this weekend. “There ...

Coalition working to remove Highway 23 restrictions

MARSHALL — It may take a “generation” in time, but Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes says the Highway 23 corridor may one day become a major route for freight traffic. “This is the route that intersects Minnesota from the northeast to the southwest,” Byrnes said during his Highway 23 ...

‘All things in moderation’

MARSHALL — If Samantha Hammer, a physician’s assistant at Avera Medical Group in Marshall, had to give one tip as a must for good health it would be, “all things in moderation.” Hammer, who lives in rural Minneota, is a Minneota High School graduate class of 2010, and graduate of Des ...

Marshall plans for transition as Olson retires

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall is facing a big year for construction as an extensive renovation project at the city hall building is about to start. It’s one of the reasons why it was a good thing Public Works Director Glenn Olson gave plenty of advance notice about his plans to retire, ...

AG Ellison investigating Bremer dispute

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Monday that he is investigating the circumstances surrounding the trustees’ sale of its Bremer Financial Corporation shares. Ellison’s announcement follows a string of events involving Minnesota’s fourth largest Bank which has a ...

Marshall loses ‘an absolute gem’

MARSHALL — The news is reverberating around Marshall and beyond. A much-loved Marshall presence is gone. Pravit “Vit” Rojawat died suddenly Thursday at his home in Marshall at the age of 58. He was known for his smile and welcoming presence at Hunan Lion, which is owned by his sister ...

Census, legislative issues in spotlight at league forum

NEW ULM — A public forum on the 2020 Census and state legislative issues was held by the League of Women Voters (LWV) Saturday at the Oakwood Methodist Church. 2020 Census Paul Huffman, the Census and Redistricting coordinator for LWV in Minnesota, discussed the upcoming census and the ...

House fire displaces 7 in Morton

MORTON — A Sunday afternoon house fire displaced seven people, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting a house on fire on the 300 block of Walnut Drive North in Morton. The owner called to report heavy smoke and flames ...

‘A fun day’ of twirling

MARSHALL — A baton twirling clinic was hosted by KayKo Studio to introduce something new to the Marshall area. “I’m just excited to share my knowledge with the girls and I just hope they have fun and can take something away from it,” said Kayleigh Kontz, owner of KayKo ...

UCAP hires new executive director

After a several month search, United Community Action Partnership has announced the hiring of Debi Brandt as its new executive director.    Brandt was the community services director for UCAP and then moved on to fill the interim executive director position in October. Taking the ...

Group strives for healthier Southwest

MARSHALL — Bike paths, walking trails, worksite wellness — a Marshall area group has been working hard all year for A Healthier Southwest. A Healthier Southwest, a group funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), met Wednesday to review the past year’s ...

Next steps

MARSHALL — The early steps of a major construction project at Marshall Public Schools may have encountered a setback, when bids for expansions at Park Side Elementary came back higher than anticipated. But the district is still moving forward — the next steps came this week, along with the ...

Marshall police investigating 2 reports of voter registration fraud

MARSHALL — Marshall Police are investigating two reports of potential voter registration fraud in Marshall, according to daily incident reports from Thursday. The incidents may have involved individual people registering to vote when they were not eligible, said Lyon County Attorney Rick ...

Leveling the education playing field

MARSHALL — Before Gov. Tim Walz took the lectern to speak Tuesday afternoon before a roomful of area educators convening to address education issues in rural Minnesota, Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, Southwest Minnesota State University president, took a moment to tell what SMSU is doing to help ...

Peace vigil returns to downtown corner

MARSHALL — It had been a long time since they had spoken out against military strikes in the Middle East. But a few of the posters members of the Marshall Area Peace Seekers held hadn’t changed much at all. One sign, that originally read “Say No To War With Iraq,” had the word ...

45 years…selling hardware and more in Marshall area

MARSHALL — Bryan Rogge stood at his service station inside Ace Home & Hardware on Highway 59 and looked toward owners Mike Fox and Jennifer Johnson. “These guys were little when I started,” Rogge said. He started at Marshall Lumber Company 43 years ago, about two years after Ray ...

Lyon Co. sets date, location for refugee hearing

MARSHALL — After a request for consent to resettle refugees in Lyon County drew more public comments than time allowed, county commissioners will be holding a special meeting on the topic. The Lyon County Administrator’s office announced that the meeting will be held Jan. 28 in the ...