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‘A really great opportunity’

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Pheasants Forever (LCPF) annual mentored pheasant hunt gave seven new hunters the opportunity to be mentored by local longtime LCPF members. “It was really fun, it’s a really great opportunity, a lot of kids don’t get this type of opportunity, because they ...

Recycling contract to go back before county board

MARSHALL — After facing a lack of a quorum last week, the Lyon County Board will address a proposed agreement for curbside recycling pickup at a special meeting Tuesday morning. County commissioners had placed the draft agreement, with Southwest Sanitation, on the agenda at their regular ...

Start your combines

CLARKFIELD — Doug Albin reached down along the edge of his soybean field and snapped off two pods from a plant. The Clarkfield area farmer then stood up and broke open the pods, revealing six yellowish beans, popping one in his mouth. After chewing on it for awhile, he looked ...

International officials visit area farmers, ethanol producers

WOOD LAKE — Brian Velde was surrounded by people, as he answered questions about farming in Minnesota. He turned to the cornfield behind him, and broke off an ear to show the group. As the ear of corn was handed around, several people brought out their cell phones to take pictures. The ...

A change in leadership

MARSHALL — Earlier that day, she had attended the Marshall Economic Development Authority’s board meeting. But while that was a regular part of her job, Tara Onken said Wednesday’s board meeting was different. “It was definitely bittersweet,” Onken said, knowing that it was her last ...

SW Minn. highways featured in long-range MnDOT plan

MARSHALL — Nearly every state highway in area counties is included in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s current 10-year construction plan. Megan DeSchepper, a MnDOT senior planner, summarized the long range plan this week in a presentation to the Lincoln County Board. She began ...

Fun at school

LYND — When Stacy O’Leary was asked about Early Childhood Family Education Title I Family Literacy Night inside the Lynd School gymnasium on Tuesday, first-grader Caitlin Demuth quickly answered for her teacher. “It’s fun,” the student said while drawing a picture on a table in ...

Locals weigh in on Hwy. 19

MARSHALL — There’s not a lot that’s settled yet about a planned reconstruction of a section of Minnesota Highway 19 in Marshall, Gene East said. “It’s in very, very early stages of development,” said East, project manager with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Any ...

Lyon Co. to join state task force on human trafficking

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office will be joining a statewide task force to investigate human trafficking. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Lyon County Board, Sheriff Eric Wallen presented county commissioners with a joint powers agreement to join the task force, which is being ...

Showing progress

MARSHALL — Last year’s Marshall Economic Development Project bus tour was so well-received, the planners decided to do it again. Three tours were almost fully booked for Monday’s event. The chartered bus was at capacity at about 40 people for each tour. The hour-long bus tour of past, ...

County recycling decision on hold until next week

MARSHALL — A possible agreement for curbside recycling pickup was supposed to go before the Lyon County Board on Tuesday. However, with one commissioner away from Lyon County and two more abstaining from voting on the recycling contract, there wasn’t a quorum to approve the proposal. ...

Lincoln County Board considers road contract enforcement

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board expressed a willingness at Tuesday’s meeting to enforce late penalties if a Lake Benton area road project isn’t completed by a contract deadline. County Highway Engineer Joe Wilson informed commissioners that gravel replacement on Lincoln County Road ...

A full century of life

TYLER — Dick Pinckney celebrated two major milestones this month — the end of his 2019 growing season and a full century of life. Pinckney turned 100 on Monday. He lives in his own house in Tyler, and leads an active life both physically and socially. His favorite pastime is vegetable ...

The pack is over

SLEEPY EYE — Former Del Monte employees shared their fond memories earlier this week as plant employees cleaned the corn conveyor machinery with high pressure hot water at the end of the last sweet corn pack. In August, Singapore-based Del Monte Pacific Limited announced plans to close the ...

Former Clarkfield school slated for fall demolition

CLARKFIELD — If everything goes according to plan, land in Clarkfield that contains its former public school building will be vacant and ready for new development by the time the winter of 2019-20 takes shape. Asbestos removal at the school, which has not been used for classes since 2008, ...

Tiger marching band places 3rd at MN State Marching Band Championships

The Marshall Tiger marching band placed 3rd at the Minnesota State Marching Band Championships on Saturday at US Bank Stadium. There were 32 bands competing in four classes with Marshall competing in the 4A Class. The Tiger marching band also placed 3rd overall for the entire afternoon ...

A snowy homecoming

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University alumni were not about to let falling snow and cold temperatures stop them from watching Saturday’s annual homecoming parade. Keri Henke was among the group of SMSU alumni standing outside the Varsity Pub watching the parade move down Main ...

County to discuss new recycling agreement

MARSHALL — Two weeks after county commissioners chose a hauler to negotiate with, the topic of curbside recycling pickup will be going back before the Lyon County Board. The agenda for Tuesday’s county board meeting includes consideration of an agreement with Southwest Sanitation for ...

SMSU opens permanent food pantry

MARSHALL — At an experimental “pop-up” food pantry event last December, 61 students were served in 30 minutes. With that, Crystal Watts had her answer — a permanent food shelf was needed on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. Watts, financed by AmeriCorps VISTA, ...