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MHS speech members do well at state

MARSHALL — Three Marshall High School speech competitors finished in the top five at the 2018 State Class AA Speech Tournament this weekend at Apple Valley High School. Mariana Oaxaca took third place in poetry, while Alexa Amundson finished third in prose. Isaiah Schroeder collected a ...

Verizon tower CUP to be considered at YMC meeting

GRANITE FALLS — Another communications tower may be going up in Yellow Medicine County. YMC Zoning Coordinator Jolene Johnson will be bringing a Conditional Use Permit for NTP Wireless Verizon Wireless of Chicago, Illinois before the county board this week. NTP Wirelless/Verizon Wireless ...

Coming out of the darkness

MARSHALL — Suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. In 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than twice as many suicides (44,965) in the U.S. as there were homicides (19,362). The statistics also reveal that death by suicide ...

Whitcomb, WWII bomber pilot, died Thursday

MARSHALL — After surviving a German POW camp during his army years, Southwest Minnesota State University Music professor Robert Whitcomb went on to live a full life until his death Thursday. Whitcomb was a navigator in a B-17 bomber, flying his 20th mission in 1942 when his plane was shot ...

Retiring instructors appreciate small class sizes at SMSU

MARSHALL — Susan McLean enjoyed getting to know her students at Southwest Minnesota State University. She said the small class sizes at the school made that easy. “When traveling with students, I got to know them as people, not just students, and I've shared many memorable experiences ...

SMSU students mentor Marshall Public School youths in measuring water quality

MARSHALL — Nineteen Southwest Minnesota State University students became teachers for a day as part of the Redwood River Mentoring and Monitoring Project on Thursday throughout the Marshall area. The university students took what they learned in the classroom about river water quality and ...

Trouble ahead for farmers?

MARSHALL — Vesta farmer George Goblish estimates his farming operation could lose nearly $100,000 per year if the Chinese make good on their tariff threats. The threat by the Chinese comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s order to slap tariffs on foreign competition over trade ...

Marshall bridge construction delayed a week

MARSHALL — Planned construction on two bridges in Marshall has been delayed again due to weather, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. Construction projects on the bridge on Minnesota Highway 19 (East College Drive) near the West Marshall Street intersection, and on the bridge ...

The call of God stays with Ghent man

GHENT — Becoming a deacon at a Catholic church isn’t easy, especially if you are also due to be a new dad during the last phases of training period. Travis Welsh of Ghent is experiencing those growth scenarios over the next 10 days. He and his wife, Jessica, were planning to have their ...

DFL ‘alive and kicking’ in Lyon County

MARSHALL — About 20 people showed up at the most recent Lyon County DFL monthly meeting, fewer than the previous month’s. Ben Walker, Lyon County DFL chair, said “it was really packed at the last meeting. There were 10 or 15 more.” The numbers are better than the usual seven or eight ...

Temporary ER

MARSHALL — The next stage of remodeling for the emergency department at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center kicked off early — really early — this week. Around 5 a.m. Monday, Avera Marshall employees gathered to help move the emergency department into new temporary space in the ...

No lyin’

MINNEOTA — It was a rare sight, said Minneota Police Chief Bill Bolt. Area residents spotted a mountain lion coming into Minneota on Wednesday, and they had pictures that appeared to prove it. Bolt posted a photo of what he believed to be a young mountain lion on the city of Minneota’s ...

Redwood Area Hospital takes steps to join Carris Health

REDWOOD FALLS — Redwood Area Hospital together with the city of Redwood Falls announced Wednesday that they have taken initial steps toward joining the new regional health system, Carris Health, a subsidiary of CentraCare Health. The Redwood Falls City Council voted on Tuesday night to ...

Area residents discuss Minnesota DNR deer plan

MARSHALL — They had questions and concerns, but that was just what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was looking for. Several area residents came to an open house meeting in Marshall on Tuesday night, as part of the public comment process for a proposed statewide deer plan. The ...

Lyon County commissioners voice troubles with Marshall TIF proposal

MARSHALL — A proposal to build new apartment units, including low-income housing units, in Marshall was at the center of discussion for the Lyon County Board on Tuesday. County commissioners said they didn’t necessarily have a problem with the housing — but they did have concerns about ...

Bea Patzer dedicated to business, family

MARSHALL — Bea Patzer of Marshall was well-known for all the hard work she and her late husband Archie put into their main street hardware store. She left it all behind when she died Monday, but her family has fond memories of her and her legacy of hard work and dedication to church and ...

Runnings announces plans to build new store in Worthington

MARSHALL — Runnings retail company announced Monday the purchase of 10.6 acres of land in Worthington north of Oxford Street from Yellow Company, LLC. Runnings headquarters is located in Marshall. Runnings Chief Operation Officer Dan Herrmann said the property in Worthington will be used ...

Pride in the Tiger Foundation awards $19,938 in grants

MARSHALL — The Pride in the Tiger Foundation has awarded $19,938.62 in Fund Use Grants in March. These grants are awarded to both public and private schools and support worthwhile initiatives in Marshall schools. Individuals within Marshall schools go through an application process, and ...

Making room for more

MARSHALL — While snow plow crews continue to work furiously to clear all roads from snow and ice left behind from this weekend’s blizzard, area residents are bracing for yet more snow. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for tonight and Wednesday morning. The Lyon County ...

Buffer strip proposal to raise fines rejected

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Buffers, Soils, and Drainage Committee voted unanimously to reject a proposal to administer fines on farmers that could have added up to thousands of dollars. The BWSR committee met in St. Paul to review public comments on a ...