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ACMC in talks to be part of new regional health system

MARSHALL — A new regional health care system is being planned in southwestern and central Minnesota, and Affiliated Community Medical Centers intends to be part of it, health care executives said Thursday. ACMC Health and Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar announced that they’ve taken the ...

Observing Memorial Day

Area communities will be observing Memorial Day on Monday, May 29. Members of the public are invited to attend Memorial Day programs in the following communities on Monday: Balaton — The Balaton Legion will be sponsoring a free breakfast for veterans at Benson’s By the Lake at 8 a.m. A ...

Poetry in motion

MARSHALL — Getting kids to dissect a poem and create images that illustrate the poem takes creativity — which came in the form of Saara Raappana, a Marshall poet, who was a guest at Marshall Middle School in two seventh-grade language arts classes. She was in Cathie Crouse’s classroom ...

City nixes Gatehouse project

MARSHALL — A proposal to build a hotel and conference center near the Red Baron Arena and Expo won’t move forward, according to a news release from the Marshall City Administrator’s office. The Wednesday afternoon release said the city of Marshall was unable to approve the proposal, ...

Rewarding music

LAKE BENTON — Larry Olsen, a band leader from Lake Benton, was inducted into the Legends of Dakota Music Hall of Fame Sunday evening in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The award came after 37 years of playing a variety of old-time and new-time music since he was 11 years old and started playing ...

A special day at Grace Life

Photo by Jenny Kirk Grace Life Church had its groundbreaking ceremony for its East Side campus expansion on Wednesday evening. Bouncy houses and a picnic meal were available to families prior to the ceremony. Kaden Hoefs tossed the first shovel-full of dirt in the air after the Rev. Doug Wing ...

Marshall says it will keep taxi ordinances

MARSHALL — At first, the recommendation in front of the Marshall City Council was to repeal a city ordinance regulating taxi businesses in town. But after a public hearing Tuesday, council members and city staff changed their minds. Part of the reason, council members said, was that local ...

YMC Board approves absorption of County Ditch 4

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the absorption of County Ditch 4 into the county system, along with the accompanying redistribution costs. The action was taken after the final public hearing for the establishment of County Ditch 4 and ...

‘Cool’ art on display

MARSHALL — Holy Redeemer eighth-grade students displayed and shared information about their spring semester projects at an art gallery showing on Tuesday afternoon. First-year art teacher Ashley Honetschlager thought the student art projects turned out really well. “It’s kind of fun ...

MN manufacturers optimistic for the future

MARSHALL — Manufacturers across Minnesota are feeling good — very good — about their business prospects, a recently released survey said. More than 90 percent of the participants in Enterprise Minnesota’s annual State of Manufacturing survey said they felt confident in their ...

Local cab operators speak up on taxi ordinance

MARSHALL — A proposal to repeal a Marshall city ordinance regulating taxis has drawn criticism from cab operators in Marshall. Local taxi business owners say it’s a question of safety, both for their customers and the general public. “I think it’s a bad idea,” Bob Quasius said of ...

Program allows students to explore health care careers

GRANITE FALLS — Courtesy of various partnerships, a unique medical careers program was recently offered to high school students around the Granite Falls area. Fifteen students — high schoolers from Yellow Medicine East, Lakeview, MACCRAY, Montevideo and Renville County West — finished ...

Job shadowing puts Yellow Medicine East junior on medical frontlines

GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine East junior Haley Brovold had the opportunity to job shadow a critical care nurse as part of a pilot medical careers class that was held at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Granite Falls. The high school students balanced learning in the ...

Anglers struggle with rain, cold during walleye tourney

LAKE SHETEK — If you tried striking up a conversation with the people in line to have their catches weighed, you’d get a pretty strong consensus of what conditions were like out on Lake Shetek on Saturday. The key words were “cold” and “wet.” “It was a grind,” said Tanner ...

Dancing into spring

Ballet met pop music Sunday afternoon, as students at the Marshall Academy of Dance performed a pointe routine to ‘Fight Song’ during their spring recital. Dancers performed in a wide range of styles, from jazz and tap to hip-hop, and even tumbling.

A splash of color while running

Getting messy was all part of the fun for kids and families taking part in the Relay For Life color run/walk at Holy Redeemer School. As they passed waypoints on the run, participants were covered with handfuls of brightly-colored powder. The longer you ran, the more colorful your clothes got. ...

Runners show support for law enforcement

MARSHALL — A crowd of people braved a chilly, drizzly morning to show their support for local law enforcement on Saturday. The Officers Down 5K run/walk was held at Independence Park in Marshall. “We had a pretty good turnout, and the rain let up just enough during the run,” said ...

Minnesota looking for new ways to replace old voting equipment

MARSHALL — It’s not an election year, but elections were still an important topic for Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon as he came through southwest Minnesota on Friday. In particular, Simon said, many Minnesota counties and cities are trying to find ways to update their election ...

Seeing spirits

REDWOOD FALLS — Most of the spirits Adrian Lee has met are good, not evil. But he said a disgruntled old man in life will be a disgruntled old man in the spirit realm. Lee, an author from Windom, is a psychic and founder of the International Paranormal Society. He claims to have seen ...

HRS to have Relay for Life color run/walk Sunday

MARSHALL — Staff and students at Holy Redeemer School have found a colorful way to raise money for its Relay for Life team. The school’s Relay for Life team is sponsoring a color run/walk at 4 p.m. Sunday at HRS. Registration begins at 3:30 p.m. HRS music teacher Anna Lenz said the ...