Local News

‘Emotional experience’

REVERE — Imagine not only making the sacrifice to offer your own kidney so that a relative could live, but having to pay for your own part of the operation. Marshall mail carrier Tara Hartson, who commutes from her home in Revere, is donating her kidney to her husband’s aunt, Mary Allen, ...

Sturrock honored for Greater Minnesota advocacy

MARSHALL — Receiving an award for service in a statewide advocacy group was an honor, David Sturrock said. But the important part of his work with the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities has really been about speaking up for southwestern Minnesota communities, he said. “I find it ...

Discovering Polish foods in Ivanhoe

IVANHOE — Vanessa Schubert knows how to make some delicious Golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls). “When I cook them, I like to make them in the oven. I like to put in vegetables and bacon. They taste incredible. It’s a way different flavor versus cooking on the stove,” Schubert said while ...

‘Faith, family, football’

MARSHALL — Although there are a lot of good things that can be said about Ray and Nancy Pederson’s approach to life, a simple way to sum it all up is just three words long. Speakers at the Lyon County fairgrounds on Saturday afternoon kept coming back to “the three Fs.” “We ...

Lincoln Co. commissioner facing misdemeanor charges

A Lincoln County commissioner is facing misdemeanor charges in Lincoln County District Court for allegedly slowing down a funeral procession. Richard Joseph Hamer, 59, of Hendricks, pleaded not guilty to charges of disrupting a funeral possession on Aug. 2, court records said. The alleged ...

Walz makes campaign ‘fly-in’ stop in Marshall

MARSHALL — On Sunday, DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Walz and Congressman Collin Peterson flew in by small plane to the Southwest Minnesota Regional Marshall/Ryan Field as a last hop before the primary election Tuesday. The two congressmen, who collectively represent 25 percent of the ...

Lincoln County declines 2nd request to hire full-time deputy

IVANHOE — Two meetings, two requests and two denials was Sheriff Chad Meester’s reward for a six-month long search for an additional full-time deputy to relieve the overtime hours his staff has been experiencing. The first applicant was from the metro area, Meester said, and had ...

Garvin farmer to be featured on ‘Diesel Brothers’

GARVIN — Lyon County soybean farmer Craig Bangasser will make his debut at 9 p.m. tonight on the Discovery Channel’s “Diesel Brothers” show. “It started out as a small project and grew,” Bangasser said Sunday evening. “I was on the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Board ...

Area polling places set to open on Tuesday

MARSHALL — Polling places around Lyon County are set to open Tuesday morning for primary elections. In the case of one Marshall precinct, however, voters will need to use a different entrance to avoid construction on Saratoga Street. Polls for the city of Marshall’s three voting wards ...

Three injured in crash

A two-vehicle crash injured three people in Marshall on Friday afternoon, the Marshall Police said. The crash was reported at the intersection of Southview Drive and South Second Street. Three people were transported from the crash scene, Police said, but the extent of their injuries wasn’t ...

Monument to host Perseid Meteor Shower event

The Pipestone National Monument will host a viewing of the spectacular Perseid meteor shower from 9-11 p.m Saturday and Sunday. The event is free and open to the general public. The Perseid meteor shower is expected to produce 60 to 70 meteors per hour on these dates. Pipestone National ...

Ellison makes AG campaign stop in Marshall

MARSHALL — He had around 30 people gathered to hear him, but Keith Ellison said he didn’t want to do all the talking. Instead, he told area residents that he would be listening to them and taking notes. It fit in with Ellison’s approach to running for Minnesota Attorney General. “We ...

Edblom, Labat file for City Council

MARSHALL — Two more candidates have filed for the Marshall City Council election this fall. Donald Edblom filed for office in Marshall’s Ward 1 on Thursday, said Marshall city clerk Kyle Box. Russ Labat filed for office in Ward 2 on Friday. This means there is now at least one candidate ...

Getting hands-on experiences with baby animals

By Jenny Kirk jkirk@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — Lillian Baumann might only be 8 years old, but she's already learned some valuable lessons — and passed them on to others — while helping out at the Ralco Enrichment Center during the Lyon County Fair in Marshall. “The black ...

Minnesota lawmakers make plea for disaster funding

MARSHALL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith and Representatives Collin Peterson, Tim Walz and Richard Nolan have urged the Trump Administration to approve a request for a Major Disaster Declaration to assist communities impacted by severe storms and ...

Farmers urged to use their voices to fight regulation on water quality

GILFILLAN ESTATES — Farmfest attendees were told Wednesday by a panel of experts that farmers need to use their voices to educate state legislators on what they are doing about water quality. The six panelists, coming from diverse backgrounds, all agreed that water quality issues were not ...

Pork producers on edge, industry advocates say

GILFILLAN ESTATE — Marshall farmer Greg Boerboom was at last sitting down at a table and was able to check his phone, while David Preisler just got off his phone after a long conversation. The two Minnesota pork advocates officials spent all day Tuesday inside the Minnesota Pork Producers ...

Flood relief resource center to open in Tracy

TRACY — In the wake of July’s flooding, there are a lot of different needs area residents may have, from figuring out paperwork to getting rid of debris. Next week, residents have a chance to get help from a variety of local and state agencies under one roof. A Multi-Agency Resource ...

Murphy taking ‘common sense’ approach to gun violence

MARSHALL — Citing her life experience, knowledge and ambition, DFL-endorsed candidate Erin Murphy sincerely believes she has what it takes to be the first female governor of Minnesota. Working as a nurse practitioner — she was part of a surgical transplant team — taught her ...

U.S. Senate candidates talk about trade during forum

GILFILLAN ESTATE — A trio of U.S. Senate candidates agreed on foreign trade issues, but that was among the few things they agreed on at an IDEAg Farmfest forum Thursday. Republican candidate Rae Hart Anderson of rural Arlington said she agreed with President Trump that China and the world ...