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Harvell pleads guilty

MARSHALL — The woman charged in connection with a June crash that injured three motorcyclists has pleaded guilty to charges including two counts of felony criminal vehicular operation. A Lyon County District Court judge said Tamara Lee Harvell, 55, would be taken into custody at the Lyon ...

Lamprecht retiring from Marshall School District

MARSHALL — He’s had an important role to play for Marshall Public Schools for more than two decades. But now, Bruce Lamprecht is planning to retire. At the Marshall School Board’s regular meeting Tuesday, board members received notice that Lamprecht, the school district’s director ...

Healing after the crash

COTTONWOOD — Ten years ago, the Lakeview bus crash that killed four children and injured 14 other students and two adults devastated several small communities in southwest Minnesota — it’s a day few in the area will never forget. But through the pain, people showed amazing strength as ...

Charges filed in Milroy standoff

Criminal charges have been filed against the man who was in a standoff with area law enforcement in Milroy last week, Redwood County court records said. Zachariah Steven Marczak, 35, of Milroy, made his first appearance in Redwood County District Court on Friday. On Feb. 14, members of the ...

Trial date moved in Minneota sexual assault case

MARSHALL — A trial date has been changed for a Marshall man charged with sexually assaulting a person in Minneota, Lyon County District Court records said. Court records said a hearing for Timothy Richard Larson, 19, of Marshall, was held Tuesday. Larson is charged with two counts of ...

‘Sure miss these kids’

COTTONWOOD — Jesse Javens could have been a truck driver, traveling in an 18-wheeler cross country. That’s what his former Sunday school teacher and his junior high football coach believe, but they will never know for sure. Javens died Feb. 19, 2008, in a fatal bus crash that rocked the ...

Independent editor, reporter lived in Cottonwood, knew children

MARSHALL — There are certain days that you remember from beginning to end — it could be the day someone close to you died. It could be 9-11, the Challenger explosion, the day Kennedy was killed or Pearl Harbor. Feb. 19, 2008, is one of those days for people who live in southwestern ...

Southern Regional DNR leader Frederickson retires

NEW ULM — After a half century of public service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Southern Region Director Dennis Frederickson retired Feb. 6. Former DNR Grassland Program Coordinator Scott Roemhildt, a distinguished person in his own right, became the new DNR southern ...

‘It was a bad day’

COTTONWOOD — It’s been 10 years since the Lakeview bus crash, but the memories are still fresh for many who were impacted both personally and professionally by the tragedy. Four innocent lives were lost that day, causing three families to suffer the worst pain imaginable. For them and ...

Sheriff: Dispatchers getting calls from every angle

MARSHALL — Seconds after a minivan driver failed to yield at a stop sign and slammed into a Lakeview bus carrying 28 schoolchildren on Feb. 19, 2008, a 911 call came in to the Lyon County Dispatch Office. Though her shift typically ended a half-hour prior, dispatcher Mary Gislason was still ...

Marshall speech team competes in two tournaments

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall Tiger Speech Team had a good showing at two different tournaments on Saturday. The team divided into two, and had members competing at both Eastview High School in Apple Valley, and Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls. The Eastview tournament was ...

Marshall city hall status part of council work session

MARSHALL — There wasn’t really any doubt, Marshall City Council members said — something had to be done about the condition of the Marshall Municipal Building. But how exactly to address issues with the current city hall and the vacant Marshall Hotel building next door was a question ...

‘Sundown at Sunrise’ runner-up at Florida Book Festival

The Florida Book Festival has announced that the book, “Sundown at Sunrise,” by Marty Seifert of Marshall has won runner-up in the History Category at the Florida Book Festival Competition. Thirteen categories of books from around the world received reviews. “Sundown at Sunrise” is ...

Food for Kidz

Photo by Jody Isaackson Approximately 100,000 meals were packaged as part of a Food For Kidz hunger relief campaign at Marshall Middle School Friday morning. Each of the fifth- through eighth-grade classes took turns filling bags with the food stuffs. Pictured is the fifth-grade class as it ...

Liquor expert says Tracy store will need unified effort by City Council

TRACY — Saving the struggling municipal liquor store will require an unified effort by the Tracy City Council, according to the director of the Minnesota Liquor and Beverage Association. Paul Kaspszak didn’t mince words when he spoke to the Tracy City Council Monday evening. “The fact ...

Child care, infrastructure are legislative priorities for Minn. cities

Greater Minnesota is a big place, but it seems like there are some concerns that communities are facing no matter where you go. Members of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities said Thursday that infrastructure needs and a child care shortage in the state are high on the list of topics ...

Man in Milroy standoff being held for court

REDWOOD FALLS — The man involved in a standoff with law enforcement in Milroy on Wednesday afternoon is being held in the Redwood County Jail, pending a court appearance. On its online in-custody page, the Redwood County Jail listed Zachariah Steven Marczak, 35, as being taken into custody ...

Marshall to apply for Small Cities Development grant

MARSHALL — The city will be seeking grant money to help improve residential and commercial buildings in town. On Tuesday, members of the Marshall City Council gave their approval for the next step in the application process for Small Cities Development Program grant funding. If the city ...

Off to state

Photo by Sam Thiel The Marshall High School Dance Team prepares to leave Thursday for the 3AA state competition at the Target Center in Minneapolis this weekend. The jazz dancers will compete first today and the high kick dancers on Saturday.

Standoff in Milroy

MILROY — A standoff between a man inside a shed and area law enforcement ended at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday. Members of the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Emergency Response Unit took the man into custody after being at the scene for around five hours, negotiating with the man, and later releasing ...