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Cool Santa

MARSHALL — Bob Cool of Marshall applies his people skills to both retail business and to holiday portrayals of Santa Claus. Cool completed his 10th year of service as the Ace Hardware Santa Claus during the store’s annual holiday sale and customer appreciation event. He started his Santa ...

Lyon County approves abatements for fire-damaged businesses

MARSHALL — The past year had a few major fires reported within Lyon County, including two at Marshall businesses. As part of their regular meeting Tuesday, members of the Lyon County Board approved tax abatements and credits for properties including a commercial building on West Main Street ...

Lyon County commissioner salaries to increase next year

MARSHALL — Members of the Lyon County Board approved a salary increase for county commissioners next year. But in discussion, commissioners said the move was meant to keep Lyon County in line with what other counties in the area were paying their officials. Commissioners discussed elected ...

One millionth meal

Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson joined Loaves and Fishes’ Executive Director Cathy Maes in serving a One Millionth Meal Golden Plate to Marshall dining site guest Bobbi Baerd at Christ United Presbyterian Church on Lyon Street in Marshall. Maes said Loaves and Fishes is marking one ...

Shopko closing pharmacy

MARSHALL — Marshall Shopko is closing its pharmacy and patient files are being transferred to the Marshall Hy-Vee Pharmacy on Main Street. Marshall is among 22 Shopko stores in Minnesota and five neighboring states to recently announce the closing of their pharmacies. Hy-Vee announced ...

RTR closes schools after pipe bursts at elementary

TYLER — Superintendent David Marlette had to cancel school in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District Monday because of a water main break at the elementary school. Marlette said workers successfully repaired the water leak at the end of the day and he said classes will resume this ...

‘Angel medley’ and ‘Glorious night’

Photo by Mike Lamb Students in fifth through eighth grade held a Christmas concert at True Light Christian School Monday night. In the photo at left, the students presented a variety of songs such as “Angel Medley,” His Name Shall Be” and “Oh, what a Glorious Night.” The audience ...

A family holiday

MARSHALL — When they were deciding on a schedule for special Christmas events, members of Cornerstone United Methodist Church ended up making a weekend of it. On Saturday morning, kids were playing games, making ornaments and lining up to meet Santa. By Sunday afternoon, community members ...

Cardinal tradition continues in Clarkfield

CLARKFIELD — While the city of Clarkfield searches for a strategy to make the best possible use of the former Clarkfield K-12 school campus, the tradition of the Clarkfield Cardinals continues to thrive on the southern edge of the city limits. The Clarkfield Area Charter School is the home ...

Global recycling issues threaten to raise local costs

MARSHALL — Global free trade created opportunities to repurpose recycled materials in a way that disposed of recyclables in the United States and facilitated industrial development in China. All of that changed in recent weeks when China banned the importation of U.S. recycling. Lincoln ...

Early Christmas

MARSHALL — Friday marked the 10th year that Goodwill of the Great Plains has celebrated a Shoe and Mitten Party where brand new shoes, socks, hats and mittens are distributed to children in need in Marshall. “I think this is a great way to help the community and especially to help kids,” ...

Soybean market ‘frustrating’

LAKE BENTON — When the news broke this week that soybean exporters had started selling to China again, American farmers saw it as a positive step. But so far, it’s not the rally that many were hoping for. Bob Worth, a Lincoln County farmer and secretary of the Minnesota Soybean Growers ...

Lyon County Museum awarded grant worth $265,585

The Lyon County Museum’s second floor exhibit gallery project received a $265,585 boost from the Minnesota Historical Society, according to a Friday press release. The release from Lyon County Historical Society Museum Executive Director Jennifer Andries announced the grant from the ...

RTR board to hold facility planning meeting

The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School Board will hold a special facility planning meeting from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the gymnasium at RTR High School in Tyler. The public is invited to attend. Representatives from CO-OP Architecture of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, will be in attendance ...

Orchestra’s musical tidings of joy

Classical music, traditional carols, and more modern Christmas songs were all part of the program Thursday night, at the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra’s Holiday Cheer concert. The orchestra (above), together with the Prairie Arts Chorale, performed at Holy Redeemer Church in Marshall. At ...

Finding ‘common ground’

MARSHALL — A new governor, new lawmakers, a projected budget surplus — there will be a lot of factors in play in the 2019 Minnesota legislative session, area representatives said Thursday. At the same time, area residents said many of their concerns weren’t new, asking questions about ...

In the spirit of giving

MARSHALL — The spirit of giving was on full display this week at the Marshall National Guard Armory as hundreds of volunteers geared up for Lyon County Heart to Heart’s distribution day on Saturday, when more than 550 families will receive Christmas meals and gifts. “I thoroughly enjoy ...

City of Minneota agrees to help maintain veterans’ memorial flags

MINNEOTA — American Legion Commander Jim Fink went before the City Council Monday seeking assistance in maintaining the 27 flags that fly above the Minneota-Ghent-Taunton Veterans' Memorial. “Due to the maintenance issues, we would like some assistance,” Fink said. “These things are ...

Holy Redeemer Christmas concert

Eight-grade students at Holy Redeemer Catholic School present the Nativity scene of Joseph and Mary with baby Jesus during the school’s annual Christmas concert Thursday inside the school Auditorium. Students in kindergarten through eighth grade participated in the concert.

MERIT Center hosts regional law enforcement training

MARSHALL — Last week, the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT) Center saw a lot of classroom activity, with law enforcement officers from around the state attending two different training courses in Marshall. One course, held by the Midwest Counterdrug Training ...