Local News

Small tornado confirmed in Lyon County

LYON COUNTY — The results of a severe storm system that passed through the area on Wednesday afternoon were a mixed bag — some spots of Lyon County got heavy rain, others nothing at all. And residents along one short stretch of Lyon County Road 20 were hit with damaging straightline winds ...

Craziness on Main

MARSHALL — It’s a summer tradition, and one that brought people out to enjoy a little bit of everything from good food to good deals in Marshall on Thursday. Crazy Days events included sidewalk sales, music and the annual Kiddie Parade. “It’s just interesting to see what they put ...

Radio station back on the air

MARSHALL – Marshall Radio’s station KMHL 1400 announced on Wednesday it’s back on the air after making repairs to its tower after a fire July 14. “As of yesterday late afternoon, Marshall Radio’s station KMHL 1400 is up and running again,” said a post on Marshall Radio’s ...

A closer look at new J-turns

MARSHALL — Safety at intersections crossing Minnesota Highway 23 in Marshall has been a concern for area residents for a long time. And now that a safety study on the Highway 23 corridor is finished, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has a plan for what to do at a trio of busy ...

MMU applies for grant for $9M water softening project

MARSHALL — Marshall Municipal Utilities is seeking grant funding for a project that could help keep some of the salt out of local wastewater. At their regular meeting Tuesday, members of the MMU Commission authorized an application for a Point Source Implementation Grant from the Minnesota ...

Minneota to get new Dollar General

MINNEOTA — The Minneota City Council approved a zoning permit for Zaremba Group to build a new Dollar General Store in town. The Zaremba Group is a real estate developer from Lakewood, Ohio, who bought the property from PBM Land Management, LLC from Pipestone, according to Development ...

Lincoln County Board accepts donation of a van for veterans

IVANHOE — Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Dan Kuss was afraid he missed the deadline when he applied for a van with a handicap lift from a Twin Cities school that refurbished vehicles as a school project. “The school is about automotive repair,” Kuss said. “They fix up ...

Vet memorial funding on hold

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners went back to discussing a funding request for an area veterans’ memorial at their regular meeting Tuesday. But questions of how to budget for a contribution, and how to handle possible future requests, meant a decision likely won’t come until further ...

Townships in Lincoln County oppose road plan

IVANHOE — There was standing room only as several Lincoln County township supervisors filled the commissioners’ board room during the meeting Tuesday morning. They were there to express their dissent to having 50 to 60 miles of county roads thrust onto their plates. Lincoln County ...

‘Responding to a need’

MARSHALL — Death is not necessarily something people like to talk about, but it is part of life. After spending the past few years having conversations and exploring options regarding the shrinking space available at Calvary Cemetery, Holy Redeemer Church efforts led to the installation of ...

Hendricks mayor has Spirit

HENDRICKS — Service to her community has always played a big part in Julie Hogie's life. “Part of it I would attribute it to my parents,” Hogie said. “My dad was involved in a lot of community organizations. That instills in you that it is a part of living in a small town. You’re ...

Buller spends lifetime at farmers market booth

MARSHALL — It wouldn’t be a farmers market in Marshall, Hendricks or Ivanhoe without Linda Buller’s booth. Buller’s Gardens of rural Hendricks has been the mainstay of three farmers markets for years. Even during a slow time at 9 a.m. Saturday, customers milled about her booth ...

School board OKs 5-year strategic plan

MARSHALL — One of the four action items approved by the Marshall School Board at its regular meeting on Monday was a working draft of the new five-year strategic plan. “It’s sort of a summary document called a governance document,” Marshall Superintendent Scott Monson said. “The ...

Living with wind farms

TORONTO, S.D. — While the wind power companies tout the economic benefits of planting not one, but two wind farms in Lincoln County, some neighbors are fearing the possible negative impacts. A Deuel County, South Dakota, resident says he found out the hard way there are drawbacks to having ...

Plum Creek Library System asks for annual contribution

SLAYTON — Plum Creek Library System’s Executive Director Jim Trojanowski will be asking the Murray County Board of Commissioners for $58,667 for the two libraries in the county at today’s meeting. This is the same amount as was requested last year, he said. “I’m asking for the ...

Rat bike and raptor steal the show in Tracy

TRACY — A rat bike and a raptor replica stole the show in Tracy Saturday. Al Goergen of Tracy said he just “threw together” his army green 1981 custom 400 motorcycle that he called a “rat bike” and entered it into the Tracy Car and Motorcycle Show at Central Park this ...

New wildlife area dedicated in honor of Jerry Bue

LYON COUNTY — There were plenty of reasons to celebrate the dedication of a new Wildlife Management Area in Lyon County. It will protect native grassland plants, provide habitat for pollinating insects, and give people opportunities to hunt and watch wildlife. But there was one more ...

Ag Olympics keep everybody moving at Yellow Medicine County Fair

CANBY — While the sweltering heat likely kept some people away, those who were in attendance at the 128th annual Yellow Medicine County Fair Saturday afternoon were enthusiastically involved in a variety of activities. Despite the temperature nearing 100 degrees, a number of fair goers took ...

Colorado man brings Lego hobby to Tracy

TRACY — Legos aren’t just for kids anymore. One Colorado man, Curtis Mork, has turned his Lego hobby into a seasonal job and has also been consulted by the Lego company on their Star Wars movie. While at the Tracy Public Central Library Saturday, Mork told the 30-plus children and some ...

Flames knock radio station off the air

MARSHALL — A radio station’s AM signal has been off the air since a fire damaged the base of the Marshall Radio Station’s broadcasting tower early Friday morning. A Marshall police officer discovered the fire behind the station on East College Drive. “There were three of us working ...