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Editor’s Note: This story is the latest in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. MARSHALL — Brad and Kirsten (Haukom) Verly discovered each other when they each made the move back to their hometown. And now ...

Keeping score at FFA

MINNEOTA — Eighteen students from Minneota High School recently competed at the 2017 Minnesota State FFA Convention in Minneapolis. Donnie Schuelke competed in the Dairy Handling competition — finishing 16th overall — in addition to serving as a representative from Region V on the state ...

Everyday Leader event ‘developing our people’

MARSHALL — The Legacy Foundation and Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce have once again partnered to bring forward the Everyday Leader Live Spring event on Friday at Marshall High School. Everyday Leader equips people with the tools necessary to improve the world they see around them and the ...

Area residents wake up Monday to 1-6 inches of snow

By Deb Gau dgau@marshallindependent.com Instead of spring flowers, residents of southwest Minnesota saw a blanket of wet, heavy snow on Monday morning. Snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 6 inches around the region, causing slushy driving conditions and even some school closings on the first ...

Marshall businesses encouraged by Trump tax plan

MARSHALL — When President Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform last week, there weren’t many details included. Some of the points on the plan, like a reduced business tax rate, might be positive for businesses and the economy — but some local employers said it’s also too soon ...

School board told more students getting mental health services

MARSHALL — Greater Minnesota Family Services representatives Karen Dolan and Melissa Novosad shared a school mental health presentation with board members at the Marshall Public School board meeting on Monday. The district and Greater Minnesota partner to provide mental health services to ...

Sietsema speaks up about being silenced by RTR Board

RUTHTON — A Ruthton resident says he just want an answers from the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District on why it has been paying for two superintendents for more than a year. Darwin Sietsema, a retired truck driver and a Ruthton councilman, has attended several school district meetings ...

Weilage named to MN Amateur Sports Commission

MARSHALL — Harry Weilage of Marshall has been appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission, serving through Jan. 6, 2020. He is replacing Joan Hallock. Weilage, a proponent of southwest Minnesota sports tourism, said he applied for the position to ...

Starry Night at MHS

Photo by Jody Issackson Marshall High School had its junior-senior prom Saturday with the theme “Starry Night.” Pictured are the junior class girls posed for a photo at Southwest Minnesota State University Saturday afternoon

YMC Ditch petition dredges up controversy

GRANITE FALLS — Hazel Township property owner Robert Weber doesn’t understand why he has to help pay for a drainage ditch improvement project he doesn’t need. “We don’t have water problems,” Weber said. “The ditch was cleaned less than five years ago. The county came out to ...

Marshall earns awards at FFA convention

MARSHALL — FFA members from across the state joined together at the Minnesota State FFA Convention April 23-25 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. A dozen students from the Marshall chapter were in attendance. “Overall, it was a very successful convention,” Marshall ...

Messy and fun at West Side

Photo by Jenny Kirk Making a human sundae can be oh, so messy, but awfully fun, as West Side Elementary students, including Patrick Morman and Yashvi Patel, found out on Friday afternoon. Students got ice cream treats and had the opportunity to add ice cream and toppings to phy ed teacher ...

Straw named new executive director of UCAP

MARSHALL — A Murray County native and Southwest Minnesota State University alum is the new executive director of United Community Action Partnership (formerly Western Community Action). The UCAP board of directors has named Nancy Straw as its new executive director. “Straw brings ...

SMSU culinary team takes home silver

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University’s four-person culinology team recently competed at the 2017 Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition — part of the Annual Conference and Culinology Expo — in San Juan, Puerto Rico, taking home silver medals for its ...

The Mustang wine makes debut

Photo by Karin Elton From left, Jenny Ellenbecker, Connie Gores, Scott Ellenbecker and Bill Mulso toast to the public debut of the wine created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Southwest Minnesota State University. The Ellenbeckers, SMSU alumni, are owners of Round Lake Vineyards & ...

Lynd K-8 concert

Photo by Jenny Kirk Under the direction of Ralph Hepola, Lynd School K-8 students presented an afternoon matinee and evening concert Thursday. Pictured are Lynd fourth-graders performing “De Colores,” a Mexican folk song.

Many farmers delay planting

From Associated Press and staff reports MARSHALL — While many Minnesota farmers have already started working the fields for spring planting, some decided to hold off because of cooler and rainy weather. “About 30 to 50 percent of the farmers didn’t like the forecast of rain, cold ...

Marshall is home

Editor’s Note: This story is the latest in a series that reflect the contributions made by Marshall High School graduates when they returned to the community. MARSHALL — Shawn Teig of Marshall returned to Marshall to raise his family near his parents and to eventually take over Teig Lawn ...

Helping out Minnesotans

MARSHALL — The scene might have looked a little familiar to people who had attended legislative listening sessions before. A group of people, representing different area service agencies, were gathered around tables at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. They were there to meet with members of ...