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YMC Board to consider signing detour agreement with MnDOT

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners will be asked to sign a detour agreement this morning with the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation. The purpose of the agreement is to provide for payment by the state to the county for the use and maintenance of ...

Lincoln County board discusses lawsuit threat

IVANHOE — Lincoln County commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning to discuss a letter received from Quam Construction Company, Inc. notifying the board it may file a lawsuit against the county over a box culvert contract for which bids were opened at last week’s regular meeting. ...

Murray County to discuss enforcing parcel transfer and division restrictions

SLAYTON — Murray County Zoning/Environmental Administrator Jean Christoffels will appear before the Murray County Board of Commissioners this morning to request a resolution to assume authority to enforce the parcel transfer and division restrictions. Earlier this month, the Association ...

Hometown fun

MARSHALL — Downtown was a busy place over the weekend, but that was just fine to people attending Sounds of Summer. On Saturday, hundreds of people came out for music, food and entertainment. “We’re enjoying it,” said Shanon Desy, a Marshall resident who was at Sounds of Summer with ...

10 years of tractors at Porter’s Harvest Festival

PORTER — Porter’s Harvest Festival brings a lot of people together each year. It also brings a lot of traffic to North Sunrise Avenue, where for the past 10 years, classic and antique tractors have lined up for visitors to admire. “We try to do something different every year,” said ...

Minneota referendum ballots due Tuesday

MINNEOTA — Eligible voters will the decide the fate of a $5.2 million school bond referendum on Tuesday by casting ballots at the Minneota Public School conference room located at 504 N. Monroe St. Voters are asked to use the kitchen entrance (5th Avenue entrance) Eligible voters residing in ...

Top five programs, activities for seniors

MARSHALL — On Aug. 19, 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring Aug. 21 as National Senior Citizen Day. In observance of this special day, here are top five activities and programs for senior citizens. 1. GOLD (Growth Opportunity Learning Development) College program. ...

Fun Fest in Milroy

Photo by Mike Lamb The Big-N-Ugly entry provided candy and ears of corn during the Milroy Fun Fest parade Saturday morning.

Echo’s 125th

Photo by Jody Isaackson Lori Kvendru Bremer signs the banner on the back of the Class of 1976 float at Echo’s 125th annual celebration parade on Saturday.

Chicken out of the box worth laughs

What happens when you add two chickens to a rodeo? Lots of laughs. Just ask Scott Cameron. And in Cameron’s line of work, that’s job security. Cameron travels all over the nation and world to rodeos with a dual purpose. He’s a bullfighter and also the rodeo clown. Laughs were ...

Dayton: ‘I am here to listen’

MARSHALL — In some ways, Gov. Mark Dayton said, his work for clean water started in southwest Minnesota. He was reading a 2014 draft report on contaminated water in the region, and was “shocked” by what he learned. On Thursday, the topic of water quality came back to southwest Minnesota ...

‘A big Hy-Vee honor’

MARSHALL — Luckily, Roger Ricke always shows up at work dressed for an award ceremony in which he is the recipient. Wearing his usual white shirt and tie, Ricke was surprised Friday morning to learn that he has been named the 2017 Hy-Vee Legendary Customer Service Award recipient. Ricke, ...

Cultures coming together

MARSHALL — The first-ever Culture Fest — part of Marshall’s Sounds of Summer festivities — was a celebration of diversity in the community. The new event featured music, dance, spoken poetry, games, henna tattoos, a fashion show and food on Friday in the Schwan’s downtown parking ...

SMSU’s Smokefest

Photo by Jody Isaackson Contestants set up their stations in the parking lot of the SMSU R/A facility Friday for the 11th annual SMSU Smokefest competition Competition officials said there will be 55 judges going around the lot at noon today to judge the 43-plus entries. The Short Crew ...

Committee examines Marshall municipal building issues

MARSHALL — It’s been about three years since a Marshall city task force examined the municipal building on Main Street. But the problems the task force was formed to deal with — leaks, deteriorating concrete, an aging boiler — are still there. Now, members of a new municipal building ...

Wind turbines in Lincoln County to be refurbished

LAKE BENTON — About 100 wind turbines will be refurbished near Lake Benton, according to the company working on the project. “The refurbishing has already started,” ALLETE Clean Energy President Allan Rudeck, Jr. said. “About a dozen have already been done. Next summer 100 at each ...

Honored for keeping busy

LAKE BENTON — Being 65 years old or older and active in your community can get you recognized — just ask Anne Lichtsinn. “You have to be 65 or older and do volunteer work,” the Lake Benton woman said. “I have done quite a bit since turning 65.” Lichtsinn has done so much ...

Fundraising targets Liberty playground equipment

MARSHALL— In partnership with the Marshall Fire Department and the city of Marshall, the Marshall Sunrise Rotary Club is helping raise funds for new playground equipment that will be installed at Liberty Park in September. The playground equipment being installed consists of a fire truck ...

Dayton attends town hall

Photo by Deb Gau Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton spoke with area residents during the Water Quality Town Hall meeting held at Southwest Minnesota State University Thursday night. About 200 people attended the event, where members of the public had a chance to talk about water quality challenges ...