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House bonding bill includes $6 million for MERIT Center

MARSHALL — A bonding package approved by the Minnesota House of Representatives on Monday includes a $6 million appropriation for the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT) Center in Marshall. While the funding isn’t guaranteed yet, representatives of the MERIT ...

Bill would require lights on wind turbines

ST. PAUL — After introducing a bill to require lighting systems on wind turbines, Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, said he hopes to spur renewable energy technology. “I brought up this subject in the House because I hope the Minnesota wind industry will embrace ADLS technology and deploy ...

Beautify downtown

MARSHALL — It’s time for spring flowers once again, and Marshall parks workers will soon be out planting annual beds around the city. This year, downtown Marshall businesses also hope to bring some extra blooms to Main Street. Last week, the Marshall Downtown Business Association put out ...

More room to move at new Southwest Nutrition location

MARSHALL — It took a long time to make it happen, but Southwest Nutrition’s move into a bigger location in downtown Marshall is already having positive results. Not long after the nutrition and fitness club officially opened at its new Main Street address, people were gathered at the bar ...

New Chamber Director in Tracy comes home

TRACY — New Tracy Chamber of Commerce Director Brittany Larson has returned home in hopes to see the city grow. “It’s great seeing old family friends again,” Larson said, “and have them see me as a responsible adult, not just Steve and Debbie’s daughter.” Larson is eagerly ...

Swanson case still unsolved

MARSHALL — Ten years have gone by and Brandon Swanson is still missing. Reflecting on the last decade, however, those closest to the investigation and search efforts remain hopeful that concrete answers will come someday. The most-recent search took place in early May. “Ultimately, we ...

Society of Creative Anachronism sets up weekend kingdom

MARSHALL — The kingdom of Northshield crowned new heirs and recognized the Marshall area chapter of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) as an official member of the region at a spring celebration on Saturday at the Marshall National Guard Armory. The SCA is the world’s largest ...

craft fair draws a crowd at arena

Jewelry maker Angela Graff, from Faribault, stamps a piece for sale during the craft fair inside the Red Baron Arena Saturday. According to arena officials, Graff was among 130 vendors who sold goods during the event. Graff said she started making and selling jewelry about nine years ago ...

Rolling to jump into sheriff’s race

By Deb Gau dgau@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — The race for Lyon County Sheriff this fall will now have two candidates. Tony Rolling, an investigator with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, announced this week that he plans to run for sheriff. “It was a family decision,” ...

Farm organizations demand buffer zone property tax credit

ST. PAUL — Farm organizations are demanding Gov. Mark Dayton to approve a bill that will give tax credit to farmers whose land was usurped by the buffer zone laws over the past year. “Anything other than final passage of the buffer property tax credit this year with your signature will be ...

Warriors with a cause

MARSHALL — As a military veteran, John Chisham is well aware of the havoc post-traumatic stress disorder is levying against his friends and others. “Veterans, active duty, and reservists are killing themselves at an alarming rate,” he said. “A lot of my friends and myself included ...

Avera Marshall to open dialysis center

MARSHALL — The ongoing construction at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center hasn’t just focused on the emergency department. This weekend, Avera Marshall will be working to put the finishing touches on a new dialysis center at the hospital. The Avera Marshall dialysis center is ...

Governor’s Fishing Opener kicks off

WILLMAR — It’s always a big deal when the Governor comes to town, especially to open the fishing season. The 70th Governor’s Fishing Opener kicked off Thursday with 8 a.m. registration at the Willmar Convention Center, a golf tournament at the Eagle Creek Golf Course during the day and a ...

Dayton visits Park Side; says state can afford to give more to schools

MARSHALL — It started with hearing stories of Minnesota schools struggling with budget deficits, Gov. Mark Dayton said. Rather than have school districts lay off teachers or cut programs, he thought the state should put some of its budget surplus to use. “I just realized, we have a budget ...

Zoomobile visits Park Side Elementary in Marshall

MARSHALL — Zoomobile Naturalist Donald Crook took a large white sack from the blue kennel on the table set up inside the Park Side Elementary gymnasium. After quizzing the second-grade students sitting in front of him, Crook opened the sack just long enough for one of the students to look ...

Legislators cite declining higher education enrollment in funding debate

Minnesota’s largest higher education provider and the fourth-largest system of public two-year and four-year colleges and universities in the nation — is asking the state legislature for significant funding to help out at each of the 57 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities across the ...

Fire training

The neighborhood bordering Minnesota Street and Charles Avenue was awash in activity Tuesday evening as members of the Marshall Fire Department used three empty houses owned by Marshall Avera Regional Medical Center for practice.

Area farmers refuse to blame Trump for China canceling soy deliveries

MARSHALL — While some southwest Minnesota farmers are frustrated with the increasing tariff war with China, they are not ready to blame the Trump administration for any agriculture downturn. The trade dispute with China is now escalating as Chinese buyers started canceling orders for U.S. ...

Dayton’s visit part of tour to push for school funding

MARSHALL — Gov. Mark Dayton will be in Marshall today as part of a push for emergency aid for school districts across Minnesota. Dayton will visit Park Side Elementary school this afternoon, where he will meet with students, teachers and administrators from Marshall Public Schools. Dayton ...