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Rescue operation

MARSHALL — ReAnna Schrader, her boyfriend Cody Gilbery, and Lyon County Deputy Derek Daniels all played heroes when a group of ducklings wandered into a tight spot Wednesday. Schrader said she and Gilbery and were walking to Wal-Mart at about 5 p.m. when they first spotted a group of baby ...

‘A lot of fun stuff’ at Scout Jamboree

MARSHALL — Eleven Boy Scouts from Troops 238 and 320 in Marshall are enthusiastically looking forward to joining about 40,000 others at the National Boy Scout Jamboree this upcoming week in West Virginia. “I’ve heard there are several things you can do there that you can’t really do ...

Area officials, MnDOT staff talk transportation funding

SLAYTON — While there are still uncertainties to work out, it looks like there were some positive results for transportation funding that came out of this spring’s legislative session, Minnesota Department of Transportation staff said Wednesday. “Overall, it was a fairly good year for ...

A room with a view

MARSHALL — Employees of Brian’s Tree Service spent a lot of time in Marshall residents’ bathrooms Wednesday. No, they weren’t sitting down on the job, they were removing trees. Eric Eye’s home on West Redwood Street was the fourth tree-removal-from-roof job of the day for the tree ...

Last leg of the journey

MARSHALL — It was something area cycling fans had been looking forward to for a long time. On Wednesday, supporters of the Camden Regional Trail celebrated the completion of the last piece of the route running from Marshall High School to Camden State Park. “This is really a result of a ...

Learning American culture biking to Camden

MARSHALL – On a cloudy summer day, about 20 kids as well as a few adult supervisors jumped on their bikes and pedaled all the way to Camden State Park Wednesday. This was not the first summer adventure. A minority advocate program at Marshall Public Schools has been offering activities to ...

City gets update on admin search process

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council got a brief update on the search process for a new city administrator on Tuesday night. During staff reports at the council’s regular meeting, interim city administrator Sheila Dubs said a proposed job description for the position will be ...

Harvell appears in court for crash charges

MARSHALL — The woman charged in connection with a crash that injured three motorcyclists June 28 appeared in Lyon County District Court Tuesday morning. A future hearing for Tamara Lee Harvell, 55, of Lightfoot, Virginia, was set for Aug. 8, court records said. Harvell is being charged ...

Murray County commissioners adopt ADA

SLAYTON — The Murray County commissioners unanimously approved two resolutions Tuesday regarding the ADA Transitional Plan in order to qualify for future federal funding. The American Disabilities Act Transitional Plan of Public Right of Way requires counties and cities to provide ...

Fun Fridays

MARSHALL — Five years ago Chad and Trisha Bergjord moved here from Brookings, South Dakota, with their six children and were looking for way to meet people. They came up with the idea to hold Fun Fridays at Freedom Park. “We wanted to get to know people and we remember as kids everybody ...

YMC tracking Sunday liquor sales

GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County Recorder Janel Timm is tracking Sunday afternoon sales at liquor stores. “The state statute allows Minnesota liquor stores to sell off-sale liquor from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays,” Timm said Monday. “Liquor stores have the choice of going with ...

Extra speed enforcement on Highway 14 this week

LYON COUNTY — Clear summer weather isn’t a cure for deadly crashes — often because of risky behavior on the part of motorists, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office says. As part of an effort to get Minnesotans to slow down and drive more safely, area law enforcement will be paying extra ...

Three generations of Birens participate in draft horse shows

SLAYTON – When it comes to draft horse shows, it’s all about family for the Birens. Jonni Biren is a third generation draft horse driver and participated in the Murray County Classic draft horse show last weekend. “My grandpa Leroy Biren actually started the Murray County Classic ...

Feehan announces Congressional campaign in District 1

He’s already had a varied career in service — with the military, teaching and the Department of Defense. But North Mankato resident Dan Feehan said he felt called to return to public service, this time as a member of Congress. “The bottom line is, I love my country, and I love ...

Where history meets community

BALATON — When you’re marking your town’s 125th anniversary, history is a subject that’s bound to be part of the celebrations. But in Balaton this weekend, the focus was as much on community as it was on remembering the past. The cemetery walk at Balaton’s Lakeside Cemetery on ...

Coming Home Days parade

Photo by Jody Isaackson The Lakeview School Drum Corps marched its way through the Cottonwood Coming Home Days parade Saturday afternoon, stopping occasionally to perform a shift step.

Eel captured in Cottonwood Lake trap set by DNR

COTTONWOOD — The rare capture of an American eel at Cottonwood Lake has a lot of people talking — and scratching their heads. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries workers were conducting a lake survey on Cottonwood Lake on June 23 when the 37.4 inch female American eel was ...

Laura returns

WALNUT GROVE — “It’s just so wonderful to be back in Walnut Grove,” Heidi Morgan said. She was playing the main character, Laura Ingalls Wilder, of the Walnut Grove Wilder Pageant. She stood in front of representatives of the media June 29 to describe the travels of the famous family ...

Lyon County launches new CodeRED weather warning system

MARSHALL — Lyon County residents now have a new way to get severe weather alerts. And in a summer that’s already had damaging storm events, it’s not hard to see how advance warning can be an important tool, said Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy VanOverbeke. Lyon County has recently ...

Dayton to hold water quality town hall in Marshall

MARSHALL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has called for a series of town hall meetings around the state to discuss water quality. Marshall will be one of the 10 cities hosting a town hall later this summer. A Wednesday news release from the Governor’s Office said the town halls will give ...