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WWG graduate plays key role at Avera Marshall

WALNUT GROVE — After excelling as a student in the Westbrook Walnut Grove School District, Jonna Maas makes important medical decisions on a daily basis at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. Maas is a recent addition to Avera’s team of hospital doctors, who make decisions about ...

An artist’s view of climate change

ECHO — Lois Haak took her concerns about worldwide climate change potential and channeled them into a drawing that reflects the likely risks of not taking action to safeguard earth’s life-sustaining resources. She created a depiction of the before-and-after process that’s projected by a ...

Heavy snow returns to area this weekend

MARSHALL — Wind, rain and especially snow — there’s a lot headed our way in the weekend forecast, as a large storm moves into the region. National Weather Service forecasts project that by Sunday afternoon, much of the area, including Lyon and surrounding counties, could get another 7 to ...

Marshall seeks applicants for Small Cities Development Program loans

MARSHALL — It’s been a long process, but Marshall homeowners and downtown commercial property owners now have a chance to receive grant funding to help fix up their property. Representatives from United Community Action Partnership said applications are now available for Small Cities ...

Characters deal with escape room in ‘Rest A Spell’

MARSHALL — A group of squabbling elderly witches, wizards and warlocks have to join forces when it comes to dealing with an escape room. Such is the premise of the latest show from the Marshall Area Stage Company. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an escape room is “a game where ...

Moving forward

MARSHALL — When Gov. Tim Walz signed his first two bills this week, it was good news for a number of public works projects in southwest Minnesota — including a major addition to Marshall’s water treatment plant. A planned water softening project is in line to receive $7 million in ...

County emergency management prepares for spring flooding

MARSHALL — It’s been a record-breaking winter for snow — and unfortunately, that could mean lots of unwanted water when things start to thaw. This week, Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy VanOverbeke told Lyon County commissioners that she’s started planning for the worst. “As you ...

Lots of characters in ‘Wizard of Oz’ program at Marshall Middle School

MARSHALL — When working with a group of middle school actors, directors Mike Hulsizer and Paula Nemes tell the students to think about grandma in the back row who needs to be able to hear them. “So speak loudly and clearly and slowly,” Nemes said. The Marshall Middle School after ...

Hard work pays off for the Deutz family

MARSHALL — On the Deutz family farm in rural Marshall, everybody has a job — even their own little business. Samuel, 11, takes care of 50 egg laying hens. On a daily basis, he feeds the hens, collects the eggs and sells them. Autumn, Samuel’s twin sister, helps wherever she is needed. ...

Deutz farm diversifies after ending dairy operation

By Mike Lamb mlamb@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — The Deutz family farm was the top small dairy producer in Lyon County in 2016, but it wasn’t enough to keep the 60 cows that produced that milk. “From a production standpoint, we were doing really well,” Allen Deutz said ...

Retreat from buffer law penalties hailed as victory for farmers

IVANHOE — The walk back by a Minnesota state agency in leveling stiff penalties for violating the state's buffer law was considered one of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s biggest wins of 2018, according to one of its officials. “They were going to charge farmers $500 a foot ...

Biodiesel conference an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Ivanhoe farmer Tim Jerzak called it an opportunity of a lifetime. He was one of 22 Minnesotans invited by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council to attend the National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego, California in January. In 2002, Minnesota became the first state to mandate ...

Lyon County to pay for extra bulldozers for snow removal

MARSHALL — Lyon County has so much snow piled up, even snowplow crews are having a hard time dealing with it, county highway engineer Aaron VanMoer said. “It’s gotten to a point where the drifts are often times higher than the plow trucks,” VanMoer told Lyon County Commissioners on ...

Prosecution to seek increased sentence for Rahm

MARSHALL — Prosecutors will seek a more severe penalty for a former Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau director charged with theft, Lyon County court documents said. Attorneys filed notice Tuesday that they intend to seek a departure from state sentencing guidelines for Darin Rahm, ...

Monson withdraws name from Harrisburg, S.D. school district job

MARSHALL — Marshall Public School Superintendent Scott Monson has taken his name out of the running for the superintendent position in the Harrisburg (South Dakota) School District. He was one of three finalists for the position. Monson sent an email to his staff Feb. 28 and shared it with ...

Clearing the roofs

MARSHALL — Two weeks ago, Josh Dempewolf noticed water leaking from the ceiling inside his Marshall house. He immediately knew he had to take action to remove the snow from the roof. “I just started to get as much snow as possible off the roof,” he said. Dempewolf is not alone with ...

Area may dodge next weather system

The good news is that predictions so far say that Marshall will avoid the next wintry weather system coming around the corner which is Wednesday night/Thursday morning. “The snow will largely fall south of Marshall,” said Jeff Chapman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, meteorologist for the ...

United Way of Southwest MN raises $615,300

MARSHALL — More than a half million dollars was raised this year — money that will be distributed in counties around the region to help those in need. United Way of Southwest Minnesota reports a total of $615,301 was raised during the 2018-19 fundraising campaign. The money fell ...

Tracy Council maintains city sidewalk standard for 2019 project

TRACY — Questions raised this winter about the need to replace Tracy sidewalks were not the first time sidewalks have become a city construction issue in Greater Minnesota, and they probably won’t be the last. City council members in Tracy decided last month to require replacement of all ...

Training on thin ice

BALATON — It was his turn to lower himself into the open water near the aerators on Lake Yankton, so fellow firefighters could pull him out. But Jared Hively didn’t make it quite that far. As he walked out across the frozen lake, the thin ice suddenly gave way underneath Hively. He was ...