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Two-vehicle crash

One vehicle, at left, came to rest against the traffic light pole at East Main Street and Southview Drive, across from Hy-Vee. Two people were transported from the crash scene, Marshall Police said. Marshall Police, the Marshall Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance all responded at the ...

Did you catch a big fish?

With the ice fishing season in full swing now, the Marshall Independent is encouraging area fishing enthusiasts to send in their photos of catching that whopper. Submit photos to mlamb@marshallindependent.com with a small description on catching the fish. Include names and phone numbers in ...

Celebrating good behavior

MARSHALL — There are several signs that displaying good character and positive behavior are not only encouraged and expected, but that are also celebrated at Park Side Elementary School. That effort is part of a deliberate plan in response to the increased and ongoing needs of young students ...

Bitter Root project targets the high ground in YMC

CANBY — The 152-megawatt Bitter Root Wind Farm proposal in Fortier Township, Yellow Medicine County. is drawing interest from public officials, local economic development supporters, nationwide labor advocates, and residents living near the planned construction zone. Plans call for the ...

City passes tax abatement policy for business development

MARSHALL — It started with a Marshall landowner’s request for a city property tax abatement. Now, the city of Marshall has some official guidelines to address abatement requests — and they’re open to a whole range of private development projects. At the Marshall City Council’s ...

A regional benefactor many times over

CLARKFIELD — Steve Williams branched out from his Clarkfield roots with a successful sales career that encompassed every corner of the United States. Much of what he earned in the process is coming back to southwest and west central Minnesota through charitable bequests following his ...

Tracy icon demolished

TRACY — Just as the sun began to rise on Tuesday morning, an excavator methodically started to tear down the iconic Red Rooster Restaurant in Tracy. Within 35 minutes, all except for the front brick wall and the far east portion of the structure had been demolished. For so many around the ...

Buffer law enforcement starting in Lyon County this spring

MARSHALL — Between public waters and drainage ditches in the Lyon County Soil and Water Conservation District, the district is around 80 percent compliant with Minnesota’s buffer law, SWCD Administrator John Biren said. But updates to those figures — as well as enforcement of the buffer ...

New Murray County commissioners take office

SLAYTON — At its 2019 organizational meeting on Tuesday, the Murray County Board went through a partial changing of the guard. Two newly elected commissioners, Jim Kluis of Slayton and Dennis Welgraven of Fenton Township in southern Murray County between Iona and Chandler, were both sworn ...

Assuming ‘tremendous responsibility’

MARSHALL — Three elected individuals took the oath of office on Monday for their roles on the Marshall Public School Board. Jeff Chapman is beginning his seventh three-year term on the board. Sara Runchey is serving her first term, as is Aaron Ziemer, who had previously been appointed to ...

Marshall Mayor Byrnes optimistic after attending inauguration

MARSHALL — Area leaders shared their optimism for the future as Tim Walz was sworn in as Minnesota’s 41st governor at an inauguration ceremony on Monday at Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. At the podium, Walz delivered a speech promoting his vision for “One Minnesota.” Marshall Mayor ...

Trying something new

MARSHALL — It wasn’t your typical game of mini golf. Some of the holes were marked off by barriers made from metal bookends. The course wound around shelves and tables, and under obstacles like the “Carts of Doom” — a small tunnel made by arranging a pair of empty book carts in front ...

Matt Vee to perform at Sounds of Summer

MARSHALL — The opening act for Sounds of Summer is set for 2019. Sounds of Summer announced on its Facebook page this weekend that Matt Vee will open for Pablo Cruise on Aug. 17 in Marshall. Matt Vee is a singer, guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and nephew of legendary ‘60s ...

Avera, Carris Health moving forward together

MARSHALL — A big part of the their look had changed — all the building and parking lot signs at the former ACMC clinic in Marshall now had the Avera logo. But, as physicians and administrators pointed out Friday, the work to integrate the clinic and surgery center into Avera Marshall was ...

tru Shrimp to open facility in S.D. ahead of Luverne

The planned location of tru Shrimp’s first shrimp production facility has shifted across state lines, company spokespeople said Friday. The Balaton-based company announced it will build its first production facility, or “harbor,” in Madison, South Dakota, instead of Luverne in ...

First baby of 2019

Cole Anthony Louwagie is the first baby born in 2019 at Avera Marshall, making his grand entrance Jan. 3. His parents are Kristen and Derek Louwagie of Cottonwood. Cole and his parents left for home Friday where they were greeted by siblings, Will, 6, Lila, 4, and Dashel, 17 months. “The kids ...

Murray County lake recreation on display

SLAYTON — Visitors to the Murray County Museum have a chance to experience the past and present of the county’s lake areas even in the depths of winter. The museum has a keynote exhibit in a front-and-center display location that covers a panorama of subjects related to lake area ...

Jagt to take reins as new Tyler mayor

TYLER — Joan Jagt of Tyler doesn’t hesitate to become involved in local government. Jagt will be sworn in as Tyler’s new mayor at the city council’s first 2019 meeting on Monday. She will begin her term after gaining 24 years of previous experience, first on the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton ...

Having fun in the snow

Photo by Deb Gau The local weather was starting to warm up a little on Wednesday, but there was still plenty of snow for sliding on at Independence Park in Marshall. A few groups of sledders and snowboarders were out at the park’s hill Wednesday afternoon. Thomas Hanson found a spot on the ...

Granite Falls Police investigating Dec. 23 gunshots

GRANITE FALLS — Law enforcement is asking the public for help in the investigation of gunshots fired into a Granite Falls home a week ago. Granite Falls Police Chief Brian Struffert said police are asking anyone with information on the shooting, which happened in the early morning hours of ...