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Police seize 26 dogs, six chickens, three cats in Lamberton

REDWOOD COUNTY — Police seized 26 dogs, six chickens and three cats from a Lamberton home after she was transported by ambulance to a Springfield hospital June 10. At least one other cat was unable to be seized, according to a statement of probable cause. Kimberly A. Robinson, 57, 206 4th ...

Not your traditional hot dog eating contest

IVANHOE — Sibling rivalry is what fed Shane Citterman’s need to win the Polish Sausage Eating Contest at the Ivanhoe Polska Kielbasa Days — a new event that brought an enthusiastic crowd. “This is my first competitive win, he (Walker) beat me last time,” said Citterman, winner of ...

Swans named Lyon County’s Outstanding Senior Citizens

MARSHALL — Active in their church and community, Daryl and Geneva Swan of Balaton were announced as this year’s Lyon County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award winners at the Lyon County Fair on Saturday. “Why we do a lot of volunteering, or I do anyway, is I not only love to keep busy, ...

Local woman has ‘good last year’ in fair’s open class

MARSHALL — Judy Hoffmann and her granddaughter, Carolyn Hoffmann, came to the Lyon County Fair to see Hoffmann’s 51 entries in what she said will probably be her final year entering a lot of plants in to the open class exhibit. “My sister always said if you don’t bring stuff to the ...

A wild ride at Second Chance Arena

Riggin Smith, of Winterest, Iowa, holds on during the Saddle Bronc Riding event at the PRCA Rodeo on Thursday night at the Second Chance Arena during the Lyon County Fair.

The neighbor up the road

MARSHALL — Ralph Roberts loved the roar of a good engine and the roar of a weekend crowd, especially when they happened at the exact same time and place. Roberts was known throughout southwest, south central and west central Minnesota for a mechanical instinct useful with anything from an ...

Peterson: Farmers face complex problems

Concerns about how a trade war with China will affect Minnesota farmers came through loud and clear during a listening session with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at Farmfest earlier this week. But criticism of the U.S.’s strategy in dealing with China may be even more widespread ...

Llama fun

MARSHALL — High school senior Darian Ross’ pinata llama, Tony, amazed the crowd as they entered the arena. Ross said she spent 10 hours cutting paper, gluing, and sewing the costume together. “My sister and I, we sat down and brainstormed a couple ideas and this was one of them. I ...

Farmfest boosts ag-based retail activity

GILFILLAN ESTATE — Every August a thriving agronomy-based business district goes up in less than a week at the historic Gilfillan Estate on U.S. Highway 71 in eastern Redwood County. Farmfest 2019 was filled with steady foot traffic from early morning hours after sunrise until late in the ...

Innovative livestock shown by Lyon County 4-H’ers

MARSHALL — The livestock barns at the back of the Lyon County Fairgrounds this week at the 2019 Lyon County Fair include at least two types of 4-H entries which are on the cutting edge of 21st century farm production. Three members of the Shawn Lozinski family from the Minneota area showed ...

Diaper derby baby race new at Polska Kielbasa Days

IVANHOE — Wanted: Crawlers only — baby crawlers that is. The diaper derby baby race is a new event at the 48th annual Polska Kielbasa Days in Ivanhoe on Saturday. “It’s kind of fun thing for the kiddos,” said organizer Emily Citterman. She watched such races at her hometown ...

Showing what they know

MARSHALL — Some things you expect to see in the show ring at a county fair, like 4-H members leading well-groomed animals. Kestlyn Willert fit the pattern up to that point, as she stood near a heifer in the 4-H arena at the Lyon County fairgrounds. What was different was the projector ...

Perkins & Marie Callender’s to sell company

Perkins & Marie Callender’s announced Monday that it has executed an asset purchase agreement with Perkins Group LLC for the sale of its Perkins’ business and a segment of its Foxtail bakery business, according to a news release from the company. In order to facilitate the sale, the ...

Farmfest trade debate

GILFILLAN ESTATE — If any Minnesotans wanted to share a thought with President Donald Trump about life in rural America, Farmfest 2019 in Redwood County was a place where it might just get heard through the U.S. secretary of agriculture. Sonny Perdue, a Georgia political leader with a ...

Lincoln Co. considers new partnerships

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board voiced interest at Tuesday’s meeting in joining two additional multi-county regional partnerships. Dan Larson of the Minnesota Rural Counties association met with the board, presented a letter of greeting from a Moorhead area Polk County commissioner who ...

‘Step up and volunteer’

MARSHALL — John and Mary Beth Sinclair were seen prepping the 4-H food stand before opening on Wednesday at the Lyon County Fair. “It’s just something different that I do and I really enjoy it. And thank goodness for my husband, I couldn’t do it without him. We do it as a team,” ...

Hwy. 23 J-turn construction complete

MARSHALL — Traffic on Highway 23 in Marshall went back to normal this week, after construction of a reduced-conflict intersection wrapped up on Tuesday. The intersection of Highway 23 and Lyon County Road 7 is now open to traffic, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. The ...

Bishop on the road again

MARSHALL — When the head of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency made a visit to Marshall earlier this summer, city officials said it was a first. But it wasn’t going to be the last time Laura Bishop was in southwest Minnesota. “If we’re actually going to be a trusted partner in ...

Farmers discuss J-turns, drainage issues at Farmfest

GILFILLAN ESTATE — Farmers asked Minnesota agency commissioners a number of probing questions at a Farmfest forum Tuesday. A Lakefield farmer asked Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher if the agency is looking at J-turns, alternatives to ...

Library report: More people ‘hanging out’

MARSHALL — If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Despite the popularity of electronic devices, Lyon County libraries are thriving by embracing the new technology and also being an integral part of the community. Michele Leininger, Marshall-Lyon County Library director, and Tracy Public ...