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Lyon County approves cell phone tower

MARSHALL — A planned cell phone tower northwest of Ghent got the approval it needed from the Lyon County Board on Tuesday. County commissioners voted in favor of a conditional use permit for the 250-foot communications tower. The permit, approved by the county planning and zoning ...

Tyler training center hosting autism awareness event

TYLER — Autism awareness and personal fitness will collide in a positive way at LifeFit Training Center on Saturday in Tyler. The training center opted to be one of the many hosts for the autism awareness event called Lift Up Autism. Individuals who want to take part, can do so under the ...

Sharing her story as a refugee

When Shegitu Kebede immigrated to the United States 27 years ago, she was guided every step of the way. “There was someone to meet you at the airport and I had a fully furnished apartment,” Kebede said. “I took classes for English.” The immigration process has changed, but it didn’t ...

Giving blood

Photo by Karin Elton Lisa Rademacher of Lynd takes time out of her day to donate blood Tuesday afternoon in Carlin Hall at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Phlebotomist Duron Preer of the American Red Cross gave her post-donation instructions.

Tru Shrimp breaks ground for training and engineering center in Balaton

BALATON — It was a big day for the community of Balaton. But that was just a start, speakers at a Monday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony said. “Today is a landmark day for the tru Shrimp Company on so many levels,” said Ralco President and tru Shrimp board chairman Brian Knochenmus. ...

Nearly 250 students attend Jump Start program

MARSHALL — Marshall Public School board members learned about the summer school program in a presentation from Gayle Chandler and Sue Strautz at the regular board meeting on Monday. Licensed staff members taught nearly 250 students in the Jump Start program this past summer. “This ...

Hendricks, Lincoln County to discuss recycling location

IVANHOE — Hendricks Mayor Julie Hogie and City Administrator David Blees and will be appearing before the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners at today’s meeting to talk about the county’s rural recycling center in Hendricks. In June, County Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen ...

Ditch repair on Murray County agenda

SLAYTON — Murray County commissions will address a ditch repair report when it meets today. “On Sept. 6, I inspected Judicial Ditch 14 Branch G - for a reported tile blowout located in Chanarambie Township,” a report by ditch inspector Howard Konkol said. “My inspection found a tile ...

Wefald shares story about how he saved SMSU

MARSHALL — No history of Southwest Minnesota State University would be complete without telling the tale of former president Jon Wefald. “Mention the name Jon Wefald around campus and things stop,” SMSU Communications Director Jim Tate was quoted as saying in a book written by ...

YMC Board approves market study to compare wages

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to order a salary market study as requested by YMC Labor Management. “You have to compare (wages) to nearby counties that are competing for our employees,” Assistant County Attorney Amanda Sieling said, “not ...

Beth Moore simulcast leaves an impression, attendees say

MARSHALL — Nearly 200 women flocked to Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall to hear Christian speaker and author Beth Moore talked about being Captivated — the Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road Saturday because they believe her to be a great speaker. Bonnie Hagberg of Marshall said ...

Ag Bowl at SMSU

Photo by Jody Isaackson There was something for everyone at the Southwest Minnesota State University’s Ag Bowl Saturday prior to the college football game. There were two bounce houses, face painting, a hay maze, a kids’ tractor pull, a petting zoo, and a football toss sponsored by the ...

Trolls camp

Photo by Jody Isaackson Marshall Just for Kix had a Trolls Camp for dancers 3 years old through first grade Saturday at St. Stephen Church. After they learned some dance moves, their instructors, Melissa Rutledge and Kaitlin Gile and assistants, made troll hats as part of the camp.

Craft & Vendor Show

Photo by Jody Isaackson Vendors filled the arena at the Red Baron Arena for the Southwest Minnesota Craft and Vendor Show Sunday. Amelia Morland of Clarkfield, right, with Usborne Books and More shows a book that opens flat for miniature car racing to Peggy and Steve Baugher of Marshall.

Minnesota students lead nation in ACT

MARSHALL — As test scores were released recently, the Marshall Public School District found itself exceeding the state average in all five areas on the ACT college entrance exam — a measure that Minnesota has consistently led for more than a decade. In a news release, Minnesota Gov. Mark ...

Schwan’s celebrates 65 years

MINNEAPOLIS — While Schwan’s celebrated its 65th anniversary at US Bank Stadium Thursday night, the birthplace of this company was very much on the minds of those who attended the exotic food extravaganza event inside US Bank Stadium. “A young man said to his mom and dad, ‘look, I’m ...

Schwan’s chefs are staying on the cutting edge

MINNEAPOLIS — In order to continue its success in the food delivery business, the Schwan’s Food Company has enlisted help from some of the more elite chefs in the nation. Schwan’s looks to its chefs collective to help it stay on the cutting edge of food creativity. These chefs actually ...

YMC Board members report on meetings

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting shared information from the various organizational boards on which they sit. Commissioner Glen Kack had attended a Western Mental Health meeting where they discussed the high cost of their most recent ...

Stepping out of the shadows

MARSHALL — National Honor Society, marching band and honor roll in Marshall High School. Dean’s list, academic scholarships and chosen to be an intern for Sen. Al Franken while a student at Southwest Minnesota State University. Those are just some of the activities and accomplishments that ...

2 deaths under investigation by Marshall Police

MARSHALL — Marshall Police are investigating the deaths of two people, whose bodies were found in the early hours of Wednesday morning and on Thursday morning, respectively. Both deaths were reported on the 100 block of East Main Street. However, foul play is not suspected, and the deaths are ...