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Depyper trial date moved to July

A Lyon County man arrested as part of a prostitution sting in Springfield will have his trial date moved to July, Brown County court records said. A pre-trial hearing for Lawrence Depyper, 70, of Lynd, was held on Tuesday in Brown County District Court, court records said. Depyper is charged ...

Task force suggests changes for Marshall building ordinances

MARSHALL — They said their group was formed to help address stigma — in this case, the perception that Marshall is a difficult town to build in. Now, members of a local task force have some suggestions for changes to Marshall city building ordinances. At a Tuesday meeting of the task ...

An ear for comedy

MARSHALL — Hilarious farce and slapstick comedy and a “lovable dolt” make up Southwest Minnesota State University Theater Department’s latest stage show. The SMSU Theater Department is presenting “One Man, Two Guvnors” at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Feb. 22-24 and 2 p.m. Sunday, ...

Peterson recall election fails

TRACY — Tony Peterson held onto his Tracy City Council seat after a recall election Tuesday failed to garner enough votes to oust him. Unofficial results reported by interim city administrator Shane Daniels showed 211 voted against Peterson’s recall, while 174 voted for removing him from ...

Council hears plans for 2018 street projects

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council got a short overview of some upcoming city construction projects — including plans to reconstruct Saratoga Street — during their regular meeting Tuesday night. In three separate votes, council members ordered the preparation of reports ...

YMC to spend nearly $59,000 on computer software

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the expenditure of $58,845 to update software for the prosecutor’s office inside the courthouse. County Attorney Keith Helgeson said he originally asked for a smaller package that cost less than $50,000 ...

Schons appointed to Tracy City Council

TRACY — Jeri Schons was appointed to fill the vacant Tracy City Council during its meeting Monday evening. The vote by the council was unanimous and Schons will replace Pam Cooreman who was appointed mayor last month. Nominations committee members Dave Tiegs and Kou Thao said that there ...

Standoff in Milroy

MILROY — A standoff between a man inside a shed and law enforcement ended at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday. Independent reporter Deb Gau reported law enforcement officials using a K-9 unit took the suspect into custody and put him inside a police vehicle. Law enforcement officials fired smoke into a ...

Program highlights importance of books

MARSHALL — You know you’re doing something right when children are thrilled about reading — and that excitement was pretty obvious on Monday afternoon at Lakeview School as preschool and elementary school students waited for organizers to reveal what book was chosen this year for the One ...

Royalty

Photo by Deb Gau Students at Marshall High School crowned their Snow Week royalty in a ceremony Monday night. Garret Hoff was crowned king, and Sarah Bucher was crowned queen. William Giannelli was crowned prince, and Alexa Dulas was crowned princess.

DNR to receive land in Burton Township from Pheasants Forever

By Jody Isaackson jisaackson@marshallindependent.com GRANITE FALLS — Two properties in Burton Township, Yellow Medicine County, will form the new James Meger Wildlife Management Area (WMA), said Troy Dale of the YMC DNR. The donation of this property by Pheasants Forever to the YMC DNR ...

An evening of fun

MINNEOTA — It’s an evening of music, fun and homemade sweets — it’s not hard to see why Minneota’s Chocolate Affair draws a crowd every year. But one of the other positive things about the event is the way it brings together area community members, organizers and volunteers ...

Just for Kix gives back to the community

Local Just For Kix dancers put on a good show for a good cause Friday night at Marshall Middle School. Friday’s show collected food shelf items, in addition to showcasing Just For Kix competitive dance teams. One group of dancers couldn’t hide their smiles in a routine with a “Happy” theme

Cause of fatal Marshall house fire undetermined

MARSHALL — The cause of a fatal Christmas Day fire in Marshall is still undetermined, even after the close of an investigation by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office. A report on the investigation into the fire said several accidental causes, ranging from an electrical fire to ...

Losing small-town cafes

When a small town restaurant closes, it might not make a big dent in the state or national levels. But on the local level, that closing can leave a crater-size void in the community. The loss is felt in employment opportunities and property taxes as well as entertainment and hangout ...

Rotary, students to package up meals for kids

MARSHALL — In the past eight years, Marshall Sunrise Rotary has partnered with Marshall Middle School to help package about 800,000 meals as part of a Food for Kidz project. The strong partnership between Sunrise Rotary Club members and the students, staff and faculty at MMS will continue ...

Snow Week candidates

Photo by Karin Elton The Marshall High School Snow Week candidates have been announced. Pictured are, from left: Maxx Venekamp, William Giannelli, Garret Hoff, Brock Pruszynski and Andrew Doyle. From left: Alexa Dulas, Rebekah Bergjord, Courtney Mauch, Megan Kock and Sarah Bucher.

Marshall nursing home closed to visitors

MARSHALL — A stomach virus outbreak has forced management at Avera Morningside Heights nursing home to close the facility to visitors “Avera Morningside Heights is currently closed to visitors due to an increase in stomach illness among some residents,” said Stacy Neubeck, Avera ...

Norwegian Rosemaling

GRANITE FALLS — Ava Fitzkappes, 7, smiled as she looked down at Betty Wanke’s paint brush moving with each stroke of paint. Wanke, was just painting on a paper plate. But just off to the side of Fitzkappes were colorful wooden plates on display inside Minnesota West Community and ...

Author of children’s book holding signing event

MARSHALL — What started out as a poem for a new grandson turned into a published children’s book for Lori (Moorse) Radecki. Radecki, who grew up in Marshall, recently published a children’s board book “We Are Glad You’re Here!” She will be doing a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 ...