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Audience to help drive plot for ‘Museum’ production

MARSHALL — For Marshall High School’s latest theater production, the actors will only be a few inches away from the audience members. Marshall High School’s Tiger Theatre is presenting “Museum” Wednesday-Friday in the lobby of the Schwan Community Center for the Arts. Hors ...

‘Always a Mustang’

MARSHALL — “We call this ceremony a commencement for a reason,” Southwest Minnesota State University President Connie Gores said as she spoke with the university’s 2019 graduating class. Commencement didn’t just mark the end of students’ time at SMSU. “It’s the start of ...

A culture question-and-answer

MARSHALL — The two languages use the same letters. But learning the written form of the Hmong language is not like learning the ABCs in English, area residents found out. A slide that presenters Kou Thao and Khou Lor cued up listed all the different parts used to write the sounds spoken in ...

Fishing opener yields mixed results for anglers

SLAYTON — Windy and cool temperatures didn’t stop fishing enthusiasts from putting their lines in the water during Saturday’s Minnesota fishing opener. By noon, people were scattered across Lakes Shetek and Sarah, fishing for walleye, northerns, crappies and perch. The results ...

Nursing professionals ‘never stop learning’

MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State University’s four-year nursing degree program continues to grow, and at the same provides a much-needed opportunity for both nursing students and regional health care facilities. It produces four-year graduates such as Chelsea Self, a Tracy resident who ...

Main Street building back in business after October fire

MARSHALL — It’s been nearly seven months since a fire closed down a Main Street building housing a dozen local businesses. But while some work on the inside of the building is still going on, things are getting back to normal. Dan Vogt, owner of the building at 348 West Main, said ...

Area lakes in ‘great shape’ for catching walleye

MARSHALL — It was a rough winter — for fish as well as people, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. But while some area lakes may have seen partial fish die-offs due to this year’s extreme winter weather, populations in southern Minnesota are looking good for Saturday’s ...

Head-on crash injures four near Balaton

BALATON — Four people were injured, two of them seriously, in a head-on crash Thursday morning on Lyon County Road 5, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said. An 18-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy were transported by air from Avera Marshall Medical Center to hospitals in Sioux Falls, ...

Simulating poverty

By Karin Elton kelton@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — What’s it like to be poor? People whose job it is to help the less fortunate got a chance to find out how to try to navigate through life on limited resources. Southwest Health and Human Services sponsored a “poverty ...

SW Health and Human Services reaches balanced budget goal

MARSHALL — Southwest Health and Human Services had a three-year string of budget deficits, one that ended when it finished 2018 solidly in the black. Agency director Beth Wilms said the six-county agency, which serves Lyon, Redwood, Murray, Lincoln, Pipestone and Rock counties, finished ...

Hands-on experience

MARSHALL — Nonprofits rely on volunteers and an agency that helps the elderly and their caregivers has been helped immensely by three Southwest Minnesota State University seniors. “It has been an absolute godsend to have had three students help this semester,” said Rebekah Reynolds, ...

‘Time to replace them’

MARSHALL — Aaron VanMoer wants to get rid of all the “Christmas trees” in Lyon County. The county engineer told the Lyon County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the intersection street signs that look like trees are faded and “have met their life expectancy and it’s ...

Sioux Falls man pleads guilty in Marshall sex sting

MARSHALL — A Sioux Falls man arrested as part of a prostitution sting in Marshall in October has pleaded guilty in Lyon County District Court, court records said. Court records said George Everett Scott Croucher, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of hiring or agreeing to hire a minor ...

Suspects in area drug busts appear in court

Three people arrested in connection with drug busts in Lincoln and Lyon counties appeared in court Tuesday. Karen Kay Gronewald, 57, of Hendricks, made her first appearance in Lincoln County District Court, court records said. Gronewald was one of two people arrested after law enforcement ...

Lincoln Co. Board endorses school, wind projects

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board cleared the way Tuesday for two construction projects destined to become highlights of county history. At its regular meeting, the board approved the registered survey for property adjacent to Lincoln County Road 8 and the western Tyler city limits. The ...

‘More space to work’

HENDRICKS — A comprehensive set of floor plan changes, when added together, is making a big difference for daily routines at the Hendricks Community Hospital. A planning effort completed in 2012 resulted in a six-year capital improvement process at a cost of $7.5 million. It brought both ...

Security bid approved for two Marshall school sites

MARSHALL — The one construction bid received by the Marshall School District to complete security projects for two school sites was approved by the board Monday. Brennan Construction out of Mankato submitted a bid of $558,700 for security upgrades at Marshall Middle School and West Side ...

A treasure hunter’s weekend

MARSHALL — Spring might be the season for cleaning house, but it can also be a time for bargain hunting. The two go together at community-wide garage sales, like the ones held in Marshall and other area towns over the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, area residents could browse among ...

Two arrested in Hendricks drug bust

HENDRICKS — Law enforcement seized more than 60 grams of methamphetamine from a Hendricks residence on Friday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Two people at the residence were arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said. Law enforcement agencies including the Lincoln County ...

‘It’s OK to reach out for help’

MARSHALL — It was the perfect day for a walk outside — but it was more than the sunshine that brought people together at Marshall High School on Saturday morning. The crowd was gathered to honor loved ones, raise awareness of mental health needs, and most importantly to bring hope. ...