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Summit shares strategies for fighting poverty

MARSHALL — One in six children in southwest Minnesota lives in poverty. But speakers at a Thursday summit said addressing that problem means focusing on more than just kids. It means looking at a bigger picture including families, jobs, skills training and more. In some ways, helping close ...

Snow comes with a few crashes in southwest MN

Thursday brought some snow into the area — and at the same time, several crashes were reported on area roads. A total of four injury accidents were reported between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, in locations ranging from Morton to Lynd. Three people, including two children, were ...

Marshall man finally gets his deer

MARSHALL — After 10 years of hunting and no luck in shooting a deer, Mike Lehman figured he was due this firearm season. And for a second, he felt that disappointment again of missing on a shot at a deer while hunting in Marcell in northern Minnesota on opening day Saturday. “I fired a ...

Lincoln County pursues Small Cities housing grants

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board gave the green light for an application to the Small Cities housing rehabilitation program at Tuesday’s meeting. Lincoln County Housing and Redevelopment Executive Director Vince Robinson updated the board on the process of applying for Lincoln County’s ...

Favorite son (-in-law) wins governor’s race

IVANHOE — Minnesota’s governor-elect Tim Walz had a little extra help from his local connections. Walz is the son-in-law of Val and Lynn Whipple of Ivanhoe. They along with their daughter, Gwen Whipple Walz, and their other daughters attended his victory party Tuesday night in St. ...

Ivanhoe Elementary students choose Johnson over Walz

IVANHOE — While voters cast ballots on Tuesday, Ivanhoe grade school students took part in a mock election. In that process, Tim Walz lost to Republican candidate Jeff Johnson by a vote of 20 for Johnson compared to 15. Other Democratic candidates including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Sen. elect Tina ...

Marshall High mock election mirrors real one

MARSHALL — One vote really can make a difference in an election as Marshall High School students and staff recently found out after taking part in a mock election process. While one race was determined by a single vote, the overall outcomes basically mirrored actual results from Election ...

tru Shrimp finalizing harbor plans

BALATON — trū Shrimp has started the process of finalizing construction plans for a 67-acre shrimp harbor complex in Luverne, according to a Wednesday press release. The trū Shrimp Company’s board of directors approved the continued development of Luverne Bay Harbor Complex during its ...

Speed limits to go up on U.S. 59, other area highways

Traffic will officially be moving a little faster on several area highways by the end of the year, as the result of a study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT District 8, which includes 12 counties in southwestern Minnesota, announced Wednesday that the speed limit on parts of ...

State legislators keep seats in area House races

Election Day ended with victory for incumbent candidates in area races for the Minnesota House of Representatives. In the region, Rep. Chris Swedzinski, Rep. Joe Schomacker, and Rep. Rod Hamilton each held on to seats in the state Legislature. Swedzinski, R-Ghent, said Tuesday that he ...

Dimmers in as Tracy mayor; Telkamp re-elected Murray Co. sheriff

Tuesday’s elections had an impact on state and national politics, but there were also notable results for local government and schools. In the area around Marshall, there were contested races for city, county and school district positions. In area city races, the city of Tracy had an ...

Labat, DeCramer elected to Marshall City Council

MARSHALL — The Marshall City Council will have one new face and one returning member in 2019. After local elections Tuesday night, Marshall City Council member John DeCramer was re-elected in Marshall’s Ward 1, while Russ Labat was elected in Ward 2. “I’m ecstatic,” Labat said ...

Ritter, Graupmann re-elected to Lyon County Board; Wallen elected sheriff

MARSHALL — County Commissioner Steve Ritter was re-elected in Lyon County’s one contested commissioner race Tuesday night. Ritter said he was looking forward to serving the county and representing County Commissioner District 2. “I want to thank all the people who supported me,” ...

Chapman, Runchey and Ziemer elected to Marshall School Board

MARSHALL — The results of the Marshall Public School board race revealed that the top three vote-getters were Sara Runchey (3,825 votes), Jeff Chapman (3,075 votes) and Aaron Ziemer (2,947 votes). Edged out was Ben Walker with 1,878 votes. A total of 17,529 votes were cast, including 51 ...

Survey says

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University political science students collected 328 surveys on Election Day Tuesday in Lyon County and weighed in with their predictions and findings regarding the Lyon County Exit Poll. “I think it was an amazing experience,” SMSU junior Fatouh ...

Marshall School Board hears Fiscal Year 2018 audit review

MARSHALL — Hoffman & Brobst Manager Tamara Deutz presented the Marshall School Board with a Fiscal Year 2018 audit review at the work session meeting on Monday. “This is for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018,” Deutz said. “You had an unmodified opinion, which is a clean opinion ...

A hit or miss start to the season

MARSHALL — Wet weather hampered the opening weekend of firearm deer season for some hunters around the Marshall area, but others were more fortunate. “I think the weather affected the deer hunting, from the die-hard hunters to the ones that did limited hunting,” said Ryan Michelson, ...

Voting is up this year, Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer office reports

MARSHALL — Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer E.J. Moberg reported on Friday that his office has accepted ballots from 2,284 voters — 1,267 from mail ballot precincts and 1,017 absentee voters. Moberg also reported that a total of 3,712 ballots have been transmitted to voters — 2,470 to ...

Area women learn about discipleship at IF:TABLE event

MARSHALL — Judging by the broad grins and glowing faces at Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall Saturday, about 50 attendees were moved by the IF: TABLE Fall Gathering hosted by local coordinators Kris Campion, Heidi Beck and other committee members. They were reacting to two speakers ...

Hunting for zebra mussels in Lake Sarah

A pair representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources gathered together with a small group on Thursday to explain how the aquatic invasive species zebra mussels has been found in Lake Sarah and what that means to the future of the southwest Minnesota lake. Allison Gamble, ...