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Training on thin ice

BALATON — It was his turn to lower himself into the open water near the aerators on Lake Yankton, so fellow firefighters could pull him out. But Jared Hively didn’t make it quite that far. As he walked out across the frozen lake, the thin ice suddenly gave way underneath Hively. He was ...

Cleanup coming at Marshall Hotel building

MARSHALL — The future of a long-vacant hotel building on Main Street isn’t settled yet, but work to remove debris and hazardous materials from the site is planned. Members of the Marshall City Council approved a roughly $72,000 bid for the cleanup last week. “This is something we would ...

Schwan’s sale closes, Home Service continues as separate business

MARSHALL — The sale of Schwan’s Company to South Korean food business CJ CheilJedang is now complete. The companies announced earlier last week that CJCJ has closed on the acquisition of Schwan’s and several of its subsidiaries. Schwan’s is now operating as a subsidiary of CJCJ, the ...

A fireside chat

MARSHALL — Supporting the city of Marshall is about a lot more than just what’s within city limits, Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes said. He thought the city has kept to a vision of being a regional center. As the city approaches its 150th anniversary next year, he said, “I would hope the ...

Presidential finalist hopes to make an impact on campus, community

MARSHALL — He’s worked in big cities and smaller communities, but Dr. Ronald Johnson said no matter where he is, he’s looking for a chance to help make a positive impact. “The best place to be is a place where people are looking to have impact,” Johnson said. In interviewing for ...

Hamer charged with meth possession

IVANHOE — A Lincoln County Commissioner has been formally charged with drug possession, after law enforcement seized methamphetamine and dozens of guns from a shop building in Hendricks. Court records said Richard Hamer, 60, of Hendricks, made his first appearance in Lincoln County ...

As more snow falls, cleanup continues on state highways

MARSHALL — The snow hasn’t stopped yet in southwest Minnesota, and clearing it off the roads has proven a tough job even for state snowplows. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said it has brought in contractors to help the crews who are still at work removing snowdrifts around ...

‘Praying for a miracle’

COTTONWOOD — Lakeview students and staff wore purple, the color of hope, Wednesday in support of their bus driver and substitute teacher who is gravely ill and hospitalized. Gail Gregoire went in for routine surgery in Willmar on Feb. 20, and was to go home on Feb. 21, according to a post ...

February snow blows past records

MARSHALL — Marshall broke its all-time February snow record this year by more than 5 inches. Unfortunately, that’s still not the end of winter weather predicted for the area, the National Weather Service reported Thursday. Marshall received a total of 37.9 inches of snow in ...

SMSU finalist stresses importance of community, educational excellence

MARSHALL — The second of three Southwest Minnesota State University presidential finalists said the university is a place with a strong community — one he would like to join. “In my experience today, I saw this is a very close-knit group,” Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya said of his time on the ...

Hamer arrested in connection with drug bust

HENDRICKS — A Lincoln County commissioner was arrested when law enforcement seized guns and drugs from a Hendricks address Wednesday morning. Richard Joseph Hamer, 60, was being held for court at the Lyon County Jail, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. The Sheriff’s Office, ...

Lake Benton man dies in farm accident

LAKE BENTON — A Lake Benton man who died Saturday was injured in an accident with farm equipment, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Around 3:47 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call about a person who had fallen off a bulldozer. Lake Benton First Responders, ...

Wilson sees a ‘great energy’ and sense of community at SMSU

MARSHALL — Carmen Wilson, the first of three finalists to interview on campus, believes the next president of Southwest Minnesota State University should be someone who can really build on the institution’s successes. “What appealed the most to me about SMSU was the great opportunity to ...

Marshall homeowners petition for better alley drainage

MARSHALL — Excess water and flooding garages have been problems along one Marshall alley for years — and homeowners on South High Street and South Whitney Street are asking the city for help. Members of the Marshall City Council accepted the group’s petition for a storm sewer in the ...

It takes grit

MARSHALL — It’s been a tough winter for just about everybody in southwest Minnesota — with record amounts of snow this month and the extremely difficult traveling conditions and snow removal efforts that go with it — so it’s only natural that people have been especially concerned ...

Froiland’s a one-man show

MARSHALL — A band performed live Thursday morning at the Adult Community Center in Marshall, one that comes complete with a host of instruments such as a guitar, upright bass, harmonica, fiddle and banjo. They were all played by solo performer Gary Froiland. As a one-man band, Froiland ...

Snowed in

MARSHALL — Winter’s grip on southwest Minnesota stayed tight over the weekend, as 45-mile-an-hour wind gusts and snow drifts closed highways around the region. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported dozens of crashes, spin-outs and stranded motorists across southern ...

Winter woes

MARSHALL — With piles of snow encroaching on city streets, Marshall will be doing some serious cleanup next week. The city announced Friday that it is declaring a snow removal emergency from Monday, Feb. 25, through Saturday, March 2. During the snow emergency, city crews will start with ...

Blizzard warning issued for area

MARSHALL — On top of a record-high 34 inches of snow this February, the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, National Weather Service reports that the Lincoln, Lyon and Murray counties are now included in a blizzard warning in effect from midnight Saturday night to 6 p.m. Sunday. A blizzard warning ...

MPS Board discusses snow makeup days

MARSHALL — Like most Minnesota schools this winter, Marshall Public Schools has the challenge of trying to schedule makeup days for a high number of instructional days and hours missed — in large part because of the 45.4 inches of snowfall in the area for the past six weeks, according to ...