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City of Echo gears up for 2019 street paving

ECHO — After two years of having a gravel surface on their Main Street, Echo residents will once again be driving on pavement. Construction that includes repaving and curbside improvements is part of the 2019 Yellow Medicine County road plan. The street is designated as a county road. The ...

Her future is bright

MARSHALL — Marshall High School senior Ammran Mohamed is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of being an eye surgeon one day after recently securing a full-ride scholarship to Columbia University in New York. Mohamed, the third youngest of eight and the first of Amina Mohamed and ...

Russell man dies in Hwy 23 crash

LYON COUNTY —  Alcohol was involved in a Sunday night crash that killed an 18-year-old Russell man, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The crash was reported at 7:08 p.m. Sunday on Highway 23, near Camden State Park. A Chevy Silverado driven by Jordan Peter Clapsaddle, 18, of Russell, ...

Finding holiday fun

MARSHALL — It had been a snowy, chilly week, but by Sunday afternoon, plenty of people were ready to get out of the house and have some fun. The ice rink at the Red Baron Arena and Expo was crowded with kids and adults during open skate. The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day ...

Russell man dies in Hwy 23 crash

LYON COUNTY —  Alcohol was involved in a Sunday night crash that killed an 18-year-old Russell man, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The crash was reported at 7:08 p.m. Sunday on Highway 23, near Camden State Park. A Chevy Silverado driven by Jordan Peter Clapsaddle, 18, of Russell, ...

More snow forecast for region

MARSHALL — Just when the roads in southwest Minnesota are mostly cleared of snow after Friday's winter storm, motorists and residents will need to brace for more snow today. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain that will eventually turn into snow by the afternoon. The falling ...

New Year event at Marshall library postponed

MARSHALL — Due to weather, a New Year’s Eve event at the Marshall-Lyon County Library has been postponed. The family-friendly New Year celebration will be held Friday evening at the library.

Crash reported near Camden State Park

LYON COUNTY — Traffic was stopped on a portion of Highway 23 south of Lynd on Sunday night, as the Minnesota State Patrol, area emergency responders and law enforcement responded to a crash. The crash was reported around 7 p.m. on Highway 23, near Camden State Park. A report on the crash ...

Wallen sworn in as Lyon Co. sheriff

MARSHALL — The change in leadership at the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department was made official on Friday. Sheriff Eric Wallen took his oath of office during a ceremony at the Lyon County Government Center, in front of an audience including area residents, county officials and members of law ...

The storm’s aftermath

MARSHALL — Frigid temperatures, icy roads, blowing snow — traveling in southwest Minnesota was a difficult prospect on Friday. Although snowplow crews were at work, area highways remained slippery. The Minnesota Department of Transportation even reported road closings and no-travel ...

CURE report draws attention to co-op websites

MONTEVIDEO — Clean-Up Our River Environment (CURE) leaders decided to advocate for greater disclosure of rural electric cooperative information on co-op websites, with the hope of making facts about each co-op more accessible for members and other interested parties. As a first step, CURE ...

Snow blankets SW Minn.

MARSHALL — The snow started piling up throughout the day Thursday, as a winter storm continued to move through southwest Minnesota. Slippery conditions and low visibility led to closed businesses, rescheduled sporting events and limited travel in and around Marshall. The cities of Cottonwood ...

The holiday season through the eyes of children

MARSHALL — Parents, grandparents and other relatives aren’t the only ones who love seeing the excitement of the holidays through the eyes of children. Teachers oftentimes have that opportunity as well. Before retiring recently, Kathy Orthaus taught kindergarten for more than 45 years and ...

Celebrating ‘a good run’

MARSHALL — The snow was flying outside, but it wasn’t keeping people from the Law Enforcement Center in Marshall. Area residents, Lyon County officials and members of area law enforcement gathered for a reception honoring Sheriff Mark Mather on his last day leading the Lyon County ...

Murray County seeks interim coordinator

SLAYTON — The Murray County Board is taking steps to hire an interim county coordinator followed by either a new coordinator or possibly a first county administrator. The board voted at its Dec. 11 meeting to accept the resignation of current county coordinator Aurora Heard effective Jan. ...

‘A long-duration event’

MARSHALL — The snow was falling off and on in Marshall on Wednesday afternoon, but there was likely more in store for the area, meteorologists said. Lyon, Lincoln and Yellow Medicine counties went into a winter storm warning on Wednesday, as a strong storm began moving into the region. ...

Millie Thomas Taking it day by day at 105

MARSHALL — Millie Thomas of Hill Street Place is ready to celebrate her 106th birthday New Year’s Day. Thomas is the oldest resident at Hill Street Place in Marshall by five years, and is one of its two centenarians. She was born a year before the outbreak of World War I in Europe, when ...

Assault case against former Murray Co. deputy settled

SLAYTON — A criminal case against a former Murray County Sheriff’s deputy was settled last week, court records said. According to documents filed in Murray County District Court on Dec. 20, prosecution of misdemeanor assault charges against Brian Gass will be suspended for a ...

Life after Norcraft in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD — It takes more than the loss of the largest local employer to deter economic progress in Cottonwood. The city is adjusting to the closure of the Norcraft cabinet manufacturing plant last summer. Norcraft employed about 200 workers. Although most Norcraft employees lived ...

A Christmas Dinner for the community

MARSHALL — Louise VanLeeuwe took a bite out of a piece of fudge she was holding as she stood inside the Carlin Hall kitchen at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. “I made 40 pounds of fudge,” she said after swallowing the fudge. “I’m testing it.” She then laughed. VanLeeuwe ...