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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, ...

Housley predicts two-point win

MARSHALL — Chartered for a 44-hour tour of Minnesota during the last weekend before Tuesday’s election, a bus full of Republican candidates and supporters pulled in front of the Lyon County GOP headquarters on Main Street at 5:45 p.m. Friday for stop number 10 before heading ...

Growing a workforce

MARSHALL — Marshall may be in the middle of a prairie, but it is fortunate to have higher learning institutions and vibrant companies that are willing to collaborate for the benefit of the community. With today’s low employment numbers, companies are seeking new ways to attract and keep ...

‘I don’t feel like I’m 100’

HENDRICKS – Norma Siverson may be 100 years old, but she doesn’t feel it. “I don’t feel like I’m 100,” she said. “I have no arthritis, no pain. I quilt. My daughter puts the quilt tops on and takes them off the frame,” Siverson said after celebrating her birthday Sept. 21. ...

Preparing for the unexpected

MARSHALL — The sound of gunfire echoing off the walls at a school is something no one ever wants to imagine hearing. But with school shootings dramatically on the rise, more and more schools are taking precautions and making sure everyone is as prepared as possible if a school intruder ...

Yellowstone National trail proposal includes region

GRANITE FALLS — A proposal to create a 21st century version of the Appalachian Trail and Route 66 could lead to future recreational and economic benefits in much of western Minnesota. The Yellowstone Trail Alliance, a coalition of supporters for the plan, wants to establish a tourism path ...

Johnson: It’s different this time

MARSHALL — Jeff Johnson knows what it feels like just before losing a Minnesota gubernatorial election. He lost to Mark Dayton by 6 percentage points in 2014. This time Johnson says it feels dramatically different just a week before the Nov. 6 election. Johnson flew on a fixed-wing ...

RTR facility task force recommends to build new school

TYLER — The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Facility Task Force has made a recommendation to close some or all of the existing three school facilities and to build a new pre-K to 12th grade school facility and they will pass that information along to the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting. Due to ...

Contested Tracy, Russell races among Lyon Co. mayoral races

The races on the ballot in Lyon County on Nov. 6 include a lot of city council and township board elections, but some area communities will also be casting votes for mayor. This year, two mayoral races in Lyon County are contested: there are two candidates running for mayor in both Tracy and ...

Murray County commissioners call for government center bids

SLAYTON — One short meeting of the Murray County Board on Tuesday equals a big change at the county government center. Within a half hour, the board launched a courtroom remodeling project by calling for bids. Bids will be open at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 in a special board meeting. Construction ...

Ballot questions headed for the polls next Tuesday in Tracy

TRACY – For many precincts in Lyon County, the upcoming election will mean choosing new members of local, county, state and national government. In Tracy, there will be something else in addition. Tracy voters will be deciding on two ballot questions on Nov. 6. Both questions concern ...

Marshall hosts state Legion conference

MARSHALL — As the American Legion gets set to celebrate 100 years (1919-2019), it’s the ideal time to commemorate the past, but also to take note of where the organization is and to put plans in place to shape its future. As more than 400 people gathered in Marshall recently for the 2018 ...

Taste of Marshall

Photo by Jenny Kirk Jo Schroepfer and a steady line of attendees were served by Mariachi representatives during the 2018 Taste of Marshall event in the Upper Level Conference Center at Southwest Minnesota State University. Taste of Marshall, sponsored by Reinhart Food Service, provided an ...

Kruse, Ritter discuss county infrastructure and agriculture

MARSHALL – Lyon County Commissioner candidates talked about local issues Thursday night, in one of several candidate panel discussions held in Marshall. Commissioner Steve Ritter and challenger Al Kruse discussed topics ranging from public infrastructure to agriculture in Lyon County. ...

Facilities needs ‘major things we face’;

MARSHALL – All four candidates running for Marshal Public School Board in the upcoming election gathered Thursday to talk about the district’s needs, from facilities to academic programs. The panel, which brought together current school board members Jeff Chapman and Aaron Ziemer as well ...

Road finally gets longer for MERIT Center

MARSHALL — “It’s been a long road to make this a longer road,” Rep. Chris Swedzinski said, addressing the group of people gathered at the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT ) Center on Thursday. Swedzinski said it jokingly, but it was still a pretty accurate ...

Council candidates discuss housing, jobs and growth

MARSHALL — Election Day is getting nearer, and candidates running for Marshall City Council were sharing their positions on local issues Thursday night. Marshall residents and a panel of local media posed questions on topics ranging from city finances to economic development. The panel ...