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Science and nature fun

MARSHALL — There were exciting hands-on opportunities to learn about archaeological digs, kitchen chemistry, water bugs, robots, minerals, honey bees, being a veterinarian or junior crime scene investigator, making a garden grow and so much more at the 24th annual Science and Nature ...

World War II book authors: One book led to another for Park Rapids couple

PARK RAPIDS — When Deane and Jill Johnson of Park Rapids started writing their first book together, they didn’t realize there would be a sequel of sorts, one that would encompass the entire state, including southwest Minnesota. “When we wrote ‘Little Minnesota: 100 Towns Around ...

Marshall City Council to hold hearing on proposed apartments

MARSHALL — A proposal to build apartments on nine acres of vacant land in Marshall will go before the city council — and the public — in a couple of weeks. On Tuesday, council members set a public hearing on the plat for the proposed development, as well as taking action on some of the ...

Minnesota State official makes case for more funding

MARSHALL — Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra is a man on a mission — and it’s a colossal mission because he represents the 375,000 students who are served annually through the 30 colleges and seven universities that make up Minnesota State. Recently, Malhotra visited 10 ...

YMC Board hears about TIF progress

GRANITE FALLS — When there are Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds left over they go back to the city, Yellow Medicine County Recorder/Registrar of Titles Janel Timm told the YMC Board at Tuesday’s meeting. “The excess TIF in Canby Farmers Grain example is $3,776.10,” Timm said, ...

Serving her community

MINNEOTA — It was time to welcome new officers at the Minneota-Taunton post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. But as the incoming officers lined up to take the oath Ed Lozinski read to them, there was also something new happening. At the head of the line at Monday’s ceremony, Pam Gregor ...

Tick season is under way, local experts say

MARSHALL — With the soil temperature warming up, local experts say it’s time to think about ticks. “We always say it’s hard to predict the tick season,” said Elizabeth Schiffman, epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health. “There is always a risk of black-legged or ...

Autism resources informational meeting set for May 14

MARSHALL — Studies show that children with autism typically do better when intensive interventions happen at an early age. With the number of children being diagnosed with autism on the rise and access to specialized services in the area on the decline, a new autism resource — Behavioral ...

School board learns about West Side book battle

MARSHALL — Judging by the number of books checked out and the number of team participating, the first-ever book battle at West Side Elementary School was a huge success. Marshall School Board members heard about the new reading competition at the work session meeting on Monday. During the ...

Eagle eye

Photo by Jacob Elton A bald eagle perches on a fallen tree overlooking the Redwood River in Lynd Sunday afternoon. The eagle stayed there over an hour before flying to a nearby tree limb on the riverbank.

Overcoming obstacles

MARSHALL — Young Kaylee and Evelyn Juutilainen have a lot in common. They both scrunch up their nose when they smile, enjoy playing on the family’s iPad and like drinking ice tea. Both also have a rare disease called cystinosis — they’re two of about 2,000 people worldwide to have ...

MN State Patrol releases names of drivers injured in Friday’s crash

LYON COUNTY — The Minnesota State Patrol has released the names of the two people injured in a head-on crash on U.S. Highway 59 on Friday morning. The State Patrol also reported that alcohol was involved in the crash. The State Patrol said Elias Kipkosgei, 25, of Marshall, received non ...

‘It’s only the beginning’

MARSHALL — 1979 Southwest Minnesota State University graduate and president of Hormel Business Units Steve Binder told 2018 SMSU graduates Saturday that it’s about progress, not perfection during his commencement address. “Your graduation isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning,” ...

Culture Fair at MHS

Photot by Jody Isaackson The Marshall High School Cultures United club presented a Culture Fair on Friday evening with a meal full of cultural food and experience. Speakers, like Maryam Audi and Ammran Mohamed, gave history, culture and food presentations. There was also a fashion show given ...

The trout finally arrive

CAMDEN STATE PARK — The Redwood River was running fast and high when Josh Agresto dangled the net at the end of the long pole he was holding onto so he could dump out the brown trout inside. The Southwest Minnesota Christian High School (Edgerton) senior volunteered Tuesday to help with the ...

Fishing activity picking up

MARSHALL — Area anglers have to stow their shovels and get out the fishing gear — the fishing season is coming. Borch’s buyer/sporting goods manager Ryan Michelson said the store would normally have seen a lot more fishing licenses sold by now if the weather had been nicer, but things ...

Wallen to run for Lyon County Sheriff

MARSHALL — A 20-year member of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department will be entering the race for sheriff this fall. Sgt. Eric Wallen said this week that he plans to file for sheriff when the filing period opens later this month. Wallen said running for sheriff was something that he had ...

MHS Theater to present ‘Twain by the Tale’

MARSHALL — Even though his writing is from almost 150 years ago, Mark Twain’s words still ring true today, say those involved with the play at Marshall High School. The Marshall High School Tiger Theater is presenting “Twain by the Tale” at 7:30 p.m. today, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. ...

2 injured in Friday morning crash

MARSHALL — Two people were injured in a head-on collision on U.S. Highway 59 Friday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol said. While more information, including the identities of the people injured, wouldn’t be released until after the Independent press time Friday, the State Patrol said ...

Crash by Garvin Park

Photo by Deb Gau North Memorial Air Care was among the responders at a two-vehicle crash with injuries on U.S. Highway 59 near Garvin Park Friday morning. The crash was reported around 7:35 a.m., at the intersection of Highway 59 and 150th Street. A Buick Century was southbound on Highway 59 ...