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For the health of it

MARSHALL — Nearly 200 people swarmed Mattke Field at Southwest Minnesota State University Thursday morning when 3rd- through 5th-graders participated in the Hy-Vee KidsFit health program. Hy-Vee’s certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier led the participants through fitness videos ...

An exercise in safety

MARSHALL — It was only a drill, but the call that went out over the Lyon County dispatch’s radio on Thursday afternoon was serious nonetheless. It described a release of ammonia at the Schwan’s convenience foods plant. One plant employee had been exposed to the ammonia, and was down, the ...

City deals with road complaints

MARSHALL — A public hearing at Tuesday’s Marshall City Council meeting was supposed to be about assessments for street and utility work. But some Marshall residents said their objections went beyond assessment costs. Comments at the hearing included complaints about damaged concrete, ...

Marshall releases bios of city admin finalists

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall has released more details on the six finalist candidates in the search for a new city administrator. Based on short biographies in a Wednesday news release, the finalists include a mix of Minnesota and non-Minnesota residents, with one candidate from ...

Ground contaminants found during infrastructure project in Echo

ECHO — When digging up the west end of Echo’s main street for infrastructure repairs, contractors found ground contaminants apparently from old, leaking petroleum reserves for the gas station. “It’s not uncommon to find contaminants of this sort,” Bollig Inc. Engineering & ...

Verizon hopes to build cellular tower near Ghent

MARSHALL — Verizon cellular’s conditional use permit request to build a communications tower in Grandview Township just outside Ghent cleared a Lyon County hurdle Tuesday. The planning and zoning commission approved the conditional use permit by Verizon cellular to erect the 250-foot ...

Starting down the career path

MARSHALL — Planning for a career and going out into the working world are important steps in life, Judy Moses said. But it’s not always easy to figure them out, and for young people with disabilities, there can be extra factors to consider. Moses and other presenters at a Wednesday night ...

Beth Moore simulcast Saturday at Living Word Lutheran

MARSHALL — Area women are invited to take part in the 4th annual Live Simulcast with Beth Moore on Saturday at Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall. LifeWay Christian Resources and Living Proof ministries are partnering to simulcast Moore, a well-known Bible teacher and best-selling ...

A good brushing

Photo by Karin Elton Avery Sawyer, 3, gave Louise the pygmy goat a brushing Wednesday morning at the Wee Care Preschool open house. Children attending the open house visited with Pitt Squeak the miniature cow and Wicket and Gizmo the Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep from Jessica’s ...

County board shows up for city TIF hearing

MARSHALL — A public hearing on a proposed Tax Increment Financing district in Marshall brought out an unusual audience for the Marshall City Council. The full Lyon County Board attended Tuesday’s council meeting, and while county commissioner Charlie Sanow said the board had no problems ...

Council selects finalists for admin job

MARSHALL — Marshall City Council members have selected six finalist candidates for a new city administrator. While more details were not available Tuesday afternoon, city officials were able to release the names of the finalists who will be invited to do in-person interviews in early ...

Broadband speakers draw crowd for YMC Board meeting

GRANITE FALLS — Several employees and officers of the Minnesota Valley Television (MVTV) of Granite Falls attended the Yellow Medicine County Board meeting Tuesday to hear speakers from two broadband related companies. Speakers Doug Dawson of CCG Consultants, Inc. and Chris Konechne of ...

Surviving Irma’s wrath

To say that Kathy Meyer has seen some interesting weather lately would be an understatement. Meyer, who retired in June of 2016 from Granite Falls Bank after 25 years, moved to Florida and recently rode out Hurricane Irma. She and her daughter, Michelle “Shelly” Meyer, who is formerly of ...

Coming together on 9/11

MARSHALL — It was hard to talk about 9/11, Dan Weck said. The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, had an impact on people all around the U.S., but especially for people who witnessed the attacks and their aftermath. Although it was tough to talk about, Weck said, he told area residents ...

Wyffels taking step back at Borch’s

MARSHALL — If you think of Borch’s Sporting Goods, you think of Chad Wyffels. The two have been inseparable for the past 42 years. But it’s time for a change, he said. Wyffels isn’t going anywhere. He’ll still be around — he’s just scaling back a bit. “I’m ready to work ...

At 103 years old, Ivanhoe woman says patience is a virtue

IVANHOE — After 100 years, a person learns a thing or two. And 103-year-old Esther Wayland of Ivanhoe has plenty to share. Members of her family and the staff at Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe helped Wayland celebrate her birthday Monday. A retired teacher, Wayland said the ...

Teacher makes sure students know what happened on 9/11

MARSHALL — How do you tell little children who were just babies on Sept. 11, 2001, about what happened on that day? “They are going to hear about it so they should learn about it,” said Mary Surprenant, a third-grade teacher at Holy Redeemer School. Her class attended Monday’s ...

One Office Solution opens doors at former Small Engine building

MARSHALL — A Marshall storefront has new residents, and it’s turned out to be a great location for ONE Office Solution. The office supplier moved into the former Marshall Small Engine building on Main Street this summer, and a grand opening is planned later this fall, said Steve McNally, ...

Holm archive goes beyond boxelder bugs

MINNEOTA — Author and poet Bill Holm had deep connections to his hometown of Minneota. It’s something that becomes obvious every year during the Boxelder Bug Days festival, which gets its name from one of Holm’s works. But there’s still more that can be gleaned from Holm’s papers ...

Friends plowing fields for the pleasure of it

MILROY — Melvin Welu of rural Milroy and several of his friends and relatives were rained out Labor Day Weekend when they tried to hold a plow party, but they refuse give up. They rescheduled for the next Friday evening. “We’re plowing about 40 acres,” Welu said. “It’s just ...