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Professional dancer returns to instruct young students

LYND — Zac Hammer, a former Marshall resident and student of the local dance studio Southwest School Of Dance, continues to give back to the studio that gave him his start. Hammer, who is a professional dance instructor and former professional dancer, has been coming back to the studio ...

Shetek jet ski accident injures 2

MURRAY COUNTY — A jet ski accident on Lake Shetek injured two people over the weekend, the Murray County Sheriff’s Office said. The accident, which was reported around 1:40 p.m. Saturday, involved two jet skis and four people, said Chris Lewis of the Murray County Sheriff’s Office. Two ...

One-Room Schoolhouse open on Thursdays through the summer

District #3 One-Room Schoolhouse at L. H. Moore Park in Pipestone will be open to the public on Thursdays through the summer (June 15 through Aug. 31) from 1-3 pm. Volunteers will be present to share information about the oldest country school in the county. Children need to be accompanied by ...

Carr Family Foundation provides gift to Prairie Home Hospice

Prairie Home Hospice acknowledges a special gift from the Carr Family Foundation. The gift supports the capital campaign to raise funds to support the establishment of a second hospice house in Marshall (McLaughlin House). The gift will be recognized as a sponsorship for two patient rooms at ...

Prosch announces campaign in 7th District

LAKE BENTON — People are ready for change, Matt Prosch said — change in policies that affect agriculture and business in rural Minnesota, and a change in their U.S. representative. Prosch said he hopes to be that change. On Saturday, surrounded by signs reading “Real People, Real ...

A day of fun and faith

MARSHALL — Shoving an entire banana into their mouth to win a relay contest probably isn’t a skill that any of them will put on their resume some day, but the effort sure got a lot of laughs and helped to build relationships between youngsters in attendance at the 7th annual Marshall Area ...

Packing it in

MARSHALL — Laurie Eischens, site manager at Senior Dining in Marshall, was astounded Friday morning at how fast the nine volunteers from Van der Hagen, Skogrand & Associates, packed several hundred food bags. “I want the coffee they’re drinking,” she said. Larry Schiavo noted ...

Dawson first stop for ‘Sweet Land the Musical’

MARSHALL — When she learned that “Sweet Land the Musical” was going on tour to other parts of Minnesota, Dawson-Boyd Arts Association performing arts director Luanne Fondell took action. “I’ve always had it on my radar,” she said. Dawson will be the first stop in the touring ...

‘A great team’

MARSHALL — The Marshall Cemetery is usually a quiet place, set well back from the street and enclosed by shade trees. “It’s just a place of peace for everyone to come,” said Lyle Moseng, a member of the Marshall Cemetery Association Board. It takes a lot of work to help maintain ...

Avera Health working to reduce opioid use in ER

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall CEO Mary Maertens and members of her staff announced recently the health care system’s project to reduce opioid use in its emergency rooms. “The purpose of this action is to do our part to address addiction and deal with deaths associated with overdoses,” ...

Daniels still chasing her dream

VESTA — Kayla Daniels is still living the dream — she’s just doing it from Minnesota. The southwest Minnesota native moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to chase a songwriter dream, but ended up doing a lot of singing. She recently returned to live in Minnesota so she could be closer to ...

Making a home in Marshall

MARSHALL — United Community Action Partnership helps provide a long list of needed services in southwest Minnesota, including services related to housing. But, Jeff Gladis said, this was something different for the organization: actually building new houses. On Wednesday, Gladis, the ...

Wilms new director of SW Health and Human Services

MARSHALL — A new director has been chosen for Southwest Health and Human Services, county officials said. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Lyon County Board, County Commissioner and SWHHS Board member Rick Anderson announced that Beth Wilms, the current director of community services in ...

Talents Academy offers hands-on summer activities

MARSHALL — There is no need for area children to battle summertime boredom as Marshall Talents Academy offers plenty of hands-on activities to help keep kids active, engaged and learning through most of the summer. First- through eighth-grade students in and around the Marshall area are ...

Cottonwood Sportsmen’s Club offers fishing trip to Vesta military veteran

VESTA — Delvin Hunter didn’t pay any attention to Lance Peterson as he walked in his direction before the start of the Vesta River Days Bash in the Bunker Saturday. But the Vietnam military veteran from Vesta was soon being offered a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods. Peterson, an ...

A nice evening at the park

Photo by Jenny Kirk The playground at Independence Park was the place to be on a nice warm day. Under the watchful eye of family members, Mady Girard, left, Ella Cherveny, Max Pederson, Noah Myhre and other kids (not pictured: Kaylie Johnson, Aleya Johnson and Alana Almich) had a good time on ...

Legislators: Session productive

MARSHALL — Although things took an unexpected turn at the end, the 2017 Minnesota legislative session was a very productive one, local legislators said. During a town hall meeting in Marshall on Tuesday morning, Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, gave ...

Lyon County passes on LPRW board proposal

MARSHALL — It’s been a recurring item of business over the years for the Lyon County Board. But on Tuesday, county commissioners broke from the pattern and opted not to pass a resolution recommending the appointment of three members of the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water Board. ...

50 years on Main Street

MARSHALL — During 50 years of service, Patzer’s Hardware Hank has done all kinds of business with its southwest Minnesota customers, even monkey business. “We actually had a promotion back in the late ‘60s where we actually had a monkey that we gave away. Name the Monkey contest,” ...

Lincoln County to enforce buffer zone law

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board approved a resolution Tuesday to accept responsibility to enforce Minnesota’s new buffer zone law. Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen reported to the board that Lincoln County will receive $102,000 for enforcement. He also said a portion of that ...