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Classmates reunite

MARSHALL — Almost 70 years after being high school classmates, Warren Sattre and Marge Sorenson decided to become husband and wife. They married in 2010 after both of their first spouses died. They’ve lived in Marshall since then, first on James Avenue and now at Boulder Estates. They ...

Special cemetery walk part of Balaton Fun Fest

BALATON — There are activities galore planned for people of all ages this upcoming weekend for the 2017 Balaton Fun Fest sponsored by Balaton Area Chamber of Commerce. In honor of Balaton’s 125th anniversary, a special cemetery walk and main street walk are planned for the first time ...

Lyon County OKs funding for road retention project

MARSHALL — Lyon County will be contributing funding for a proposed water retention project in Nordland Township. On Wednesday, county commissioners voted to contribute up to about $9,099, after hearing a request from Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects. Area II Executive Director Kerry ...

Lincoln County may turn over some roads to townships

IVANHOE — Engineer Dave Halbersma estimates that Lincoln County would save $128,000 per year by turning over some roads to the townships. In March, Halbersma had mentioned that a couple of other counties have an arrangement with their townships whereby the townships can apply for federal or ...

Celebrating 125 years of history

BALATON — There’s only one Balaton in the entire world — and both former and current residents are proud to be celebrating the town’s 125th anniversary. Like so many other small towns in southwest Minnesota, Balaton has a rich history — a history that has been recorded and shared ...

Having fun on the 4th

MARSHALL — It was hard not to get into the July 4th spirit at Independence Park Tuesday — the Marshall City Band was playing patriotic music, people were wearing plenty of red, white and blue, and to top it all off a fireworks show was coming at the end of the evening. It was also a good ...

A day of honor in Hendricks

HENDRICKS — Tuesday was a national day of celebration — but in Hendricks, it was a local one as well. The people gathered in Veterans Memorial Park were honoring both members of the military, and all the people who have helped build the Hendricks community. Tuesday morning, Hendricks ...

Ruthton Fourth of july parade

Photo by Brennen Rupp Lots of candy was thrown out to children during Ruthton’s Fourth of July parade Tuesday.

Spanish church hosts seminar/worship

MARSHALL —Several hundred Pentecostal members of the Rayo De Luz family of churches descended upon the Marshall Middle school this past weekend to hear the founder of their denomination and other pastors from around the country speak about service in the ministry. The seminar was called ...

Not all liquor stores to open Sunday

This weekend will be a first for Minnesota history. Starting July 2, liquor stores in the state will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. But not all area retailers will be taking the opportunity. And whether or not they plan to be open Sundays, area liquor store managers said it’s not yet ...

Driver involved in Hwy. 23 crash charged

MARSHALL — The driver of a car that struck a group of motorcycles on Minnesota Highway 23 Wednesday night is being charged with driving under the influence and six counts of criminal vehicular operation, Lyon County court records said. Tamara Lee Harvell, 55, of Lightfoot, Virginia, made ...

A 4th for the family

MARSHALL — For many area residents, the Fourth of July holiday means heading outdoors to have some fun. And organizers of Marshall’s Festival of Kites and Independence Day celebration have plenty of opportunities lined up this Tuesday. Family-friendly activities, music, food and fireworks ...

A train show

MARSHALL — For as long as he can remember, 13-year-old Hunter Louwagie has been passionate about trains. Louwagie talks about trains, he watches YouTube videos of trains and he builds impressive train tracks as well. “They’re my favorite thing to do,” Louwagie said. “I don’t ...

Hail clinic offers guidance

IVANHOE — Bruce Potter stood in the middle of a cornfield with about 40 farmers at the junction of Lincoln County roads 7 and 17 near Highway 19 Thursday morning assessing damage from a June 22 hall storm. “Some plants are going to be a little bit behind,” Potter said. “But the ...

Three on motorcycles injured in crash

MARSHALL — Three people were hurt in a crash involving a car and three motorcycles at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Minnesota Highway 19 Wednesday night, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Two motorcyclists were transported to hospitals in Sioux Falls and Robbinsdale, while a ...

Flying with history

MARSHALL — It was one of the pioneers of the commercial airline industry. And after more than 80 years, the silver Ford Tri-Motor airplane was still taking passengers skyward in style. That made it even more special, pilot Cody Welch said. “In existence, we think there are 19 planes of ...

Artist reception held for Solid Wall of Sound

MARSHALL — The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council (MAFAC) has been presenting the “Solid Wall of Sound,” a creative collaboration between Oak Kelsey and David KelseyBassett, since the end of May. On Saturday, the organization hosted an artists’ reception. “The show is about music,” ...

Henna project raising funds for Africa famine relief

MARSHALL — Inside a Lyon County Government Center room, a group of passionate women hosted a free-will henna event with proceeds going toward famine relief in Africa. The four local Somali women inside the Adult Education Center room — Safiyo Hassan, Fartun Ali, Farhio Ahmed, and Fartun ...

Avera on Senate health care bill: go back to table

MARSHALL — Avera Health is urging the U.S. Senate to scrap its proposed health care legislation and come back with something that is more affordable for patients. “We are asking senators to vote ‘no’ and come back to the table to develop better legislation,” Avera Health Marshall ...

MMU says it will be paying $3M-plus bond early

MARSHALL — This summer, Marshall Municipal Utilities will be paying off a more than $3 million bond early, and it’s largely possible thanks to a change in the utility’s power supplier, MMU General Manager Brad Roos said this week. A news release from MMU said the Marshall Municipal ...