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3 crashes, 5 injured in Hwy. 14 crashes

GARVIN — Slippery conditions helped lead to multiple crashes in the same spot on U.S. Highway 14 late Friday night. A total of five people were injured, and a Lyon County Sheriff’s Department squad car was damaged, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Another man was injured in an unrelated ...

MNCPA honors Johnson for earning CPA

The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants recognized Carlton Johnson, CPA, as one of the state’s newest CPAs. Johnson is among 199 candidates to earn their CPA in the past six months. The process includes completing the CPA exam and meeting the requirements to earn the CPA ...

Group holding auction for Red Rooster equipment, furniture today

TRACY — No one knows for sure when the Red Rooster Restaurant in Tracy moved to its current location along U.S. Highway 14, but area residents will not likely forget December 2015 when it closed. “We were never able to pin down a specific date when it opened there,” Mark Seager said. ...

70,000 deer harvested in state last weekend

MARSHALL — More than 70,000 deer were registered throughout the first two days of the firearms hunting season in Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reported. The DNR added that the preliminary number of deer harvested from the opening weekend — 70,724 — was ...

Early accidents good reminder for safety, DNR official says

MARSHALL — Of the thousands of Minnesota deer hunters who took to the great outdoors for the opening firearms season this past weekend, very few were injured. However, two of those who suffered injuries occurred in southwest Minnesota. This past Saturday, the North Memorial Ambulance in ...

Honoring service

MARSHALL — A bitingly cold wind was blowing through the courtyard outside Marshall Middle School on Friday morning. But if students were uncomfortable, they didn’t show it, standing at attention while members of the American Legion raised a new American flag on the school flagpole. The ...

Judge denies motion in Zeug case

A judge has denied a motion to dismiss charges against the Walnut Grove police chief accused of soliciting sex with a minor. A court order and memorandum filed Thursday said police had reasonable suspicion to stop Michael Robert Zeug for investigation. Zeug, 45, of Walnut Grove, was one of ...

Committee reviews firms for Marshall city hall renovation

MARSHALL — Proposals to renovate or replace Marshall’s aging city hall building took an important step forward Thursday. After about five hours of presentations and review, members of a municipal building committee voted to recommend an architectural firm for the job to the Marshall City ...

Ditch mowing permits overreach, area residents say

MARSHALL — Laws regulating hay mowing along Minnesota state highways have been on the books since the 1980s. The big question, as area farmers asked it Wednesday night, was: why start enforcing them now? In a listening session with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, area residents ...

SMSU to host Minnesota State Board of Trustees meeting

MARSHALL — For the first time in its history, Southwest Minnesota State University will host the Minnesota State Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Conference Center Ballroom on campus. It will be the first time that the Board of Trustees meet in a non-metro ...

Murray County Board OKs health insurance resolution

SLAYTON — The Murray County commissioners approved a resolution regarding the 2018 Murray County Health Insurance plans and several ditch reports, repairs and payment requests at Tuesday’s meeting. The Health Insurance Resolution was unanimously approved and commits the county government ...

Avera Marshall dropping Medical Wellness at YMCA

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall has announced it will be dropping its Medical Wellness program it has been providing at the YMCA. Avera’s Director of Media Relations Jay Gravholt confirmed the transfer of program management to the YMCA. “Avera Marshall will transfer management of its ...

Remembering Deputy Foley

MARSHALL — Former owner of Eco Water Systems, Pat “The Old Softie” Foley of Marshall, gets misty-eyed when he retells the story of how his grandfather, Ed Foley was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 28, 1919. Deputy Ed Foley was only 37 years old when bank robbers escaping from St. ...

Dr. Virji to speak on his Islamic faith

MARSHALL — Dr. Ayaz Virji never planned on becoming a voice of truth and reason regarding his Muslim ethnicity and Islamic faith, but then the election of Donald Trump happened. Life had been going along just fine for the Dawson doctor and his family. They’d felt welcomed to the small ...

What is the MATEC model?

MARSHALL — Sixteen community members from Faribault traveled west to Marshall last week to visit the Marshall Area Technical and Educational Center. Their goal? To see if the “MATEC model” will work for them. What is the MATEC model? Making the most out of available resources, working ...

New techniques, water project questions factor into tru Shrimp hatchery move

For the tru Shrimp Company, moving the site of its first shrimp hatchery from Marshall to Luverne was a decision affected by factors ranging from new production developments, to upcoming water quality projects in Marshall. But at the same time, tru Shrimp President and CEO Michael Ziebell ...

Lyon County to seek grant for County 6/11 safety improvements

MARSHALL — It’s a dangerous intersection, Lyon County residents told county commissioners. The intersection of Lyon County Road 6 and Lyon County Road 11 has been the scene of five crashes in the past two years alone. The county does have a plan to help improve safety at the ...

Lincoln County Board hears ditch repair complaint

IVANHOE — Landowner Ron Persoon was not happy about helping to pay for tile line repairs worth $8,977.50 inside the ditch on his property in Hope Township twice within past six years. The line is expected to drain excess water off a field so that it can be planted with crops. But the line ...

Area school districts have elections

MARSHALL — An operating referendum passed by an overwhelming majority at Westbrook-Walnut Grove Schools, one of four area school districts where voters went to the polls on Tuesday. WWG Superintendent Loy Woelber said he was pleased that 74 percent of the voters were in favor of the ...