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U.S. Senate candidates talk about trade during forum

GILFILLAN ESTATE — A trio of U.S. Senate candidates agreed on foreign trade issues, but that was among the few things they agreed on at an IDEAg Farmfest forum Thursday. Republican candidate Rae Hart Anderson of rural Arlington said she agreed with President Trump that China and the world ...

16 Lyon County precincts using mail-in ballots for primary election

By Jenny Kirk jkirk@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — A growing number of Lyon County precincts have opted to use mail-in ballots for Minnesota primary elections. But as the Aug. 14 election draws near, there are still questions and concerns about the process. According to Lyon County ...

J-turn project starts Monday

MARSHALL — Construction for a second “J-turn” intersection in Marshall will begin Monday. Motorists should be prepared for temporary lane closures on Highway 23, and for detours on Lyon Street and Clarice Avenue, speakers at Tuesday’s Marshall City Council meeting said. ...

FEMA teams to visit Marshall next week

MARSHALL — The process of evaluating the flood damage after July 3’s severe rainstorms will continue in Marshall sometime next week. Agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Small Business Administration, and Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) will ...

Sticking to party lines

GILFILLAN ESTATE — Facing off together for the first and only time before next week’s primary, five candidates for governor largely stuck to party lines at an IDEAg Farmfest Forum Wednesday. One of the few things Republicans Jeff Johnson and Tim Pawlenty and Democrats Erin Murphy, Lori ...

Farmers struggling with trade war issues look for answers

Editor’s note: The Associated Press contributed to this report GILFILLAN ESTATE — Leon Wiens of Minneapolis left the congressional forum at the 2018 Farmfest Tuesday still searching for answers on the present trade war launched by President Donald Trump. He decided to stop at the CHS ...

Johnson calls for change in Minnesota government

MARSHALL — In the lead-up to the Minnesota primaries, we’re seeing something unusual happen with state political races, Jeff Johnson said. “The interest in this race is so much higher than four years ago,” said Johnson. The Republican gubernatorial candidate said he considers it a ...

Yant announces retirement

MARSHALL — Lyon County’s law enforcement leadership will be looking completely different when the new year starts. Just two months after Sheriff Mark Mather announced he would not be seeking re-election, Marshall Public Safety Director and Police Chief Rob Yant notified city officials ...

Community Transit talks proposals for fare updates, new route

MARSHALL — The goal for area transit services is pretty straightforward: to help get people where they need to go. But there are still ways that Community Transit can improve its service to southwest Minnesota residents. Two plans that Community Transit is looking to put in place include a ...

Candidates debate ag, rural issues at Farmfest

GILFILLAN ESTATE — U.S. Senate and Congressional candidates debated agricultural and rural issues with gusto in morning and afternoon forums at the 2018 IDEAg Farmfest Tuesday. Candidates fielded a question on how they would communicate trade issues in the Senate. Answers became spirited ...

Lincoln County farmers protest tile breakage from wind tower construction

IVANHOE — Richard and Eileen Nielsen were one of a half dozen farmers to tell the Lincoln County commissioners that the county had to do something about the broken tile and dangerous sink holes left in the wake of the wind turbine construction. Several farmers had contacted board members ...

National Night Out in Marshall

Photo by Jenny Kirk Karson Anderson, right, had the opportunity to learn about bike registration and the importance of having a bicycle light from Brandon Groenewold and Keaton Rommel during the 2018 National Night Out event on Tuesday at Independence Park in Marshall. Hundreds of people of ...

Monson: Front door security common need for MPS schools

MARSHALL — Along with approving all five action items, the Marshall Public School Board received an update on possible funding for school safety during its work session meeting on Monday. MPS Superintendent Scott Monson informed the board about grant application the district was in the ...

4-H’ers are busy before the Lyon County Fair even opens

MARSHALL — The Lyon County 4-H exhibit building was buzzing with activity on Monday as many of the pre-fair activities — including general project judging — took place. “The youth bring all sorts of projects, anything from photography to shop to gardening, flower gardening to ...

Murray County Medical Center named to Top 20 in patient satisfaction

SLAYTON — Murray County Medical Center CEO Dennis Goebel said that out of 1,200 hospitals, Murray County Medical Center was recently ranked in the Top 20 Hospitals for Patient Satisfaction by the National Rural Health Association. “That’s something I’m most proud of,” Goebel said ...

Lifelight’s free concert to kick off entertainment

MARSHALL — Lifelight will bring a free concert event to the Lyon County Fairgrounds Wednesday evening to kick off the 2018 Lyon County Fair. Fair Board director Bob Richards said there is a lineup of events that range in variety from stunt bikers to speakers and Christian vocal bands. ...

Gettin’ muddy

GHENT — Runners inched their way along the rock climbing wall, toes on a little ledge at the bottom of the wall. The only things between them and the pit full of muddy water just below were their grip and coordination. They were having a good streak, at first — several people in a row ...

A rendezvous with history

LAKE BENTON — As you first arrived at Hole In the Mountain Park, things still looked relatively modern. But as you walked through the park, the food vendors and market stalls changed to more historic scenes. People in 19th-century style clothing were gathered at campsites where pots of food ...

Hesse wins at Lincoln County demo derby

TYLER — Steve Hesse of rural Tyler won the last heat in the Lincoln County Demolition Derby Sunday afternoon. Hesse also took the Mad Dog award for having his star-studded bomber flipped over on its side, shoved right-side up again and going back into the fray to win the event. A farmer ...

Recovering along Lake Shetek

MARSHALL — Boaters were spotted on Lake Shetek this past weekend, a day after a month-long no-wake restriction was lifted for all lakes in Murray County. While homeowners around the lake were thrilled to see some things getting back to normal, they acknowledged that there was still much ...