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Open house on bridges is Wednesday

MARSHALL — A pair of bridges on busy Marshall streets will be under construction this spring. To help get the word out about the construction — and the detours that will go with it — the Minnesota Department of Transportation will be holding a public open house on Wednesday. The ...

Marlette takes the reins at RTR Schools

TYLER — There’s a new superintendent getting the feel of his desk at the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District office. David Marlette of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, began his new post last week under the tutelage of outgoing Interim Superintendent Lee Warne who said he was going to help ...

Minnesota 3–

Photo by Deb Gau It was a chilly morning, but that didn’t stop sportsmen from around Minnesota from coming to the Marshall area for some clay target shooting. The third leg of the Minnesota 300, a new event from the Minnesota Sporting Clays Association, was held at Shooters Sporting Clays ...

Students take on food challenge

MARSHALL — Whether it was making a spring roll, learning how to flip an omelet or taking part in other hands-on sessions or the many competitions featured, the opportunities were plentiful for the more than 200 high school students in attendance at the 14th annual Schwan’s Culinary Skills ...

Talk on special assessments continues for city council

MARSHALL — It’s not ready to go before the city council yet. But discussion on how to update Marshall’s policies on special assessments is happening. Members of the Marshall City Council’s ways and means committee talked about possible policy changes for special assessments during a ...

Get your shovels ready — more snow on way

MARSHALL — Another winter storm is brewing this weekend, National Weather Service Meteorologist Lance VandenBoogaart said Friday. “The snow is expected to start early to mid-morning Sunday and get heavier throughout the the day,” he said. “There’s not a winter advisory for it just ...

Training day

MARSHALL — The houses were empty, but for the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Emergency Response Unit, they were an opportunity too good to pass up. Members of the multi-county law enforcement unit were in the neighborhood north of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center on Thursday afternoon, ...

Ditch mowing legislation advances

ST. PAUL — A bill requiring a one-year moratorium on enforcement of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) ditch mowing permits was heard by and passed by the Senate Transportation Finance and Policy Committee last week. The main author of Senate File 3569 is District 16 Senator and ...

Learning from Julia Roberts

LAKE BENTON — In preparing for her role as Shelby in the play “Steel Magnolias,” Lacey Barke said she learned a little from watching Julia Roberts play the character in the movie. “Steel Magnolias” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday, and April 13-14, and 2 p.m. Sunday and ...

Cottonwood area man knows how to ‘get ‘er done’

  COTTONWOOD — Cottonwood Area Sportsmen’s Club is synonymous with its leader Paul Geihl. Geihl is active in a number of Cottonwood area organizations that help the community in a variety of ways. For the past several years, the Cottonwood Area Sportsmen’s Club has been taking ...

Wellness and giving blood

MARSHALL — Being thrown into a new environment as a student taking classes at Southwest Minnesota State University, freshman Amber Engels found help at the Western Mental Health Center. Attending the SMSU Wellness Fair at the student center Wednesday, Engels stopped at the Western Mental ...

Jail providing help with dependency, mental illness

MARSHALL — As the number of inmates spending time inside the Lyon County Jail rises, more is being done to deal with mental illness and drug and alcohol dependency issues, according to Jail Administrator Brad Marks. During his presentation to the noon Marshall Rotary Club last week, Marks ...

Lincoln County board approves energy audit

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board unanimously approved Tuesday to go ahead with an energy audit. Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen said he had proposed to the board that the county work with Great Plains Institute on an energy audit in hopes to promote energy efficiency and ...

Just passing through

Photo by Deb Gau This week’s winter storm didn’t just interfere with human travel plans. On Wednesday, a flock of swans could be seen resting in a field in Grandview Township in Lyon County. The birds mostly appeared to be tundra swans, said Dan Ruiter, regional information officer for ...

Minneota hometown hero considers himself one of the lucky ones

TYLER — Korean War Veteran Dennis Jensen was one of the lucky ones. Not only did he return from service in Korea, but he had won a coin flip to stay in camp on the day that one of his buddies step on a roadside bomb on the excursion. “We flipped a nickel and I won,” Jensen said. “He ...

Lyon County Board hears public comment on interchange proposals

MARSHALL — The turnout was small. But at a public comment session held Tuesday morning, Lyon County commissioners did get some of the feedback they were hoping for on proposed interchanges on Minnesota Highway 23. Commissioners heard from representatives of Marshall schools, Southwest ...

Winter strikes again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm expected to dump 10 inches of snow Tuesday in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota was making April feel more like January. Unrelenting snowfall fell all day and forced the closures of many schools. Marshall, Lakeview, Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and several ...

A cafe chat on soil health

VESTA — Farmers filled the Vesta Cafe meeting room Monday morning to hear presentations on cover crops increasing soil health. Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz of Redwood County, Allen Deutz of Lyon County and Brian Ryberg of Renville County each shared their experiences. Grant Breitkreutz ...

Cooperative considers special-needs learning center in Marshall

MARSHALL — At the work session meeting on Monday, Marshall School Board members learned that Marshall is one of six locations that Southwest West Central Service Cooperative identified for potential capital investment projects. Cliff Carmody, executive director for SWWC, presented ...

A house full of treasures

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University professor Mark Goodenow was driving around in New Ulm enjoying his hobby of looking at Victorian-style houses when he came across exactly what he needed for his latest restoration project. His Victorian house at the corner of Sixth and Lyon ...