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Operations consultant still waiting to meet with sheriff

SLAYTON — A meeting between the Murray County sheriff and the consultant originally hired to supervise him has not happened yet, according to both officials. New governmental operations consultant Mark Nipp was hired in May after the board of commissioners asked Sheriff Steve Telkamp to ...

Flash flood warnings across Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties

Flash flood warnings issued across Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties The National Weather Service has issued flooding warnings for southeastern Lyon County in southwestern Minnesota until 1:15 p.m. At 7:36 a.m., Doppler radar indicated heavy rain across the warned area. Six to eight inches of ...

Lyon County issues disaster declaration for flooding

MARSHALL — Lyon County has issued a disaster declaration for flooding affecting area communities and residents. Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy VanOverbeke said heavy rains last night and early this morning caused serious flooding in cities including Tracy, and on a number of county ...

Flooding changes Marshall 4th celebrations

MARSHALL — Heavy rains this morning caused flooding at Marshall’s Independence Park — and there’s a chance for more thunderstorms on July 4. All of that means there will be some changes in Marshall’s Independence Day celebrations, said Scott VanDerMillen, director of Marshall ...

Flooding tests water systems in Marshall

MARSHALL — Heavy rains early this morning swamped Marshall streets, flooded retention ponds and led to wet basements around town. But in spite of all those conditions, city flood control systems were working as intended, said Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes. “At this point, I haven’t ...

Homes, roads and businesses affected by flooding in Tracy

Tracy residents awoke to find their community flooded due to significant rainfall overnight and into the early-morning hours on Tuesday. Along with street and road closings around the Tracy area, homeowners were also dealing with wet basements. Some even had raw sewage backing up into their ...

Flood warnings issued in area

RUSSELL — The city of Russell is under a flood warning. The National Weather Service said the Redwood River at Russell was at 15 feet, having peaked at 15.73 on June 24, dropping and re-reaching the 15-foot mark as of Sunday. The flood mark for the Redwood River at Russell is 14 feet, said ...

Community connections

MILROY — Even a small town can put on a good parade. On Saturday morning, the lawn chairs were spread out along a route that wound through the east side of Milroy. Kids had plastic grocery bags at the ready, as they listened for sirens from the fire truck near the start of the procession. ...

In gubernatorial campaign, Tim Walz calls for bridging divisions

MARSHALL — Whether it’s rural versus metro, or liberal versus conservative, divisions have become a major focus in Minnesota politics. But U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said this week that he thinks Minnesotans are ready for something more hopeful. During a visit to Marshall, Walz said he’s running ...

Xcel to take over Blazing Star wind project in Lincoln County

Xcel Energy will be taking over the development of a wind farm planned in Lincoln County, near Hendricks. Xcel announced Friday that it has finalized the purchase of the Blazing Star wind project, which was originally developed by Geronimo Energy. “We’re excited to be bringing these ...

Highway 19 and Highway 68 bridges re-open

MARSHALL — Starting Friday, the detours were gone from two Marshall bridges. Construction on the historic bridge near the intersection of College Drive and West Marshall Street, and on a bridge over the Redwood River diversion channel on Minnesota Highway 68, is complete, the Minnesota ...

Collision with deer kills man on bike

LYON COUNTY — A fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday night in rural Lyon County was caused by a collision with a deer, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department said. Daniel Joseph Matthys, 54, of rural Lyon County, was killed in a crash reported at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Lyon County Road ...

Conference focuses on building connections for a better Minnesota

UPPER SIOUX COMMUNITY — Before he got into the results of a 2017 survey of Minnesotans, Craig Helmstetter asked his audience to make a response of their own. Did they feel more hopeful or fearful for Minnesota’s future? Several people in the conference room stood up to answer ...

Labat returns to his roots

MARSHALL — The Rev. Dennis Labat has come home. The Green Valley native Labat moved back to the Marshall area June 26 to assume service to area Catholic churches as one of three new priests to serve the Bread of Life Faith Community and Our Lady of the Prairie Faith Community. “One ...

Hazel Run Township farmers raise concerns over ditch petition

GRANITE FALLS — Financial concerns were raised again at the Yellow Medicine County Board Ditch Hearing Tuesday in opposition to proposed changes to County Ditch (CD) No. 36. Farmers along the ditch in Hazel Run Township raised concerns over their neighbor, Buesing-Buesing, LLC was awarded ...

Marshall DFL headquarters now open for business

MARSHALL — The local Democratic-Farmer-Labor chapter on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its new campaign headquarters in Marshall at 1301 E. College Drive. Ben Walker, Lyon County DFL chair, said the DFL campaign headquarters will be used as a “staging ground for regional parades, ...

Motorcyclist dies after collision with deer

A fatal motorcycle crash reported Thursday night in rural Lyon County was caused by a collision with a deer, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department said. Daniel Joseph Matthys, 54, of rural Lyon County, was killed in a crash reported at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on Lyon County Road 22, east of the ...

Council OKs $30,000 for memorial

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council have put their financial support behind a pair of community projects — one at the Lyon County Museum, and one to build a veterans’ memorial at Memorial Park. At Tuesday’s council meeting, council members said the real question wasn’t ...

Flood emergency in Murray Co.

SLAYTON — Murray County remains in a flood emergency as days of rain has forced the temporary closure of the End-O- Line Museum in Currie. A government official said the county was hit with 5-8 inches above normal. “On Monday, June 19, we issued a 36 hours flood emergency,” Emergency ...

Time to ‘pull together’

RUSSELL — Dave Marlette says it’s time for the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District to “pull together.” The new RTR superintendent delivered a message of unity during the first of three scheduled listening sessions Tuesday night. He told the crowd of about 30 parents and community ...