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Young authors in action

MARSHALL — Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge” because unlike knowledge, there are no limits when it comes to imagination. A message about embracing one’s imagination was delivered to more than 500 youth who attended the 26th annual Conference for ...

Lyon County Board OKs ditch repair at School Grove Lake

MARSHALL — The agenda was relatively short at the Lyon County Board’s first meeting of 2018, but it did include a request for ditch repairs from a county property owner. County commissioners received a petition asking for repairs to an aging drainage system on County Ditch 5. The ditch ...

Graupmann re-elected as chairman

MARSHALL — As one of their first actions of 2018, members of the Lyon County Board elected board officers on Tuesday morning. Commissioner Paul Graupmann was re-elected as chairman of the county board. The elections weren’t hotly contested. Commissioner Charlie Sanow nominated Graupmann ...

Putting down ‘Prairie Roots’

MARSHALL — Thermometers around town said temperatures were back above zero in Marshall. But it sure didn’t feel that way outside the Red Baron Arena and Expo, where artist Randy Walker and a crew from Bladholm Construction were raising brightly painted steel poles onto footings and bolting ...

Governor issues order to help farmers during frigid weather

MARSHALL — The frigid temperatures over the weekend were enough to make Gov. Mark Dayton issue an executive order to provide emergency relief from regulations incorporated in Minnesota Statues pertaining to hours of service for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in ...

Recent fire deaths in state reminder for safety

MARSHALL — It was the second house fire call in a week for the Marshall Fire Department. Fortunately, a kitchen fire reported Friday morning was not as serious as a fatal Christmas Day fire that destroyed a home on Elaine Avenue. But with the holiday season and cold weather bringing people ...

Winter fun

While it might’ve looked like she had a terrible spill, Thea Mastous was all smiles shortly after her crash landing on the hill recently at Freedom Park in Marshall. Mastous, her sister Ava and their cousins didn’t let the cold spell stop them from having a blast recently while sledding.

Plans focus on upgrading Camden residence

LYND — The Minnesota State Park System is working toward a plan that will re-purpose Jason Holm’s boyhood home. Plans are in place to convert the former park manager's residence into a guesthouse. It will be available to families, youth groups, community clubs, and others who want to use ...

Solid layers of ice forming on area lakes for fishermen

MARSHALL — The extremely cold weather this week has kept a lot of people indoors where it’s nice and warm. But that’s not necessarily true for avid anglers in southwest Minnesota as more and more of them have been getting out onto the ice to fish. Fortunately for them, the frigid ...

Top 10 stories of 2017: Year full of setbacks, tragedies, celebration

The year 2017 was full of economic gains, sexual misconduct, tragedy and the thrill of victory throughout the nation. The same can be said about the past 365 days in southwest Minnesota. The Marshall Independent reported on a number of major stories during the year. Stories ranged from an ...

Property tax prepayments soar

MARSHALL — The Lyon County auditor/treasurer’s office was inundated Wednesday and Thursday with property tax prepayments for 2018, according to Auditor/ Treasurer E.J. Moberg. At 5 p.m. Thursday, Moberg reported that his office collected $248,568 in tax prepayments on that day alone. ...

Police chief of WG pleads not guilty to sex sting charges

MARSHALL — The Walnut Grove police chief accused of soliciting sex with a minor has pleaded not guilty to charges against him. Pre-trial hearing and trial dates for Michael Robert Zeug have been set for this summer, court administrators said. Zeug, 45, of Walnut Grove, was charged with ...

Reaching out with books

MARSHALL — Sometimes it’s not convenient to travel to the nearest library, so Park Side Elementary students in Marshall came up with an innovative answer. They’ve spearheaded a service that brings box-sized neighborhood libraries to locations where they are likely to be used. The ...

House fire victim identified

MARSHALL — The person who died in a Christmas Day house fire in Marshall has been identified, Marshall Police confirmed Wednesday. On Wednesday, a death notice said Kent Sikorski, 49, of Marshall, died Dec. 25 as the result of a house fire. Funeral services for Sikorski will be held at a ...

Intersection danger

TYLER — Just a week after Russell-Tyler-Ruthton’s interim Superintendent Lee Warne complained during a school board meeting of vehicles “blowing through” an intersection near the Tyler high school site, lighted stop signs have been ordered. According to Tyler City Administrator Robert ...

Firefighters respond to Russell fire

Emergency responders including area firefighters worked at the scene of a fire at an auto body shop in Russell on Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 7:45 a.m., at an auto shop on Old Highway 23. The Russell, Balaton and Lynd fire departments responded at the scene, as well as ...

Neighbors of house fire victim say flames seemed to spread quickly

MARSHALL — Residents on the street where a Christmas Day house fire claimed one life described a scene where the fire seemed to spread quickly, and firefighters were working both to put out the fire and protect neighboring homes. As of Tuesday, authorities had not yet released the identity ...

Marshall man pleads not guilty in sexual assault case

MARSHALL — A Marshall man charged with sexually assaulting a person in Minneota pleaded not guilty in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday. Court records said Timothy Richard Larson, 19, of Marshall, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct. A complaint ...

Time to chill out

MARSHALL — Courtesy of an arctic chill, frigid temperatures are likely to linger into next week, dropping to its lowest point in nearly a year this upcoming weekend. “Basically, we have an arctic high pressure system in the region,” said Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service ...

Veterans may get virtual exams by cell phone in future

GRANITE FALLS — Poor broadband and cell phone service coverage is hurting military veterans dealing with medical needs, members of the Yellow Medicine County Board were told Tuesday. Veterans Affairs Officer Michelle Gatz presented a report to the board on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., ...