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Music is key at church

HAZEL RUN — “When you sing, you pray twice,” was sage advice from some grandmothers. Fire on the Prairie (FOTP) Church is unique for this area in its perspective to worship, praise and music. Not only is it a home church, but Fire on the Prairie members say they like the way the ...

Legacy Foundation tees off first golf fundraiser

MARSHALL — The Legacy Foundation of Marshall, founded by John Drown in 2011, hosted its first team Best Ball Scramble golf tournament at the Marshall Golf Course Wednesday. There were 64 golfers competing for prizes for hole-in-one on holes No. 4 and 10 as well as best score. This year ...

Author: We need to empower mainstream America

MARSHALL — The belief that government should serve the people is of crucial importance to the United States. But current U.S. politicians are more concerned with power than service, author Alan Duff argued. “We need to empower mainstream America,” Duff said, during a talk at the ...

Bid approved for Lincoln County building

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board on Tuesday approved a bid from Sussner Construction for building a maintenance building in Tyler during Tuesday’s meeting. Sussner submitted a bid of $143,600 for a wood frame structure that County Engineer Dave Halbersma said his crew could finish out ...

Train hits lawn mower

Photo by Mike Lamb Lyon County Sheriff’s deputies investigate the scene where a train hit a riding lawn mower on 140th Street near Balaton on Wednesday. According to Deputy Adam DeSutter, the female driver of the riding lawn mower suffered minor injuries after being thrown from the vehicle ...

Open house at WMHC

Photo by Deb Gau Western Mental Health Center, and partner health providers including Fixen Chiropractic and Open Door Health Center, welcomed area residents for tours and refreshments during an open house on Wednesday, at their new building in Marshall. Carla Fixen, at left, talked about ...

Gun burglaries ‘rare’ for area

MARSHALL — Over the past five years, there have been a few firearm thefts that have gotten media attention in the Marshall area. But while incidents like the recent burglary and gun theft at Borch’s Sporting Goods are high-profile, law enforcement officials say they’re not common in ...

Marshall man charged in Borch’s burglary

MARSHALL — A Marshall man has been charged in connection with the June 11 burglary of a East College Avenue sporting goods store, which resulted in several firearms being taken. Stephon Desean Campbell, 25, made his first appearance in Lyon County District Court Monday on charges ...

Lyon County formally accepts buffer jurisdiction

MARSHALL — One of the lingering questions about Minnesota’s new buffer law — especially where county governments are concerned — is how to cover potential costs for implementing water protections. On Tuesday, members of the Lyon County Board got a look at what kind of state aid could ...

A whole new world living in Marshall

MARSHALL — Many people don’t get a chance to get know their neighbors — particularly neighbors from another culture. Our Somali neighbors love their new life in Marshall but also want to help those still in Somalia. When Hussein Osman stepped into the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport 11 ...

Taking a trolley ride

Photo by Jenny Kirk Senior citizens in Marshall got a special horse-drawn trolley ride around town on Tuesday, courtesy of Rainbow Country Trolley from the St. James area. Owner Gerry Buse sang to the residents of Avera Morningside Heights Care Center while his pair of Belgian horses pulled ...

Keeping Up The Kourage Foundation to have event Saturday

The mission of the Keeping Up The Kourage Foundation is to assist financially or otherwise, individuals and their families who are facing substantial medical needs, giving priority to applicants in the southwestern Minnesota region. The Keeping Up The Kourage Foundation was born following a ...

MAFAC announces photography contest

The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council is announcing the two categories for its 16th annual Photography Competition and Exhibit. Shoot images that are beautiful cast shadows, or silhouettes. The shadow or silhouette should be a main part of the subject, not just something that is unavoidably ...

MPS fiscal report shows challenges

MARSHALL — The 2018 fiscal year budget was the biggest topic Monday night for the Marshall Public Schools board. Business Director Bruce Lamprecht delivered a 112-page presentation. While the 2017-18 budget is preliminary, there are some fund balances that are showing deficits at this time. ...

Lincoln County Board to discuss recycling

IVANHOE — Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen will be presenting some recycling concerns to the Lincoln County Board today at its 2 p.m. meeting. The present location for the recycling drop-off site is in a bad location, Olsen said Monday. He said it needs to be moved back to the ...

Orear appointed publisher of Independent

MARSHALL — Greg Orear has been named publisher of the Independent, replacing long-time publisher Russ Labat who retired at the end of April. Orear, who has been serving as interim publisher of the Independent since May, comes to Marshall from the New Ulm Journal, where he was publisher ...

Super Hero jump

Henry Voigt gets creative on a diving board jump on Monday afternoon at Marshall Aquatic Center. Voigt and his twin brother, Oliver, were among the many children who sought entertainment at the pool, which is open Monday through Saturday from 12-6:50 p.m. On Sundays, Marshall Aquatic Center is ...

Monson weighs in on legislative session

MARSHALL — According to Marshall Superintendent Scott Monson, the outcome of the legislative session in regards to public schools turned out similar to what the district had anticipated. Monson highlighted five notable items, including a 2 percent annual increase in per-pupil funding over ...

‘It’s about the vets’

BALATON — A large American flag waved freely in the breeze as people came together to show their respect for veterans at the second annual Balaton Veterans Run on Saturday. “I pulled up and thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool,’” Balaton resident Linda Meaden said about the flag. “I think ...