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Educators: Ag land rent rates correlate with crop prices

MARSHALL — While farmers struggle with dropping commodity prices, they are also facing agriculture land rent rates that are not coming down as quite as quickly. Southern Minnesota agriculture experts agree that many factors affect the rental rates of land, such as property taxes, input ...

Overcoming disabilities

MARSHALL — “This one I designed myself. I’m quite proud of that,” Allen Gratz said while pointing to the photos of wheelchair ramps on an office wall inside the Southwest Center for Independent Living. “It’s a challenge to just get everybody together for a certain day to build ...

Speech Spectacular attracts 33 schools

MARSHALL — The annual Marshall Speech Spectacular has been a favorite of speech team members from around the region because it brings a wide range of competition to one place. Students from 33 schools in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota are taking part in the 18th annual Marshall ...

Funds from liquor store sale, construction to be used for debt service

MARSHALL — A total of more than $400,000 left in a city fund for the construction of the Tall Grass Liquor store will be used to help repay bonds on the liquor store project, Marshall City Council members decided Tuesday. At their regular meeting, council members got a recommendation to ...

Nurses spreading the word on getting tested for cervical cancer

MARSHALL — Liz Bunjer and Katie Kuehl, both registered nurses, want people to know that the United States Congress has designated January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The recognition is a chance to spread the word on how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and ...

Lots of unknowns for upcoming legislative session, Dahms says

GRANITE FALLS — He was there to talk about the current state of the Minnesota Legislature. But Sen. Gary Dahms said it was hard to make any predictions about the upcoming session. “This year, it’s totally unknown,” Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, said, during a Tuesday question-and-answer ...

Marshall veterans’ memorial gets $20K

MARSHALL — Plans for a veterans’ memorial in downtown Marshall are set to move forward this spring, and a donation from a local family is helping add to the efforts. At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Marshall City Council voted to accept a $20,000 donation from the John and ...

Red Rooster property annexed by Tracy

TRACY — The city of Tracy is annexing the back half of the former Red Rooster property. The front half is already in city limits. The Tracy City Council voted unanimously on the annexation during a public hearing Monday. Tracy Development Corporation members Denny Fultz and Jim Keul ...

Murray Co. Sheriff provides new work structure to board

SLAYTON — As promised earlier this month, Murray County Sheriff Steve Telkamp delivered an organizational structure chart for his office to county commissioners Tuesday that could increase his budget by almost $60,000. However, Auditor/Treasurer Heidi Winter presented several options that ...

Spelling bee at MMS

Photo by Jenny Kirk Fifth-grader Jack Gunn was among more than 50 student qualifiers to take part in one of two spelling bees on Tuesday at Marshall Middle School. Gunn outlasted 23 other spellers in the fifth- and sixth-grade bee, earning the right to represent his school at the Regional ...

Harvell hearing delayed

MARSHALL — A hearing scheduled for a woman charged in connection with a June crash that injured three motorcyclists has been postponed again, court records said. A plea hearing for Tamara Lee Harvell that was scheduled for Monday, was rescheduled for Feb. 20. Harvell was charged with ...

Addressing agriculture

COTTONWOOD — Lyon County farmer Carolyn Olson didn’t know what to expect from President Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue when she attended the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention earlier this month. “The importance of agriculture is a big ...

Ducks Unlimited tells Lincoln Co. Board of future land acquisitions

IVANHOE — A plan by the conservation and hunting organization Ducks Unlimited to purchase three parcels of land with the intent of donating them to the Minnesota Department of Resources is expected to bring in more revenue to Lincoln County, according to a report delivered to the board of ...

MHS band/choir concert

Photo by Jenny Kirk Several band and choir selections were performed at the mid-winter concert for grades 9-10 on Monday at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts. The musical numbers were directed by Wayne Ivers (band) and Cheryl Jeska (choir), with the assistance of Susan ...

Rusty Rhymer looking for a buyer for the Corner Cafe in Taunton

TAUNTON — After 30 years, Rusty Rhymer is ready for a change. His Corner Cafe, supper club and catering business is for sale. He plans to continue looking for a buyer until the end of 2018. At that point, he might close the business if a buyer doesn’t come forward. “I really hope ...

Bossuyt is Boulder Creek’s January Employee of the Month

McKeigh Bossuyt, home health aide, is Boulder Creek’s January Employee of the Month. Bossuyt has worked at Boulder Creek for almost two years. She was nominated by her coworkers and supervisors as one who puts the client first, gives excellent care and is both reliable and dependable. ...

Norgaard is new VP branch manager for AgCountry Farm Credit Services

Jamie D. Norgaard has been named VP branch manager for AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Marshall. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office in addition to his loan portfolio. Norgaard grew up on the family farm near Tyler. Following high school, he served four years in the ...

Accelerated resolution therapy being offered at Midwest Wellness Institute

MARSHALL — Licensed therapist Kelsey Tollefson is introducing accelerated resolution therapy (ART) at Midwest Wellness Institute. Tollefson has a master’s degree in social work and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker. She received her undergraduate degrees at South Dakota ...

Thao will be first Hmong to serve on City Council

TRACY — It started out as a joke between friends, newly appointed Tracy City Councilman Kou Thao said. “Because of the increasing percentage of Hmong population in Tracy, we kidded that one of us would eventually have to run for city council,” Thao said Friday. “When this opportunity ...

Dahms to hold town hall meeting with YMC board

GRANITE FALLS — State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, will be at the Yellow Medicine County Board meeting Tuesday to hold a town hall-type meeting. The senator is making the rounds to cities and counties to hold question-and-answer sessions regarding the government’s progress and can ...