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Judge takes sex sting case under advisement

NEW ULM — Brown County District Court Judge Paul Westphal took a three and one-half hour sex sting operation case court trial under advisement Friday. Paul R. Lund Jr., 47, Cottonwood, was charged with felony prostitution-actor hires or agrees to hire and reasonably believes under 18 but at ...

Swedzinski urges public to comment on nitrogen rule

MARSHALL — Local legislators are urging citizens to take advantage of an extended window for making written comments on proposed rule changes on the use of nitrogen fertilizer. The public comment period on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Groundwater Protection Rule has been ...

YMC begins search for new administrator

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board put into motion Tuesday the search for a new administrator by hiring a search consultant. Earlier this year, current county administrator, Peg Heglund, had submitted her letter of resignation to be effective Jan. 1. “I did it this early ...

Carnival time at the library

The Marshall-Lyon County Library was anything but quiet Friday morning as the sounds of llamas humming, babies crying and ping pong balls plopping into cups could be heard. Marshall area children enjoyed a carnival which included a petting zoo courtesy of Sinclair Farms, games and refreshments. ...

Developers eyeing $3.5M travel center for Red Rooster property

TRACY — A pair of developers are interested in the vacant Red Rooster property with the intent to build a $3.5 million travel center, according to two local economic boosters. Dale Johnson and John Lanoue proposed a multi-million dollar idea to the Tracy City Council Monday night. They were ...

Dealing with change within the Catholic Church

COTTONWOOD — with the New Ulm Diocese facing some criticism over congregation changes, the Rev. Matthew Wiering is trying to address concerns. Several members of the Church of St. Clotilde in Green Valley have been reported to be upset by the eventual closing of their newer church building ...

‘They recorded everything’

MARSHALL — Donald Schmidt and three other representatives from Clifton Township presented photos and preliminary numbers from the damaged caused by storms earlier this month. It was now time to hope for the best. “It went very well,” Schmidt said, after a short meeting with ...

Live simulation

MARSHALL — The Avera Marshall Health Center hosted area teens at its Scrubs Camp Wednesday for hands-on medical experiences, which included delivering a baby. The mannequins used for live simulation were provided by Ridgewater College in a traveling classroom housed in a semi trailer, ...

Cutting loose on stage

LAKE BENTON — They’re going to kick off the Sunday shoes and cut loose on stage for this summer’s musical at the Lake Benton Opera House. The musical “Footloose” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. today-Saturday and Aug. 2-4, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 4-5, at the Lake ...

Agriculture panel talks tariffs, mental health

MARSHALL — Tariffs on products like soybeans and pork were a subject that loomed large over a Tuesday panel discussion on agriculture. While it’s still not clear what’s going to happen in the long run, local ag panelists said Minnesota farmers are definitely concerned. “We’re not ...

Marshall passes tax abatement program for new housing

MARSHALL — It’s a problem local businesses have talked about, Marshall City Council members said. Businesses need workers, but the workers aren’t moving in. “To keep Marshall growing, we need to get the people into town,” said council member James Lozinski. On Tuesday night, ...

Road construction ahead

WALNUT GROVE — It’s still about a year away, but southwest Minnesota residents are getting some advance notice of road construction planned along U.S. Highway 14. A resurfacing project along will repair the pavement and other structures along the highway between Tracy and Revere in 2019 ...

Wind power company meets opposition on Lake Cochrane

LAKE COCHRANE, S.D. — The attempt by a London, England, company to build a wind farm in Yellow Medicine County is meeting resistance from a small community just across the South Dakota border The resistance to the project by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has rang all the way to the ...

Tracy fire chief: Damaged fire trucks need to be replaced

TRACY — The recent flooding in the Tracy area took its toll on firefighting equipment as well as businesses, homes and basement-stored items. Six fire trucks were damaged by the flood, City administrator Kris Ambuehl said. Three of them potentially damaged beyond insurance coverage, he ...

Keeping up with the times

TRACY — Greenwood Nursery has always been a family business, and for the last 37 years, that business has kept up with the times by using improved technology as a way to meet the growing needs of its customers. Jeff Farber, who started the Greenwood Nursery store in Tracy in 1981, said one ...

911 has own emergency: down more than 6 hours Sunday

MARSHALL — A router located in Ruthton was blamed for the 911 emergency system to shut down in southwest Minnesota for more than six hours Sunday. According to Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather, the system was down from 2:53 p.m. until 9:37 p.m. when testing was completed. Mather said the ...

Toys 4 Tots Fun Run: It’s all about the kids

TRACY — For the past 25 years, the Lyon County Toys 4 Tots Fun Run has had the same mission, which is to make Christmas better for local children and families in need. As riders get set to take part in the 26th annual Fun Run on Saturday, that ultimate purpose remains pivotal. “The whole ...

RTR school district asking residents to fill out survey

TYLER — Stakeholders in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District are being asked to help provide solutions by taking part in a community survey regarding facilities in the district. Superintendent David Marlette said the process needs to be community driven from the bottom up, rather than ...