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A lingering arctic blast

(AP) — Falling temperatures replaced the weekend’s falling snow Monday as bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern United States. The National Weather Service had forecast that temperatures would be more than 20 degrees below normal from the Midwest to across the ...

Sheriff: Homicide/suicide in Arco

ARCO — Law enforcement officials are treating the deaths of a Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District student and 2017 graduate as a homicide and a suicide. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a 911 call just before 2 a.m. on Saturday regarding two people ...

Film showing, community event to search for an ‘American Creed’

MARSHALL — A new series of community events is asking area residents to think about what it means to be American — and organizers say it will be a chance for people to learn from one another. Paula Nemes, public services manager at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, said the events are ...

MHS speech team competes at Chanhassen & Mound-Westonka

The Marshall Tiger speech team officially kicked off its season on Saturday by splitting their team and competing at two tournaments. Varsity competitors saw success at the Chanhassen Tournament with senior Jenna Zeug advancing to championship finals and placing 6th overall. Senior Lexi ...

Walz says Minnesota won’t leave anyone behind

IVANHOE — It was getting crowded at the 19 & 75 Cafe. In addition to residents from the Ivanhoe area, people were arriving from Lyon and even Redwood County to meet with new Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. The turnout was a positive sign, Walz said. As he addressed the people gathered at ...

Bringing the dream to life

MARSHALL — The message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is one that’s still alive today. And people at a Saturday event at the Marshall-Lyon County Library didn’t just get a chance to hear it — they got a chance to participate, with living history talks, songs and even a mock Civil ...

Woman found dead after GF apt. fire

GRANITE FALLS — A 94-year-old woman is dead after an apartment fire reported Saturday at a senior living community in Granite Falls. The fire is currently under investigation, Granite Falls Police said. Granite Falls police, fire and ambulance responded to a smoke detector alarm at ...

RTR reports ‘tragedy’ in district with deaths of two students

Administrators at the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District say the district will have grief counselors available, after the deaths of two students this weekend. An e-mail sent out to parents in the RTR district on Saturday said two young people had died by suicide. The e-mail did not ...

‘Bigger’ weather system to hit tonight, Tuesday

The snow keeps piling up. The National Weather Service says a large weather system is expected to move into southwest Minnesota tonight. The area was also expected to get about an inch of snow Sunday night. “A bigger system is coming late Monday night and into Tuesday,” said ...

More snow on the way

MARSHALL — Another snowstorm hit southern Minnesota on Friday, affecting roads and travel and closing schools. While Marshall had only reported snowfall of around 2 inches by mid-afternoon, powdery flakes kept falling steadily throughout the day. The Minnesota Department of Transportation ...

Civil suit filed against RTR district

MARSHALL — The path to possibly updating school facilities in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton School District has become more complicated. A group of area residents are filing a lawsuit against the district, alleging that a $35 million building bond question violates RTR’s consolidation plan. ...

Thirty years of service

WALNUT GROVE — When Walnut Grove native Kerry Knakmuhs decides to be involved in something, he passionately puts his best effort into it. So those who know him well probably weren’t surprised when he ran for a local school board position, was elected and then spent the next three decades ...

Coyote hunt returns to area this weekend

MARSHALL — It’s shaping up to be a cold, snowy weekend, but some area hunters are still planning to spend it outdoors. Organizers for the Buffalo Ridge Coyote Hunting Tournament said Thursday that the event has drawn some pre-registered participants so far. The annual coyote hunt is ...

Snow and wind expected today, low temps through the weekend

MARSHALL — Another winter storm is headed to southwest Minnesota, and the National Weather Service is urging caution while traveling. Several inches of snow, combined with wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour, could lead to drifting snow on roads and reduced visibility. A winter weather ...

Tyler acquires added city-wide broadband access

TYLER — An expansion of broadband Internet possibilities in Tyler is scheduled to take place this year. The community will be offered city-wide broadband service through Woodstock Communications. It will become part of the company’s efforts to use 21st century fiberoptics and wireless ...

Shopko files for bankruptcy protection

MARSHALL — Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection and announced its plans to close 38 more of its stores, but local Shopko customers can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as the Marshall location is not among those marked for closure. According ...

Taking CHARGE

MARSHALL — CHARGE Time is one of the newest additions at Holy Redeemer School and it appears to already be having a positive impact. CHARGE Time is a faith-based life skills program for students in grades 3-8. Resource teacher Mary Surprenant said its purpose is aimed at proactively ...

Marshall Farm Service office open for three days

MARSHALL — Some area Farm Service Agency employees are being called back in to work this week to help farmers with loan services. Some area FSA offices, including the office in Marshall, will be open today, Friday and Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. U.S. Secretary of ...

VanKeulen’s bottom line: Put kids first

MARSHALL — Looking back at 10 years of service on the Marshall Public Schools Board, Karen VanKeulen considered the ongoing bond referendums for facility replacement and upgrades as the biggest challenges during her two and a half terms. The school district placed referendums on the ...

One dead, two injured in Highway 23 crash

JASPER — A Ruthton man was killed, and two people were injured, in a head-on crash on Minnesota Highway 23 near Jasper Monday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol said Earl Gruis, 67, of Ruthton, died when a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck Gruis’ vehicle. The crash was ...