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Young hunters help manage the herd; 83-year-old gets first buck with bow

CAMDEN STATE PARK — It’s not very often that a 14-year-old boy and an 83-year-old woman share a similar passion for an activity, but that’s exactly the case for local deer hunters Owen Knochenmus and Mavis Verschelde. Both recently shot 8-point bucks in the area. “It’s my biggest ...

Dayton signs executive order to ease propane, diesel squeeze

MARSHALL — The general manager of a agriculture co-op says a propane shortage in surrounding states is straining supplies for Minnesota farmers. “Transportation is a problem,” Cottonwood Co-op Oil Co. General Manager Brad Rosa said Wednesday. “We have to wait a long time to get the ...

Breyfogle appears in court on gun charges

MARSHALL — A rural Marshall man arrested after a weekend incident where shots were fired on West Main Street made his first appearance in court. Daniel Nathan Breyfogle, 31, appeared in custody in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday. Breyfogle was charged with second degree assault, ...

YMC Board OKs $12,000 to turn lights on at Clarkfield gym

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board unanimously approved a request to spend $12,000 to “turn on the lights” at the old Clarkfield School gym. “It’s really deteriorated except for the west portions,” Clarkfield City Administrator Amanda Luepke told the board last ...

Residents asked to speak out on Community Services

MARSHALL — There are a lot of things that fall under the umbrella of Marshall Community Services. There are educational and recreational programs, but MCS is also involved with Marshall parks and trails, local access cable programming, and a lot more. And the best way to keep improving ...

Trick-or-treating in Marshall

Photo by Jody Isaackson Alexander Perez, 9, and Armando Perez , 10, of Tyler visited the Lyon County Museum dressed as Mario and Pikachu. They were picking out pages to color for the Halloween event Tuesday.

Dayton thanks farmers for buffer law compliance

MARSHALL — Immediately after Gov. Mark Dayton thanked Minnesota farmers for coming to 95 percent compliance with the buffer regulations by the Nov. 1 deadline, a state lawmaker representing southwest Minnesota suggested a rebellion is still brewing over the law. “People in the southwest ...

Tasting the local flavors

MARSHALL — You could fill your plate with a little of just about every dish you could think of — from soup, to scampi and dessert — and still come back for more. Luckily, that was the whole point of the evening at A Taste of Marshall. The annual event brought out a big crowd of people ...

Red Cross distributes free smoke detectors in Russell

RUSSELL — Red Cross Disaster Program Manager Kate Gorman and four volunteers canvassed the city of Russell Wednesday afternoon offering free smoke detectors to residents. The purpose of this event was to replace old or non-working smoke detectors and to educate people on fire safety. They ...

A walk in the cemetery reveals four-time war hero

MARSHALL — War of 1812 military veteran George Mathews’ grave is easy to find at Marshall Cemetery located at North Bruce Street and Boxelder Avenue. It is a large, cream-colored headstone on the east side of one of the largest trees in the cemetery. The giant oak is known as the ...

Marshall residents subdue man with handgun

MARSHALL — A man with a gun was subdued by a group of Marshall residents, after an incident where shots were fired early Sunday morning, the Marshall Police Department said. The man was arrested, and police said the case will be referred to the Lyon County Attorney’s office for a formal ...

Two Minneota residents injured in crash

STEARNS COUNTY — Four people, including two Minneota residents, were injured in a two-vehicle crash reported at 2:59 p.m. Saturday west of Richmond the Minnesota State Patrol said. A 2010 GMC driven by Pamela Rae Gregor, 52, of Minneota, was traveling eastbound on Minnesota Highway 23, ...

Miller hopes to bring ‘fresh voice’ in U.S. House race

MARSHALL — Minnesotans are looking for change from their legislators, Tim Miller said. And that’s something he hopes to be able to offer as a U.S. Representative. “I think it’s time for a fresh voice,” Miller, a current Minnesota state legislator, said of his decision to run for ...

Putting on the finishing touches

There were plenty of opportunities for costumes, candy, and kids’ activities in Marshall over the weekend. Several local organizations and churches held Halloween and fall harvest festivities. During the Marshall Area YMCA’s Halloween event on Saturday, Christian Verschelde had a mask ...

Pheasants Forever mentored hunt draws youths from around state

By Deb Gau dgau@marshallindependent.com LYON COUNTY — The tall grass was quiet, except for the rustling where the line of young hunters and their mentors were walking through. Everyone was looking for the signs that one of their group’s dogs had found a pheasant. “Keep an eye on ...

‘Ghost Out’ event eye-opening experience for MHS students

MARSHALL — By 8:30 a.m. on Friday., the Grim Reaper had claimed his first two victims already at Marshall High School. Students heard the sound of a gong ring out — two times — over the loudspeaker. Then the shadowy figure of death entered a classroom and tapped Rachel VanKeulen and ...

Area gas prices rising

MARSHALL — Gasoline prices in Marshall have gone up in the past couple of days. However, it’s not the only place where gas costs are going up, according to national data released earlier this week. Prices for regular gasoline were at $2.49 per gallon all around Marshall on Friday ...

Family organizes ‘Scaring Away ALS’

MARSHALL — For the last decade, Marilyn Hoffman and her children and grandchildren would take part in the Halloween Zombie Walk/Parade in Sioux Falls, S.D.. About a year and a half ago, Hoffman was diagnosed with Bulpar Onset ALS, which affects her speech and respiratory system. This ...

Marshall FAA members collect more than 1,000 bushels during drive

MARSHALL — The windy conditions made it more difficult, but thanks to the generosity of area farmers and their own dedication, Marshall High School FFA members were able to collect more than 1,000 bushels in a corn drive on Thursday. While some Marshall FFA students were on their way to the ...

Firefighter visit

Justin Jiskoot, a Marshall Fire Department volunteer firefighter, visited an Early Headstart classroom on family day Friday morning. He told the parents about the importance of have two ways out of a home, about replacing batteries in smoke detectors and replacing smoke detectors every 10 ...