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‘A great team’

MARSHALL — The Marshall Cemetery is usually a quiet place, set well back from the street and enclosed by shade trees. “It’s just a place of peace for everyone to come,” said Lyle Moseng, a member of the Marshall Cemetery Association Board. It takes a lot of work to help maintain ...

Avera Health working to reduce opioid use in ER

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall CEO Mary Maertens and members of her staff announced recently the health care system’s project to reduce opioid use in its emergency rooms. “The purpose of this action is to do our part to address addiction and deal with deaths associated with overdoses,” ...

Daniels still chasing her dream

VESTA — Kayla Daniels is still living the dream — she’s just doing it from Minnesota. The southwest Minnesota native moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to chase a songwriter dream, but ended up doing a lot of singing. She recently returned to live in Minnesota so she could be closer to ...

Making a home in Marshall

MARSHALL — United Community Action Partnership helps provide a long list of needed services in southwest Minnesota, including services related to housing. But, Jeff Gladis said, this was something different for the organization: actually building new houses. On Wednesday, Gladis, the ...

Wilms new director of SW Health and Human Services

MARSHALL — A new director has been chosen for Southwest Health and Human Services, county officials said. During Tuesday’s meeting of the Lyon County Board, County Commissioner and SWHHS Board member Rick Anderson announced that Beth Wilms, the current director of community services in ...

Talents Academy offers hands-on summer activities

MARSHALL — There is no need for area children to battle summertime boredom as Marshall Talents Academy offers plenty of hands-on activities to help keep kids active, engaged and learning through most of the summer. First- through eighth-grade students in and around the Marshall area are ...

Cottonwood Sportsmen’s Club offers fishing trip to Vesta military veteran

VESTA — Delvin Hunter didn’t pay any attention to Lance Peterson as he walked in his direction before the start of the Vesta River Days Bash in the Bunker Saturday. But the Vietnam military veteran from Vesta was soon being offered a fishing trip to Lake of the Woods. Peterson, an ...

A nice evening at the park

Photo by Jenny Kirk The playground at Independence Park was the place to be on a nice warm day. Under the watchful eye of family members, Mady Girard, left, Ella Cherveny, Max Pederson, Noah Myhre and other kids (not pictured: Kaylie Johnson, Aleya Johnson and Alana Almich) had a good time on ...

Legislators: Session productive

MARSHALL — Although things took an unexpected turn at the end, the 2017 Minnesota legislative session was a very productive one, local legislators said. During a town hall meeting in Marshall on Tuesday morning, Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, gave ...

Lyon County passes on LPRW board proposal

MARSHALL — It’s been a recurring item of business over the years for the Lyon County Board. But on Tuesday, county commissioners broke from the pattern and opted not to pass a resolution recommending the appointment of three members of the Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water Board. ...

50 years on Main Street

MARSHALL — During 50 years of service, Patzer’s Hardware Hank has done all kinds of business with its southwest Minnesota customers, even monkey business. “We actually had a promotion back in the late ‘60s where we actually had a monkey that we gave away. Name the Monkey contest,” ...

Lincoln County to enforce buffer zone law

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board approved a resolution Tuesday to accept responsibility to enforce Minnesota’s new buffer zone law. Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen reported to the board that Lincoln County will receive $102,000 for enforcement. He also said a portion of that ...

Walnut Grove teen gets creative during unusual academic journey

WALNUT GROVE — As most students her age are graduating from their local high schools, 18-year-old Abby McKinney is capping off a much different academic journey. Not only is McKinney a published illustrator and cartoonist with a lot of experience, she’s also completed high school ...

School board hears student survey results

MARSHALL — Student survey results were delivered via a presentation during the Marshall School Board work session on Monday. Four areas at West Side Elementary received a greater than 98 percent rating: I do my best at school, my teachers care about me, my teachers believe I can learn and ...

The old-fashioned way

WOOD LAKE — Jeff Schwartz enjoys collecting and using antique farm equipment. So it didn’t surprise Mike Lamfers to see his son jump on 1936 John B tractor to pull a 999 model of the John Deere check wire corn planter from the 1920s. “It’s Mother’s Day, and my son, Jeff Schwartz, ...

Patience pays off for Marshall fisherman

MARSHALL — Two hours of throwing a line into the water with nothing to show for it can test anyone’s patience, but it finally paid off for Andrew Mulso of Marshall. On Saturday, he caught a 54-inch muskie out of Lobster Lake near Alexandria. He figures it was “roughly about 30 pounds,” ...

On Majestic Pond

Photo by Deb Gau Minnesota DNR Fisheries Technician Chuck Obler unloads a net full of fish into Majestic Pond near Thunderbird Road in Marshall on Monday afternoon. The pond was being stocked with fish after a project to remove excess silt was completed this year. A mix of bluegill sunfish, ...

Music, parades and lots of fun

Music, parades, food and games filled the weekend in Russell and Vesta. The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights Drumline provided a good cadence during the Russell Bandwagon Days parade Saturday.

Shades of Past boasts big turnout for car show

From staff reports MARSHALL — Shades of the Past Car Club President Mark Mather estimated almost 400 vehicles showed up for Saturday's car show next to Runnings. “I want to say we had one of our best shows and we have been doing this for 31 years,” Mather said Sunday. “Our club was ...

Looking to their futures

MARSHALL — They had a new, challenging path ahead of them. But students of Marshall High School’s graduating class of 2017 said they were up for the journey. Student speakers at commencement ceremonies Friday night encouraged their classmates to keep moving forward, and to work to make ...