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The A, B, Cs of acting

MARSHALL — Isiah Whitlock Jr., perhaps Southwest Minnesota State University’s most prominent alumnus, was back on campus Friday at his old stomping grounds, the theater department. Whitlock, who graduated from Southwest State in 1976, and now lives in New York, gave a presentation to ...

Planting watches ADM grow during 35 years of service

MARSHALL — Dave Planting has seen enormous growth at the ADM Corn Processors Marshall facility over the past three decades. Planting was actually instrumental in helping create that significant growth. After retiring earlier this month — exactly 35 years to the day after he started his ...

Summer of street projects winding down in Marshall

MARSHALL — It’s been a busy summer for the Marshall street department, with a variety of road and sidewalk projects going on all around town. But while the work on a few projects is still going on, many are finished or nearing completion, said Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson. ...

Second person involved in 59/23 crash dies

MARSHALL — A second person involved in a multi-vehicle crash in Marshall last week has died, Marshall Police records confirmed Thursday. However, police said they could not confirm whether that person died from injuries sustained in the crash. Warren Amos Saetre was one of the people ...

Hennens lobby for Minnesota, Lyon County in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Farm bill priorities were on the minds of Brad and Dan Hennen during a visit to Washington, D.C., earlier this month. The father and son from were among the participants in the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Farmers to Washington, D.C., trip Sept. ...

SMSU homecoming

Photo courtesy of Angela Prokosch, SMSU Ryan Luczak and Mckenzie Besel were crowned king and queen of the Southwest Minnesota State University 50th anniversary Homecoming during coronation ceremonies on Thursday evening. Luczak is a senior justice administration major from Savage. Besel is a ...

Hearings postponed for sex sting suspects

Hearings for two Lyon County men arrested in an underage prostitution sting have been continued or rescheduled for October, Brown County District Court records said. A Sept. 12 hearing for Paul Lund, Jr., 46, of Cottonwood, was canceled, and another hearing date set for Oct. 3, court records ...

City seeks parking solution

MARSHALL — Parking on Hamden Street is making it harder to plow snow and do other cleanup work, Marshall city staff said Tuesday. The city is proposing a solution, in the form of alternate side parking, but first they want to hear from local residents. The issue was discussed at ...

City hall group is looking for the right plan

MARSHALL — Members of a committee discussing what to do about Marshall’s aging city hall building said this week they thought the building should be renovated. The next step forward, the group said, would be to invite firms to propose plans on how to do the renovating. The committee, ...

New program inviting new residents to region

YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY — Attracting and retaining residents is a key component for the sustainability of the region. Newcomers will fill jobs, start new businesses, populate the schools, become homeowners, taxpayers, and new community leaders through the new Get Rural program. According to ...

Councilman ‘acted like a bully’

TRACY — A Tracy councilman on Monday faced allegations from a handful of residents of being a “bully” and overstepping his authority. Tony Peterson listened as the residents also spoke out in defense of recently resigned city administrator Madonna Peterson during Monday’s Tracy City ...

Hexum faces burglary charges

MARSHALL — A Balaton resident convicted in the 2014 shooting of a man near Granite Falls was back in Lyon County District Court on Tuesday. Devin Donald Hexum, 24, was charged in connection with burglaries at the Marshall Golf Club and Borch’s Sporting Goods in 2014. The two ...

City puts support behind water softening plan

MARSHALL — It’s an important — and expensive — issue for the city of Marshall, Public Works Director Glenn Olson said. Marshall needs to reduce the amount of salt being released into the Redwood River by April 2024. And while the city and Marshall Municipal Utilities have a plan to do ...

YMC sets preliminary levy increase of 0.75 percent

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board selected one of four primary levy scenarios presented by Finance Manager Michelle May on Tuesday and modified it by setting the maximum primary levy increase for 2018 at 0.75 percent. The reason for the modification in the projected increase ...

Showing off muscles

Photo by Jenny Kirk West Side third-graders show off their muscles — as well as their favorite sports team — as they prepare to learn football skills in physical education class on Tuesday, a day which was deemed “Jersey Day” in honor or Homecoming week.

‘People like all of you’

MARSHALL — A special Founders Day celebration took place on Monday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a college on the prairie in southwest Minnesota — an institution now known as Southwest Minnesota State University. The well-attended event was held in the Alumni Plaza area on campus ...

New stop signs on the agenda for Marshall City Council

MARSHALL — A proposal going before the Marshall City Council tonight would add a few new traffic signs in one Marshall neighborhood. The proposal would add three new stop signs, and replace a yield sign with a stop sign, in the “tree streets” area of town — the neighborhood bounded by ...

Watershed, buffers zone ordinances on YMC agenda

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board will be voting on approving two major resolutions today. The first is the One Watershed One Plan memorandum of agreement, the second is the Buffer Ordinance. Both have given the commissioners cause for considerable contemplation. “The ...

Ditch payment, tile location on Murray County agenda

SLAYTON — At today’s board meeting of the Murray County commissioners, Auditor-Treasurer Heidi Winter will be presenting the ditch bills totaling $9,168.25 since the previous meeting. The bulk of the bills are from open ditch spraying on Judicial Ditch (JD) 10, County Ditches (CD) 19, ...

MHS homecoming

Photo by Deb Gau Marshall High School crowned its 2017 homecoming royalty in a ceremony Monday night. Jonah Bader was crowned king, and Johanna Christensen was crowned queen. Jefferson Lee V was crowned prince, and Ana Schwarz was crowned princess.