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Helping out children

Photo by Jenny KirkRadiant Life Church was the location of a school supplies giveaway on Wednesday in Marshall. Volunteers, such as Terri Downing and her daughter, Tiffanie, pitched in to hand out the supplies. Special donations from the church helped fund the community effort, along with ...

Utility rate study looks good for Marshall electric bills

MARSHALL - It looks like utility bills could be going down considerably in Marshall in the next three years, according to a rate study presented to the Marshall Municipal Utilities Commission on Wednesday. Electric costs for residential customers could go down 14 percent, the study said, and ...

Gores’ new ride more than just a nice set of wheels

MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State University President Connie Gores is big on school spirit - so much so that she recently purchased a classic gold 1967 Ford Mustang.The car has now become an iconic beacon - an illumination and inspiration - for the institution and the community."It had to ...

Marshall Council hears local funding requests

MARSHALL - Budget talks for the city of Marshall are set to pick up for the fall. On Tuesday, the Marshall City Council heard budget presentations from several different local groups during a work session.The groups, ranging from the Marshall-Lyon County Library and Lyon County Historical ...

Worldly views

Journalists from around the world share thoughts and views at forum in TracyTRACY - Ten news reporters from around the world participated in a journalist forum held in Tracy Monday night. The participants were from a variety of media as well as a plethora of countries.Sharing their backgrounds ...

Lyon County holds hearing on changing tobacco ordinance

MARSHALL - "High tobacco prices equals fewer kids (and adults) smoking" is the contention of Southwest Minnesota Health and Human Services (SWMNHHS), who is promoting that Lyon County updates its tobacco ordinance.The new wording would reflect the state of Minnesota's language, which now ...

Workshop gives updates on buffer law

MARSHALL - The new buffer law is on the books. Now, the big question for Minnesota counties and conservation districts is how to implement it.That question brought representatives of area counties, watershed districts, and soil and water conservation districts to a workshop held at Southwest ...

Fighting the good fight

BALATON - Fight from the Fairway is in its fifth year and serving new recipients this year.Event organizer Wendy Metz said she started organizing a golf event because she used to work at the East Bay 9 Golf Course in Balaton, where the event has been held every year except last year."It was the ...

Catching a ride

New program makes public transportation easier for developmentally disabledMARSHALL - A half dozen residents and their chaperones rode the Marshall Area Transit (M.A.T.) bus earlier this week to a special meeting at Mike's Cafe. The meeting was sponsored by Ride The Bus We Will Show You the ...

What a rush — a new year at SMSU

Editor's note: This is the second of a series of back-to-school stories.By Jenny Kirkjkirk@marshallindependent.comMARSHALL - For the past week, the Southwest Minnesota State university campus has been bustling with activity as students, staff and faculty are gearing up for a new academic ...

Strength in numbers

Rock Valle Lutheran joins forces with Hawk CreekEditor's note: This is the first of a series looking at rural southwest Minnesota churches.When two people put their heads together they can solve just about any problem. Think how much more can be accomplished when two businesses merge or two ...

Railroad safety training draws crowd to Marshall

MARSHALL - In the hours following a disaster, it's vital for many different groups - law enforcement, firefighters, emergency response coordinators and more - to work together. When the focus is a railroad accident involving crude oil or ethanol, things get even more complex. But the need for ...

Hwy. 23 study recommends more J-turns, roundabouts

MARSHALL - It's taken months of work, and plenty of public feedback, but the results of a safety study on Minnesota Highway 23 in Marshall were finally unveiled this week. Out of several different options to improve safety in the highway corridor, presenters said they were recommending two for ...

Nielsen comes up through the ranks to become superintendent at Canby

Editor's note: This is the first of a series of back-to-school stories.CANBY - It was a matter of progression that brought Ryan Nielsen from teaching fifth and sixth grade in Ellsworth all the way to becoming Canby School District's new superintendent.Nielsen had grown up in Dell Rapids, S.D., ...

City council discusses buildings large and small

MARSHALL - Much of the agenda was centered around ongoing construction projects and city planning, but at its regular Tuesday meeting, the Marshall City Council also took time to highlight a more unusual proposal affecting city ordinances and very small houses.The "tiny house" trend will be the ...

Blast from the past

Many people reading this remember the Showboat Ballroom in Lake Benton and can appreciate this big find by a former Marshall resident.MARSHALL - The SHOWBOAT has risen again - at least the letters have. A former Marshall resident has donated his found art pieces to a Lake Benton museum.Many ...

Request to combine ditch and branches registers concerns

GRANITE?FALLS?- During a public hearing by the Yellow Medicine County Board at its Tuesday meeting, YMC Drainage and Land Use Inspector Chris Balfany and Maury Noonan, of Rinke Noonan Law Firm, appeared before the board to request the combining of County Ditch 9 and its branches for simpler ...