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Canby Drug ‘not invited’ to participate in latest BCBS program

CANBY — In the town of Canby, population 1,800, there is only one pharmacy. Canby Drug & Gift is connected with the Sanford Hospital in Canby. The hospital is in contract with the Blue Connect or Network E insurance program Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) rolled out this fall, but the ...

A support system

MACHEA helps out homeschooling families in a number of waysEditor's note:?This is the first of a series looking at homeschooling in the area.MARSHALL - Founded in 1987, the Marshall Area Christian Home Education Association is the support group that gives the homeschool families grounding.The ...

Balaton Chamber to host holiday event this weekend

BALATON - The Balaton Chamber of Commerce is proud to present "Christmas Weekend in Balaton," a fun-filled celebration that also serves as a fundraiser for the Eastbay Multigenerational Park project.For many years, the community has come together in support of its businesses on the first Friday ...

Local shopping, lots of fun in Tracy

Tracy gets into the Christmas spirit with annual holiday activities around townTRACY - In the days after Thanksgiving, it's become pretty common for people to try to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. That was the case in Tracy on Saturday, but the spotlight was on local shops and ...

Lighting up the night

Photo by Deb GauFloats and vehicles covered in Christmas lights were part of the parade making its way through Tracy on Saturday evening. Members of the Amiret 4-H club bundled up to take a ride on a special lighted trailer, while the crowd cheered.

Hunting for bargains

Shoppers hit the stores early on Friday to snag some good dealsMARSHALL - Black Friday shoppers were out in droves to get the best bargains of the day in Marshall.While some shoppers got a jump on their Christmas shopping, others appeared to take the opportunity to pick up big ticket items that ...

Zuercher CAD is the next system update for Lincoln County

IVANHOE?- There was a time, about a century ago, you could probably get by with paying a nickel for the tin star and $10 per month in sheriff's salary if you were a small town in the Old West.Now the badge runs upward of $5 and you can imagine a salary or look it up online, but that's not the ...

Getting SMART about sexual assault

Lyon County group reaches out to expand knowledge, support for assault victimsMARSHALL - Their mission is an important one: to help people who have been sexually assaulted find healing and justice. But many area residents may not even have heard of them.The members of the Lyon County Sexual ...

Council hears options for cutting back on salt in wastewater

MARSHALL - For some time now, Marshall city officials have been discussing the impact that new limits for salt in Marshall wastewater would have on water treatment. On Tuesday night, members of the city council got a more detailed look at how Marshall could cut back on the salt in its ...

Sharing in Thanksgiving

Community comes together at a couple of local events to celebrate ThanksgivingMARSHALL - It was a day all about giving thanks together. In addition to counting their blessings, many people in Marshall came together to share Thanksgiving meals on Thursday. A pair of community meals brought ...

Willert receives I Dare You! Award through 4-H

MARSHALL - Kesmond Willert received the I Dare You! Leadership Award for stepping up to leadership this past year for Lyon County 4-H.The award includes a certificate from the American Youth Foundation recognizing his talents, a copy of "I Dare You!" the motivational book by one of the AYF ...

Homes for the holiday

Lyon County Historical Society's annual Holiday Home Tour is slated for Dec. 4MARSHALL - People admiring certain houses around Marshall can get a peek into them next month.Four Marshall houses are intrinsically interesting, the homes also will be "decked out in holiday splendor," said Jennifer ...

YMC Board hears Family Service Center revenue report

GRANITE?FALLS?- Melissa Helgeson of Family Service Center appeared before the Yellow Medicine County Board during its Tuesday board meeting to give a report on the Waiver Case Management and MnCHOICES Assessment Revenue of her department.Helgeson distributed a handout with graphs and stats, ...

SMSU officials answer student questions at post-election forum

MARSHALL - This month's presidential election may be over, but it left some lingering questions for international students at Southwest Minnesota State University. At a post-election forum held Monday, SMSU students said they're speaking with worried family and friends, and wondering if they ...

Carnival pays WL Community Club for armband sales

MARSHALL - When the Wood Lake Community Club first started getting a carnival for its city fair in the summers, president Dewayne Schaffran said the club wrote a check to the carnival for $900.That fee has grown over the years. However, since the Community Club started selling advance armbands ...

Marshall council looks at option for cutting salt in city wastewater

MARSHALL - For some time now, Marshall city officials have been discussing the impact that new limits for salt in Marshall wastewater would have on water treatment. On Tuesday night, members of the city council got a more detailed look at how Marshall could cut back on the salt in its ...

School board hears results of residential survey

MARSHALL - At the Marshall School Board meeting on Monday, Peter Leatherman from Morris-Leatherman Associates shared the results from a recent phone survey his firm conducted on behalf of the district.The presentation revealed residential survey data, quantifying that various issues are ...

Hospice’s new home

Prairie Home Hospice kicks off its capital campaign with a tour of a new hospice houseMARSHALL - A few trees, sprinkler system, new flooring and renovating the pool room to make two bedrooms - that's about all that needs to be done to make a single family dwelling into a Medicare-approved ...

An ongoing tradition

The community Thanksgiving dinner in Ivanhoe continues to go strongIVANHOE - While the Friday blizzard kept a lot of people home yet, there was still a good turnout at the community Thanksgiving dinner for northern Lincoln County residents on Saturday at the VFW Club in Ivanhoe.The 16-year ...

Celebration concert

Photo by Jenny KirkThe Southwest Minnesota State University jazz ensemble performed 14 different musical arrangements, including "Dance of Denial," which was performed with guest trumpeter Larry McWilliams at a concert Saturday. This year marks the 10th year for the Guest Artist Series on ...