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Before the big game

Photo by Mike Lamb Marshall High School band drummer Addy Wolbaum gets in the mood of the music during pre-game festivities inside the school’s gymnasium Tuesday night for the Section 2AAA quarterfinals matchup with Hutchinson.

District to offer tours of schools

MARSHALL — The discussion regarding the Marshall Public School referendum continued at the school board work session on Monday in the District Office Professional Development Room at Marshall Middle School. “The other night, we had a turnout of about 20-25 people who came,” MPS ...

‘Coming to an end’

MARSHALL — Bill Ziegenhagen has been a part of the Main Street business community for decades. As owner of Marshall Small Engine, he’s gotten to know plenty of people, and provided sales and service for plenty of snowmobiles, ATVs and other machines. “I’m proud of what we’ve ...

A ‘festive’ piece

Photo by Deb Gau Members of the Marshall High School concert band got a round of cheers Monday evening after their performance of Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture Opus 96.” The piece was the opening performance at the MHS mid-winter concert, which featured the concert band, the MHS ...

Onstage in Marshall

MARSHALL — Community theater enthusiasts throughout the state joined together in Marshall for Minnesota Association of Community Theatres 2017. It was the first time in MACT’s 23rd biennial year history that Marshall had the opportunity to host the festival. And on behalf of Marshall Area ...

‘Building an industry’

BALATON — Researchers have only been raising shrimp in Balaton for about 18 months, said Michael Ziebell, president and CEO of tru Shrimp. But already, plans for aquaculture are showing huge potential for southwest Minnesota. “We really quickly realized we were building an industry,” ...

Low wages hampering caregiving, officials say

MARSHALL — An important — and often overlooked — segment of society is facing a crisis — people with disabilities who need caregivers. Minnesota’s Home and Community-Based Services allow people with intellectual and physical disabilities to receive services tailored to meet their ...

Marshall sees bigger turnout for school referendum meeting

MARSHALL — Representatives of the Marshall Public School District laid out more details of the projects included in the upcoming building bond referendum, in the first of two public informational meetings. School officials said the level of engagement local residents were showing at Thursday ...

Legislation targets ditch mowing along highways

MARSHALL — A bill authored by Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, aims to protect a sizable number of Minnesota landowners who have expressed concern over expanded permitting for roadside ditches. The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently changed its statewide permitting standards ...

Reading Dr. Seuss

Photo by Jenny Kirk In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday, students — including Angie Kesteloot's first-graders — dressed in Cat in the Hat (Ayden Keen) and striped attire for the day on Thursday at True Light Christian School. Students took part in reading Dr. Seuss books, doing rhyming ...

Council OKs child care request

MARSHALL — No one had problems with a request from a local church to allow day care for an increased number of children. Rather, it was the implications of doing so through a conditional use permit that raised concerns for Marshall City Council members. Some members’ questions, regarding ...

Taking on the risks of ag

MARSHALL — Farming is a risky business. There’s uncertainty involved in just about every aspect of agriculture, from producing crops to selling them, and planning for the future. “You’ve really got to be prepared to weather some storms,” said Brad Verly, a farm business management ...

Four to be inducted into Tiger Foundation Hall of Honor

MARSHALL — Four individuals have been selected for induction into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Honor — a recognition of alumni, faculty/staff and community members awarded every two years. The 2017 honorees include teacher and coach John Sterner, longtime elementary principal ...

Giving the Tigers a sendoff

Photo by Deb Gau Supporters of the Marshall boys’ hockey team gathered with signs and banners on Wednesday afternoon, as they gave the team a sendoff to the Section 3A finals in St. Peter. Besides cheering for the team members, fans decorated the inside of their bus before it left Marshall. ...

2 options for proposed hotel project, developers say

MARSHALL — A proposal for an event center and hotel near the Red Baron Arena and Expo is starting to come into focus. While the full details aren’t yet ready, members of the Marshall City Council were able to see two different possible site plans during a work session Tuesday. David-Elias ...

SMSU justice administration professor Dr. William Du Bois dies at 68

MARSHALL — A Southwest Minnesota State University professor who made an impact on many students with his intelligence, stories and kindness has died. Dr. William Du Bois, a justice administration professor, died Friday at the age of 68. He had been a professor at SMSU since 2005. Former ...

MHS mid-winter concert

Photo by Deb Gau Students in the Marshall High School ninth-grade band performed Monday night at the MHS mid-winter band and choir concert. Students from the ninth- and 10th-grade bands and choirs took part in the program.

Children in poverty; study targets Southwest Minnesota

One in six children in southwest Minnesota live in poverty, a study from the University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy said this month. Even more children live in families who may be struggling to meet their basic needs. It's sobering news, but area communities are using it ...

A protest for the American Dream

MARSHALL — Nikolay Ivanov believes he has a thoughtful and heartfelt message that resonates with millions of Americans across the country. Ivanov hails from Russia and has been an international student at Southwest Minnesota State University since August 2014. Along with being a devoted ...

Marshall graduation rate continues slide

MARSHALL — The Marshall High School graduation rate, while still above the state average, continued its downward trend, according to a Minnesota Department of Education report released on Thursday. Minnesota high school graduation rates for 2016 reached a record-high 82.2 percent. Marshall ...