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Schwan outsourcing technical support

MARSHALL — A change to how the Schwan Food Co. handles internal technical support calls will affect some employees, a Schwan spokesperson said Thursday. Chuck Blomberg, communication manager for Schwan’s Shared Services, said the company recently announced to employees that it will be ...

Marshall High School has its first-ever culture fair

MARSHALL — A celebration of diversity took place at the Marshall High School culture fair on Friday in the school cafeteria area. More than 100 people were in attendance at the event, which marked the first-ever culture fair hosted by Business Professionals of America (BPA) and Cultures ...

A matter of space

MARSHALL — The Marshall Public School District cites the lack of space as the biggest factor driving its $39.4 million building bond referendum slated for a vote on April 18. Enrollment, classroom sizes, mandated intervention services and evolving education are all factors mentioned by the ...

YMC Family Services numbers stay stable

GRANITE FALLS — Serving the needs of county residents often takes more than one agency, as Yellow Medicine County Family Services Director Rae Ann Keeler-Aus can testify. Keeler-Aus’ March report submitted to the county board Tuesday included figures on the out-of-home placement numbers ...

Park Side concert

Photo by Jenny Kirk Park Side Elementary first-grade students presented a concert about “The Seasons” on Thursday at the Schwan Community Center for Performing Arts at Marshall High School. Later, the second-grade students took the stage for a performance of their own.

Fatal crash on Highway 59 Wednesday

CLARKFIELD — A Marshall man was killed and another person was injured in a one-vehicle crash early Wednesday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol said. A State Patrol media release said Byron Iverson, 54, of Marshall was killed, and Gigi Alter, 53, of Cottonwood was injured in a crash ...

Catch and release

MARSHALL — The Windom Area office of the Department of Natural Resources restocked Independence Park pond with fish Wednesday. DNR fisheries technician Chuck Obler arrived with a pickup box-size chest cooler filled with the crappies and perch. The fish will replace those removed from the ...

Students learn to work as a team with robotics

MARSHALL — The Cultures United Club at the Marshall Middle School began a unit on Legos robotics Monday. The after-school 4-H-related club has nine members engrossed in the intricacies of assembling their first Legos robot in the middle school cafeteria. STEM (Science Technology ...

Lincoln County to hire new sheriff personnel

IVANHOE — A request by Lincoln County Sheriff Chad Meester to fill several law enforcement positions started a discussion on retaining personnel among Lincoln County commissioners Tuesday. The board approved hiring a full-time deputy, a part-time deputy, and two part-time dispatch ...

DNR seeks support for fee increases

MARSHALL — The Department of Natural Resources will have to scale back fishing, hunting, camping and enforcement services if fees are not increased, according to its commissioner. Tom Landwehr stopped in Marshall Tuesday during a southwest Minnesota tour to bring awareness to the budget ...

What about West Side?

MARSHALL — In the discussion leading up to a building bond referendum at Marshall Public Schools, one school building has received a lot of attention. West Side Elementary, which currently serves third- and fourth- grade students in Marshall, would be the most affected by the proposed ...

Commissioners talk waste disposal, road projects

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Board had a short agenda on Tuesday, but the items of business did cover a few different topics, like the Lyon County landfill, roads projects, and additional plans to celebrate the Lyon County parks system’s 50th anniversary. Lyon County Environmental ...

Lincoln County applies for safety grant

IVANHOE — Lincoln County hopes to get nearly $30,000 in grant money to install Lexan glass and make other updates to the courthouse. The board unanimously approved the submittal of the application for grant money from the state of Minnesota. Emergency Management Director Amber Scholten ...

Teachers describe classroom changes

MARSHALL — The Marshall Public School board heard a great deal of information regarding Standards Based Learning and Grading Monday. Instead of hearing about Standards Based information from administrators, Curriculum Director Amanda Grinager asked teachers to present the complex ...

YMC Museum collecting photos, artifacts for 20-year anniversary of 1997 flood

GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County Museum Director Jennifer Disbrow is calling for photos, artifacts and storytellers to help commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the flood of 1997. The Flood of 1997 earned the title of the 100-year Flood with record-breaking water levels. Disbrow ...

Legion and VFW breakfast

Dean Louwagie, left, serves french toast to a customer during the breakfast fundraiser put on by American Legion Post 113 and VFW Post 742 Sunday. The money raised goes toward operating expenses and donations to different organizations, according to American Legion official Ken Versaevel.

Church dedication

Marshall Evangelical Free Church held a dedication ceremony Sunday before the 10:15 service to celebrate the completed expansion and renovation project. Dave West, left, and Kevin Hart hold the scissors during the ribbon cutting. In the back left are Jeff Vander Kooi, Dean Bader, Danielle ...

A new ‘landscape’

MARSHALL — The people gathered at Southwest Minnesota State University over the weekend weren’t strangers to talking about writing and English education — they were all teachers, after all. However, the SMSU campus was a big change of scenery for many. On Friday and Saturday, the ...

Russell’s cable provider to pull out June 1

RUSSELL — After about six years’ service, the Sioux Falls based cable television company Midco will be pulling out of Russell. Midco recently sent letters to its Russell customers regarding the pull-out stating that this will be effective June 1. “Starting March 1, 2017, we will ...

Early Easter

Photo by Deb Gau Area kids and families got into the spirit of the Easter season a little early over the weekend. On Saturday, Lynd Public School held its annual egg hunt, plus plenty of games, crafts and activities for kids. Danielle Hlavka helped Olivia and Noah Hlavka fill their goodie ...