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US adds just 20K jobs; unemployment dips to 3.8%

Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring tumbled in February, with U.S. employers adding just 20,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in nearly a year and a half. The slowdown in hiring, though, might have been depressed by harsh winter weather and the partial shutdown of the government. Last month’s weak ...

First down week since January for S&P 500 as unease spreads

Business

The Associated Press Another wave of selling on Wall Street Friday left the S&P 500 with its worst weekly showing since January and its eighth loss in the last nine days. The sell-off, which lost some strength toward the end of the day, followed a surprisingly weak jobs report and more ...

Investing became cheaper, easier during bull market run

Business

NEW YORK (AP) — As the bull market for U.S. stocks celebrates its 10th birthday, joining the party has never been cheaper or easier. Investors can buy or sell stocks on their phone with the flick of a thumb, and for a much lower cost than was possible on March 9, 2009, when the S&P 500 ...

Crime

News of Record

LYON COUNTY — A criminal sexual conduct incident reported at 2:21 p.m. Thursday is under investigation, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department said. COTTONWOOD — An incident reported at 10:59 a.m. Thursday on the 3500 block of 265th Avenue is under investigation, the Lyon County ...

Doing his best

Features

MARSHALL Like most Minnesotans, Ted Stamp doesn’t blink when he’s confronted by harsh winter weather conditions first thing in the morning. Instead he carries on with his daily routine, preparing to make the trip from River Winds Apartments on Jewett Street at the east end of Marshall to ...

An artist’s view of climate change

Local News

ECHO — Lois Haak took her concerns about worldwide climate change potential and channeled them into a drawing that reflects the likely risks of not taking action to safeguard earth’s life-sustaining resources. She created a depiction of the before-and-after process that’s projected by a ...

Heavy snow returns to area this weekend

Local News

MARSHALL — Wind, rain and especially snow — there’s a lot headed our way in the weekend forecast, as a large storm moves into the region. National Weather Service forecasts project that by Sunday afternoon, much of the area, including Lyon and surrounding counties, could get another 7 to ...

Characters deal with escape room in ‘Rest A Spell’

Local News

MARSHALL — A group of squabbling elderly witches, wizards and warlocks have to join forces when it comes to dealing with an escape room. Such is the premise of the latest show from the Marshall Area Stage Company. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, an escape room is “a game where ...

Crime and Accidents for March 8

News of Record

MARSHALL — A vehicle was damaged by an unknown vehicle in a hit-and-run incident reported at 9:27 a.m. Wednesday on the 300 block of West Main Street, Marshall Police said. MARSHALL — An incident reported at 12:27 p.m. Wednesday on the 1100 block of Winchester Avenue is under ...

Moving forward

Local News

MARSHALL — When Gov. Tim Walz signed his first two bills this week, it was good news for a number of public works projects in southwest Minnesota — including a major addition to Marshall’s water treatment plant. A planned water softening project is in line to receive $7 million in ...

County emergency management prepares for spring flooding

Local News

MARSHALL — It’s been a record-breaking winter for snow — and unfortunately, that could mean lots of unwanted water when things start to thaw. This week, Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy VanOverbeke told Lyon County commissioners that she’s started planning for the worst. “As you ...

Hard work pays off for the Deutz family

Local News

MARSHALL — On the Deutz family farm in rural Marshall, everybody has a job — even their own little business. Samuel, 11, takes care of 50 egg laying hens. On a daily basis, he feeds the hens, collects the eggs and sells them. Autumn, Samuel’s twin sister, helps wherever she is needed. ...

Deutz farm diversifies after ending dairy operation

Local News

By Mike Lamb mlamb@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — The Deutz family farm was the top small dairy producer in Lyon County in 2016, but it wasn’t enough to keep the 60 cows that produced that milk. “From a production standpoint, we were doing really well,” Allen Deutz said ...

Retreat from buffer law penalties hailed as victory for farmers

Local News

IVANHOE — The walk back by a Minnesota state agency in leveling stiff penalties for violating the state's buffer law was considered one of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association’s biggest wins of 2018, according to one of its officials. “They were going to charge farmers $500 a foot ...

Biodiesel conference an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Local News

Ivanhoe farmer Tim Jerzak called it an opportunity of a lifetime. He was one of 22 Minnesotans invited by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council to attend the National Biodiesel Conference in San Diego, California in January. In 2002, Minnesota became the first state to mandate ...

Crime and Accidents for March 7

News of Record

TRACY — A family matter was reported at 5:47 p.m. Tuesday, Tracy Police said. No further information was available. MARSHALL — A report is not complete on minor consumption at 1:23 p.m. Tuesday on the 400 block of South Saratoga Street, Marshall Police said. MARSHALL — A report ...

Lyon County to pay for extra bulldozers for snow removal

Local News

MARSHALL — Lyon County has so much snow piled up, even snowplow crews are having a hard time dealing with it, county highway engineer Aaron VanMoer said. “It’s gotten to a point where the drifts are often times higher than the plow trucks,” VanMoer told Lyon County Commissioners on ...

Prosecution to seek increased sentence for Rahm

Local News

MARSHALL — Prosecutors will seek a more severe penalty for a former Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau director charged with theft, Lyon County court documents said. Attorneys filed notice Tuesday that they intend to seek a departure from state sentencing guidelines for Darin Rahm, ...