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Creating city banners

Some kids have artwork tacked to refrigerator doors. Eleven Lakeview art students have their creations displayed on city lamp posts. The city of Cottonwood has new banners on downtown streets courtesy of John Sterner’s art class. The students were given free rein on the composition of the ...

‘Building relationships’

MARSHALL — Girls and boys — participate in speech in high school, you never know where it will take you. Winning a state speech contest may have taken Marshall High School graduate class of 2014 Jessica Oaxaca to the state Capitol. Oaxaca is the deputy press secretary for Governor Tim Walz ...

A year of scandal, economic growth

The Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau is still working to rebuild community trust after its former director was sentenced to prison for 68 months in July after being convicted of embezzling $265,000. Current CVB Director Lauren Deutz went before the Marshall City Council on Dec. 17 to ...

A year of scandal, economic growth

The Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau is still working to rebuild community trust after its former director was sentenced to prison for 68 months in July after being convicted of embezzling $265,000. Current CVB Director Lauren Deutz went before the Marshall City Council on Dec. 17 to ...

On course to build

From LEGOs and Popsicle sticks to constructing his own canoe, 2019 Marshall High School graduate Kyle Murphy has taken his love of building things to a select engineering college in New York. Murphy, the son of Sandy and Ken Murphy of Marshall, received a full-tuition scholarship worth over ...

A collection Nativity Scenes

There are ones made out of cardboard, ones made out of ceramic, there are knitted ones and ones made out of tree bark. A variety of nativity scenes can be viewed at the Lyon County Museum. The Heritage Room Christmas Display features over 60 nativity scenes. The display and the seventh annual ...

A collection of Nativity Scenes

There are ones made out of cardboard, ones made out of ceramic, there are knitted ones and ones made out of tree bark. A variety of nativity scenes can be viewed at the Lyon County Museum. The Heritage Room Christmas Display features over 60 nativity scenes. The display and the seventh annual ...

Heart 2 Heart time

The sound of strapping tape being pulled could be heard mixed in with Bruce Springsteen singing “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” at the Marshall National Guard Armory Monday morning. It’s the Heart to Heart time of year. A group of volunteers were assembling boxes and others were ...

Sustaining a series

MARSHALL His books are set some time in the future. The world he created, along with much of the solar system, are controlled by a giant, often-indifferent corporation that has power over government, space mining, technology, the military and much of public life. It’s about as far away from ...

Christmas tree memories

The Lyon County Museum has more than a baker’s dozen of trees on display for the Christmas season, and all of them reflect someone’s inspiration. A full set of trees are featured this month at the museum’s Christmas Tree Walk. Trees are interspersed throughout the three-story facility, ...

Found at last

MARSHALL Earl Halvorson of Marshall enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. “He felt it was his duty,” said his sister, Elaine Johnson of Marshall. The Halvorson family, which comprised five children and their mother, Amelia, were ...

Vanishing birds?

MARSHALL — Migrating birds are one of the sights of fall in southwest Minnesota. But recent studies have raised questions about whether skies across the U.S. are becoming emptier. In September, a study published in the journal Science said North America’s bird populations have fallen by ...

Learning for the fun of it

MARSHALL GOLD College at Southwest Minnesota State University is a place where learning never gets graded, and where no one expects credit other than possibly a compliment for a job well done. The six-week, twice-a-year program, a longstanding regional outreach component at SMSU, is for ...

A new way to farm

COTTONWOOD In the 1990s Jonathan and Carolyn Olson saw potential in new, organic-based concepts for crop farming. Almost a generation later, they have a track record of finding and sustaining profitable markets. They’ve been built through extensive long-range planning, a process that ...

Reviving the rink

A much anticipated moment is on the horizon at Ghent’s community ice rink. After months of planning and many hours of volunteer labor, Revive the Rink coordinators are looking ahead to putting a seasonal layer of ice on the rink’s new surface. It will mark the start of what’s expected ...

Roger to the rescue

MINNEOTA Two years ago Roger was a lost, confused stray dog on the streets in Worthington looking for food, shelter and companionship. Through the efforts of the Tracy Area Animal Rescue’s volunteers, he was given a new home with Caryn Hetland in Minneota. She happens to work as a special ...

SMSU Mustangs unite

MARSHALL If you think homecoming activities at Southwest Minnesota State University happen at the spur of the moment, well Mike Van Drehle, alumni relations director and executive director of SMSU Alumni Board, is already planning Homecoming 2020. For the record, it will be Oct. 10, ...

Connecting people with SMSU history at alumni gallery

The Alumni Heritage Gallery at the Southwest Minnesota State University Student Center is something to seek out if you want a better idea of what SMSU is all about. It’s almost impossible not to notice, however, for anyone who’s ever spent at least one semester at SMSU in any capacity. ...

‘One dot at a time’

MILROY It’s hard for Southwest Minnesota State alumnus Nicholas Schleif to describe his artwork. There are a lot of influences, he says, “pointillism,” for one since his art is composed of tiny dots. As in pointillism, the resulting picture can be appreciated from afar as well as up ...

On a mission

Stefanie Slegers knows all about dental assisting, and after a 2019 mission trip she knows how much it can make a difference in one of the world’s impoverished countries. Slegers, a dental assistant in Tyler, took part in a week-long mission trip to Guatemala last winter. In that short ...