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Air-tight business

Back in 1978, Minneota’s Yvonne Sontag thought Tupperware sounded like a good opportunity to earn extra income. Forty-two years later, she’s still selling Tupperware. She takes part in about one Tupperware party a week on average, and also shows her products at the Lyon County Fair and ...

Finding peace in Rome

Deacon Shawn Polman is back in Minnesota now, but maybe his spirit is still in Rome. Polman, the son of Ronald and Jean Polman of Cottonwood and 2012 graduate of Lakeview Public School, spent the month of January in Rome as part of a class of 13 deacons who are set to be ordained to the ...

Working with wood

Marshall area retirees aren’t just whittling away their time — they are creating wooden toys and household items such as picture frames and cutting boards. The toys, such as checkerboards and lawn dice, will get collected and stored until the middle of December. That’s the time Lyon ...

Taking care of the city’s turf

Marshall is his home and he is proud of his part in keeping the city beautiful and well-maintained. “I always like it when someone mentions the parks in Marshall or how clean it is,” Parks Superintendent Preston Stensrud said. “I like giving back. I was born and raised in Marshall and I ...

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 ...