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Celebrating cycling

MARSHALL A sunny May afternoon was the perfect time to hit the trail — or at least it was easy to draw that conclusion from the number of bikes parked outside the Marshall Area YMCA. The line of kids waiting to take their turn on a bicycle safety course outlined with orange traffic cones ...

Tobacco in all its bygone glamour

MARSHALL Even though tobacco no longer has the universal popularity it enjoyed for many centuries, tobacco artifacts from the past remain popular with museums and collectors. Items from Mark Schwanebeck’s tobacco products collection are being showcased this spring in the Heritage Room on ...

‘Their chance to shine’­

MARSHALL Marshall High School senior Rachel Thomsen, wearing a blue and gold dance outfit, knelt down at a far corner of the basketball court inside the Southwest Minnesota State University PE gym. As the music to “Jealous of the Angels” blared throughout the gym, the large crowd ...

Planes, drones and copters

MARSHALL Wearing an Academy of Model Aeronautics cap, John Gullickson intently looked straight ahead, his fingers resting on the controls. “There it goes again, I really did a number on that one,” Gullickson said. His airplane just crashed, but it will be OK. The airplane was flying on a ...

Always a Mustang

MARSHALL The music stopped for just a moment inside the Southwest Minnesota State University Ballroom Monday evening. That’s when Ross Anderson put down his saxophone and made an announcement. “We would like to dedicate these next two tunes to President (Connie) Gores,” Anderson ...

Kindness is catching on

MARSHALL Looking around the room filled with more than 50 Holy Redeemer School students working on this month’s Kindness Crew project April 8, program visionary Amy Sauter was amazed. “When we started the Kindness Crew in November, there were 18 kids and we’re getting close to 60 ...

Do play with your food

MARSHALL High school students from around the region had plenty of opportunities to learn and compete recently at the 2019 Schwan Culinary Skills Challenge at Southwest Minnesota State University. More than 200 students attended the 15th annual event, either challenging themselves in the ...

A day to dabble

MINNEOTA A celebration of art took place recently as high school students and visual arts teachers representing six different schools came together for an art integration day experience in Minneota. Nearly 200 students from Canby, Dawson-Boyd, Lakeview, Minneota, Renville County West and ...

Checking out the possibilities

CANBY In a lot of ways, Wabasso graduate Tanner Johnson is the ideal poster boy for the diesel program at Minnesota West Community and Technical School in Canby. Johnson is a natural at taking equipment apart and putting it back together. He’s enjoyed working with his hands for as long as ...

American Legion — yesterday and today

MARSHALL As The American Legion celebrates its 100th anniversary, there’s an opportunity to reflect on its past, evaluate its current status and look into its future. Legion history reveals that the organization’s service to community, state and nation was initiated when members of the ...

Bring something to dinner

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both retired seniors. We sold our house and moved to the town where our son, daughter-in-law and grandson live. My wife loves to take the little guy swimming and do many other activities with him. Every Sunday, we have a family dinner at our home. They come with ...

Should I travel alone?

Dear Heloise: You offer travel hints for families, but what about us single women who want to travel but can’t convince anyone else to go with us? Isn’t it dangerous to travel alone to foreign countries? — Andrea Y., Pulaski, Tenn. Andrea, first check with the State Department’s ...

Measles vaccines

Dear Dr. Roach: In a recent column on the measles vaccine, you wrote: “Older people may lose immunity, and some people born between 1963 and 1967 may have received an inactive vaccine.” Wait, what?! How do we know if we were not properly vaccinated, and what should we do about it? — ...

Doing his best

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 ...

Changing lives — one chair at a time

MARSHALL Action Trackchair has been in the business of changing lives for 10 years — providing freedom, independence and mobility for its customers. Reflecting back over the last decade, owners Tim and Donna Swenson, as well as employee Alan Macht, said real-life stories of people whose ...

The gift of life

BALATON Balaton native Alyssa Kirk is willing to live the rest of her life with only one kidney to try and improve — and potentially save — the life of her 12-year-old cousin, Kristina Lunsford. Lunsford has been on the donor list for a year and Kirk has undergone testing that spanned ...

Fantastic fudge

MARSHALL After becoming one of America’s best known manufacturers of locally based honey products, the Klein family of Marshall has gained national success for its wide assortment of fudge. They branched out into fudge manufacturing as part of the establishment of the Walnut Grove ...

A place to call home

MARSHALL John Schroeder knows from experience that cats saved by an animal rescue program can become treasured members of a household. Schroeder adopted two kittens, Olivia and Lincoln, from the Marshall Pet Rescue program last fall. They came into the rescue program with health ...

Working through the weather

MARSHALL All of Minnesota was in a deep freeze this week, as subzero temperatures combined with wind chills close to 60 below. Weather and safety experts urged people to avoid going out in the cold. But although a long list of area businesses and schools closed down in response to the frigid ...

A front row seat to history

SLAYTON Christy Riley ventured to Washington, D.C., to launch her career, but in the end life’s highway led her back home. Riley began to serve as a U.S. House of Representatives staff member in 1990 when she was hired as a staff assistant for Congressman Vin Weber, who represented a ...