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MARSHALL — Weekly trips to the farmers market will soon become a reality again, as the Marshall Farmers market opens this Saturday on the backside of the YMCA facility in the parking lot between the Y and Schwan’s. The Farmers Market, which will be open from 7:30 a.m.-noon, will operate ...

Sheriff’s contract with SMSU to provide dispatching approved

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Board on Tuesday approved a contract proposal presented by the sheriff’s office to enter into a new contract with Southwest Minnesota State University to provide dispatching and telephone answering services. Lyon County Sheriff Eric Wallen said the contract with ...

‘I’m almost speechless’

Leon VanDenBroeke was anticipating a small gathering with a couple of his children to celebrate his 89th birthday Wednesday at Hill Street Place in Marshall. But then a couple lawmen also showed up. Lyon County sheriff Eric Wallen and Director of Public Safety Jim Marshall presented former ...

Avera foundations merging into one foundation

MARSHALL — The Avera Marshall Foundation will be part of a merging of all central and hospital foundations into one Avera Foundation, the company recently announced. In a press release last week, Avera said the single team will consist of 22 people who work in different philanthropy ...

South 4th St. construction project begins this week

MARSHALL — A South Fourth Street construction project is finally underway thanks to a revised plan submitted by city staff. The city of Marshall announced this week that R & G Construction Co. will begin construction activities this week on South Fourth Street between Southview Drive ...

MN health officials warn against ‘COVID parties’

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota health officials are warning against people holding or attending “COVID parties” as a way to share exposure to the coronavirus. “This is a really, really bad idea,” state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said Wednesday during a media ...

Contact tracing done to slow the spread

Ogden Newspapers In hopes of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, health departments across the country have turned to contact tracing. Finding those who have been exposed to COVID-19 and monitoring their symptoms is being done by epidemiologists from state to state. Melanie ...

‘Focal point’ of Hendricks

HENDRICKS — Twenty years ago, the Hendricks Centennial Committee worked with local sculptor Scott Wallace to create a focal point at the south end of Main Street. But through the years, that focal point needed some help. “There was fence that was deteriorating and the lighting was ...

Lyon County Fair Board reports $10,000 loss in 2020

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Fair Board on Tuesday reported a $10,000 loss caused by the decision to not hold a fair in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fair Board treasurer Bob Richards presented the financial impact report during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Lyon County ...

Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) is seeking new school supplies, financial contributions, and/or disinfecting product donations to help local children start the school year off right. COVID-19 has caused a lot of worry and unknown, but one thing is certain — the need for school ...

YMCA in phase three

MARSHALL — Nearly a month after reopening to the public, the Marshall Area YMCA reported a confirmed case of COVID-19, its first since the pandemic began. Marshall YMCA Executive Director Tom Bolin said they were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) of the lab confirmed ...

Telling Laura’s story in a different way

After the Wilder Pageant was canceled for the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers came up with a modern way to tell the story of a pioneer girl. A series of six Facebook Live programs, “Laura’s Prairie Summer,” which includes a mix of live and recorded scenes, contests, ...

Getting the family together again

Normally, Jane Vraspir visits with her mother Ruth Rust in Marshall every two or three weeks. But when COVID-19 started spreading across Minnesota, long-term care facilities like Avera Morningside Heights closed to visitors. “It’s been since February 28, since we were able to visit ...

Louwagie jumps into Congressional Dist. 7 race

MARSHALL — A Marshall area farmer entered the race for the District 7th Congressional seat that is now held by Democrat Collin Peterson. William Louwagie recently filed to be on the ballot for Minnesota’s Aug. 11 primary election as a Republican. Louwagie will be facing a tough field of ...

‘I was too scared to do anything’

LAKE BENTON — The decision to join the U.S. military was an easy one for Don Evers. “I went because there was nothing to do on the farm,” Evers said, looking back to 1958 after he graduated from Lake Benton High School. “I just decided one day right after Christmas. I told my dad, I ...

‘It was just meant to be that way’

MARSHALL — It was more than 50 years ago, but they remember it as if it was yesterday. It was 1968 and Ron Mann was a 21-year-old U.S. Army Lieutenant stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Like the other young men stationed at the base, he watched the nurses arrive ...

Lighting up the 4th

MARSHALL — Marshall’s Fourth of July celebrations have weathered some storms in the past, from extreme rain to debris cleanup from windstorms in 2011. But COVID-19 presented some brand new challenges, said Marshall Community Services Director Scott VanDerMillen. “I think it’s ...

Lyon Co. reaches 300 total COVID-19 cases

MARSHALL — The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Lyon County has continued to rise this month. The total number of cases reported in Lyon County residents is now at 300, the Minnesota Department of Health said Wednesday. The MDH reported a total of 426 new cases across the state on ...

Sik gets probation, service work for pipeline break

MARSHALL — A Cottonwood man received a stay of imposition of sentence for a Magellan pipeline break that spilled diesel fuel into a drainage ditch system, Lyon County court records said. While Tanner John Sik’s sentence was stayed, court records said he will perform 200 hours of service ...