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‘He’s a special man to us’

MARSHALL — Wilfred “Willy” Hoffmann thought he was going to have a quiet Tuesday evening to celebrate his birthday. His family had other ideas, though, especially since it was a big milestone. Surrounded by his wife of 63 years, Marlene, a couple of his children and a sign that read, ...

Marshall paves way for temporary outdoor dining

MARSHALL — Starting June 1, Minnesota bars and restaurants will be able to start serving customers at outdoor seating. Not all Marshall restaurants have patios or outdoor seating areas, but members of the Marshall City Council made a decision Tuesday night that could potentially help ...

Marshall extends emergency declaration

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council voted Tuesday to extend a local state of emergency until June 12. However, the decision only came after a discussion over what the declaration was for, and whether it was needed anymore. Marshall declared a local state of emergency on March ...

‘It’s nice to have something’

MARSHALL — It definitely hadn’t been a typical year for Marshall High School seniors, and it was going to finish with a unique twist on commencement. Last week, soon-to-be graduates of the MHS Class of 2020 each walked across the stage separately, with only a small audience of parents and ...

Remembering ‘those who gave their lives’ in service

MARSHALL — It was a sacred day, members of the Marshall American Legion reminded community members gathered at area cemeteries. While the COVID-19 pandemic cut Memorial Day observances short this year, Marshall area residents found ways to honor the memory of U.S. military service ...

‘A year that we will never forget’

TRACY/TYLER — This weekend, hundreds of high school seniors across the state celebrated the special moment of graduating and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. This year’s class, however, shared something special that no other former class has: a graduation in the middle of a ...

More Lyon Co. precincts switch to mail ballots

MARSHALL — A growing number of Lyon County cities and townships have started voting by mail — but the number is spiking for this year’s elections, county officials said. An additional 10 voting precincts in Lyon County have opted to vote by mail only. The cities of Balaton and Lynd, ...

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities bracing for more financial blows

MARSHALL — Colleges and universities across the nation are approaching the end of another month of enduring the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its campuses and in Minnesota. The impact has brought challenges and unpredictability statewide, particularly from a financial ...

Commissioners Crowley, Anderson file for re-election

MARSHALL — Three seats on the Lyon County Board are up for election this fall, and so far all three incumbent candidates have filed for re-election. On Thursday, Lyon County Commissioner Gary Crowley announced he will be running for re-election in Commissioner District 4, and ...

‘Rally Around Marshall’ to support businesses, nonprofits

MARSHALL — It’s been a tough spring for local businesses and organizations — and that makes it more important than ever to support our area community, said Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce president Brad Gruhot said. Next week, area residents will have a chance to do just that, as ...

Fair organizers across the country weigh options

While Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial beginning of summer for most Americans, fair season almost always signifies the conclusion of the same period as people gather in August and September for livestock auctions, carnival rides, outdoor concerts and fair food. With the ...

Grilling up their service

MARSHALL — Normally around this time of the year, people would be spending time outdoors and eating a nice home-cooked meal as they enjoy the beautiful weather. The current COVID-19 pandemic has halted the rhythm of those plans, causing some families to reconsider their food options. That ...

Schools finding ways to celebrate class of 2020

A lot of plans have changed for graduating high school seniors this year. But while they aren’t able to hold traditional commencement ceremonies due to COVID-19 concerns, area schools are getting creative at celebrating their graduates. This weekend, graduating seniors from Tracy Area and ...

Memorial Day ceremonies to look a little different

MARSHALL — While communities around southwest Minnesota are getting ready to observe Memorial Day, concerns over COVID-19 mean that the remembrances will look a little different this year. Organizers of Marshall’s Memorial Day activities said there won’t be a community program this year. ...

‘This is not going to be a holiday that is forgotten’

Ogden Newspapers In most places across America, there may not be mass gatherings with hats off or hands saluted this Memorial Day. There also may not be a sea of red, white and blue marking the grave stones that stretch for miles across hillsides. But despite the restrictions that the ...

Naming Marshall’s new school

MARSHALL — Construction work for a new elementary school in Marshall may be just getting started, but community members are being invited to weigh in on a possible name for the new school. Earlier this week, members of the Marshall School Board heard the results of a survey with three ...

COVID-19 cancels Yellow Medicine County Fair

CANBY — Concerns over COVID-19 have canceled or put a hold on many public gatherings this year — and now the Yellow Medicine County Fair is one of them. In a Facebook post Tuesday night, members of the Yellow Medicine County Fair Board said they would be canceling this year’s fair ...

New order draws disappointment and gratitude for moving forward

MARSHALL — Bars and restaurants with outdoor seating areas are among the businesses affected by the next phase of a plan to reopen Minnesota. But while some local restaurants say they’ll open up their patios, the move wasn’t what they were hoping for. “I think we were hoping to have ...

Restaurants cook up creativity, adapt to uncertainty

Ogden Newspapers At Forte, a restaurant in Jamestown, New York, presentation matters. Before March, dining out was more about the social interaction — the presentation of courses and the inevitable Instagram post to follow — than it was about the weight of the plastic to-go box. At ...

‘This is just the right time’

MARSHALL — For the past several decades, Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors has held its place along West Lyon Street in Marshall, anchoring the spot since 1946. Over the years, the site has continued to expand with the addition of a chapel and more remodeling to make it become what it is ...