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Attorney says lawsuit possible over LGBT flag at MMS

MARSHALL — Controversy over a rainbow flag in the Marshall Middle School cafeteria continued at Tuesday’s school board meeting, with another packed gallery and around 30 people getting up to speak during a public forum period. However, this time the discussion also came with the possibility ...

Lyon Co. to send out buffer law letters

MARSHALL — Owners of more than 200 land parcels in Lyon County will be getting letters warning that they need to plant a wider buffer around drainage ditches or other bodies of water on their property, Lyon County Soil and Water Conservation District staff said Tuesday. The letters will ...

Pedal for a Purpose on Leap Day at YMCA

MARSHALL — On Leap Day at the Marshall Area YMCA, people will be hopping on stationary bicycles, pedaling for a good cause. Pedal for a Purpose, a team indoor cycling fundraiser hosted by the Marshall Area YMCA and Southwest Minnesota State University, will be from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, ...

Love to read

Photo by Karin Elton Holy Redeemer School eighth-grader Lily Verkinderen helps kindergartner Kaylany Avalos read a book Monday morning in Paula Dudgeon’s class. The two were part of the school’s “I Love to Read” events. Each grade was paired up with another grade level and read to or ...

WRAP to have rally Feb. 25 for domestic violence awareness

MARSHALL – WoMen’s Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc. (WRAP) will host a rally 4:45-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. Event attendees called on elected officials at the Capitol to support survivors and domestic violence services. Advocates asked elected officials ...

Hillclimb brings back snowmobile memories

GOLDEN GATE CAMPGROUND — Several hundred spectators and more than 65 driver entries including a number of racers more than 50 years old participated in the River Valley Dutchmen Snowmobile Club Hillclimb at Golden Gate Campground Saturday. For Tom and Nancy Anderl of New Ulm, it was like ...

Catching ‘excitement’ on the ice

LAKE SARAH — Chloe Thooft, 9, from Clarkfield felt “pretty good” about catching a fifth place perch at the second annual Mustang Ice Classic Saturday. “To me its kind of boring when you have to sit there and digging it (a hole). But, when you actually catch a fish it’s really ...

Two weeks left in early, mail-in primary voting

MARSHALL — There are two weeks left for Minnesotans to cast absentee and mail ballots in the March presidential primary. In Lyon County, that countdown is important not just for people casting early ballots, but for the 16 precincts in the county that have opted to vote by mail-in ...

SMSU enrollment dropping

MARSHALL —  Enrollment is down at Southwest Minnesota State University this year, with 90 fewer full-time students enrolled compared to the 2018-2019 school year, university administrators said. By itself, that’s a decrease of 4.8%, but administrators also said enrollment has also been ...

Discussing ‘Cultures on Prairie’

MARSHALL — Safety, peacefulness and quietness are some of the positive qualities of living in Marshall, said a diverse panel of Southwest Minnesota State University students. Some of the downsides — it could use a few more restaurants such as Chick Fil-a. The panel was part of the Cultures ...

Speaker talks of breaking the cycle of poverty

MARSHALL — It’s possible to come from extreme privation, and with determination, break the cycle of poverty, said one of the speakers at a recent multi-cultural event. Mirtha Workman, an English Language Learner/seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher for the Round Lake-Brewster School ...

Notification error reports Park Side students absent

MARSHALL — A parent notification caused some confusion in the Marshall Public School district on Friday, when parents of students at Park Side Elementary were mistakenly told their children were not in school. On Friday morning, email messages notifying parents of an absent student were ...

Crash with injuries

Emergency responders prepared to move a person into an ambulance at the scene of a two-vehicle crash on North U.S. Highway 59 in Marshall on Friday afternoon. At least one person was injured in the crash, which was reported around 4:45 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 59 and Huron Road. ...

Food for Kidz

Marshall Middle School sixth-graders and seventh-and-eighth graders from True Light Christian School measured out ingredients for Food for Kidz packages Friday morning. Marshall Sunrise Rotary and Marshall middle schoolers needed 95,000 Food for Kidz packages to make the millionth meal ...

A Valentine treat ‘to die for’

MARSHALL — It had all the makings of a special night out. Residents at Boulder Estates sat down to enjoy a steak dinner and live entertainment from the Marshall Area Stage Company. And the desserts, as Boulder Estates tenant services director Jan Mason said, really were “to die ...

Lake Benton considers police contract

LAKE BENTON — City officials in Lake Benton are looking into a new alternative for police protection. The city is considering a law enforcement contract with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s office. A total of 24 hours per week would be designated for city police business. Several city ...

Marshall’s Joshua Prine running for Senate Dist. 16

MARSHALL — Partisan politics has become one of the frustrating things about Minnesota’s Legislature, Joshua Prine said. While he wants to make a difference for state residents, he said the last thing Minnesota needs is more division. “This country is so divided right now on parties,” ...

Renovated historic lodge opens at Camden State Park

LYND — Since the old Camden State Park caretaker’s residence is on the National Registry of Historic Places and has to be maintained anyway, current park caretakers decided to renovate it into a cabin to rent out to visitors. “We have to maintain the building by law so we decided to ...

Feeling the chills

Blowing snow made it hard to see on local roads on Wednesday. Much of southwest Minnesota was under a blizzard warning, with wind gusts creating whiteout conditions. While the poor visibility made travel difficult, there were relatively few road accidents reported in Marshall and Lyon County ...