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The Eagle has landed

MARSHALL — It was Angela Prokosch and Alex Dequaine’s first visit to Southwest Minnesota State University’s planetarium. They were there for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first landing on the moon. Ken Murphy, a physics professor Planetarium director at SMSU, presented “The ...

Highway 14 project resumes Monday

WALNUT GROVE — A paused road construction project on U.S. Highway 14 will be starting up again Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. While there won’t be a detour this time around, motorists are being asked to slow down and pay attention while driving through work ...

Co-ops in Wood Lake, Morgan to merge

WOOD LAKE — Two area agricultural cooperatives are joining together this summer, after a vote by members of Equity Elevator and Trading Company of Wood Lake. The Equity Elevator Board of Directors announced this week that co-op members approved a merger with Farmward Cooperative, of ...

Deputy, firefighter stop runaway school bus

MARSHALL — Quick action by a Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s deputy and a Granite Falls firefighter helped stop a runaway school bus on Highway 212 on Wednesday, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office said. The Renville County West school bus had crashed into vehicles in Granite ...

Music returns to Marshall’s Farmers Market

MARSHALL — For the third year, the Marshall Area Farmers Market will offer entertainment on Saturdays along with the weekly displays of fruits, vegetables, meats, homemade goods and other items for sale through October. Performances by various artists will take place Saturdays from 9-11 ...

Cardinal Days organizers expand lineup of music acts

CLARKFIELD — Lots of country, some folk and blues — and ending with some rock ‘n’ roll. That’s the musical lineup on two different stages in Clarkfield this weekend during Cardinal Days. “We tried to push the musical acts this year,” said festival organizer Troy Bruflat. ...

A scientific approach

MARSHALL — With a hands- on agriculture background, Brock Fox described how a Southwest Minnesota State University program helped him take more of a scientific approach. “I’ve always worked for farmers, but it’s been more labor. Whereas here you have to understand the specific ...

A crazy day heats up

MARSHALL — Thursday was a hectic day in Marshall. You might even say it was a crazy day. With “Carnival” as a theme, retailers were set up for shoppers by 7 a.m. The day started with a light drizzle, but when the rain left, temperatures reached into the mid-90s by the afternoon. The ...

Dialysis center to close

MARSHALL — It wasn’t an easy choice. But spokespeople for a Marshall dialysis provider said it was the only one left. DaVita Kidney Care will be closing its dialysis center in Marshall after next week. In a statement, DaVita said the Marshall dialysis center was “financially ...

Two charged in connection with Magellan pipeline break

MARSHALL — Criminal charges have been filed against two men in connection with a Magellan pipeline break that spilled thousands of gallons of diesel fuel into a drainage ditch in April. Tanner Sik, 19, made his first appearance in Lyon County District Court on Wednesday on charges of first ...

Lower interest rates mean lower tax burden for MPS bond

MARSHALL — Favorable interest rates will make a difference for taxpayers as Marshall Public Schools bonds for a major building project, school board members learned Tuesday. “Interest rates have declined quite a bit in the past few months,” said Jodie Zesbaugh, a financial adviser ...

Aus wins bareback Riding at Calgary Stampede 2019

GRANITE FALLS — Tanner Aus of Granite Falls won the bareback bronc riding event July 14 at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo in Calgary Alberta Canada. Aus, 29, was riding a horse called Yipee Kibitz, and earned a $100,000 paycheck for the win. Aus was interviewed after his win ...

Continuing conversation on mental health

MARSHALL — It was a conversation that started earlier this spring. But the topic — how to make sure children in Greater Minnesota get access to mental health care — was worth another look. Representatives from U.S. Sen. Tina Smith’s office met with area mental health professionals on ...

Bringing showtime back to downtown

CANBY — A seven-year planning process to renovate Canby’s historic downtown theater building is moving ahead toward construction. The city was awarded a $10,000 grant this spring to complete architectural drawings. The documents were completed within several months, which allows the city ...

‘Rotten from inside out’

MARSHALL — A bridge beam has been discovered to be rotting from the inside out and will need to be replaced. Aaron VanMoer, Lyon County engineer, told the Lyon County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the bridge over Three Mile Creek on County Road 65 northeast of Ghent has ...

‘A lot of dreams gone’

MARSHALL — Tom and Julie Sando said their family’s home had been a quiet place. The house in rural Stanley Township, northeast of Marshall, stood along a gravel road that dead-ended just past the corner of 310th Street and 330th Avenue. But the quiet was gone on Friday afternoon when ...

Marshall man charged with first degree arson

MARSHALL — A Marshall man arrested Friday in connection with a house fire in rural Stanley Township is being charged with arson. Tyson Joe Hinckley, 33, made his first appearance in Lyon County District Court on Monday. Hinckley appeared in custody and was formally charged with first ...

Team Erica sells T-shirts in honor of Erica Schmitt

MARSHALL — Four years ago, Marshall resident Erica Schmitt shared her thoughts about participating in the Lyon County Relay for Life. She told the Independent in an interview she loved hearing the stories shared there. However, that particular relay event affected her differently from ...

Driving horses from wagon is ‘amazing’

SLAYTON — Tyler Wiseman yelled out a “whoop” to the crowd when it was announced on the loudspeaker Sunday he won the Farm Teamster award during last weekend’s Murray County Classic. He participated in the Farm Team, Feed Team, and Obstacle Course on Sunday. “It feels amazing, this ...

An enjoyable weekend

COTTONWOOD — There were plenty of suds and bubbles during Coming Home Days. Many different groups in the community, including the Cottonwood Ambulance Department, Cottonwood Fire Department, and Lakeview Booster Club, worked together to put on events Friday and Saturday. The Splash Dance ...