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Cruising before the rain

MARSHALL — Pablo Cruise brought the crowd at the Sounds of Summer concert despite forecasts for rain. The weather brought worry to many folks about whether they would be able to see Pablo Cruise, but the band got moved to 7:30 p.m. because of the forecasted rain. Three inches of rain fell ...

‘It’s like family’

MARSHALL — The smells in the air on the Southwest Minnesota State University campus were tempting, but it wasn’t time yet for anyone to relax and enjoy the barbecue. The clock was ticking, and teams in the Smokefest BBQ competition were in action, trying to put together the perfect ...

A little friendly competition in Porter

PORTER — In their third time competing in Porter’s Harvest Festival Grilling Competition, Anna and Randy Kamrath of Porter took first place. “It’s just fun to be here and doing it,” said Anna Kamrath. “It’s always nice to get a little something but it’s just a good time.” ...

Lots of color at Culture Fest

MARSHALL — Dakota, Ojibwa, Navaho, Karen, Somali and Latino young people got a chance to show off the traditional dress of their respective cultures at the Sounds of Summer Culture Fest Friday evening. The Somali clothing was “traditional, for a special occasion,” said Hani Aden, who ...

Shopping for school supplies with the sheriff

MARSHALL — Seeing their uniforms might have caught customers’ attention in the store. But there wasn’t any emergency — officers from the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department were at the Marshall Walmart on a different kind of mission. With shopping carts and checklists at the ready, ...

Marshall takes new approach for alley drainage petition

MARSHALL — A petition to add a storm sewer and paving to a Marshall alleyway ran into some snags over cost earlier this month. But now there’s a plan that could carry a smaller cost for affected homeowners, city staff said. “What’s coming to you tonight is a split of the project,” ...

A ‘fun’ day riding horses at Murray County Fair

SLAYTON — Madelyn Wendland of Balaton admits she is obsessed with horses and it showed during the 4-H Fun Horse Show on Friday during the Murray County Fair. “I love horses. I’m obsessed with them, have been since I was born," the recent Murray County Central graduate said after ...

Highway 91 detours bumped back to Monday

Construction planned on Minnesota Highway 91 has gone through several delays already. But road work south of Russell — along with a detour — is now expected to begin Monday, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. Starting Aug. 19, traffic on Highway 91 between Russell and U.S. ...

Back to the Blue Moon

MARSHALL — “Everybody was there,” Mary Ann Blanchette said of the Blue Moon Ballroom. The Marshall resident did a little bit of reminiscing Thursday morning as she joined other senior citizens inside the Red Baron Arena for the “Back to the Blue Moon” Sounds of Summer event to ...

Hy-Vee warns of security problem with credit card readers

MARSHALL — Hy-Vee is warning customers about what it says is a security incident involving payment card systems. The Iowa-based grocery store chain said in a news release Wednesday that it launched an investigation after it detected unauthorized activity on some of its payment processing ...

In the footsteps of heroes

MARSHALL — As patriotic music played on the loudspeakers, people gathered around a finish line marked out on one of the paths around Independence Park. As a line of walkers — several in their military or law enforcement uniforms — appeared around the curve of the path, the crowd started ...

‘Organizing and shopping’ for the kids

MARSHALL — Volunteers like Pam Ellingson were organizing, sorting and loading supplies into the buses for the United Way of Southwest’s annual Stuff the Bus on Wednesday. Ellingson has been volunteering for several. “I am a former teacher, (at Samuel Lutheran School) so this is near and ...

Second man charged in pipeline break appears in court

MARSHALL — The second of two men charged in connection with a Magellan pipeline break that spilled diesel fuel into a drainage ditch made his first appearance in Lyon County District Court this week. Eric Weckwerth Pineda, 24, of Cottonwood, was charged with criminal property damage on ...

Harvest Festival to sizzle with grilling competition

PORTER — Fire up the grills. The Porter Harvest Festival is this weekend and that means the grilling competition will be held Sunday at Schoneman Memorial Park Shelter starting at 1:30 p.m. According to one of the festival organizers, Josh Sumption, the grilling competition has become ...

City Hall bonding proposal proves tough call for council

MARSHALL — What city staff members called a “procedural step” toward financing renovations of Marshall’s city hall building turned into a longer discussion at a public hearing Tuesday. City council members went back and forth over how high to set a maximum amount for capital ...

‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ …… when Pablo Cruise jumps on stage?

MARSHALL — The Pablo Cruise repertoire is pretty “timeless,” says the band’s keyboard player Cory Lerios. And it is bringing those “timeless” songs to the stage in Marshall Saturday night for Sounds of Summer. Pablo Cruise will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday in Schwan’s parking ...

Apartment complex reopens its doors as Suite Liv’n

MARSHALL — Rehabilitating the 103-unit apartment complex on Birch Street was a big undertaking, Gabe Olson said. As he showed a group of people including Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce members and city council member John DeCramer through one building, Olson listed off some of the ...

Bringing the Cruise to Marshall

MARSHALL — Music and community have always been two big ingredients of Marshall’s Sounds of Summer festival, organizers say. This year, the community connection has come through in a big way — it was support from a group of community members that made it possible to bring Pablo Cruise to ...

‘Old Coots’ offering advice at Murray County Fair

If you need advice in a bad way, the “Old Coots” will be available all week at the Murray County Fair, which starts Wednesday in Slayton. “The old coots is something new this year,” said Christy Riley, community relations coordinator for Murray County. “We are just going to have a ...