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Kids get fit

MARSHALL — Did you know if you start your morning with 10 squats it will give you energy all day long? That’s one of the many things Marshall third through fifth-grade students learned Thursday morning at the Hy-Vee KidsFit event at Southwest Minnesota State University’s Mattke ...

Looking for a slice of American pie in Marshall

MARSHALL — Bob Meijer eyed the large slice of lemon meringue pie his friend was served at Perkins in Marshall Thursday and drily observed, “they serve such small portions.” Meijer and seven of his friends dropped by Perkins for coffee on their way to Minneapolis, which, he said was ...

Pipestone meat plant employing 145 to close

PIPESTONE — A meat processing plant in Pipestone employing more than 100 people will be closing down this fall, as the business consolidates to facilities in St. Michael. On Wednesday, J&B Group, Inc., announced that its Pipestone manufacturing plant is for sale. J&B Group will be ...

Minn. Farmers Union president says agriculture is ‘in crisis now’

HANSKA — Minnesota Farmers Union President Gary Wertish talked in no uncertain terms about the state of agriculture these days at the Brown County Farmers Union convention Tuesday. “We’re in crisis now. No doubt,” Wertish said. “Farming has been tough the past few years, but when ...

Hitting the court again

MARSHALL — It was a year of facilities challenges for Marshall High School. First, snow from an April blizzard got into the school’s two gymnasiums and warped the floorboards. Then an equipment fire over the summer added smoke and soot to the mix. But the newly refinished and cleaned ...

Highway 67 project down the road

CLARKFIELD — Dick Petersen walked up to the large aerial map of Clarkfield on a table inside Medea’s Cafe. Right in the center of the map, Highway 67 was highlighted with large yellow circles at each end of the roadway. The map pinpointed a Minnesota Department of Transportation project ...

SMSU professor Ridley remembered

MARSHALL — Among Southwest Minnesota State University students, Robert Ridley had a reputation as a tough instructor. “There was probably no professor students dreaded more,” said SMSU associate professor Mark Fokken. But the interesting thing was that students’ reactions would ...

Pursuit of Excellence features 20 bands

MARSHALL — From having a huge spider to a merry-go-round on the field, anything can be possible as high school marching bands compete this Saturday at Marshall’s annual Pursuit of Excellence. The 24th annual event will be at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Regional Event Center at Southwest ...

Talking pork with lawmakers

MARSHALL — Minnesota pork producers are urging lawmakers to approve the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement — the new trade deal that replaces NAFTA, according Lyon County pork producer Greg Boerboom “Mexico has approved it, our administration has approved, the (U.S.) Senate is on ...

Lyon County sets Sept. 30 hearing on curbside recycling

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners said Tuesday they’ll look for options to continue curbside recycling pickup, and they’ll also hold a public hearing to get county residents’ feedback on the matter. But with the county’s current recycling contract set to end in a couple of weeks, ...

trū Shrimp announces first customer for shrimp

BALATON — The first official commercial customer for trū Shrimp product was announced on Tuesday. Michael Ziebell, CEO of trū Shrimp, also announced that the state of Minnesota granted trū Shrimp a license to process shrimp from an Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI) FDA ...

Lincoln Co. approves DNR land purchase

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board authorized a 320-acre Minnesota Department of Natural Resources land purchase near Tyler on a 3-2 vote. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board cleared the way for a land acquisition involving the south half of Section 12 in Hope Township. Commissioners Corey ...

Taking the grand tour

MARSHALL — The really big changes hadn’t started yet — that will hopefully be next year, Marshall School Board Chairman Jeff Chapman said. But there were still enough changes going on at Marshall public schools that school board members went on a tour to take them all in. “The ...

Recycling on Lyon County agenda

MARSHALL — The future of the Lyon County recycling program will be back before the county board this morning. While there isn’t a specific mention of curbside recycling pickup on the agenda, Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg said Monday he expects county commissioners may talk about ...

Link Crew helps students transition to high school

MARSHALL — With the start of a new school year, a new freshman class is making the transition to Marshall High School. It’s not always an easy change, but that’s where members of the MHS Link Crew come in to help. Members of the Marshall School Board learned more about the Link Crew ...

Attorney speaks of dangers of sexting

NEW ULM — Brown County Attorney Chuck Hanson warned students at River Bend Education District of the dangers of sexting and sending nude photos during a presentation at the school last week. Hanson has done similar presentations in Sleepy Eye and at Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School ...

Murray Co. assesses flood damage

SLAYTON — Many Murray County residents are likely to remember 2019 as a year of spring flood damage followed by more flood damage in the fall. The Murray County Board declared a state of emergency at a special meeting Friday morning in response to heavy rain last Thursday. Parts of the ...

A ‘very big turnout’

MARSHALL — Bev Monke doesn’t waste a thing when it comes to art. Not even a button off a shirt. The Canby resident took her pieces of art constructed with recycled items to the Red Baron Arena in Marshall on Saturday for the annual fall craft fair. Each of art pieces were framed and were ...

Historical Society seeks to bring back Dinehart bears

SLAYTON — The Dinehart family made a special effort to put a finishing touch on their new home in Slayton back in the 1890s. More than a century later, the Murray County Historical Society is making another extra effort to bring the same artifacts back to the historic home. Funds are ...

‘In a challenging place’

MARSHALL — The questions of how to provide recycling services in Lyon County, and how to pay for them, are complex. But county officials aren’t the only ones dealing with those problems. The factors that affect the cost of recycling programs reach as far as regional recycling facilities ...