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Rewarding quick response

MARSHALL — Every year, Marshall firefighters practice using equipment designed to contain hazardous liquids in water. But when they got the call about a release of diesel fuel in a county drainage ditch, Marshall Fire Chief Quentin Brunsvold said the conditions couldn’t have been more ...

Bag that construction waste

MARSHALL — After a commercial or home renovation, it doesn’t take much to contaminate a load of construction/demo (C&D) waste. The tipping fee for C&D waste is cheaper ($27 per ton) than household waste ($46 per ton) because there are strict guidelines protecting the groundwater ...

Experimenting with rye

BALATON — It was all an experiment, Randy Tholen said. At the Tholen research farm in rural Balaton, rows of soybean plants were growing nestled in between strips of rye. The plan was eventually to harvest both crops, first the grain and then later the beans. “We’re not really sure ...

E-learning could ease snow day woes for MPS

MARSHALL — “This winter was interesting,” for Marshall Public Schools, said Jeremy Williams, director of teaching and learning. The Marshall area saw record snowfall, and the storms kept canceling classes. It wasn’t a good situation for learning. But now, school district staff are ...

Child hit by vehicle near Canby dies from injuries

CANBY — A 21-month-old child was killed Saturday after being run over by a vehicle on private property just north of Canby, according to the Lac qui Parle County Sheriff’s Department. A news release says the incident was the result of an accident and foul play is not suspected. The ...

Internet providers educating users on cybercrime risks

GRANITE FALLS — It may not show up on daily police blotters, but Marshall Police Chief Jim Marshall says cybercrime is a growing issue for law enforcement. “It’s something law enforcement agencies hear about every day, someone having an issue with credit card fraud or another kind of ...

Saddle Horse Holiday

Photo by Sabrina Pankratz Pictured is a young boy riding alongside riders in the Lake Benton Saddle Horse Days parade Sunday. Lake Benton’s annual festival included fireworks, music, family fun day, an Iron Man Jr. competition, a softball tournament, an ice cream social, a talent contest ...

A strong community spirit

CANBY — The rain did not stop Canby Hat Daze this year as the town’s events put on by the community brought the crowd this weekend. Craig Kaddatz, the treasurer of the Canby’s Chamber of Commerce, said that the Chamber acts as a facilitator of the event. “We do a lot, we have a ...

Making it count

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall wants every resident to stand up and be counted. To that end Kyle Box, Marshall’s city clerk, asked the Marshall City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening that he would like a resolution to be approved to create the 2020 City of Marshall Complete ...

Pathway to clean energy

MARSHALL — Eleven people were expected at a recent clean transportation meeting but the meeting room at Marshall Municipal Utilities was almost full Tuesday afternoon. Abby Finis and Jessi Wyatt, energy planners and analysts with the Great Plains Institute, who facilitate the meetings, said ...

This Robin Hood brings non-stop action

MARSHALL — An “action-packed” show featuring a familiar character is gracing the stage at Southwest Minnesota State University. SMSU Children’s Theatre, in conjunction with Marshall Community Services and Marshall Area Stage Company, is presenting “Hi, Ho, Robin Hood” at 10 a.m. ...

Murray Co. names 4 administrator finalists

SLAYTON — Murray County’s four finalists for the newly created county administrator position come from four different backgrounds related to public service. Finalists were chosen by the county board at a special meeting on Tuesday. They were announced to the media Wednesday morning after ...

Plenty of food, music, planes, horses and fireworks this weekend

Canby Airport Manager Matt Wagner is “really excited” about this year’s Father’s Day airshow. “We have a really good lineup,” he said Thursday about the Canby Hat Daze event this weekend. “It’s the only free air show in Minnesota.” The show includes a World War II B-25 ...

New court is ‘fantastic’

MARSHALL — Construction will begin this summer for a special basketball court in Marshall. Preston Stensrud, parks superintendent for the city of Marshall, received approval from the Marshall City Council at its regular meeting Tuesday evening for the “Our Courts. Our Future.” Award for ...

YMC Board goes beyond Safe Avenues funding request

GRANITE FALLS — When nonprofit organizations ask counties or cities for money, getting more than they requested happens less than once in a blue moon. It took place this week, however, when representatives from the Safe Avenues sexual assault crisis response group made a funding request to ...

Motorists face two highway projects between Canby, Ivanhoe

CANBY — Motorists already dealing with torn-up city streets because of a $10 million road reconstruction project will be maneuvering through highway work as well this summer. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Transportation held a public meeting inside the Canby Community Center on ...

Hail sticks around

Photo by Karin Elton No, it’s not snow, but hail, which could still be seen at 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lyon County Road 4 and 180th Avenue west of Lynd. “Quarter-sized” hail, according to weather reports, fell on and around the cities of Lynd, Minneota and Ghent Tuesday afternoon during a ...

Showcasing at state

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Olivia Peterson hits a tee shot during the opening round of the Class AA tournament on Tuesday at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.

Walz: Pre-kindergarten offers ‘biggest bang for the buck’

ST. PAUL — Pre-kindergarten programs offer the “biggest bang for the buck,” said Governor Tim Walz Monday afternoon in a statewide telephone press conference on the education budget. “Readiness for kindergarten saves us a lot in resources in the long run and prepares our students in a ...

Clarkfield school demolition approved

CLARKFIELD — Both the city of Clarkfield and the Yellow Medicine County Board approved a demolition project this week for the former Clarkfield public school, but in each case the vote was not unanimous. In a special meeting Monday night, city council members voted 3-2 to approve a $500,800 ...