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Schwan’s home delivery orders rising, company official says

MARSHALL — The Marshall-based Schwan’s company has seen the demand for its Home Delivery Service of frozen foods continue to rise in recent weeks as more and more people elect to do their grocery shopping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. In meeting the increased demand despite ...

Former Marshall resident back in Minnesota after being stuck in Peru

MARSHALL — Dan West, a 2014 Marshall High School graduate who was trapped Peru because of a government lockdown, is back home. He was able to fly to Miami Wednesday night and then to Minneapolis Thursday morning. What began as an exciting vacation for him and a college buddy starting ...

Distribution of lunches to students will continue

MARSHALL — Although Minnesota schools will continue to be closed for the next few weeks and distance learning will be in effect beginning today as a result of the COVID-19 virus, it won’t stop students and their families from being offered help during this time. Marshall Public Schools, ...

Volunteers making medical masks

MARSHALL — Like collecting scrap metal or buying bonds to help the war effort during World War II, community members can do their part to fight the COVID-19 coronavirus. A local group is coordinating an effort to make masks for health care providers. “Tracy Veglahn at Fabrics Plus has ...

COVID-19 confirmed in Lincoln County

The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that a person from Lincoln County has tested positive for COVID-19, Southwest Health and Human Services said Friday. The case is the first officially reported in our area, but SWHHS Public Health Director Carol Biren said it is likely the ...

$1 million fund established to help local businesses recover from coronavirus

Marshall area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of Marshall Independent, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Marshall schools ready for distance learning

MARSHALL — Marshall Public Schools is technically in the fourth quarter of its academic year. But on Monday, it’s going to be like making a new start, Jeremy Williams said. “We see Monday morning as being like the first day of school,” said Williams, director of teaching and learning ...

Police chief, sheriff ready to educate residents on Walz’s order

MARSHALL — The “stay at home” order issued by Gov. Tim Walz is slated to take effect at midnight today, but local law enforcement officials say people are already taking the order pretty seriously. “We’ve had a lot of calls about what the order allows and does not allow,” said ...

COVID-19 confirmed in Lincoln County

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that a person from Lincoln County has tested positive for COVID-19, Southwest Health and Human Services said Friday. The case is the first officially reported in our area, but SWHHS Public Health Director Carol Biren said it ...

Marshall sticking with plan, mayor says

MARSHALL — When cases of COVID-19 started being reported in Minnesota, the city of Marshall started preparing to keep essential services running through the emergency. And while Gov. Tim Walz issued a “stay at home” order on Wednesday afternoon, the local game plan hasn’t changed, ...

Granite Falls church spearheading effort to collect items for fire victims

GRANITE FALLS — The Granite Falls Assembly of God and its community is putting together efforts to help one of their members in need after a recent tragedy. At 10:59 a.m. on Tuesday, a fire damaged two neighboring homes on the 1500 block of Ninth Avenue in Granite Falls. Police said ...

Avera lab approved for COVID-19 testing

SIOUX FALLS — Avera’s laboratory in Sioux Falls will be helping to expand the region’s capacity to test for cases of COVID-19. Having another testing site in South Dakota will allow for processing of up to 200 additional tests a day, Avera Health said. The Avera lab would process COVID-19 ...

Dawson-Boyd School District investigating COVID-19 exposure

LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY — The Dawson-Boyd School District said Tuesday it was working with the Minnesota Department of Health and a regional public health agency after learning people related to the school district may have been in contact with a person who had COVID-19. While he didn’t give ...

Library tries to balance community, health needs during pandemic

MARSHALL — Public libraries have an important role as a community resource — but figuring out how to provide that resource while protecting public health is now a day-to-day task, Michele Leininger said. For the Marshall-Lyon County Library, dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has meant ...

COVID-19 concerns have Marshall council questioning spending

MARSHALL — While it wasn’t the only topic of discussion, the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall City Council. The need for social distancing postponed a hearing on one city street project, and concerns about the pandemic’s effect on the economy led ...

Independent office closed

In response to the stay-at-home order by Gov. Tim Walz, the Marshall Independent has closed its office to the public. The lobby will remain open between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. with access to the Country Spirit, Hy-Vee Trader and drop off for the Country Spirit Eagle contest. Customers can still call the ...

Delivering help and …prayers during a crisis

LAKE BENTON — All it took was a simple trip to the grocery store to see a community come together in a time of need. The Rev. Jonathan Olson, a pastor at the Lighthouse Assembly of God, was doing his morning shopping at the Lake Benton grocery store on Friday picking up some eggs and a few ...

Avera looks at adding hospital beds

MARSHALL — While there were still no officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lyon County as of Monday, the planning process to deal with the disease continues for area medical workers. In addition to having stricter limits on hospital visitors, Avera Marshall Medical Center is also ...

Disaster loans available for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

MARSHALL — The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has meant closing down whole categories of businesses in Minnesota, from bars to hair salons. And many businesses that are still open have also felt an impact. Now, in an effort to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, the U.S. Small ...