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Remembering the war

MINNEOTA — His active duty in Vietnam ended in 1967. But in some ways, Charlie Hettling said, it’s like he never really left that country. “Every day since I came back, I thought about Vietnam,” said Hettling, a Minneota resident and U.S. Marine Corps veteran. At first, part of it ...

Charges pending in pipeline break

MARSHALL — Charges have not yet been filed in connection with a pipeline break that spilled over 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel into a county ditch system. However, Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes said this week that charges are still being considered. Maes said he was waiting for additional ...

Beer, bands and bacon in Hendricks

HENDRICKS — Beth Mielke traveled all the way from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Hendricks Sunday to enjoy the fifth Annual Beer, Bands, and Bacon Festival. “Who doesn’t love beer and bacon, and sitting outside listening to the bands?” Mielke asked while sitting on a picnic table with ...

More than a name

BALATON — It’s a time to honor U.S. military members who gave their lives while serving their country. But it’s important to remember those service members as more than just names in the Memorial Day roll call, Balaton American Legion member Lew Roberts said. That’s part of what ...

Lakeview students add to United Way campaign

COTTONWOOD — National Honors Society students in the Lakeview School District provided an additional boost this year for the annual regional fund drive organized by United Way of Southwest Minnesota. They developed a dress down campaign that asked for $1 contributions each week from ...

SMSU Provost named chancellor of UW-Whitewater

MARSHALL — While he will be going on to a new position later this summer, Dr. Dwight Watson said he hopes he will leave behind a positive legacy at Southwest State University, and in the area community. “Before I take a step forward, I want to leave my footprint elsewhere,” said ...

Murray County zoning situation affected by multiple factors

SLAYTON — Murray County officials and a Mason Township landowner are sorting out possible answers for a zoning question involving a hog finishing barn, a conservation-related tree planting, a forgotten ditch tile line, and severe 2019 weather conditions. Landowner Phil Gervais, who farms in ...

Legislators reflect on special session, budget

ST. PAUL — On Thursday afternoon, Minnesota state legislators were waiting for Gov. Tim Walz to announce a special legislative session. But while the final outcome of this year’s budget process remains to be seen, local legislators were able to give their perspective on the end of the ...

Six officers honored for life-saving work

MARSHALL — It was a situation that needed a fast response, Lyon County Sheriff Eric Wallen said. An inmate at the Lyon County Jail was attempting suicide. But a group of six people, all correctional officers or sheriff’s deputies, helped talk him down and get him medical care. The six ...

Supporting MHS scholars

Photo by Deb Gau Marshall community members, parents and members of the Marshall High School class of 2019 gathered at the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University on Wednesday night for the Pride In the Tiger scholarship banquet. “Tonight, the Pride In the Tiger Foundation honors ...

Celebrating a year of excellence

Marshall High School students, staff and community members celebrated a year of excellence at the 2019 Honors Convocation, held Tuesday morning at the high school. The assembly recognized academic and activity achievement by MHS students of all grade levels. New members of the MHS Honor ...

County tallies up spring weather damage

MARSHALL — Ice storms and flooding caused more than $688,000 worth of damage in Lyon County this spring, according to estimates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. But while that damage will be eligible for federal assistance, Lyon County Emergency Manager Tammy VanOverbeke said ...

Murray Co. OKs Tracy area tower upgrade

SLAYTON —The Murray County Board asked for more information Tuesday about two different law enforcement funding questions. In a 4-1 vote, commissioners authorized Chief Deputy Sheriff Heath Landsman to proceed with plans to improve the communications signal system in a way that guarantees ...

Drug suspects appear in court

MARSHALL — Two people arrested by an area drug task force in April made appearances in Lyon County District Court, court records said. Karen Tolliver, 33, of Tracy, and Ryan Murphy, 48, of Marshall, appeared at separate hearings on Tuesday afternoon. Tolliver is charged with ...

Bracing for more rain

Wet weather has caused some high water levels in the Redwood River this spring, but so far it hasn’t caused flooding in Marshall. The real challenge for the city, Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said, has been dealing with high groundwater levels and increased flow into the city ...

School board OKs referendum resolutions

MARSHALL — Resolutions involving canvassing returns of votes and starting the process to issue general obligation bonds in the passage of a $29.8 million building referendum were approved by the Marshall Public School Board Monday. According to the canvassing resolution, 1,950 votes were ...

‘Excellent ending’ for Marshall BPA students

MARSHALL — Marshall High School senior Ashtyn Eben has been in Business Professionals of America for four years, and said her time at nationals was an excellent ending to her time with the activity. Nineteen BPA students competed at nationals in Anaheim, California, earlier this month. ...

Colonial Manor to close

BALATON — Balaton’s city-owned nursing home facility will be closing in July, city officials and facility administrators said this week. Members of the Balaton City Council voted May 6 to close the 33-bed Colonial Manor nursing home. Balaton Mayor Lonnie Lambertus said city officials and ...

A cool day on the lake

SLAYTON — Wade Kissner and his fishing partner Tyler Stimmler were a little confused about the rules for competing in the 28th annual Lake Shetek Walleye Fishing Tournament Saturday. But it ended well for the Twin Cities fishermen. “We called our buddy, and he said the fish had to come in ...

Illegal dumping incident in Cottonwood likely to cost taxpayers

COTTONWOOD — Disposal costs for a dozen televisions dumped next to the Cottonwood city lift station will most likely fall to taxpayers. The units were found abandoned this month on Cottonwood city property in a central location within the city limits. Fees to dispose of the units, normally ...