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Hotel getting a makeover

MARSHALL — The hotel has operated under different brands and owners in its history. But the new owners of the former Ramada location in Marshall say they’re here for the long run. One step in their plan is to give the 100-room facility a makeover, Kyle Schock said. “We had Marshall ...

Dahms touts jobs budget bill passed by MN Senate

ST. PAUL — A bill that Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, says will promote business and economic recovery was passed by the Senate on Thursday. The Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth budget bill focuses on economic recovery, workforce training, business development services and addressing the ...

Seeking relief from masks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State High School League board asked state health officials Thursday to allow spring sports athletes to compete outdoors without wearing masks. The recommendation by the league’s sports medicine advisory committee applies only to actual competition. ...

Ag, commerce funding bills clear MN Senate

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, reported that two bills cleared the Senate on Wednesday that impacts southwest Minnesota farmers and other resident. Both the Omnibus Agriculture and Rural Development budget bill and the Senate’s Commerce and Energy Omnibus bill, ...

‘Doing good for others’

Special to the Independent Accounting Professor Glenn Bayerkohler, in his 33rd year at Southwest Minnesota State University, has been named the 2021 Cathy Cowan Award winner. Bayerkohler came to SMSU in 1988. Prior to that he worked one year for a law firm in Fairmont and for seven years as ...

Shipping container ordinance headed to public hearing with council

MARSHALL — The Marshall City Council will be holding a public hearing later this month on proposed ordinance changes that could allow residents to use shipping containers as storage structures in certain parts of town. Under the proposed changes, property owners could apply for a ...

A changing landscape

MARSHALL — An invasive insect that feeds on ash trees is already causing damage in southwest Minnesota, and Marshall needs to be proactive to protect its green spaces, city staff said. On Tuesday, members of the Marshall City Council approved a plan to gradually remove and replace ...

Pause on J&J COVID vaccine changes vaccine schedule for some area residents

MARSHALL — The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are calling for a pause in using COVID-19 vaccines made by Johnson & Johnson, after six women developed blood clots. On a local level, the recommendations mean some people will need to reschedule their ...

Drug bust in Balaton finds meth, marijuana

BALATON — One person was arrested when law enforcement conducted a search at a Balaton residence last week. The search also found marijuana, methamphetamine and thousands of dollars in cash, a regional drug task force said. The Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force executed a search ...

Softer water on the way

MARSHALL — It was a big undertaking, but a project to add water softening equipment to Marshall’s municipal water treatment plant is now operational. Over the next few weeks, Marshall Municipal Utilities staff will be working on taking city water from 35 grains of hardness down to about ...

Encouraging new leaders

MARSHALL — Part of building a strong community is encouraging leadership and getting people involved, Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce president Brad Gruhot said. With those goals in mind, the Marshall Area Chamber is bringing back the Marshall Leadership Academy program. Starting this ...

‘Still plugging along’

NEW ULM — A woman believed to be Minnesota’s most senior citizen turns 113 on Wednesday. Oak Hills Living Center resident Erna Zahn is believed to be the 10th oldest resident in the United States and the 31st oldest person in the world. “Nobody has come forward to tell me anybody is ...

Fire training close to home

MARSHALL — More than 70 firefighters representing stations from all across the southwest region and into the twin cities metro area converged on the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT) Center in Marshall on Saturday for a full-day’s worth of hands-on fire and rescue ...

AgPlus donates over $5,000 to United Way after Chili feed contests

AgPlus Cooperative donated more than $5,000 to the United Way of Southwest Minnesota after holding a chili feed contest that ran March 16 in Ghent, Marshall on March 17 and ending in Canby on March 18. Following a merger in the fall of 2019, United Way reached out the newly formed Ag Plus ...

In tune with his community

John Voit’s lifelong interest in music became a career, one that’s centered around the Minneota School District. He’s in his 30th year of directing Minneota’s school band program. His days always involve variety; with a combination of lessons, practice sessions, music classes and ...

Lakeview graduate dead, 5 injured in separate weekend accidents

COTTONWOOD — One young person died and five more were injured in separate accidents reported over the weekend in Lyon and Yellow Medicine Counties, area law enforcement said. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an ATV crash reported Saturday afternoon in Stanley Township. ...

Minneota takes title

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few days prior to Friday’s Class A championship between the Minneota girls basketball team and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Vikings senior guard Abby Hennen went to the free-throw line in a tied semifinal matchup against Mountain Iron-Buhl with 2.1 seconds left and made the ...

Superintendents voice education concerns over broadband, teacher shortages

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed how area schools operate — but the challenges they’re facing now go beyond technology. A group of southwest Minnesota school superintendents said they’ve seen the pandemic take a toll on both students’ and teachers’ mental ...

‘Nice’ amount of rain

MARSHALL — This week, more than an inch of rain brought a pause in the dry weather the Marshall area has been going through. But it still remains to be seen what kind of effect the rain will have on dry conditions in the region. Marshall received 0.94 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ...

Bills ‘starting to come together’ in MN Legislature

MARSHALL — The Minnesota legislature is reaching a key point in the current session, when bills are passing through committee and on to the floors of the state House and Senate. “The bills are starting to come together,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent. One of the big tasks ahead ...