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Marshall eyes grant to upgrade truck route

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall is among the local communities that will be seeking state grant funding for road projects this year. On Tuesday, members of the Marshall City Council passed a support resolution for a Local Road Improvement Program grant of up to $1.25 million to resurface ...

Walz lays out timeline for future COVID vaccines

As Minnesota continues to roll out COVID-19 vaccines, the focus will stay on seniors for a little longer. Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday that the state will wait until 70% of adults age 65 and older are vaccinated before expanding eligibility to other high-risk groups. Walz and the ...

Roof replacement for fire hall approved

MARSHALL — After 25 years, roof of the Marshall fire station has developed some leaks. But a solution will be coming, after the Marshall City Council approved a contractor’s proposal to replace the roof. Fire Chief Quentin Brunsvold brought three roofing proposals to the city council at ...

Minn. Senate hears rural broadband bills

ST. PAUL — The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Finance and Policy Committee heard three bills on Wednesday that would provide funding for the Border-to-Border Broadband Grant Program. The bills would improve access to affordable broadband especially for the state’s underserved ...

Bringing the story to life

MARSHALL — They seem like unlikely friends: a water rat, a badger, a shy mole, and a wealthy toad obsessed with driving cars. But the relationships between the animal characters really form the heart of the Southwest Minnesota State University Drama Club’s latest student-run ...

Alcorn, Sturrock to chair Lyon Co. Republicans

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Republicans chose new officers at last weekend’s county convention. But while Debbie Clark and Layle French are stepping down after many years as county Republican co-chairs, there will still be a good mix of experience and new faces in the committee, party ...

100 days in school

MARSHALL — It was a milestone day, and students at Park Side Elementary were celebrating how far they had come through the school year. On Monday, Park Side marked the 100th day of school with special activities and visits from guests like the Marshall Tiger mascot. Celebrating the ...

SMSU gets $1.8M commitment from alumna Deeann Griebel

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University alumna Deeann J. Griebel has made a commitment that will provide $1.8 million for the Student Success and Advising Center and scholarships at the institution. According to a SMSU release, Griebel’s investment will allow for the creation of ...

Marshall Council divided over vehicle standards resolution

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council were divided Tuesday night on whether to formally speak out against Minnesota adopting low-emission vehicle standards similar to California. Council members were united in thinking the question should be left up to the state Legislature ...

Mopping up diesel

MARSHALL — A call about spilled diesel fuel in a Marshall parking lot ended up being a bigger job than expected, Marshall Fire Chief Quentin Brunsvold said. Firefighters were paged to the parking lot outside Perkins around 4:30 p.m. Monday to help mop up the spill on Monday afternoon. ...

Lyon Co. approves tax relief for fire-destroyed properties

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Board has approved tax relief for a pair of Marshall area homes that were destroyed last year. The two affected properties include the site of a deadly gas explosion just east of Marshall, and a house on Marshall’s Main Street that was severely damaged in a ...

Road improvements

MARSHALL — Semi trucks and farm equipment are a common sight traveling through southwest Minnesota — but a lot of heavy traffic eventually takes a toll on roads. In Lyon County, the cities of Ghent and Russell are trying to find ways to cover the cost of rebuilding some well-traveled ...

SWHHS administers 2,500 doses; more than 600 receive both doses

MARSHALL — Area health care providers are continuing to distribute COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers and high-risk populations, as Minnesota passes the one-million mark for vaccine doses given. While local vaccination efforts don’t make up a large portion of those total doses, ...

Sen. Smith: Child care support crucial for nation’s COVID-19 recovery

MARSHALL — It’s no surprise to area residents that there was a child care shortage in greater Minnesota even before COVID-19. But the pandemic has put pressures on child care providers and families that are already having a negative effect on the state’s workforce and economy, Sen. Tina ...

Grant to help with student safety in Tyler

TYLER — Making the city of Tyler a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists has been a community-wide effort over the past couple of years. And the site of the new Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school was an important part of that mission. “With the new school coming up this year, we wanted to ...

Vandendriessche named VP of Avera Medical Group – Marshall

MARSHALL— Bobbi Jo Vandendriessche has been named Vice President of Avera Medical Group for the Avera Marshall region. Vandendriessche, doctor of nursing practice, has been serving in this position on an interim basis since December. She has been with Avera Marshall since 2018 and ...

Lyon Co. gets ball rolling on jail security project

MARSHALL — The electronic security systems at the Lyon County Jail are around 12 years old, and it’s time to update or replace them, Sheriff Eric Wallen said. County commissioners got the ball rolling on security updates on Tuesday, by approving a $35,000 proposal for engineering services. ...

Walz unveils new guidance for getting students back to school

MARSHALL — As COVID-19 positivity rates have gone down in Minnesota and a growing number of people have been vaccinated, the next goal is to get more kids out of distance learning and back into schools, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday. Walz announced a new target date of March 8 for schools ...

Avera asks seniors to reach out for vaccine appointments

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center is trying to make sure it reaches as many area seniors as possible for COVID-19 vaccinations. People age 85 and older are now invited to call the Avera Marshall call center if they would like to be placed on the waiting list for ...

Avera Marshall adds new technology to improve breast cancer surgery

MARSHALL— Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center now offers SAVI SCOUT®, a surgical guidance system that increases patient comfort and enhances accuracy for surgeons during breast surgery. SAVI SCOUT is a zero-radiation, wire-free solution for localization and guiding removal of tumors ...