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Checking progress of school construction

MARSHALL — Major construction at Marshall Public Schools is making good progress, school board members learned Monday. As part of their regular meeting, board members toured both Park Side Elementary, where early education classrooms are being added to the building, and the construction ...

City council approves changes to City Hall design

MARSHALL — The demolition of a former hotel on Main Street has resulted in a lot of surprises for the city of Marshall — and some of those surprises will have an impact on the renovation project underway at City Hall. On Tuesday the Marshall City Council approved changes to the project that ...

Football, volleyball approved for fall

MARSHALL — High school football and volleyball teams will get their turn to play sooner than they thought. Nearly seven weeks after originally voting to postpone the football and volleyball seasons to the spring, the Minnesota State High School League board of directors reversed its ...

Drug task force locates meth lab in rural Cottonwood

YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY — Members of a regional drug task force found a liquid methamphetamine lab when they searched a rural Cottonwood residence last week. Task force agents recovered more than 3 pounds of meth, as well as an incendiary device, said Sgt. Ross Ardoff of the CEE-VI Drug ...

A ‘great day’ for sales

MARSHALL — Mask wearing, social distancing and one-way walking traffic still resulted in sales at the Marshall girls hockey craft and vendor show Saturday inside the Red Baron Arena, according to vendors. “Honestly we had a great day. We are probably having one of our best days,” Erin ...

Cultivating a comeback

MARSHALL — Business owners and area residents are both hoping for a way back to normal life despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And organizers of a new campaign in Marshall are hoping they can help — by highlighting the COVID-19 safety measures at local businesses. “We knew we wanted to do ...

Lyon Co. schools will stay in hybrid learning

MARSHALL — This week, school guidance data from the Minnesota Department of Health showed Lyon County had COVID-19 case rates high enough to possibly warrant a switch to distance learning. However, administrators at Lyon County school districts said things aren’t really changing for their ...

Absentee voting starts today

MARSHALL — Absentee voting for November’s general election starts today, and it already looks like Lyon County voters are showing a lot of interest in casting early ballots. Before Thursday, the county had received almost 1,800 requests for absentee ballots, said Lyon County ...

Maertens stepping down at Avera Marshall

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall Medical Center announced Thursday that Mary Maertens will be stepping down as CEO and regional president. Maertens’ last day as CEO and regional president will be Sept. 30, although she will have advisory duties with Avera through October 2021. “Mary has ...

Germany a generation later

Gerlinde Doom knew the Cold War better than almost anyone, having grown up only a few miles from the East and West German dividing line. In 2020 she looks back on the vast differences between the Cold War era and the Germany that has been united for 30 years. She’s witnessed the gradual ...

Supply and demand

MARSHALL — The Legacy Foundation of Marshall presented Fabrics Plus co-owners Tracy Veglahn and Cami Nichols with a special award on Tuesday for their work in supplying 97 volunteer seamstresses with the materials needed to donate more than 2,000 masks to Lyon County health care workers and ...

Legion Field Road closure continues today

MARSHALL — Part of Legion Field Road will be closed again today as construction work continues on a drainage project by the city of Marshall. The road will be closed between Highway 19 (West College Drive) and Kendall Street, while contractors from Towne & Country Excavation are at ...

Maertens stepping down as Avera Marshall CEO

Avera announced Thursday CEO and Regional President Mary Maertens will be stepping down after 35 years of health care service in the Marshall region. Maertens’ last day as CEO and Regional President at Avera Marshall will be Sept. 30. She will assume other duties at Avera through October ...

Taking it to the street corner

MARSHALL — There were some big questions facing Lyon County Democrats this year. How do you have a campaign office when you can’t have big indoor gatherings? The solution, at least for the summer, seemed clear: take it outside. “We thought, ‘We’ll try it for July, and see where ...

Amid frustrations, Lyon County EDA talks move forward

MARSHALL — Talks on whether Lyon County should start a new economic development partnership with the city of Marshall heated up a little on Tuesday with a Marshall EDA Board member speaking out against what he saw as bias against a proposal from Marshall EDA Director Lauren Deutz. ...

Teen seriously injured in Hector farm accident

HECTOR — A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured while working on a grain dryer, Monday. The Renville County Sheriff’s Department received a farm accident report at 10:38 a.m. Monday on the 49000 block of 740th Avenue, about 5 miles south of Hector in Martinsburg Township. A preliminary ...

Still signs of trouble

MARSHALL — This election season, members of area parties have called attention to political signs being stolen or defaced. But in spite of Lyon County party members’ calls for more civil forms of disagreement, thefts are still going on. In the month of August, Marshall Police took 21 ...

MnDOT installing weather info systems in SW MN

A $3.5 million road construction project to install road weather information systems (RWIS) at eight different locations in southwest Minnesota starts Sept. 28, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists can expect short-term lane closures at the eight locations in ...

Lyon County Historical Society project offers online access to museum items

Thanks to a $9,500 Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Small Grant, the Lyon County Historical Society is offering online public access to the museum items. The Historical Society received the grant in March for the CollectiveAccess Data Conversion, according to Executive Director ...

MPCA moves ahead with electric car incentives

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is moving forward with plans for electric car incentives aimed to spur interest throughout the state. The agency is working toward a final proposal that includes requirements for manufacturers to deliver a minimum number of electric cars to ...