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Norgaard is new VP branch manager for AgCountry Farm Credit Services

Jamie D. Norgaard has been named VP branch manager for AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Marshall. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office in addition to his loan portfolio. Norgaard grew up on the family farm near Tyler. Following high school, he served four years in the ...

Accelerated resolution therapy being offered at Midwest Wellness Institute

MARSHALL — Licensed therapist Kelsey Tollefson is introducing accelerated resolution therapy (ART) at Midwest Wellness Institute. Tollefson has a master’s degree in social work and is licensed as an independent clinical social worker. She received her undergraduate degrees at South Dakota ...

Thao will be first Hmong to serve on City Council

TRACY — It started out as a joke between friends, newly appointed Tracy City Councilman Kou Thao said. “Because of the increasing percentage of Hmong population in Tracy, we kidded that one of us would eventually have to run for city council,” Thao said Friday. “When this opportunity ...

Dahms to hold town hall meeting with YMC board

GRANITE FALLS — State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, will be at the Yellow Medicine County Board meeting Tuesday to hold a town hall-type meeting. The senator is making the rounds to cities and counties to hold question-and-answer sessions regarding the government’s progress and can ...

Snow could fall during game

MARSHALL — It looks like cold, flakey stuff might be falling from the sky over the Marshall area while people are watching a certain football game Sunday afternoon. Tim Masters, meteorologist at the Sioux Falls, S.D., weather forecast office, said a “storm is moving into the area ...

Their next chapter

MARSHALL — One’s high school graduation is something to be very proud of — perhaps even more so when you’re the first one in your family to reach the milestone. Of the six students graduating this winter from MATEC, two — Lay Bo and Zakaria Khalif — are the first in their families ...

Saying goodbye to a ‘dream job’

MARSHALL — Doug Goodmund said he hasn’t had a typical office job. There have been many, many athletic events, summer programs, and Independence Day celebrations to help out with. As assistant to the director of Marshall Community Services, Goodmund has spent just shy of 40 years being ...

A lighter look at rural development

MARSHALL — It wasn’t the first time people had gathered in Marshall to talk about rural development. But chances are it was the first time they also sang an improvised musical number about small business loans. Bringing a lighter approach to serious political topics was the name of the ...

MPS Board OKs 20:1 ratio for K-2

MARSHALL — Facing overcrowding classrooms and optimistic that a bond referendum will pass in the near future, the Marshall Public School Board Tuesday unanimously voted to approve a 20:1 student-teacher ratio for K-2. Ongoing growing enrollment trends recently sparked discussions regarding ...

90 pigs stolen from rural Tracy barn

TRACY — The Redwood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of more than 90 pigs from a confinement barn in rural Tracy earlier this week. The Sheriff’s Office said the theft was reported Wednesday afternoon. Sometime during the late night hours Tuesday or early morning ...

‘Widespread’ flu not an epidemic, experts say

MARSHALL — While Marshall is not in an influenza epidemic, the flu season is at its peak, Avera’s family nurse practitioner JoAnn Williams Ruppert and employee health infection prevention nurse Amy Otten said Wednesday. “We’re not currently in an epidemic according to the Minnesota ...

A snow T-rex

Photo by Jenny Kirk In what could be the calm before the storm — southwest Minnesota could receive significant snowfall on Sunday and Monday — 7-year-old Alex Fink takes advantage of the warmest weather or the week to make a T-rex snow figure on Thursday in Marshall.

Love and respect go a long way in Weeks marriage

MARSHALL — Over the span of 56 years Lew and Donna Weeks have kept their marriage vibrant through showing love and respect for one another. The Weekses were married in Ruthton at Peace Lutheran Church on Sept. 2, 1961, and have lived in various locations in Minnesota and South Dakota over ...

Online dating brings Marshall couple together

MARSHALL — Keeping the romance of a relationship alive while thinking practically about the day-to-day business of marriage should make for a rosy future for a Marshall couple. Sammy Jo Kack and Matthew O’Neal met on the online dating site called Tender in February 2017, they said. They ...

Lyon County hears broadband study results

MARSHALL — Access to the Internet has become a big part of both business and everyday life. But while there are some areas of Lyon County that have access to broadband Internet, others are still underserved. One possibility to expand broadband access in the county could be to build a ...

February hearing set for Breyfogle

MARSHALL — A court case for a man who allegedly fired a gun at a Marshall residence in October is getting closer to a resolution, Lyon County District Court records said this week. A plea hearing date was set for Daniel Nathan Breyfogle, 32, of Marshall, and a pre-sentencing investigation ...

Larson’s sexual assault hearing postponed

MARSHALL — A Tuesday hearing for a Marshall man charged with criminal sexual conduct was postponed this week, Lyon County District Court records said. The hearing, for Timothy Richard Larson, 19, was continued to Jan. 26, court records said. Larson is charged with two counts of third ...

50 years in the yard

TYLER — It was February of 1968 when Gerald Terhark received a call from a friend about a job opening at Tyler Lumber Company. “He said the job opening was in Tyler and they were looking for a man,” Terhark said. “So I came up to the manager. I talked to him on a Saturday, I believe, ...

Teachers report technology playing major role in classroom

MARSHALL — Marshall Public School Board members got an up-close lesson on how technology is currently being used in various classrooms during the regular board meeting on Tuesday at Marshall Middle School. After curriculum director Amanda Grinager introduced them as “fantastic ...

ATV trail proposal moves forward with snowmobile club’s help

MARSHALL — A proposal to open a system of all-terrain-vehicle trails near Russell for public use got approval from Lyon County commissioners on Tuesday — with some changes to the plan, and a new partner in the Southwest Ridgerunners snowmobile club. At the commissioners’ meeting, Doug ...