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Marshall, Cottonwood declare states of emergency due to flooding

MARSHALL — High water levels and the potential for flooding are leading area communities — including Marshall — to declare states of emergency. Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes made the declaration on Sunday, but city officials say for now it’s more of a precaution than a response to active ...

Getting in step

MARSHALL — The style of music and the names of the dance moves were different. But the steps for many 15th-century dances actually weren’t tricky to do, Jenny Parkhurst said. “If you can do the Hokey Pokey, you can do all of these dances,” she said. Some weren’t that different from ...

LuAnn Kern — community life

TRACY — Whenever people want to hear about plans at the Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy, they can always ask LuAnn Kern. She’s served as community life coordinator for the facility’s residents for 32 years. In that role, she’s responsible for planning special events and daily ...

Pam Greenfield — helping seniors

BALATON — Hairdresser Pam Greenfield has operated her beauty shop in downtown Balaton for more than 40 years, but a lot of people might not be aware of all the other things she does — or has done over the years — because she doesn’t seek any recognition and prefers to help out behind ...

Housing, utilities discussed

MARSHALL — Members of the public had another chance to talk with their City Council representatives on Thursday, during the second of three planned town hall meetings with council members. “We think it’s important we have contact with constituents,” said council member Craig ...

Cottonwood lifts water advisory; no contaminants found

COTTONWOOD — The city of Cottonwood has lifted an advisory for residents to boil city water before drinking it. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health announced that no contaminants were found in Cottonwood’s water system, and the water is safe to drink. The advisory was issued ...

Three area co-ops to merge

Three area cooperatives will be merging this year, after a vote from their members. Farmers Cooperative Association of Canby, Lyon County Farm Service of Ghent, and Prairie Pride Cooperative of Marshall announced the decision on Friday. The vote outcome was announced to cooperative members at ...

Band to take people back to the ’50s

MARSHALL — Mark Flora of Holy Rocka Rollaz says his band does its best to take people back to the '50s. The Holy Rocka Rollaz is performing at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts at Marshall High School. The concert is part of the Marshall Area Fine Arts ...

‘We have found a leader’

MARSHALL — At a welcoming ceremony for the next permanent president of Southwest Minnesota State University Thursday on campus, Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra reflected back to the listening sessions that jumpstarted the search last fall, recalling some of the top criteria that ...

Ambulance replacement timeline on track in Murray Co.

SLAYTON — Murray County’s ambulance service can look ahead with confidence when it comes to the next replacement of an ambulance unit. County commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting approved a continuation of the vehicle replacement funding system, which includes annual fees assessed to ...

Facing the runoff dilemma

ARSHALL — As the snow piled up around the Marshall area continues to melt, motorists are seeing the results in the form of barricades on some roads. While a flood warning is in effect for the Redwood River near Marshall, both Marshall city and Lyon County staff said the flooding that’s ...

Talking economic development

MARSHALL — Empty storefronts and questions about development were on Marshall residents’ minds at a town hall event Tuesday night. Members of the public gathered to talk to Marshall City Council ward 2 members Russ Labat and Steven Meister in the first of three events planned over the next ...

Jayasuriya named SMSU president

MARSHALL — Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya has been chosen as the 10th permanent president of Southwest Minnesota State University. Jayasuriya was unanimously approved Wednesday by the Minnesota State Human Resources Committee. The president-designate is on campus at 8:30 a.m. today in the ...

Cottonwood issues ‘boil water’ advisory

COTTONWOOD — A water main break in Cottonwood caused the city to turn off its water temporarily on Wednesday, and residents are being advised to boil water before drinking it. City staff were waiting for word from the Minnesota Department of Health before lifting the advisory, said ...

Holy Redeemer eighth-graders to host murder mystery dinner theater

MARSHALL — An interactive entertainment experience awaits the audience today as the Holy Redeemer School eighth-graders get ready to present “Cafe Murder,” a dinner theater murder mystery by Nathan Hartswick. The family-friendly whodunnit murder mystery is set in a small bistro at ...

Monitoring the meltdown

Jeff Biever and Brian Rodas, employees at Lyon County Highway Department’s Russell location, were busy Tuesday cleaning up and getting ready for what Mother Nature might hand out next. While busy with county road maintenance duties, they are also keeping an eye on the Redwood River. ...

Water levels raise concerns for Twin Lakes Park expansion

MARSHALL — Plans to build additional campsites, bathroom facilities and other expansions at Twin Lakes Park drew a lot of public comments, Lyon County officials said. However, a lot of the neighboring landowners’ concerns about the proposal didn’t have as much to do with the park, as with ...

Murray Co. pursues weather damage claims

SLAYTON — The Murray County Board addressed repair needs to three county buildings at Tuesday’s meeting, two of which involve insurance claims for snow and ice damage. County Auditor/Treasurer Heidi Winter told commissioners that claims are in process for the Murray County Museum building ...

Collapsed roof on garage surprises Marshall resident

MARSHALL — When Ann Estrada looked out the window facing her backyard Saturday morning, she noticed something different about the garage roof. It wasn’t there. Some time Friday evening, her husband, Gustavo Estrada, said, the snow and rain must have worked together to give a fatal blow ...

A date for the prom

IVANHOE — Heather Anderson had no idea what she might find when she hurried to the Ivanhoe Elementary School gym Friday morning. What she discovered turned out to be something she never would have guessed. As Ivanhoe Elementary’s principal, Anderson received a call from one of her ...