Local News

Ditch repair on Murray County agenda

SLAYTON — Murray County commissions will address a ditch repair report when it meets today. “On Sept. 6, I inspected Judicial Ditch 14 Branch G - for a reported tile blowout located in Chanarambie Township,” a report by ditch inspector Howard Konkol said. “My inspection found a tile ...

Wefald shares story about how he saved SMSU

MARSHALL — No history of Southwest Minnesota State University would be complete without telling the tale of former president Jon Wefald. “Mention the name Jon Wefald around campus and things stop,” SMSU Communications Director Jim Tate was quoted as saying in a book written by ...

YMC Board approves market study to compare wages

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County Board voted unanimously Tuesday to order a salary market study as requested by YMC Labor Management. “You have to compare (wages) to nearby counties that are competing for our employees,” Assistant County Attorney Amanda Sieling said, “not ...

Beth Moore simulcast leaves an impression, attendees say

MARSHALL — Nearly 200 women flocked to Living Word Lutheran Church in Marshall to hear Christian speaker and author Beth Moore talked about being Captivated — the Wonder of Christ on the Winding Road Saturday because they believe her to be a great speaker. Bonnie Hagberg of Marshall said ...

Ag Bowl at SMSU

Photo by Jody Isaackson There was something for everyone at the Southwest Minnesota State University’s Ag Bowl Saturday prior to the college football game. There were two bounce houses, face painting, a hay maze, a kids’ tractor pull, a petting zoo, and a football toss sponsored by the ...

Trolls camp

Photo by Jody Isaackson Marshall Just for Kix had a Trolls Camp for dancers 3 years old through first grade Saturday at St. Stephen Church. After they learned some dance moves, their instructors, Melissa Rutledge and Kaitlin Gile and assistants, made troll hats as part of the camp.

Craft & Vendor Show

Photo by Jody Isaackson Vendors filled the arena at the Red Baron Arena for the Southwest Minnesota Craft and Vendor Show Sunday. Amelia Morland of Clarkfield, right, with Usborne Books and More shows a book that opens flat for miniature car racing to Peggy and Steve Baugher of Marshall.

Minnesota students lead nation in ACT

MARSHALL — As test scores were released recently, the Marshall Public School District found itself exceeding the state average in all five areas on the ACT college entrance exam — a measure that Minnesota has consistently led for more than a decade. In a news release, Minnesota Gov. Mark ...

Schwan’s celebrates 65 years

MINNEAPOLIS — While Schwan’s celebrated its 65th anniversary at US Bank Stadium Thursday night, the birthplace of this company was very much on the minds of those who attended the exotic food extravaganza event inside US Bank Stadium. “A young man said to his mom and dad, ‘look, I’m ...

Schwan’s chefs are staying on the cutting edge

MINNEAPOLIS — In order to continue its success in the food delivery business, the Schwan’s Food Company has enlisted help from some of the more elite chefs in the nation. Schwan’s looks to its chefs collective to help it stay on the cutting edge of food creativity. These chefs actually ...

YMC Board members report on meetings

GRANITE FALLS — The Yellow Medicine County commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting shared information from the various organizational boards on which they sit. Commissioner Glen Kack had attended a Western Mental Health meeting where they discussed the high cost of their most recent ...

Stepping out of the shadows

MARSHALL — National Honor Society, marching band and honor roll in Marshall High School. Dean’s list, academic scholarships and chosen to be an intern for Sen. Al Franken while a student at Southwest Minnesota State University. Those are just some of the activities and accomplishments that ...

2 deaths under investigation by Marshall Police

MARSHALL — Marshall Police are investigating the deaths of two people, whose bodies were found in the early hours of Wednesday morning and on Thursday morning, respectively. Both deaths were reported on the 100 block of East Main Street. However, foul play is not suspected, and the deaths are ...

For the health of it

MARSHALL — Nearly 200 people swarmed Mattke Field at Southwest Minnesota State University Thursday morning when 3rd- through 5th-graders participated in the Hy-Vee KidsFit health program. Hy-Vee’s certified personal trainer Daira Driftmier led the participants through fitness videos ...

An exercise in safety

MARSHALL — It was only a drill, but the call that went out over the Lyon County dispatch’s radio on Thursday afternoon was serious nonetheless. It described a release of ammonia at the Schwan’s convenience foods plant. One plant employee had been exposed to the ammonia, and was down, the ...

City deals with road complaints

MARSHALL — A public hearing at Tuesday’s Marshall City Council meeting was supposed to be about assessments for street and utility work. But some Marshall residents said their objections went beyond assessment costs. Comments at the hearing included complaints about damaged concrete, ...

Marshall releases bios of city admin finalists

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall has released more details on the six finalist candidates in the search for a new city administrator. Based on short biographies in a Wednesday news release, the finalists include a mix of Minnesota and non-Minnesota residents, with one candidate from ...

Ground contaminants found during infrastructure project in Echo

ECHO — When digging up the west end of Echo’s main street for infrastructure repairs, contractors found ground contaminants apparently from old, leaking petroleum reserves for the gas station. “It’s not uncommon to find contaminants of this sort,” Bollig Inc. Engineering & ...

Verizon hopes to build cellular tower near Ghent

MARSHALL — Verizon cellular’s conditional use permit request to build a communications tower in Grandview Township just outside Ghent cleared a Lyon County hurdle Tuesday. The planning and zoning commission approved the conditional use permit by Verizon cellular to erect the 250-foot ...

Starting down the career path

MARSHALL — Planning for a career and going out into the working world are important steps in life, Judy Moses said. But it’s not always easy to figure them out, and for young people with disabilities, there can be extra factors to consider. Moses and other presenters at a Wednesday night ...