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‘I don’t feel like I’m 100’

HENDRICKS – Norma Siverson may be 100 years old, but she doesn’t feel it. “I don’t feel like I’m 100,” she said. “I have no arthritis, no pain. I quilt. My daughter puts the quilt tops on and takes them off the frame,” Siverson said after celebrating her birthday Sept. 21. ...

Preparing for the unexpected

MARSHALL — The sound of gunfire echoing off the walls at a school is something no one ever wants to imagine hearing. But with school shootings dramatically on the rise, more and more schools are taking precautions and making sure everyone is as prepared as possible if a school intruder ...

Yellowstone National trail proposal includes region

GRANITE FALLS — A proposal to create a 21st century version of the Appalachian Trail and Route 66 could lead to future recreational and economic benefits in much of western Minnesota. The Yellowstone Trail Alliance, a coalition of supporters for the plan, wants to establish a tourism path ...

Johnson: It’s different this time

MARSHALL — Jeff Johnson knows what it feels like just before losing a Minnesota gubernatorial election. He lost to Mark Dayton by 6 percentage points in 2014. This time Johnson says it feels dramatically different just a week before the Nov. 6 election. Johnson flew on a fixed-wing ...

RTR facility task force recommends to build new school

TYLER — The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Facility Task Force has made a recommendation to close some or all of the existing three school facilities and to build a new pre-K to 12th grade school facility and they will pass that information along to the school board at its Nov. 14 meeting. Due to ...

Contested Tracy, Russell races among Lyon Co. mayoral races

The races on the ballot in Lyon County on Nov. 6 include a lot of city council and township board elections, but some area communities will also be casting votes for mayor. This year, two mayoral races in Lyon County are contested: there are two candidates running for mayor in both Tracy and ...

Murray County commissioners call for government center bids

SLAYTON — One short meeting of the Murray County Board on Tuesday equals a big change at the county government center. Within a half hour, the board launched a courtroom remodeling project by calling for bids. Bids will be open at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 29 in a special board meeting. Construction ...

Ballot questions headed for the polls next Tuesday in Tracy

TRACY – For many precincts in Lyon County, the upcoming election will mean choosing new members of local, county, state and national government. In Tracy, there will be something else in addition. Tracy voters will be deciding on two ballot questions on Nov. 6. Both questions concern ...

Marshall hosts state Legion conference

MARSHALL — As the American Legion gets set to celebrate 100 years (1919-2019), it’s the ideal time to commemorate the past, but also to take note of where the organization is and to put plans in place to shape its future. As more than 400 people gathered in Marshall recently for the 2018 ...

Taste of Marshall

Photo by Jenny Kirk Jo Schroepfer and a steady line of attendees were served by Mariachi representatives during the 2018 Taste of Marshall event in the Upper Level Conference Center at Southwest Minnesota State University. Taste of Marshall, sponsored by Reinhart Food Service, provided an ...

Kruse, Ritter discuss county infrastructure and agriculture

MARSHALL – Lyon County Commissioner candidates talked about local issues Thursday night, in one of several candidate panel discussions held in Marshall. Commissioner Steve Ritter and challenger Al Kruse discussed topics ranging from public infrastructure to agriculture in Lyon County. ...

Facilities needs ‘major things we face’;

MARSHALL – All four candidates running for Marshal Public School Board in the upcoming election gathered Thursday to talk about the district’s needs, from facilities to academic programs. The panel, which brought together current school board members Jeff Chapman and Aaron Ziemer as well ...

Road finally gets longer for MERIT Center

MARSHALL — “It’s been a long road to make this a longer road,” Rep. Chris Swedzinski said, addressing the group of people gathered at the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT ) Center on Thursday. Swedzinski said it jokingly, but it was still a pretty accurate ...

Council candidates discuss housing, jobs and growth

MARSHALL — Election Day is getting nearer, and candidates running for Marshall City Council were sharing their positions on local issues Thursday night. Marshall residents and a panel of local media posed questions on topics ranging from city finances to economic development. The panel ...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

MARSHALL — Conquering cancer is half the battle. Dealing with the aftereffects of chemotherapy and radiation is a whole other fight. The good news is that Brieann Alston of Marshall, who was diagnosed last year with breast cancer, has been pronounced “cancer free” by her doctors. ...

One injured in Thursday crash in Marshall

MARSHALL — One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash reported Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and U.S. Highway 59 in Marshall, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 1:01 p.m. A southbound 1998 Dodge pickup driven by Jordan Biehn, 22, ...

MPS gathers community input on long-range facilities planning

MARSHALL — Every Marshall Public School administrator and several board members were in attendance at the Community Input Meeting regarding long-range facilities planning on Wednesday evening in the Marshall High School media center. ICS Consulting’s Pat Overom was also present and ...

Suite Liv’n owners release statement on Sunrise Court

MARSHALL — The new owners of the Sunrise Court apartment complex in Marshall said “life-threatening safety issues” with the buildings’ heating systems were the reason they decided to terminate tenants’ leases. On Wednesday, L2C, LLC, doing business as Suite Liv’n, released a ...

Zebra mussels confirmed in Lake Sarah in Murray County

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Sarah in Murray County. The DNR released a report Thursday that a lake service provider business contacted the DNR after finding zebra mussels on docks it removed from the lake for the season. DNR staff surveyed ...

‘A lot of funny scenes’ in ‘Robin Hood’

MARSHALL — Together with a pair of directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, 59 Holy Redeemer School students in grades K-8 will be presenting “Robin Hood” today and Saturday. A lot of HRS students have had the opportunity to be part of a play for at least 15 years, according to HRS ...