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More trash, lower fees in the future for Lyon County landfill

LYON COUNTY — Plans for the future at the Lyon County sanitary landfill include more garbage than before, but lower fees for dumping it there. Speakers at Thursday night’s annual meeting for the landfill said they anticipated Redwood and Renville County will begin hauling solid waste to ...

Fruits of their labor

COTTONWOOD — For the past five years, the Marshall-based Southwest Swim Club has had a unique partnership as part of their fundraising effort. Instead of selling products, they decided to do a little good old-fashioned labor. And by picking grapes at Prairie Breezes Vineyard in Cottonwood, ...

Commissioners approve Garvin archery hunt

MARSHALL — Approving archery deer hunting for Garvin Park wasn’t controversial for Lyon County commissioners earlier this week. However, in discussion of deer hunting in the park, commissioners did weigh in on comments made by area residents at a meeting with the Minnesota Department of ...

Lakeview senior hosts blood drive

COTTONWOOD — College is expensive and winning a scholarship helps pay those bills. Lakeview High School senior Sierra Plotz recently planned and hosted a blood drive this summer at the Cottonwood Community Center as part of a scholarship project through Leaders Save Lives. “I was a ...

Gores announces retirement

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University President Dr. Connie Gores has spent a lifetime committed to higher education and believes in its transformative power. Throughout her career, she’s shown strong leadership — even breaking gender barriers by becoming SMSU’s first female ...

Two injured in crash in Garvin

GARVIN — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 and 120th Street in Garvin Thursday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The crash was reported around 12:50 p.m., the State Patrol said. A 2015 Chrysler Town and Country minivan driven by Paulette Stefanick, ...

A half-century of music

COTTONWOOD — Christ Lutheran Church organist Gwen Arneson was recognized for 50 years of dedicated service with her musical talents Aug. 26 during a church service in Cottonwood. “It was a lovely surprise,” she said. “A gift was presented to me during the service. Two of my three ...

Presidential disaster declaration issued for Minnesota flooding

Minnesota will be receiving public assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for damage caused by flooding and storms this summer. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in 27 Minnesota counties and three tribal nations, making federal funding ...

Minneota to celebrate Boxelder Bug Days

MINNEOTA — There will be dancing in the streets in Minneota this weekend as the 2018 Boxelder Bug Days annual event gets underway. Singing sensation Kayla Daniels will be kicking off the weekend today beginning at 9 p.m. Boxelder Bug Day attendees can enjoy additional performances from ...

A weekend of music is planned for the Brau Brothers Hopfest

MARSHALL — Brau Brothers Brewery of Marshall is promising a hopping good time at Hopfest 2018 this weekend. The event will include beer, food, music, games, bouncy house and the local beer enthusiast club, S.M.A.S.H., owners say, as well as several Minnesota bands. Beginning this evening, ...

REALTORS Relief Fund applications open for flood damage

MARSHALL — In the wake of July’s rainstorms and flooding, an additional source of assistance is available for area residents. The REALTORS Relief Fund has funds available for people impacted by the July 3 flooding, and is taking applications. Christopher Galler, CEO of Minnesota ...

Statewide system calls for ‘even playing field’ for students

MARSHALL — In his new role as Marshall Public School director of teaching and learning, Jeremy Williams told board members about Minnesota’s new North Star Accountability System and how it places equity and well-rounded educational opportunities at the center of school supports and ...

Lake Shetek Lake Association committee requests dams

SLAYTON — The Murray County Board heard a request for support from the newly-formed Lake Shetek Lake Association ad hoc committee at its Tuesday meeting. After the flooding around the Lake Shetek area this summer, nearby property owners are concerned about the dangers of flooding again in ...

SBA Disaster Loans available for area residents, businesses

MARSHALL — A new resource for area residents affected by this summer’s flooding and severe storms opened its doors today in Marshall. Staff at the U.S. Small Business Administration outreach center at the MERIT Center said a steady stream of people had been coming in all morning to apply ...

ECFE/Little Cubs Preschool open house

Photo by Jenny Kirk Heather Anderson, left, looks on as her daughters, 3-year-old Zoie and 5-year-old Rylee Anderson, receive a fidget spinner from Marshall Police Department officer Ben Rieke during the Early Childhood Family Education and Little Cubs Preschool open house and vehicle fair on ...

MPS reports rising enrollment

MARSHALL — As the 2018-19 school year kicked off on Tuesday, it seemed entirely appropriate that the Marshall Public School Board would take a look at student enrollment. And since enrollment at MPS has increased for the ninth straight year, it’s become a common conversation. This year, ...

2 Hanley Falls residents hurt in weekend collision

RUTHTON — Two Hanley Falls residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 23 on Sunday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol said. The crash was reported around 1:28 p.m., the State Patrol said. A 1994 Ford pickup driven by Bernard Heck, 61, of Hanley Falls was ...

Strandberg stays active working in his vegetable garden

MARSHALL — John Strandberg is not only one of Marshall’s oldest gardeners, he also might be one of the best. At age 93, Strandberg grows a vegetable garden that covers half of his good-sized backyard. He also built his own fence to surround the garden in order to keep out neighborhood ...

Lyon County commissioners hear budget and levy proposal

MARSHALL — There was just one item on the Lyon County commissioners’ agenda Tuesday morning. But it was a big subject: the 2019 budget and levy. Lyon County Administrator Loren Stomberg presented a proposal with net levy of about $14.89 million, an increase of 2.95 percent from ...

Tracy residents pay tribute to Marben

TRACY — To those who knew him, the late Art Marben was one-of-a-kind. At a life remembrance celebration for Marben on Monday morning at Tracy Area High School, people described him as a phenomenal ballplayer, decorated Marine and remarkable teacher, coach and administrator. Even more ...