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Thirty years of service

WALNUT GROVE — When Walnut Grove native Kerry Knakmuhs decides to be involved in something, he passionately puts his best effort into it. So those who know him well probably weren’t surprised when he ran for a local school board position, was elected and then spent the next three decades ...

Coyote hunt returns to area this weekend

MARSHALL — It’s shaping up to be a cold, snowy weekend, but some area hunters are still planning to spend it outdoors. Organizers for the Buffalo Ridge Coyote Hunting Tournament said Thursday that the event has drawn some pre-registered participants so far. The annual coyote hunt is ...

Snow and wind expected today, low temps through the weekend

MARSHALL — Another winter storm is headed to southwest Minnesota, and the National Weather Service is urging caution while traveling. Several inches of snow, combined with wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour, could lead to drifting snow on roads and reduced visibility. A winter weather ...

Tyler acquires added city-wide broadband access

TYLER — An expansion of broadband Internet possibilities in Tyler is scheduled to take place this year. The community will be offered city-wide broadband service through Woodstock Communications. It will become part of the company’s efforts to use 21st century fiberoptics and wireless ...

Shopko files for bankruptcy protection

MARSHALL — Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection and announced its plans to close 38 more of its stores, but local Shopko customers can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as the Marshall location is not among those marked for closure. According ...

Taking CHARGE

MARSHALL — CHARGE Time is one of the newest additions at Holy Redeemer School and it appears to already be having a positive impact. CHARGE Time is a faith-based life skills program for students in grades 3-8. Resource teacher Mary Surprenant said its purpose is aimed at proactively ...

Marshall Farm Service office open for three days

MARSHALL — Some area Farm Service Agency employees are being called back in to work this week to help farmers with loan services. Some area FSA offices, including the office in Marshall, will be open today, Friday and Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. U.S. Secretary of ...

VanKeulen’s bottom line: Put kids first

MARSHALL — Looking back at 10 years of service on the Marshall Public Schools Board, Karen VanKeulen considered the ongoing bond referendums for facility replacement and upgrades as the biggest challenges during her two and a half terms. The school district placed referendums on the ...

One dead, two injured in Highway 23 crash

JASPER — A Ruthton man was killed, and two people were injured, in a head-on crash on Minnesota Highway 23 near Jasper Monday afternoon. The Minnesota State Patrol said Earl Gruis, 67, of Ruthton, died when a pickup truck crossed the center line and struck Gruis’ vehicle. The crash was ...

Marshall man pleads guilty in sex sting

MARSHALL —  A Marshall man who was charged in connection with a prostitution sting last fall has pleaded guilty to charges of hiring a minor for prostitution. Lyon County court records said a sentencing hearing will be held in March for Todd Mykle Roberts. Roberts, 46, was one of three men ...

Shopko Stores files for bankruptcy protection

The Wisconsin-based retail chain Shopko Stores has filed for bankruptcy protection and announced on Wednesday that it plans to close 38 more stores. The Marshall Shopko store is not among the five designated to close in Minnesota. Along with Mahnomen and Paynesville locations, which were ...

A (m-i-n-i-a-t-u-r-e) win

MARSHALL — Adyson Fischer and William Krenz didn’t let a little thing like age put them at a disadvantage in the 2019 spelling bee on Monday afternoon at Samuel Lutheran School in Marshall. Fischer won the fifth- through eighth-grade contest as a sixth-grader, while Krenz, a fifth- ...

Project to preserve historic Granite Falls river park

GRANITE FALLS — One of the Minnesota River’s best recreational parks has a future in the 21st century thanks to ongoing modernization efforts. The city of Granite Falls and the Appleton-based Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission are four years into the process of ...

Just getting warmed up

MARSHALL — They were all dressed up, but one thing was left before members of the Marshall High School speech team were ready to go. The team gathered in an empty classroom to warm up — a process that involved shaking out arms and legs, stretching out faces, and repeating lots of tongue ...

Area firefighters quench fire at Walnut Grove grain facility

WALNUT GROVE — Putting out a fire at a grain storage facility in Walnut Grove on Sunday afternoon was an effort that reached across counties. Multiple fire departments responded to the Meadowland Farmers Cooperative for a fire underneath a 500-foot grain building. Walnut Grove Fire Chief ...

On the tracks of history

MARSHALL — The railroad lines criscrossing Minnesota and the Dakotas have helped shape the history of whole communities, Rick Mills said. It’s an idea that really becomes clear when looking at a map of rail lines in Lyon County. Mills pointed out the paths of the Chicago and Northwestern ...

Landing the big fish

MARSHALL — Before heading back to college after the holidays, rural Balaton native Kassidy Przymus wanted to go ice fishing with her dad, Bernie Przymus. On Sunday, the avid anglers got that opportunity and the experience ended up being one that neither of them will soon forget as they pulled ...

Local impact could grow

MARSHALL — With a partial government shutdown now on its 22nd day, the questions about what it means for area residents are becoming more urgent. At United Community Action Partnership, executive Director Nancy Straw said the organization was taking stock of how the shutdown, and a lapse in ...

Two-vehicle crash

One vehicle, at left, came to rest against the traffic light pole at East Main Street and Southview Drive, across from Hy-Vee. Two people were transported from the crash scene, Marshall Police said. Marshall Police, the Marshall Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance all responded at the ...

Did you catch a big fish?

With the ice fishing season in full swing now, the Marshall Independent is encouraging area fishing enthusiasts to send in their photos of catching that whopper. Submit photos to mlamb@marshallindependent.com with a small description on catching the fish. Include names and phone numbers in ...