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AG Ellison investigating Bremer dispute

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Monday that he is investigating the circumstances surrounding the trustees’ sale of its Bremer Financial Corporation shares. Ellison’s announcement follows a string of events involving Minnesota’s fourth largest Bank which has a ...

Marshall loses ‘an absolute gem’

MARSHALL — The news is reverberating around Marshall and beyond. A much-loved Marshall presence is gone. Pravit “Vit” Rojawat died suddenly Thursday at his home in Marshall at the age of 58. He was known for his smile and welcoming presence at Hunan Lion, which is owned by his sister ...

Census, legislative issues in spotlight at league forum

NEW ULM — A public forum on the 2020 Census and state legislative issues was held by the League of Women Voters (LWV) Saturday at the Oakwood Methodist Church. 2020 Census Paul Huffman, the Census and Redistricting coordinator for LWV in Minnesota, discussed the upcoming census and the ...

House fire displaces 7 in Morton

MORTON — A Sunday afternoon house fire displaced seven people, according to the Renville County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting a house on fire on the 300 block of Walnut Drive North in Morton. The owner called to report heavy smoke and flames ...

‘A fun day’ of twirling

MARSHALL — A baton twirling clinic was hosted by KayKo Studio to introduce something new to the Marshall area. “I’m just excited to share my knowledge with the girls and I just hope they have fun and can take something away from it,” said Kayleigh Kontz, owner of KayKo ...

UCAP hires new executive director

After a several month search, United Community Action Partnership has announced the hiring of Debi Brandt as its new executive director.    Brandt was the community services director for UCAP and then moved on to fill the interim executive director position in October. Taking the ...

Group strives for healthier Southwest

MARSHALL — Bike paths, walking trails, worksite wellness — a Marshall area group has been working hard all year for A Healthier Southwest. A Healthier Southwest, a group funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), met Wednesday to review the past year’s ...

Next steps

MARSHALL — The early steps of a major construction project at Marshall Public Schools may have encountered a setback, when bids for expansions at Park Side Elementary came back higher than anticipated. But the district is still moving forward — the next steps came this week, along with the ...

Marshall police investigating 2 reports of voter registration fraud

MARSHALL — Marshall Police are investigating two reports of potential voter registration fraud in Marshall, according to daily incident reports from Thursday. The incidents may have involved individual people registering to vote when they were not eligible, said Lyon County Attorney Rick ...

Leveling the education playing field

MARSHALL — Before Gov. Tim Walz took the lectern to speak Tuesday afternoon before a roomful of area educators convening to address education issues in rural Minnesota, Dr. Kumara Jayasuriya, Southwest Minnesota State University president, took a moment to tell what SMSU is doing to help ...

Peace vigil returns to downtown corner

MARSHALL — It had been a long time since they had spoken out against military strikes in the Middle East. But a few of the posters members of the Marshall Area Peace Seekers held hadn’t changed much at all. One sign, that originally read “Say No To War With Iraq,” had the word ...

45 years…selling hardware and more in Marshall area

MARSHALL — Bryan Rogge stood at his service station inside Ace Home & Hardware on Highway 59 and looked toward owners Mike Fox and Jennifer Johnson. “These guys were little when I started,” Rogge said. He started at Marshall Lumber Company 43 years ago, about two years after Ray ...

Lyon Co. sets date, location for refugee hearing

MARSHALL — After a request for consent to resettle refugees in Lyon County drew more public comments than time allowed, county commissioners will be holding a special meeting on the topic. The Lyon County Administrator’s office announced that the meeting will be held Jan. 28 in the ...

Marshall public works director to retire this year

MARSHALL — Glenn Olson has had a long run with the city of Marshall. “It’ll be just over 19 years on June 12,” said Olson, Marshall’s director of public works and city engineer. Through that time, he’s worked on everything from city infrastructure projects to major updates on ...

SMSU professor wins $1 million Powerball prize

ROSEVILLE — A college professor from southwest Minnesota who has been enriching the minds of students for 20 years struck it rich by winning $1 million playing Powerball. John Engstrom of Mountain Lake said it was a “fluke“ that he even purchased a Powerball ticket on Dec. 18. ...

Walz tours Armory

MARSHALL — We might drive by it every day and not really see it. It’s just there and has been for decades. We might have been inside it for a community event or have never been inside. But the National Guard Armory on Timmerman Drive in Marshall is a vital part of the Marshall area ...

Legislators give update on child care reforms at town hall meeting

MARSHALL — A few long-running concerns, like the need for better child care access in southwest Minnesota, came back before area legislators Tuesday morning, at a town hall meeting at the Marshall Area YMCA. Rep Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, and Rep Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, said there was ...

County calls for hearing on refugee resettlement

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners were supposed to discuss a request to allow the continued resettlement of refugees in the county. But there were so many members of the public speaking at a Tuesday county board meeting, that commissioners instead called for a hearing later this ...

Insulin, gun control and pot are topics at New Ulm Town Hall

NEW ULM — State Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, and State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, talked about a variety of subjects at a joint town hall meeting at the New Ulm Pizza Ranch Monday night. Dahms offered some good news on insulin legislation, saying emergency insulin legislation is ...

Like father, like son at the dentist office

MARSHALL — Marshall Dental Excellence patients won’t be seeing Dr. John Frerich in his familiar crisp shirt and tie anymore. After almost 30 years as a dentist in Marshall — Frerich has given up his shirt and tie. He nows wears scrubs to work. “After wearing a shirt and tie to work ...