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Scholarship program takes aim at workforce shortage

MARSHALL — The state of Minnesota is facing a couple of tough trends, said Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra. Employers in industries like manufacturing are facing a significant worker shortage. At the same time, potential workers are struggling to pay for the education they need ...

Tyler moves ahead with city administrator search

TYLER — City council members plan to fill their city administrator vacancy later this summer. Current city administrator Robert Wolfington resigned last month to accept the city manager position in Montevideo. His final regular Tyler City Council meeting took place last week. Tyler Mayor ...

Cast members from TV show ‘enjoy memories’ of Walnut Grove

MARSHALL — When she arrives in Walnut Grove this weekend, Pamela Roylance, who played Sarah Carter on “Little House on the Prairie,” hopes to explore the museum, the sod house and Plum Creek. “I am also looking forward to meeting the local residents who have devoted their time and ...

Anticipation grows for Hobby Lobby

MARSHALL — Renovations for a planned Hobby Lobby store in Marshall are getting closer to completion — and the company has announced the store will open this summer. In a news release this week, Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., said the new Marshall location at Highway 23 and East Lyon Street is ...

Alley improvements one step closer for Marshall neighborhood

MARSHALL — A group of Marshall residents’ petition for a storm sewer in their alleyway is starting to see some results. On Tuesday evening, members of the Marshall City Council voted unanimously to bring the request to a public hearing later this month. If the council approves the ...

YMC unveils CodeRED notification system

GRANITE FALLS — Residents throughout Yellow Medicine County will soon have more immediate access to urgent emergency-related information. Sheriff Bill Flaten informed county commissioners about the county’s upcoming CodeRED implementation at Tuesday’s board meeting. It will include ...

Tracy City Council debates conflict of interest concern

TRACY — City Council member Tony Peterson folded his arms on his chest, his voice trembling. “Ten years. Ten years I never … 10 years I have never lost my temper. Tonight, you are making me lose my temper,” Peterson said during Monday night’s meeting. His statement was part of ...

Marshall native receives College of St. Benedict award

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Andrea Carrow Morsching was initially a little disappointed when she heard she was receiving the College of St. Benedict Decade Award. She had nominated a friend who is in the health care field who she thought was more deserving. Nevertheless, Morsching said she was ...

‘Kept coming back’

MARSHALL — The Marshall Area Fine Arts Council (MAFAC) named Marshall resident Becky Wyffels who has been volunteering for MAFAC for 17 years the recipient of the eighth annual Stella Peterson Volunteer of the Year Award at its Volunteer Appreciation Reception. “I’ve been volunteering ...

Second crash involving a deer, motorcycle reported

MILROY — A motorcyclist was injured in a collision with a deer on Monday morning on Minnesota Highway 19 in Redwood County, the Minnesota State Patrol said. It’s the second deer/motorcycle crash reported in the area in the past week. Lonnie Mercie, 58, of Vesta, was taken to Avera ...

Too much water

MARSHALL — Water is a great thing until there gets to be too much of it. The Lyon County Board at its regular board meeting Tuesday morning had a discussion about Lake of the Hills. Commissioner Rick Anderson told the rest of the board that the lake was having problems with high water. The ...

Who’s coming back to town?

BALATON — Fun Fest organizers say they enjoy seeing who comes back to town, and that’s why they volunteer. “We’ve seen it evolve in to an event that families come back home for. They are appreciative of the fact that there is a festival and there’s something to do when they get ...

Recent SMSU grad learns the legal system

GRANITE FALLS — Madison Getz is spending much of her summer of 2019 working on the front lines of county-based legal business. Getz, who graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University in May with a four-year degree in justice administration, is assisting Yellow Medicine County Attorney ...

Legacy Grant funds help preserve National Register places

The Murray County Museums have received three grants in the last six months from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund administered through the Minnesota Historical Society, according to museums coordinator Janet Timmerman. These grants are made possible by the Legacy ...

Special delivery

MINNEOTA — She had just started having contractions Wednesday morning, Stephanie Schilling said. But as her sister was driving her from Porter to the hospital in Marshall, Schilling could tell that her baby was going to be born sooner than expected. Schilling called 911. “I told them, ...

Collision with deer injures motorcyclist

VESTA — A Franklin man was injured when his motorcycle hit a deer early Thursday morning in Vesta Township, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Paul Woods, 61, was riding westbound on Minnesota Highway 19 around 5:30 a.m., when his motorcycle struck a deer, the State Patrol said. The ...

having fun painting

Young children at Amanda Schwartz’s day care in Marshall painted tiles (and sometimes legs and arms) Wednesday morning. The tiles will have felt pads on the bottom so they can be used as a coaster, Schwartz said.

Celebrating Independence Day

MARSHALL — Adults and children ignored a weather forecast that called for chance of thunderstorms and enjoyed Fourth of July festivities at Independence Park Thursday. Many families were relaxing, enjoying the bouncy houses, kite flying, food, the kid’s fishing competition and the city ...

Nursing home closure impacts hospital budget

SLAYTON — Favorable budget trends this spring at Murray County Medical Center in Slayton are about to be tested by the closing of the city’s nursing home. The Slayton Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, which until several weeks ago housed 38 residents, has completed its closure ...

Burke becomes Murray County’s first administrator

SLAYTON — Murray County’s search for its first-ever county administrator concluded Tuesday with the hiring of Thomas Burke. Commissioner and Board Chairman Dave Thiner presented a recommendation from the county personnel committee, which includes two out of the five commissioners. It ...