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George Floyd memorial vandalized — and rebuilt — again

MARSHALL — A display of artwork remembering George Floyd and others has taken a lot of damage over the past two months. “This is the fourth generation we’ve had of it,” said Julie Walker. The display, located in the parking lot of the Southwest Minnesota State University Alumni and ...

One dead in UTV crash in Redwood Co.

WABASSO — One person died in a two-vehicle crash Saturday south of Wabasso, the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office said. While the Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the person killed, they said the person was driving a Polaris Ranger UTV that was struck by an SUV in rural Vail ...

MN reports 871 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 871 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, the fourth straight day the state has reported more than 700 new cases. The spike in new daily cases was one of the largest in Minnesota since May, the Star Tribune reported. But the ...

Prepping for primary

MARSHALL — The primary election for U.S. Congress and Senate races in Minnesota is coming up in just a couple weeks. While absentee ballots are still coming in, the Lyon County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office is also taking steps that are meant to help make it easier for voters to participate ...

A race chaser

Southwest Minnesota State University alumnus Tom Berg is, literally, a race chaser. That’s the reason for the growing success of his Racechaser.net blog, which chronicles anything racing at seven tracks he frequents during the season from his home base in Fargo, N.D. Berg, a Clarkfield ...

First COVID-19 death reported in Murray Co.

MURRAY COUNTY — The Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that a Murray County resident has died of COVID-19. It is the first death from the virus reported in Murray County. The MDH does not release details that could identify individual people, for medical privacy reasons. ...

Candidate filings open Tuesday for city, school elections

The candidate filing period for municipal and school district elections that do not hold primaries opens on Tuesday. In Lyon County, there will be elections held for city council seats, township supervisors, and school board members. The filing period runs from July 28 through Tuesday, Aug. ...

COVID-19 testing in Tyler, Marshall finds 8.8% positive rate

TYLER — A community COVID-19 testing event in Tyler last week found a total of 16 positive cases, but the impact of coronavirus in Lincoln County this month has been bigger. An additional 77 cases came in through the sample collection site at Avera Marshall, Avera representatives said. A ...

June a busy month for new shared emergency manager

MARSHALL — When Amber Scholten became the joint emergency manager for Lincoln and Lyon counties, there was plenty to do right off the bat. “I got to jump right in with the Marshall community (COVID-19) testing,” Scholten told Lyon County commissioners on Tuesday. She updated the county ...

Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run hits the road Saturday

AMIRET — There’s been a lot of change to summer events this year. With everything going on, organizers of the Toys 4 Tots Motorcycle Run aren’t sure what to expect at this weekend’s event. But at the same time, the economic hardship caused by COVID-19 might mean the Toys 4 Tots ...

Marshall-Lyon County Library offers Internet hotspots

The Marshall-Lyon County Library (MLCL) announces a new offering, mobile Internet hotspots. A mobile Internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a Wi-Fi connection, allowing people to connect to the Internet where there is not typically strong, or any, Wi-Fi access. “Due to the current ...

3,800 apples in a day

MARSHALL — The parking lot at the Marshall Hy-Vee is often busy, but Wednesday morning was something different, said store director Matt Parkhurst. “By 9:30 they were starting to back up,” Parkhurst said. A line of around 30 vehicles stretched from parking lot entrances off of ...

Gov. Walz issues statewide mask order

MARSHALL — Starting this weekend, Minnesotans will be required to wear masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a new executive order from Gov. Tim Walz. At a Wednesday news conference that included state officials, business owners and infectious disease experts, the ...

Marshall Scouts invite youth to virtual camping event

MARSHALL — It started out as a way to meet badge requirements during a time of social distancing. But Cub Scout Pack 320’s experiment in “virtual” camping was such a hit, the boys wanted to try it again, parents said. On Friday night, area Scouts will be hosting another virtual ...

A balancing act

Ogden Newspapers Joyce Faber’s elective surgery has been postponed twice so far this year. It’s been rescheduled for September, but she’s worried that the lengthy wait could cause complications. “My son is graduating with his doctorate in December,” she said in a recent interview. ...

‘I thought I was checking out’

Joe Warnke remembers June 13 as the day he grabbed a tablet and started to write down information for his obituary. “I thought I was checking out,” he said one month after recovering from the COVID-19 virus and quarantining in his Marshall home. That was also the day Warnke called the ...

Lyon Co. Board hears funding request for treatment center

MARSHALL — Mental health resources are an important need for children and families in southwest Minnesota, Jerry Bottelberghe said. But for kids and youth who need residential treatment, placements are hard to come by — they may end up having to travel to facilities far away or even out of ...

Open car trunk for 10 free apples at Hy-Vee parking lot

MARSHALL — From Galesburg, Ill., to the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Hy-Vee has been giving away fruit by the thousands. Today will be Marshall’s turn. In partnership with its fruit supplier (Stemilt) the Hy-Vee store located on East Main Street will be giving away more than 3,800 apples to ...

A place to remember

MARSHALL — It’s a project that’s been a long time coming, but the progress toward a veterans’ memorial in downtown Marshall has really picked up this summer. Concrete pavement has been poured and flagpoles are in place, and memorial organizers say some of the next big steps in the plan ...

3.9% test positive at Tyler testing event

TYLER — Results from last week’s community COVID-19 testing event in Tyler are still coming in, but as of Monday afternoon, 15 people had tested positive, Avera Tyler spokespeople said. That total includes seven people who were between the ages of 11 and 17, and eight people between the ...