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Marshall volleyball team under quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

MARSHALL — The Marshall High School volleyball team will be under quarantine for two weeks after a close exposure to COVID-19. Marshall, which has already played two matches this season, will have its next three matches postponed. The team was scheduled to hold its home opener on Thursday ...

Dancing and twirling

Photo by Deb Gau Homecoming was different this year for Southwest Minnesota State University because of COVID-19 precautions. But even though in-person events were kept to a minimum, the traditional homecoming parade was still part of the celebrations. Here, members of the SMSU dance team ...

West Side switches to distance learning

MARSHALL — For the first time this fall, a Marshall school will switch to distance learning as a precaution against COVID-19. On Saturday, Marshall Public Schools notified families that there will be no in-person classes at West Side Elementary starting today. The distance learning period ...

Best wishes for 105

MARSHALL — Having a party may not have been possible this year, but Dolores Rans’ family and friends were still finding ways to celebrate her 105th birthday. “I got seven cards in the mail from people I don’t even know,” Rans said Friday. It was nice to see people were thinking of ...

Bishop LeVoir given a fond farewell

NEW ULM — A special drive-by farewell for Bishop John M. LeVoir, bishop of the New Ulm Diocese, was held at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Sunday. A line of cars waited in the Cathedral parking lot for a chance to speak with LeVoir again and thank him for his service to the New Ulm Diocese ...

New MDH guidelines allow bigger groups at bars, restaurants

MARSHALL — It’s not a return to full capacity, but new state guidance is loosening some of its restrictions on restaurants and bars. On Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health rolled out updated guidelines that allow bigger groups of people to be seated together in dining areas. ...

Keeping the tradition going

TYLER — Everything from their classes to sports and school celebrations has been different this year. But some things, like school spirit, hadn’t changed for Russell-Tyler-Ruthton students. Early Friday morning, the lawn in front of RTR High School was bustling with activity, as students ...

Showing support

Around 25 people were spread out near the corner of Highway 23 and Highway 59 in Marshall on Thursday afternoon with flags supporting President Donald Trump. “We just thought we should do something,” said Amy Lyon, one of the supporters carrying flags. “We wanted to get together and ...

SMSU Homecoming goes on – with a little extra distance

MARSHALL — Homecoming traditions are normally all about gathering together. It’s such a central idea that it was planned to be the theme at Southwest Minnesota State University’s celebrations this year. Then COVID-19 happened — and the slogan changed. Now, the university is holding ...

Hwy 23 project close to finish line

GRANITE FALLS — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is warning drivers of traffic delays in Granite Falls, as a major construction project on Minnesota Highway 23 continues. The intersection of Highway 23 and Highway 67 in Granite Falls will be controlled by flaggers today, and ...

SMSU sees largest incoming class since 2016

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University’s class of incoming first-year students is one of its biggest and most diverse in years, and student retention is at a 20-year high, university officials said this week. SMSU announced this week that the university has 349 new first-year ...

Working through the transition

MARSHALL — Avera Marshall Medical Center is in a time of change, as the search for new leadership gears up. But although they’re transitional, Mark Vortherms and Curt Hohman say they will take an active role as interim co-leaders for the hospital. “The intent is to have at least ...

COVID-19 testing draws more than 700 people

MARSHALL — A three-day COVID-19 testing event in Marshall last week drew close to 800 participants, organizers said. While the total was smaller than that at a testing event held in June, local organizers said they were “satisfied” with the turnout. “It’s part of the ...

County steps in for grave problem in Balaton

MARSHALL — Erosion along a steep section of shore at Lake Yankton has been threatening graves at Lakeside Cemetery for more than a year. Now there’s a plan to stabilize the shore, and Lyon County commissioners approved funding to help the cemetery association pay for the repairs. The Lyon ...

Staying a ‘cow-length’ during a pandemic

MARSHALL — After operating her own custom art design business for two years, Marshall High School sophomore Anna Bucher added yet another accomplishment to her resume over the summer in becoming a children’s book illustrator for “Social Distancing and Me, 1 2 3” with her cousin Rick ...

Marshall Schools hires nurse aide for COVID-19 tracking

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 pandemic has meant a lot of additional work for nurses at Marshall Public Schools this year. It’s enough that the district will be hiring a full-time nurse aide to help with COVID-19 response. “Just the tracking of COVID cases has been a lot of work,” MPS ...

Pheasant hunting opens this weekend

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota pheasant hunting season opens at 9 a.m., Saturday with good survey news from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The annual roadside pheasant survey shows a 42% increase in the state pheasant index compared to 2019. The 2020 roadside survey is 37% ...

Lance declares for NFL draft

North Dakota State quarterback and Marshall native Trey Lance has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft. News first reported by Pete Thamel and Yahoo Sports.

A century flies by

MARSHALL — You only turn 100 once, so Pete Labat’s family wanted to pull out the stops to celebrate. “We wanted to do something really special for 100,” said Joyce Persoon, Labat’s daughter. The tricky part was figuring out how to celebrated while still following COVID-19 safety ...

Pet blessing at Holy Redeemer

Photo by Jake Przytarski The Rev. Anthony Stubeda of the Church of the Holy Redeemer blesses Charlie and Jessica Wyffels’ rabbit, Oreo, on Sunday at the Blessing of the Animals event for Saint Francis of Assisi Feast Day. The ecumenical event sponsored by the Secular Franciscan Order ...