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Referendum passes

MARSHALL — A $29.8 million building referendum that would replace the current West Side Elementary and update other public school buildings was passed by Marshall voters on Tuesday. According to unofficial vote totals, the referendum received 1,950 “yes” votes and 1,180 “no” votes, ...

UCAP gets $2.5 million to begin Head Start construction

MARSHALL — After months of planning, United Community Action Partnership has been awarded $2.533 million from the Office of Head Start toward the construction of a Head Start facility. UCAP Executive Director Nancy Straw said the award announcement brings relief and excitement. ...

City approves tree-planting guidelines

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall City Council approved a new city policy for tree planting on Tuesday afternoon — but not without some questions first. Some council members questioned the wording of parts of the policy, and how it would affect property owners. The policy proposal was ...

Wind energy company to hire 300

MARSHALL — A wind energy company looking to hire around 300 people for a project near Lake Benton and other projects outside Minnesota held a job fair Tuesday at the Lyon County Government Center. While the job fair was slow to steady throughout the afternoon, Colleen Mertes, a recruiting ...

‘A perfect match’

MARSHALL — Oct. 15, 2018, was a day when Brenda Olsen and Lisa Myhrberg’s world caved in. Their hair salon, Perfect Styles — their home away from home for the past 30 years — was destroyed from a fire at 348 W. Main St. That was also the day that Darrel Hoogheem drove up in the ...

Marshall school referendum election today

MARSHALL — Voters will decide fate of the Marshall Public Schools District $29.8 million building referendum today. The polling site located inside the Marshall Middle School at 401 Saratoga St. will open at 7 a.m. today and close at 8 p.m. The referendum is a single-question ballot that ...

Audience to help drive plot for ‘Museum’ production

MARSHALL — For Marshall High School’s latest theater production, the actors will only be a few inches away from the audience members. Marshall High School’s Tiger Theatre is presenting “Museum” Wednesday-Friday in the lobby of the Schwan Community Center for the Arts. Hors ...

‘Always a Mustang’

MARSHALL — “We call this ceremony a commencement for a reason,” Southwest Minnesota State University President Connie Gores said as she spoke with the university’s 2019 graduating class. Commencement didn’t just mark the end of students’ time at SMSU. “It’s the start of ...

A culture question-and-answer

MARSHALL — The two languages use the same letters. But learning the written form of the Hmong language is not like learning the ABCs in English, area residents found out. A slide that presenters Kou Thao and Khou Lor cued up listed all the different parts used to write the sounds spoken in ...

Fishing opener yields mixed results for anglers

SLAYTON — Windy and cool temperatures didn’t stop fishing enthusiasts from putting their lines in the water during Saturday’s Minnesota fishing opener. By noon, people were scattered across Lakes Shetek and Sarah, fishing for walleye, northerns, crappies and perch. The results ...

Nursing professionals ‘never stop learning’

MARSHALL - Southwest Minnesota State University’s four-year nursing degree program continues to grow, and at the same provides a much-needed opportunity for both nursing students and regional health care facilities. It produces four-year graduates such as Chelsea Self, a Tracy resident who ...

Main Street building back in business after October fire

MARSHALL — It’s been nearly seven months since a fire closed down a Main Street building housing a dozen local businesses. But while some work on the inside of the building is still going on, things are getting back to normal. Dan Vogt, owner of the building at 348 West Main, said ...

Area lakes in ‘great shape’ for catching walleye

MARSHALL — It was a rough winter — for fish as well as people, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. But while some area lakes may have seen partial fish die-offs due to this year’s extreme winter weather, populations in southern Minnesota are looking good for Saturday’s ...

Head-on crash injures four near Balaton

BALATON — Four people were injured, two of them seriously, in a head-on crash Thursday morning on Lyon County Road 5, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office said. An 18-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy were transported by air from Avera Marshall Medical Center to hospitals in Sioux Falls, ...

Simulating poverty

By Karin Elton kelton@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — What’s it like to be poor? People whose job it is to help the less fortunate got a chance to find out how to try to navigate through life on limited resources. Southwest Health and Human Services sponsored a “poverty ...

SW Health and Human Services reaches balanced budget goal

MARSHALL — Southwest Health and Human Services had a three-year string of budget deficits, one that ended when it finished 2018 solidly in the black. Agency director Beth Wilms said the six-county agency, which serves Lyon, Redwood, Murray, Lincoln, Pipestone and Rock counties, finished ...

Hands-on experience

MARSHALL — Nonprofits rely on volunteers and an agency that helps the elderly and their caregivers has been helped immensely by three Southwest Minnesota State University seniors. “It has been an absolute godsend to have had three students help this semester,” said Rebekah Reynolds, ...

‘Time to replace them’

MARSHALL — Aaron VanMoer wants to get rid of all the “Christmas trees” in Lyon County. The county engineer told the Lyon County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday morning that the intersection street signs that look like trees are faded and “have met their life expectancy and it’s ...

Sioux Falls man pleads guilty in Marshall sex sting

MARSHALL — A Sioux Falls man arrested as part of a prostitution sting in Marshall in October has pleaded guilty in Lyon County District Court, court records said. Court records said George Everett Scott Croucher, 29, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of hiring or agreeing to hire a minor ...

Suspects in area drug busts appear in court

Three people arrested in connection with drug busts in Lincoln and Lyon counties appeared in court Tuesday. Karen Kay Gronewald, 57, of Hendricks, made her first appearance in Lincoln County District Court, court records said. Gronewald was one of two people arrested after law enforcement ...