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Schwan’s taking on e-commerce opportunities

MARSHALL — On March 19, 1952, 23-year-old Marvin Schwan packed up his “beat-up 1946 Dodge panel van with 14 gallons of his family’s ice cream and delivered it to rural families in western Minnesota.” That’s the story that is told on the Schwan's company website. Today, the ...

Diving into the data

MARSHALL — They had a lot of information to go through — results from focus groups, a community survey and comments from the 80 or so people who attended the World Cafe event back in August. And while Marshall City Council members and key city employees set aside time for a five-hour ...

MPCA takes Clean Cars program testimony

MARSHALL — Representatives from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency heard two types of messages Wednesday evening at a public comment meeting for the Clean Cars Minnesota proposal. About 35 people filled the community room at the Marshall-Lyon County Library for the two-hour session. ...

Area to observe Veterans Day with numerous programs

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota residents will be joining people across the country in observing Veterans Day on Monday. Area communities will be holding programs, meals and other events honoring U.S. military service members. In Marshall, the day will include a special look at the meaning in ...

They are the talk of the town

MARSHALL — It was a chance to sit down and have a chat over a cup of coffee — but this time, the conversation had some special guests. Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes and Marshall City Administrator Sharon Hanson visited the Marshall Adult Community Center on Thursday morning for an event called ...

Marshall gets bids for city hall project

MARSHALL — The city of Marshall opened construction bids for the planned renovations at its Municipal Building on Thursday. Of three bidders, the apparent low base bid was $4.89 million, from Brennan Companies of Mankato. Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson said Thursday there is ...

Reading about a pot of stew and more

MARSHALL — Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Scott Monson read the book, “Thank you, Omu!” by Oge Mora, Thursday morning to kindergartners in Amy Barker’s class at Park Side. Monson was one of the volunteers who read to grades pre-K through second grade nationwide as part of ...

Making the road safe

MARSHALL — Doing some basic things can help make a life-or-death difference when you’re traveling on the highway, said Sgt. Adam Connor of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. He listed them off: following the speed limit, wearing a seatbelt, and having a sober driver. Having law ...

Medical careers bring sisters closer together

MARSHALL — Over the years, sisters Anna Gregoire and Amy Full have stayed close. They shared a bedroom as kids, and they both played volleyball with the Marshall Tigers in high school. As adults, they even lived together for a year, while Amy went to dental school and Anna attended medical ...

Falling snow paints a different scene

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — It’s official when the National Weather Service issues a winter weather advisory — be careful on the roads. On Monday, snow flurries were originally forecast for southwest Minnesota for Tuesday and today. The National Weather Service Sioux Falls office upgraded its ...

Lyon Co. raises waste assessments to support recycling

MARSHALL — In this fall’s controversy over curbside recycling service in Lyon County, county commissioners said they heard some clear messages from the public. County residents said they wanted curbside pickup to continue, and they would be willing to pay more to make it possible. Based ...

Hamer drug charges headed to trial

MARSHALL — Charges of drug possession against Lincoln County Commissioner Richard Hamer could be headed to a trial next week, but it’s not certain. In a Tuesday afternoon hearing, Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes said the prosecution still hadn’t received a laboratory analysis report that ...

Murray County Board expands HVAC project

SLAYTON — When it comes to government center heating and air conditioning, the Murray County Board decided to pay more in 2020 to avoid most likely paying an even higher cost later. The board unanimously voted Tuesday to work with its consultant, Dunham & Associates Inc. of Minneapolis, ...

Putting her ‘career on the line’

MARSHALL — Jennifer A. Nielsen, author of the Maud Hart Lovelace Division 2 winner “A Night Divided,“ said she was happy the book has been so successful. She spoke to the fifth- and sixth-graders Monday morning at Marshall Middle School and also the seventh and eighth grades before ...

Marshall Schools to take bids for Park Side construction

MARSHALL — The next step forward in some major construction planned in the Marshall Public School District will be coming later this month. Members of the Marshall School Board voted Monday to advertise for bids for a building addition Park Side Elementary, and security updates to Park Side, ...

What happened to fall season?

SIOUX FALLS — Like the rest of state, southwest Minnesota is being forced to swallow an early taste of winter so far this fall. According to Samantha Garrett with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, temperatures in the region have been averaging more than 10 degrees ...

New site for business

MARSHALL — The former Shopko building is truly empty now. Shopko Optical was still conducting business there but now will open today at 1101 E. College Drive, the former Family Video location on East College and Bruce Street. Dr. Ken Ristau will continue as the optometrist for Shopko ...

CareerForce strives to retain regional workers

PIPESTONE — The CareerForce job assistance offices in Greater Minnesota have had a stretch of busy months, largely because of a series of shutdowns by major employers. The latest such situation, involving the closure of the J&B Group Meats plant in Pipestone, is being addressed with ...

Sorting out recyclables

MARSHALL — When Lyon County started reconsidering its options for curbside pickup, it brought recycling into the public eye in a big way. Now, the county has a new curbside recycling schedule ready to start on Monday, and new recycling bins for each of the drop sites serving area communities ...

Board of Bremer Financial rejects plan by trustees to possibly sell

The announcement Monday by Otto Bremer Trust indicating the possible sale of Bremer Financial Corp. could possibly lead to a legal and shareholder fight. Clarise Tushie-Lessard, vice president of communications with Bremer Financial Corp. released a letter to employees from President and CEO ...