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New order draws disappointment and gratitude for moving forward

MARSHALL — Bars and restaurants with outdoor seating areas are among the businesses affected by the next phase of a plan to reopen Minnesota. But while some local restaurants say they’ll open up their patios, the move wasn’t what they were hoping for. “I think we were hoping to have ...

Restaurants cook up creativity, adapt to uncertainty

Ogden Newspapers At Forte, a restaurant in Jamestown, New York, presentation matters. Before March, dining out was more about the social interaction — the presentation of courses and the inevitable Instagram post to follow — than it was about the weight of the plastic to-go box. At ...

‘This is just the right time’

MARSHALL — For the past several decades, Rehkamp Horvath Funeral Directors has held its place along West Lyon Street in Marshall, anchoring the spot since 1946. Over the years, the site has continued to expand with the addition of a chapel and more remodeling to make it become what it is ...

Swedzinski, Drost get endorsements in District 16A House race

The campaign season leading up to the Nov. 3 general election is heating up as several local candidates running for state Legislature seats recently received party endorsements. Meanwhile, a current Lyon County commissioner announced he is running for re-election. Rep. Chris Swedzinski ...

Lyon Co. to re-open Government Center

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Government Center will be opening back up to the public this week. But that doesn’t mean that precautions against COVID-19 are going away at the same time. County offices will be conducting business by appointment only starting on Thursday, Lyon County ...

Walz signs bill aiding farmers facing foreclosure

ST. PAUL — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill that stops farm foreclosures until Dec. 1 for farmers struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic who elect to take part in creditor mediation. Minnesota’s Farmer-Lender Mediation Act requires any creditor foreclosing on agricultural ...

Torkelson, Kimmel discuss legislative issues

ST. PAUL — District 16B Republican Rep. Paul Torkelson of Hanska and Democratic challenger and New Ulm native Mindy Kimmel voiced their thoughts on the Minnesota legislative regular session that concluded late Sunday night without approving a bonding bill. “I believe we will be bonding in ...

Returning to the casino

GRANITE FALLS — Once Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz decided to lift the stay-at-home order and begin to relax state restrictions last week, it didn’t take some places very long to decide to reopen. On Monday morning, the first day of the state’s newest look at a return to normalcy, Prairie’s ...

Marshall School Board OKs supt. contract for Williams

MARSHALL — Members of the Marshall School Board voted Monday evening to approve a contract with Jeremy Williams to serve as interim school superintendent for the next year. Last week, the board said it would offer Williams the position after holding an interview with him. Williams is ...

A different kind of graduation celebration

MARSHALL — A lot of the traditional parts of a graduation were there — the podium, the diploma, and the music playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” But as her name was announced, Yasmin Galvan wasn’t exactly walking across a stage. Instead, Galvan was recognized by MATEC Assistant ...

Governor, Swedzinski look toward special session

MINNEAPOLIS — Gov. Tim Walz and Democratic legislative leaders blamed the top House Republican on Monday for the Legislature’s failure to agree on a public construction borrowing bill during the regular session, but they said they’ll keep trying to reach a deal in time for a special ...

Dentists open offices with new precautions

Ogden Newspapers Sitting in close proximity to another person and exposing one’s open, maskless mouth to an instrument that will spray saliva into the air is likely not an experience people are happily anticipating in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. As businesses open back up and ...

Local dentists are opening back up with caution

MARSHALL — After spending the past couple of months in the waiting room, patients seeking dental care can finally get the treatment they need. But it won’t be your typical routine appointment. Area dental practices opened back up last week after Gov. Tim Walz’s recent executive order ...

Granite Falls casino says it’s opening doors today

GRANITE FALLS — Prairie’s Edge Casino announced Friday that it will reopen at noon today after being closed for two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement follows Minnesota’s Gov. Tim Walz’s decision on Wednesday to let the stay-at-home order expire and gradually ...

Feeding front-line workers

MARSHALL — Even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of people who have been going to work every day to serve the community. And as a way to say “thank you,” local businesspeople teamed up to treat essential workers and first responders to a meal on Friday. State Farm ...

Fully uploaded

MARSHALL — Every teacher has their preferred method when it comes to delivering education to their students throughout the academic year. Whether it’s on the traditional chalk or dry-erase board to the more sleek technological way, educators around the country were forced to make a ...

Commencement exercises rescheduled for Sept. 26

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2020 at Southwest Minnesota State University will be held Sept. 26 on campus. Commencement for 565 students was originally to be held on May 9, but was postponed due to COVID-19. “We wanted to hold a Commencement to celebrate our Class of 2020 ...

MPS to offer interim super position to Williams

MARSHALL — The Marshall Public Schools District board said it would start its search for an interim schools superintendent close to home. After a Thursday interview, they found a candidate. School board members voted Thursday to offer the interim superintendent position to Jeremy ...

Crash involves motorcyclist

A two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle was reported near the intersection of Country Club Drive and Devito Street, around noon. Emergency medical responders transported one person from the crash scene via ambulance. Marshall Police, the Marshall Fire Department and North Memorial Ambulance ...

Getting back in business

MARSHALL — It’s been a tough spring for many local businesses, with COVID-19 safety precautions shutting down shops, restaurants, salons and more. But with this week’s announcement by Gov. Tim Walz that retail stores and malls will be allowed to reopen, some Marshall businesses are busy ...