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An infusion of hope

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 vaccine is currently getting a lot of public attention — but for people who have already tested positive for COVID-19, it’s important to remember there are also treatments available that can help, local health care providers said. Treatments like monoclonal ...

Marshall a state vaccine site

MARSHALL — Starting today, Minnesota will be taking another step forward in vaccinating essential workers and vulnerable people against COVID-19. The Minnesota Department of Health announced Monday that Marshall will be one of nine community pilot sites for COVID-19 vaccination around the ...

Police identify Marshall man found dead on Friday

Marshall Police have released the name of a man found dead in Marshall on Friday. Although a death investigation is ongoing, no foul play is suspected, Police said Monday. Dorane Pogatchnik, 63, of Marshall was found outdoors on the 500 block of Country Club Drive in Marshall, Police said. ...

Let it snow at Hill Street

MARSHALL — January can sometimes be a time for the winter blues, but staff and residents at Hill Street place have still found ways to have fun this month. “We really tried to make January uplifting,” said Susie Sammons, housing director at Hill Street Place in Marshall. Residents ...

Marshall Public Schools to discuss closing day care center

MARSHALL — Child care needs are often cited as a concern for Marshall area families and businesses. However, the cost of keeping a child care center open may be proving too much for the Marshall Public School district. Authorization to close the Marshall Area Childcare Center, operated by ...

Rapid COVID antibody testing to be offered at Hy-Vee

MARSHALL — Starting this week, Marshall area residents will be able to find out if they’ve had COVID-19 through a same-day test available at Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Hy-Vee announced late last week that COVID-19 rapid antibody tests will be available at more than 250 pharmacy locations. The ...

Talking economic development

MARSHALL — A lot of the topics were familiar: the need for housing and workforce retention, child care and the ability to compete with South Dakota. But Lyon County Commissioners said they still wanted to hear what area communities’ needs were, so they could decide how best to support ...

Slick and snowy

MARSHALL — The blizzard that swept through southwest Minnesota this week may not have brought deep snowfall with it, but it still created dangerous travel conditions around the region. Compacted ice on the roads and patches of blowing snow led to accidents, cars in the ditch and no-travel ...

Dahms urges Walz to improve vaccine rollout

From staff reports ST. PAUL — State Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, expressed concern on Friday about the speed and effectiveness of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. His release follows testimony he heard from Minnesota residents during a Senate Aging and Long-Term Care Committee ...

Death of man in Marshall under investigation

MARSHALL — The death of a man found outside Friday afternoon in Marshall is under investigation, Marshall Police said. Police responded to a report of a possible deceased person on the 500 block of Country Club Drive around noon on Friday. Responding officers found a deceased ...

‘No problem’

MARSHALL — The dining room was decked out with banners — but this something more than a regular holiday or celebration. The Boulder Estates residents waiting their turn to sit down at a table Thursday were ready to get their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. “It was very simple, no ...

Under new COVID orders, Haven’s Garden case takes short pause

MARSHALL — Changes in Gov. Tim Walz’s executive orders affecting bars and restaurants could also mean a different outcome for a lawsuit against a Lynd restaurant. At a Thursday morning Zoom hearing, the attorney representing the Minnesota Department of Health said the MDH would like a ...

Friday edition delayed

Because of bad road conditions caused by the blizzard, Friday's edition of the Independent will be delivered late.

Kolnick receives Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University Professor of History Dr. Jeff Kolnick, a tireless advocate of inclusion, equity and underrepresented populations, is the first recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The award is presented by the Office of Diversity and ...

Marshall increases cost-sharing for sidewalk replacements

MARSHALL — For the past eight years or so, Marshall property owners have been able to get some financial help from the city to bring their sidewalks up to date with the Americans With Disabilities Act. This week, members of the Marshall City Council approved some policy updates that will ...

Increasing costs on Main Street

MARSHALL — Construction continues at Marshall’s City Hall and the site of the former Marshall Hotel. And while members of the Marshall City Council were faced with some increased costs, council members said they weren’t completely unexpected. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, ...

tru Shrimp to partner with Gordon Food Service

BALATON — They developed a way to raise shrimp on a commercial scale in Minnesota and South Dakota, and now the tru Shrimp Company will be working with a major food service provider to distribute their shrimp. Tru Shrimp announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to work with ...

A latte for the road

MARSHALL — It was a soft opening — a chance for the crew from Main-Stay Cafe to get a feel for how things worked at their new location. But the word was out in Marshall on Friday, and vehicles were steadily pulling up in front of a former ice fishing house parked alongside East College ...

CJ Foods to build frozen food plant in Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS — CJ Foods USA announced Monday that it has plans to build a new frozen food plant in Sioux Falls. The Asian-style foods produced at the facility will be sold and distributed by CJ Foods and Schwan’s Company, company spokespeople said. The 700,000 square-foot plant is an ...

Lyon County now at 34 COVID deaths

MARSHALL — The number of Lyon County residents who have died of COVID-19 went up by five over the weekend, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Health. As of Monday morning, the death total for county residents was 34. The reports of new deaths started on Friday, when the ...