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Minneota takes title

MINNEAPOLIS — Just a few days prior to Friday’s Class A championship between the Minneota girls basketball team and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Vikings senior guard Abby Hennen went to the free-throw line in a tied semifinal matchup against Mountain Iron-Buhl with 2.1 seconds left and made the ...

Superintendents voice education concerns over broadband, teacher shortages

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed how area schools operate — but the challenges they’re facing now go beyond technology. A group of southwest Minnesota school superintendents said they’ve seen the pandemic take a toll on both students’ and teachers’ mental ...

‘Nice’ amount of rain

MARSHALL — This week, more than an inch of rain brought a pause in the dry weather the Marshall area has been going through. But it still remains to be seen what kind of effect the rain will have on dry conditions in the region. Marshall received 0.94 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ...

Bills ‘starting to come together’ in MN Legislature

MARSHALL — The Minnesota legislature is reaching a key point in the current session, when bills are passing through committee and on to the floors of the state House and Senate. “The bills are starting to come together,” said Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent. One of the big tasks ahead ...

Predatory offender moving to Marshall

MARSHALL — Marshall Police are making information available on a predatory offender who will be moving to Marshall next week. Bradley Scott Edwards, 26, will be moving to Marshall on April 13, an announcement from the Marshall Police Department said. Edwards will be moving the 500 block of ...

Two injured in Highway 23 crash

GRANITE FALLS — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Thursday night near Granite Falls, the Minnesota State Patrol said. A Redwood Falls woman and a Benson man were taken to Avera Granite Falls with non life-threatening injuries. The crash was reported at 8:25 p.m., at Minnesota ...

Marshall and Minneota girls’ basketball teams are the talk of the town(s)

MARSHALL — It was good to see the Marshall High School girls basketball team advance to the state championship — and it was all the more memorable that it happened during a second-half rally during Tuesday’s semifinal, area residents said. Not all of the area residents chatting over ...

Vikings fan: ‘Something to be proud of’

MINNEOTA — Minneota residents don’t make any secret of their love for their hometown high school sports teams. From the downtown banners proclaiming “Home of the Minneota Vikings,” to folks wearing team apparel, like Dave Fahey was behind the counter of Gislason Ace Hardware on ...

More ‘things for families to do’ at Twin Lakes Park

MARSHALL — Development of Lyon County’s Twin Lakes Park has been a gradual process over the past few years, but Lyon County Environmental Administrator Roger Schroeder said the county is closing in on completion of features like a play area this summer. While Twin Lakes has had camping ...

Minnesota’s fishing opener is May 15 this year

ST. PAUL — Fishing seasons open for walleye, bass, trout in lakes, and northern pike on Saturday, May 15, the latest possible opener under Minnesota statute. “We know there is some confusion about this year’s opener date,” said Jon Hansen, fisheries program consultant for the ...

Southview on schedule to open in fall, superintendent says

MARSHALL — Marshall’s new elementary school project has come a long way over the winter months, Superintendent Jeremy Williams said Monday. From the outside, much of the masonry on the building is complete, right down to decorative patterns in the brick along one wall. Inside the ...

MPS gets proposal to privatize day care center

MARSHALL — Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams told the school board Monday that it might be possible for a private business to take over operation of the Marshall Area Childcare Center. “This is a conversation we’ve had ongoing with local child care centers,” ...

Enjoys helping ESL students

Roshawn Galle specializes in helping students overcome language barriers, which in turn helps them to reach their academic and social potential. She serves as the English as a Second Langauge teacher for pre-K through eighth grade students in the Lynd School District. Her days are filled with ...

Sugar and Spice pays off for teenage owner

Plenty of sugar and the right kind of spice add up to a winning combination for business owner Cloie Stevens. Although she’s just a sophomore at Marshall High School, she has two years of experience operating Sugar and Spice Bakery. Her main sales venue is Marshall’s Farmer’s Market, ...

Finding social value in building schools

Michael Beach stood on what will be the stage inside the auditorium of the new Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school. He stood there for several minutes, just staring out. Besides the workers scurrying about, there wouldn’t be much to see for most people. There was concrete flooring and a worker was ...

Fischbach says broad spending not the solution

MARSHALL — During Rep. Michelle Fischbach’s first few months as a congresswoman, the federal government has faced some major proposals to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and aging infrastructure across the country. However, this week Fischbach said she’s not convinced broad spending is the ...

Ivanhoe nursing home to close in June

IVANHOE — Leaders at Divine Providence Health Center in Ivanhoe said this week that the long-term care facility will be closing its doors this summer. In an announcement Thursday, Divine Providence said the target date for closure will be June 1. The decision will affect only the ...

New COVID-19 deaths reported in Redwood, Lyon counties

MARSHALL — Two new deaths from COVID-19 were reported in southwest Minnesota on Thursday, the Minnesota Department of Health said. A Lyon County resident and a Redwood County resident, both in their 80s, were among a dozen deaths reported statewide. At the same time, new confirmed ...

School nurses go above the call of duty

When it comes to keeping students and faculty safe and healthy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, school nurses across the country have taken on responsibilities far beyond the call of duty during an ordinary school year. Anything but ordinary, in fact, the 2020-21 school year has been a ...