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COVID-19 vaccine rollout continues in SW Minn.

MARSHALL — People in high-priority groups are continuing to receive doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, area health officials said Monday. But while they’ve gotten plenty of questions from area residents who want to know when they can get vaccinated, health officials are urging patience for ...

Tree trimming work underway

MARSHALL — It’s not road construction season, but local residents may have still seen a different type of city maintenance work going on around Marshall. City crews were out trimming trees, and some of the work should continue into this week, said Marshall Public Works Director Jason ...

Vaccine distribution, economic aid on mayors’ minds

MARSHALL — While there’s hope on the horizon for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities in southwest Minnesota are still waiting for wider vaccine distribution, a group of area mayors told U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar this week. “Getting the vaccine out quicker has to happen,” ...

Torkelson: Redistricting to be delayed

ST. PAUL — District 16B Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, said Friday that 2020 Census delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic will delay legislative redistricting efforts this year. “We won’t have it (2020 Census data) until the end of February. Then we will wait for more concise data to draw ...

Pelosi: House ‘will proceed’ to impeachment of Trump

WASHINGTON —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday the House will proceed with legislation to impeach President Donald Trump as she pushes the vice president and Cabinet to invoke constitutional authority to force him out, warning that Trump is a threat to democracy after the deadly assault ...

Getting together again

MARSHALL — Restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 affected a wide range of gathering places — from gyms to community spaces like senior centers. Things are still a way off from normal, but as some restrictions started to loosen this month, Marshall area residents and business owners ...

7,864 miles of distance learning

Sirrina Martinez takes distance learning to a new level. The Southwest Minnesota State University student is finishing her senior year while deployed to Africa as a member of the Minnesota National Guard. Martinez, a non-traditional student from Lake Benton, is taking 13 credits online this ...

Fischbach joins local lawmakers in condemning violence

MARSHALL — Area legislators and local political party officials were united in condemning the actions of protesters who stormed into the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday. “There is no room for violence, no matter what your group,” said Minnesota state Rep. Chris Swedzinski on ...

Trump supporters gather in downtown Marshall

MARSHALL — On the same day that members of Congress were supposed to start the process of counting Electoral College votes from the November presidential election, a group of area residents were in Marshall showing their support for President Donald Trump. By 1 p.m., a group of around 25 ...

Walz loosens COVID restrictions on restaurants, gyms and more

MARSHALL — It wasn’t a full return to normal. But under new guidance from Gov. Tim Walz, businesses like bars and restaurants will be able to return to indoor service at half-capacity next week. While he was disappointed that bars restaurants would still have to close at 10 p.m., ...

Music keeps playing during a pandemic

It takes more than a pandemic to stop the enthusiasm people have for music. Even though there isn’t the usual schedule of concerts, athletic events and formal practices; music store owners in Marshall find that customers still enjoy singing and playing their favorite ...

New Year’s surprise

MARSHALL — Andrew and Marisa Kack said they weren’t expecting their new son to be born until later this week. But as it turned out, baby Abram Kack had a surprise in store for them. “On Sunday, (Marisa) was feeling like it might be sooner,” Andrew Kack said. The couple had to make a ...

Lyon Co. to seek new recycling proposals

MARSHALL — Lyon County’s contract for curbside recycling pickup ends later this spring, and the county will be seeking proposals for a new contract. A request for proposals approved by the Lyon County Board on Tuesday keeps the proposed pickup schedule at every other week, the same as it ...

Swedzinski, Dahms take oath as Minn. Legislature convenes

MINNEAPOLIS — Both Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, and Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, took the oath of office as the Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday with the COVID-19 pandemic and a new two-year budget at the top of the agenda for a session that will be unlike any before. Battle ...

Fischbach takes oath

WASHINGTON — Michelle Fischbach was sworn in as a member of the 117th Congress representing Minnesota’s Seventh Congressional District during a ceremony on Sunday. Fischbach wrestled the Congressional seat from Democrat incumbent Collin Peterson during the General Election in ...

Marshall Schools extends supt. offer to Williams

MARSHALL — They had a full slate of applicants for schools superintendent. But Marshall School Board members felt they had more of a sure thing in interim superintendent Jeremy Williams. After talking about the superintendent search process at Monday’s school board meeting, board ...

MDH seeks to increase penalties against Haven’s Garden

MARSHALL — A Lynd restaurant owner defying Gov. Tim Walz’s shutdown order has raised more than $40,000 for her defense, according to a fundraising website. Meanwhile, attorneys for the Minnesota Department of Health are trying to have penalties increased against Larvita McFarquhar, who ...

Bright lights in rural Taunton

When they first started adding to their collection of Christmas lights, Austin and Shannon Dritz were doing something they enjoyed. But over the past few years, the display of colored lights at their rural Taunton home each December has started to catch more people’s eyes. “We see a lot ...