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Wilder Pageant to give 300th performance Friday

WALNUT GROVE — Three hundred is a big number. But when you realize it’s also the number of Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant performances that area residents have made possible over the years, it carries some extra weight. “It’s shocking and amazing,” Bill Richards said Tuesday, as ...

Recycling program rescues unwanted computers

MARSHALL — Have an unwanted electronic device? It may gain new life and help out a family to boot by donating it to the Lyon County Environmental Office. Roger Schroeder, the Lyon County Public Works administrator, gave an update on one of his department’s recycling programs Tuesday ...

Time for the Fourth and fun in Marshall

MARSHALL — With the 4th of July holiday weekend fast approaching, many area families will be relaxing together. And in Marshall, a good bet for some all-ages fun will be celebrations at Independence Park. The city’s annual Independence Day event and Festival of Kites is planned to ...

Speaking out for children

MARSHALL — It wasn’t the first time they had stood with signs out on the corner of Main Street and College Drive. But the cause they gathered for on Tuesday was one that hit close to home, especially for parents and grandparents. “I just cannot imagine taking a child away from its ...

Water runs through it

MARSHALL — It’s a problem that comes back with the rain, residents in the neighborhood around Legion Field Road said. Ponding water reaching across backyards had returned again Monday morning, after a severe thunderstorm came through the area. But while the city of Marshall does have a ...

‘Periodic chances’ of thunderstorms throughout the week

MARSHALL — Radar estimates for rainfall over southwestern Minnesota this weekend show that it received about two to four inches of rain with Ghent and Green Valley receiving the most, according to Jen Hacker, a meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service Sioux Falls, S.D. “The ...

Hwy. 14 work put on hold for Wilder Pageant

WALNUT GROVE — A construction project running on U.S. Highway 14 from Tracy to Revere has been put on hold, to help visitors traveling to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Friday that work on Highway 14 will be suspended ...

Prohibited acts

GRANITE FALLS — With it being the 100-year anniversary of Prohibition, local artists Jess Gorman and Tamara Isfeld collaborated on Prohibited Acts, a project featured at Volstead Days in Granite Falls. The project is funded by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council. The Days also featured ...

YMC Board OKs IT staff expansion

GRANITE FALLS — Yellow Medicine County will increase its information technology staff to two full-time employees after wide expansion of its IT network in the past 10 years. The county board approved a request from IT Director Dennis Pederson to increase a part-time position to full-time. A ...

Raising support for epilepsy

MARSHALL — Jackie Turner’s brother Grant has epilepsy, and this last year had been hard for him. “Last year, my brother, Grant, who has epilepsy, had a tough year just having more frequent seizures. So, I’ve been thinking for years I would love to do a 5K for epilepsy, because I love ...

An unexpected move

CANBY — People are usually happy to have home siding — not so much home sliding. A big chunk of land dropped over 10 feet right next to the house of Jessi and Brent Jeppesen’s house 8 miles west of Canby. A slab of cement can be seen resting on the cliff wall. “That’s my walkout ...

Texas man charged in theft, property damage at MMS

MARSHALL — A Texas man charged in connection with several incidents of property damage and theft in Marshall — including the theft of a pickup truck and equipment belonging to Marshall Public Schools — appeared in Lyon County District Court this week. A hearing for Gerardo Granados, 22, ...

Avera Marshall to reorganize its workforce

MARSHALL — An area health care provider will be “reorganizing” some of its workforce, a move that will mean some staff cuts at Avera Marshall, a spokesperson said Friday. Avera Marshall has made a decision to reorganize its workforce in a number of departments, said Jay Gravholt, ...

Marshall to spray for mosquitoes

MARSHALL — Marshall’s parks department is hoping to take some of the bite out of community events this summer. Independence Park and Liberty Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes on Sunday night, Parks Superintendent Preston Stensrud said. Stensrud said he was giving notice of the spraying ...

Fun was the name of the game for Jesus Cares Ministries

MARSHALL — The weather might have moved everyone indoors, but that didn’t mean the party had to stop. The people gathering at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church on Thursday were having fun doing crafts, playing beanbag golf or even joining on some oversized board games. A summer picnic ...

King’s Court housing addition keeps growing

HENDRICKS — Every year the King’s Court housing subdivision in Hendricks looks more like a neighborhood. The housing addition, located on the east end of the city, has reached the point of being almost half occupied. When it was first platted in 2014, it represented a new approach to ...

YMC Board reaffirms support for school demolition

CLARKFIELD — In the past two weeks, Yellow Medicine County’s plans to demolish most of the former Clarkfield public school building continued to take shape with answers to several remaining questions. After demolition issues were discussed in a hour-long segment of Tuesday’s county ...

Diocese reaches $34M settlement with clergy sexual abuse victims

NEW ULM — The Diocese of New Ulm on Wednesday announced a $34 million settlement agreement with clergy sexual abuse victims and survivors in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. New Ulm Diocese Bishop John M. LeVoir read a statement announcing the agreement in front of the Diocese of New Ulm ...

Working together for cleaner water

MARSHALL — It was something new for Marshall — or at least, it was a first within his 27 years as mayor, Bob Byrnes said. The Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency visited Marshall last week to talk water quality with city officials and employees. And both state and ...

Red Baron parking project OK’d

MARSHALL — From sporting events to home shows, the Red Baron Arena and Expo has seen some big crowds come in the doors. But the facility’s parking lot hasn’t been as well equipped to handle those crowds, Marshall city staff said. “It’s no secret, in this room or in the community, ...