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Canby man killed in Highway 75 crash

CANBY — The Minnesota State Patrol has identified a Canby man who died after a head-on crash with a semi truck on U.S. Highway 75 north of Canby on Saturday. The crash was reported at 5:27 a.m. in Hammer Township, Yellow Medicine County. Sigmund Delano Armitage, 81, was southbound on ...

Lyon County to discuss refugee resettlement Tuesday

MARSHALL — Lyon County commissioners will be discussing Tuesday whether to give their consent for refugees to be resettled in the county. The issue was raised after President Donald Trump issued a September executive order requiring state and local governments to give written consent before ...

‘Grandma was there’

MARSHALL — Evelyn Andries of Marshall just might be the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ good luck charm. There is a certain offensive guard who gets a text from her before each football game and Wednesday’s Outback Bowl in Florida was no different. In addition to a text, the ...

Hamer found guilty of drug possession charge

MARSHALL — Lincoln County Commissioner Richard Hamer was found guilty of drug possession on Friday, after a trial held in Lyon County. A jury returned guilty verdicts for fifth degree controlled substance crime, and for possession of drug paraphernalia. However, Hamer was found not guilty ...

GF hospital joins Avera

GRANITE FALLS — Over 60 years, the community of Granite Falls has built up its own local health system, Mayor Dave Smiglewski said. Over time, the system grew to include a 25-bed hospital, a clinic, a skilled nursing center, a senior living community and a home health care agency. With a ...

First baby of 2020

MARSHALL — Jonas Meza made local history at 6:49 a.m. Jan. 1 by becoming the first baby of the new year at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. Jonas is the son of Izzy Sandoval and Angel Meza of Marshall. Sandoval said she went to the hospital around 11 p.m. and didn’t notice until 2 ...

Clergy abuse survivors closer to compensation

NEW ULM — Survivors from the clergy sexual abuse are a step closer to receiving compensation from the New Ulm Diocese. On Dec. 20, the U.S. bankruptcy court approved the disclosure statement and joint Chapter 11 plan of reorganization filed by the Diocese of New Ulm and the Committee of ...

Unlocking the secret to a happy new year

MARSHALL — New Year’s Eve celebrations were getting started early at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. The people gathered at the library Tuesday afternoon were ringing in the new year with refreshments, games — and lots of padlocks. A group of kids crowded around a table in the ...

State Rep. didn’t violate ethics rules, according to investigation

A DFL legislator wasn’t violating state ethics rules when he accepted a paid fellowship at the University of Minnesota earlier this year, according to an independent investigation released Monday. The hiring of Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, for a $50,000 temporary position with the U of ...

Storm leaves hundreds without power

MARSHALL — Ice, snow and wind all hit parts of southwest Minnesota as a winter storm moved through the region over the weekend. And the effects lingered into Monday as crews worked to repair damaged electric lines and poles and restore power to hundreds of area residents. A total of 300 to ...

New brewery in Sleepy Eye draws a crowd

SLEEPY EYE — The long-awaited Sleepy Eye Brewing Company opened for business Friday and experienced a packed house on its opening day. The brewery is located at 121 Main St. W. in Sleepy Eye in the former movie theater. The Sleepy Eye Coffee Company, which opened in October, operates out of ...

A decade of progress

MARSHALL — The end of a decade is getting closer — and it’s been an eventful 10 years for the Marshall area. Among the changes affecting area residents have been major public building projects, growth and changes in business and industry, and even changes in schools and education. The ...

A new look on Main

MARSHALL — There was a sign crew at work on Main Street on Friday morning, but it didn’t signal a new business moving in. Instead, crew members were putting new, bright red letters on the facade of the Gambler building. “We’re putting up new signs on the front and the back,” said ...

Winter storm warning in effect this weekend

MARSHALL — Severe winter weather will be lingering in southwest Minnesota this weekend, with high wind gusts, ice and heavy snow expected. While it’s still not certain how much snow and ice will accumulate in the area, Lyon and Lincoln counties are both included in a winter storm warning ...

On thin ice

WOOD LAKE — A person in a vehicle went through the ice on Wood Lake on Christmas eve, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office said. But while the person was able to get out of the lake safely, law enforcement are urging area residents to use caution, and remember that no ice is ever 100 ...

Storm arrives in time for holiday travel

MARSHALL — Fog and slippery roads made holiday travel tricky in parts of southwest Minnesota earlier this week — and even more winter weather is expected to arrive in the region this weekend, meteorologists say. “It will be really important to keep an eye on the forecast this week, ...

MPS scrambles during early roll out of e-learning

MARSHALL — Marshall Public Schools’ plan to roll out an e-learning plan for snow days had a bit of a bumpy start this year. Weather conditions on Dec. 9 led the district to call an e-learning day earlier than expected, and not everyone was ready, according to Jeremy Williams, director of ...

Giving back on Christmas Day

MARSHALL — It’s 12:30 p.m. and Evonne Seivert scurried to the very front of all 32 tables inside Carlin Hall inside Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and bellowed out instructions for winning a free poinsettia. “There’s a sticker under the placemat at each table,” she yelled out over ...

Lakeview going solar

COTTONWOOD — They’ve put a lot of work into trying to save energy at Lakeview School, Superintendent Chris Fenske said. In recent years, Lakeview has switched over to more efficient LED light bulbs and even installed solar panels on the roof of the school building. But when faced with ...

New Ulm woman believed to be Minnesota’s oldest resident

NEW ULM — Erna Zahn, 111 years old, would go outside and shovel snow in the winter time if she could. Avid Journal readers may remember a newspaper photo of her shoveling snow about 50 years ago. “Get out and shovel snow. It’s really good exercise,” Zahn said in the story. “Eat ...