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Celebrating Marshall High School seniors

MARSHALL — For the first time in weeks, the driveway outside Marshall High School was busy. But instead of the normal rush of students getting dropped off before class, there was a long line of teachers and high school staff spread out along the curb. Each time a vehicle pulled up, there ...

Seneca Foods buys SE Del Monte plant

fbusch@nujournal.com SLEEPY EYE — Seneca Foods Corporation bought the Sleepy Eye Del Monte vegetable plant for $2 million cash, according to the Certificate of Real Estate Value recorded in the Brown County Recorder’s Office May 5. Any delinquent special assessments and taxes would be ...

Always there to help

ST. LEO — Shirley Jelen has dedicated her entire life to the St. Leo Catholic Church and her town. That is a literal fact, and she’s done it all within walking distance of her house. After decades of service to her church and community, Jelen, who’s currently 88 years old, was recently ...

Flyover to honor essential workers

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota National Guard and the Air Force Reserve will be flying over Minnesota hospitals — including hospitals in Marshall and Redwood Falls — today in recognition of people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Aircraft are expected to fly over the ...

Marshall holds off on liquor license fees for 2nd half of 2020

MARSHALL — Businesses like bars and restaurants have been among those affected by state closure orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19. The impact has been big enough that local businesses have voiced concerns about being able to pay liquor license fees, Marshall city staff said. ...

Wind turbine tumbles

Photo by Sam Thiel Local law enforcement responded to the scene of a rollover accident around 2 p.m. Tuesday involving a piece of a wind turbine at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and 340th Street near Green Valley.

Wood Lake mayor among area officials speaking out against MN orders

WOOD LAKE — As a stay-at-home order and other precautions against COVID-19 continue, Minnesota communities are anxious about the effect on local businesses. In parts of southwest Minnesota, local government officials are speaking out against Gov. Tim Walz’s restrictions. On Monday, the ...

Hagedorn encourages everyone to donate blood

MANKATO — First District Republican Congressman Jim Hagedorn listened to constituents’ concerns in a radio town hall on the COVID-19 pandemic Saturday morning. Constituents were invited to call in with questions during the town hall. Media members could access the event in the listen-only ...

‘It’s going to be a new world’

Ogden Newspapers Attractions and theme parks around the world are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which in turn has made the industry set aside the traditional start of roller coaster season. It began in January, when Shanghai Disneyland closed due to the pandemic, and that started a ...

Catch of the day

MARSHALL — Dick Mills prepared his fishing rod with his bait and hook and with a quick flick of the wrist, cast his line into the water. As the patience began to settle in, he looked around and soaked in the peaceful atmosphere. “It’s nice to finally get out a little bit because of this ...

‘I’m just ready to know where we’re going’

Ogden Newspapers When it comes to responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has been one of the nation’s strictest, most vocal leaders. That’s why when he announced Wednesday that the state could potentially lift its stay-at-home order beginning next week, it marked ...

Prepping for surgery

MARSHALL — Weeks ago, as Minnesota’s health care providers worked to build up a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were some services that got put on hold. In a move to help protect patients and health care workers and conserve needed equipment, Gov. Tim Walz ordered a temporary stop ...

Taking stock of the damage in Marshall

MARSHALL — It’s clear that the local business community has taken a hit from COVID-19, according to the results of a survey from the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall Economic Development Authority. While many say they’re still open in some capacity, businesses are ...

MN Dept. of Education says no to public graduations

While high schools around Minnesota will be celebrating their graduating seniors this spring, the celebrations will look different thanks to COVID-19. This week, the Minnesota Department of Education released graduation guidelines for schools, which prohibit indoor commencement ceremonies, ...

An optimistic opener

MARSHALL — If you’re planning on fishing this weekend, you may want to bring something else besides a rod, a tackle box and some bait. The weather could be as unpredictable as the success levels on the lakes and rivers, with temperatures on track for a brisk mid 30s Saturday morning before ...

SMSU graduation ceremony postponed; showing video

MARSHALL — The yearly tradition of graduation is a momentous occasion for students all around the world. From putting on the ceremonial gown to the decoration of the cap or receiving the diploma, it was supposed to a weekend of celebration and accomplishment for students at Southwest ...

Fadumo Ismail named ‘Outstanding Senior’ at SMSU

Special to the Independent MARSHALL — Fadumo Ismail, a first-generation college student from Marshall, has been named the Class of 2020 Outstanding Senior at Southwest Minnesota State University. The award is presented by the Alumni Association each year, based on nominations. “It’s ...

Couple with COVID-19 move forward with Manhattan move despite dangers

Ogden Newspapers While it might be a curious time for a couple to pick up and move to Manhattan in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Kori Roth and her husband already have their minds made up. That’s because last November, he accepted a two-year fellowship to work as a physician in a critical ...

Making connections

ARSHALL— With everybody quarantined or working from home, the need to stay connected with family and friends during the COVID-19 pandemic is more crucial than ever. Whether it’s a simple text message, phone call or conversation on Facetime or Zoom, it’s important to reach out to your ...