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2020 a ‘profitable year’

MARSHALL — Rising commodity prices, good weather and two rounds of government aid in 2020 led Minnesota farmers to their most profitable year in nearly a decade, a new report says. A report from the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota State Agricultural Centers of ...

Daudt hopeful for more tax breaks

SLEEPY EYE — Minnesota House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said he hopeful the Minnesota Legislature will exempt state income tax from federal PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) loans and unemployment benefits for displaced workers this year. “We need the legislature to take ...

Two new virus-related deaths reported in SW Minnesota

MARSHALL — Area residents are continuing to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations, but it hasn’t meant the end of new cases and deaths being reported in Lyon County and the surrounding areas. The deaths of two area residents, one from Lyon County and one from Yellow Medicine County, were ...

$3.9 million athletic complex next for RTR

TYLER — Construction of the new Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school continues to make progress in Tyler, with the goal of being ready for students in the fall. But that’s not the only construction goal for RTR this year, Superintendent David Marlette said. The district is also planning to start ...

Fischbach to make stops in SW Minnesota

MARSHALL — U.S. Rep. Michelle Fischbach, R-Minn., will be visiting with area residents this week, making stops in Marshall and in Lincoln County over the next two days. Fischbach’s staff said the congresswoman will be meeting with area officials, including the CEO of Avera Marshall ...

Bringing students, teachers closer together

In a lot of ways, being part of a small school is like being part of a family. And that’s part of what has made teaching at Hendricks Public School special, Sharon Evert said. “With Hendricks being a small school and small class sizes, we are a very close family,” said Evert, who ...

Two injured in Tuesday crash

HANLEY FALLS — Two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 23 Tuesday evening, the Minnesota State Patrol said. A Slayton man and a Raymond man were taken to area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries, the State Patrol said. The crash was reported at 6:04 p.m. at ...

Teaching career has been a ‘thrilling ride’

Physical education teacher Mary Grey stood in the middle of the third graders standing in front of the Bert Raney Elementary playground. We are going to learn about obstacle courses. They are fun,” Grey told her students, all dressed up in coats on a crisp southwest Minnesota March ...

Minn. raised products a winner for Jim’s Market

CANBY — Jim’s Market of Canby is among the best of the best when it comes to showcasing Minnesota Grown products. The store was recognized this month by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown program for the variety of goods it placed in a produce display and overall ...

No regrets over COVID restrictions

Murray County Central Schools Band Director Mike Helgeson recalls the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring when the music stopped playing. “We had just had a concert and we were getting ready for a large group contest and we missed out on it by a couple of days because nothing ...

SMSU students to walk across stage to receive diplomas

Southwest Minnesota State University students will be allowed to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas during the 2021 spring Commencement to be held on May 8. However, spectators will not be allowed in the R/A Facility on campus during the ceremony. A university press release ...

Focusing on impacting the lives of students

Every day that Elizabeth Johnson walks into the Tracy Junior and High School building is an “awesome” day. “I love teaching,” Johnson said after just finishing subbing for another teacher. “I enjoy subbing. I get to see what all the other teachers are doing.” It doesn’t matter ...

‘We need people’

COTTONWOOD — It’s been two years since a major employer in Cottonwood announced it would be shutting down, and putting around 200 people out of work. But Harry Roers and Dean Stanton said when they heard the former Mid Continent Cabinetry plant was closing, they knew there was an ...

COVID-19 vaccine providers say getting your shot still means calling ahead

MARSHALL — While Minnesota officials said opening up the vaccine eligibility was a big step forward in fighting the COVID pandemic, it doesn’t yet look like there will be changes in how area residents go about getting vaccinated. On Friday, vaccine providers in Marshall said they were ...

MN Senate passes bill to help utility consumers facing gas bill spikes

St. Paul — February’s extreme cold caused a heating and power crisis across much of the U.S., and many natural gas consumers may be feeling the effects on their bills in the future. State legislators say it will be important for Minnesota to help protect municipal utility providers and ...

Dozens of fully vaccinated people have gotten COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS — Health officials report dozens of fully-vaccinated people have contracted COVID-19 in Minnesota. However, that development wasn’t unexpected. “It’s not surprising,” said Ann Orren, community public health supervisor with Southwest Health and Human Services. Although the ...

Garvin park to close for spring turkey hunt

GARVIN — Garvin Park will be temporarily closing next month to allow hunters access for the annual spring turkey hunting season. Lyon County is asking the public to follow hunting and closure rules to help protect everyone’s safety. The park will be open for turkey hunting from half an ...

Making distance learning possible

The start of the COVID-19 pandemic sparked some drastic changes in how Marshall students attend school. Kids, families and teachers all had to be ready to switch to distance learning technology to help prevent the spread of the virus. And through it all, the Marshall Public Schools technology ...