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Marshall School District outlines 10-year facilities plan

MARSHALL — The Marshall School District is in the middle of some big building projects, but its existing school buildings are also in need of upkeep. In the next couple of years, the district is planning to update parking lots at Marshall High School, as well as to replace parts of the ...

Dahms: Let school districts make reopening decisions

MINNEAPOLIS — Senate Republicans passed a resolution to allow school districts to decide the best option for their students this fall. Additionally, a bill to provide $25 million in grants to reopen schools was stopped by Senate Democrats’ refusal to support bringing the bill to the ...

Getting some Big Air

WABASSO — Derek Guetter and his brothers have performed ATV and big air stunts all over the world, traveling to places such as Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Africa and Europe. But there’s something different about performing in front of a crowd of familiar faces. Originally from Wabasso, ...

Retailers, health officials open up about mask mandates

With an uptick in COVID-19 cases throughout the country, the issue of wearing masks has been at the forefront of the national discussion pertaining to fighting the virus. Some states have mask mandates while others have allowed counties to make their own choices regarding mask ...

Wind damage in Marshall

Photo by Mike Lamb Marshall work crews were busy Saturday morning cleaning up downed trees and broken tree branches throughout the city Saturday morning after a storm with strong winds hit overnight. Pictured here is a city worker clears a large tree branch off of Saratoga Street near Fifth ...

Hotel is gone, but the work’s not over

MARSHALL — Some big changes have been happening on Main Street this summer, with one of the most recent being the demolition of the former Marshall Hotel building. But Marshall city staff said tearing down the hotel has also revealed some new challenges, affecting both of the hotel site’s ...

COVID-19 deaths rise to three in Lyon County

MARSHALL — A third Lyon County resident has died of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health said. A person from Lyon County was one of seven newly reported deaths in Minnesota on Friday. While more specific identifying information could not be released, Southwest Health and Human ...

Hagedorn working to mitigate pork producing losses

NEW ULM — Minnesota’s First District Rep. Jim Hagedorn said he put together two bills to mitigate the losses for independent pork providers. The first bill is associated with the loss of euthanizing hogs. The second bill is to help with the cost of selling into a depressed ...

Can’t stop Crazy Days

MARSHALL — Marshall has seen a lot of its community events get put on hold this year due to COVID-19. But in a summer without city band concerts, the Festival of Kites or Sounds of Summer, Thursday was a little more like normal. Local businesses put up outdoor displays and encouraged ...

Jeffers Petroglyphs site reopens

JEFFERS PETROGLYPHS — After four months of closure due to COVID-19, visitors toured the Jeffers Petroglyphs Wednesday. You now get a guided, predominately outdoor experience from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. New later evening hours enable visitors to ...

Concerns continue as pandemic lingers on

Ogden Newspapers Malcolm Miller is young and “relatively healthy,” but he checks his phone multiple times throughout the work day to get updates on the COVID-19 crisis and the number of cases in Douglas County, Kansas, where he calls home. It’s going to drive him nuts, a friend ...

Tyler testing event draws steady flow of vehicles

TYLER — There’s been community spread of COVID-19 in southwest Minnesota for some time now. But medical providers in Lincoln County said the situation there had gotten especially concerning in the past week or two. “After the Fourth of July weekend, we saw what we consider a pretty ...

Swedzinski blasts House for letting Walz extend emergency powers

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, expressed his frustration Wednesday over the House blocking an effort to end the executive powers Gov. Tim Walz enacted in mid-March. Walz announced on Monday he was extending the state’s peacetime state of emergency due to the ...

Sales are up at liquor store

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major challenge for businesses around Minnesota. But in some cases, it’s had an unexpected effect — sales at Marshall’s municipal liquor store have been way up in the past few months, said manager Eric Luther. He thinks it may be because ...

Spread leads to COVID-19 spikes in SW Minn.

The numbers of people testing positive for COVID-19 are going up in southwest Minnesota, and public health workers say many of the new cases have been linked to large gatherings. On Tuesday, Southwest Health and Human Services urged people to take precautions against community spread of the ...

One dead in crash near Granite Falls

GRANITE FALLS — A St. Cloud woman was killed and two people were seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash Monday night on Minnesota Highway 67 near Granite Falls, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Kasandra Lee Krumm, 30, was a passenger in a 2003 Dodge Caravan that hit a tree, the State ...

Social distancing added to Crazy Days, no Kiddie Parade

MARSHALL — The downtown’s celebration of Crazy Days Thursday will be looking a little different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be no kiddie parade and a lot more social distancing. “We are not allowing outside vendors to allow our businesses downtown to have a ...

‘Came up pretty quickly’

MARSHALL — Weather in southwest Minnesota can be unpredictable, and Marshall residents saw that firsthand over the weekend. There had been no tornado warnings issued for the storm that passed through Marshall Saturday afternoon, but emergency sirens were activated after spotters saw the ...

Marshall area businesses approved for millions in PPP loans

MARSHALL — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on Minnesota businesses, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration last week. Hundreds of area businesses and nonprofits were approved for loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Some ...

Avera to hold Tyler testing event in response to surge in cases

TYLER — A community COVID-19 testing event will be held at Avera Tyler on Wednesday in response to a surge in positive cases. “Cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln County and connected to the area have increased over the last week or so,” said Mary Maertens, regional president and CEO, Avera ...