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Security bid approved for two Marshall school sites

MARSHALL — The one construction bid received by the Marshall School District to complete security projects for two school sites was approved by the board Monday. Brennan Construction out of Mankato submitted a bid of $558,700 for security upgrades at Marshall Middle School and West Side ...

A treasure hunter’s weekend

MARSHALL — Spring might be the season for cleaning house, but it can also be a time for bargain hunting. The two go together at community-wide garage sales, like the ones held in Marshall and other area towns over the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, area residents could browse among ...

Two arrested in Hendricks drug bust

HENDRICKS — Law enforcement seized more than 60 grams of methamphetamine from a Hendricks residence on Friday morning, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said. Two people at the residence were arrested, the Sheriff’s Office said. Law enforcement agencies including the Lincoln County ...

‘It’s OK to reach out for help’

MARSHALL — It was the perfect day for a walk outside — but it was more than the sunshine that brought people together at Marshall High School on Saturday morning. The crowd was gathered to honor loved ones, raise awareness of mental health needs, and most importantly to bring hope. ...

J-turn work ahead

MARSHALL — Construction is scheduled to begin Monday on a reduced conflict intersection, or “J-turn,” at the intersection of Minnesota Highway 23 and Lyon County Road 7 in Marshall. The project will help reduce crashes at the intersection, but construction will mean a detour for traffic ...

Legislators uncertain on future of voluntary pre-K funds

Support for education has been a priority for Minnesota lawmakers this session — but there may be some different opinions on how best to do that, legislators said this week. Education funding will be among the budget topics that legislators work to hash out before the end of session. ...

Shed fire destroys 23 golf carts

WESTBROOK — Twenty-three golf carts went up in flames Thursday evening at Rolling Hills, a nine-hole regulation course located at the Rolling Hills Golf Club facility in Westbrook. “They were completely engulfed,” said Jennifer Flint, the general manager. The incident happened at 5 ...

Overcoming differences

MARSHALL — Democrats and Republicans mixed freely Wednesday afternoon in the Conference Center Ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University and no one was the worse for it. Both groups were happy to hear what former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger and Star Tribune columnist Lori ...

Gores to present SMSU diplomas one last time

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University President Dr. Connie J. Gores will participate in her final commencement on May 11. SMSU will hold its 2019 commencement exercises starting at 10 a.m. in the Recreation/Athletic Facility on campus. A total of 615 students are eligible to ...

Regional homeless awareness effort nears home stretch

MARSHALL — Last year the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership embarked on an arts-related project centered around a documentary-style portrayal of the mostly unseen homeless residents of Greater Minnesota. About six months later, research collected in the project’s formative stages has ...

‘It was time’

CANBY — For more than 40 years, Barb Ries looked forward to getting up in the early morning hours to start her daily work routine at Jim’s Market. Ries is retiring from the locally-owned supermarket, located on the north side of Canby along U.S. Highway 75, after a 40-year tenure that ...

Several Lyon County schools report better-than-state grad rates in 2018

LYON COUNTY — Record numbers of Minnesota high school seniors graduated in 2018, the Minnesota Department of Education announced last week. While the Department of Education said state graduation rate of 83.2% was the highest on record, several school districts in Lyon County had higher ...

MnDOT looks long term at Highway 212 railroad bridge

GRANITE FALLS — Community leaders and state transportation officials are both looking ahead to the future of U.S. Highway 212 in Granite Falls. The Minnesota Department of Transportation working toward left turn lane additions, which could built into the Minnesota Highway 23 project between ...

Preserving military history

MARSHALL — Gary Kass is dedicated to sharing his research on military history to audiences throughout southwest Minnesota. The Balaton man’s mission to preserve public awareness of military veterans is not limited by being legally blind. Kass took an interest in everything related to ...

A different approach

MARSHALL — Jeff Chapman stood inside the West Side Elementary gymnasium Monday evening listening to resident Robert Buysse share his concerns about a $29.8 million school building referendum. As Buysse spoke to the Marshall Public Schools District board chairman, district officials took ...

Marshall graduation rate at 76.8% in 2018

MARSHALL — High school graduation rates in the Marshall Public School District were six points below the state average in 2018, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education last week. However, a four-year graduation rate of 76.8% doesn’t provide the whole picture ...

Armed with diversity

MARSHALL — Lyon County is becoming more ethnically diverse and law enforcement is starting to reflect the population. Benson Her of Marshall is the first Hmong sheriff’s deputy in Lyon County. Prior to his current role, he was a correctional officer at the Lyon County Jail. On April 2, he ...

Body found in Minneota field

Photo by Karin Elton At 12:14 p.m. Monday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, along with Minneota First Responders and Marshall North Ambulance, responded to an unresponsive male east of Minneota in Westerheim Township Section 30. Upon arrival, Daniel Van Keulen, age 80, was pronounced dead ...

Hands-on healthy living

MARSHALL — One end of the demonstration table was crowded with potted herbs — parsley, chives and plenty of basil. But while Joyce Kaping and Colleen Anderson were going to show an audience of area residents how to use the herbs to spice up a recipe, their presentation was about more than ...