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Fairmont schools change learning model yet again

FAIRMONT — Just days after making a decision to try and allow for sports and an milder learning model response to rising COVID cases in Martin County, The Fairmont Area School district has had to change course once again. Superintendent Joe Brown notes what the changes include, and how the ...

Meeting llamas, alpacas

Photo courtesy of Anna Lenz Llamas and Alpacas of Sinclair Farms visited with students at Holy Redeemer School in Marshall. Mary Beth and John Sinclair of Sinclair Farms answered questions from the students about the animals.

Supporting local schools

MARSHALL — Hand sanitizer, desk shields, masks — keeping students healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic takes a lot of supplies. But the work local private schools do is worth supporting, John Drown said. “Each of the schools, in their own way, are providing a path to our heavenly ...

Avera reps: Health system has capacity for COVID-19 patients

MARSHALL — Positive cases of COVID-19 have been rising in both South Dakota and Minnesota. But in spite of reports spreading on social media of patients being transferred out of Sioux Falls hospitals to other states, Avera Health representatives said they are ready for the surge. Kevin ...

Central Bi-Products facilities fined $130K

REDWOOD FALLS — Farmers Union Industries, LLC, has been fined $130,000 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for wastewater overflow and other violations at its Central Bi-Products rendering plants in Redwood Falls and Long Prairie. The primary violation was operating wastewater ...

The show goes on

MARSHALL — They’ve been through a roller coaster of performance conditions over the past few weeks, from “roasting” heat to cold and rain. “The first couple of rehearsals were a little rough. It was really cold,” said Marshall High School junior Emma Runchey Smalley. But even with ...

Veterans memorial ‘coming together’

MARSHALL — Construction is entering the home stretch for the new veterans memorial in downtown Marshall. On Tuesday, six statues honoring members of the U.S. military were carefully lifted into place with a forklift and a crew of Marshall city workers. “It’s coming together now,” ...

Fairmont schools return to hybrid learning after emergency board meeting

FAIRMONT — In an emergency school board meeting Monday, Fairmont Area School Board members passed a motion that will see the high school return to a hybrid learning model today. Elementary students will remain with an in-person learning model, and will not be going to a hybrid model. Both ...

Community COVID-19 testing starts today

MARSHALL — State and local health workers are gearing up for another COVID-19 testing event in Marshall, and organizers say they hope lots of people participate. There’s a lot at stake in trying to contain the spread of the virus. “We just really want people to come out. We want the ...

Hagedorn, Feehan trade barbs on ethics

MANKATO — In a contentious debate hosted and televised by KEYC, Minnesota’s First Congressional District candidates accused each other of misusing funding. Republican incumbent Jim Hagedorn and Democratic challenger Dan Feehan previously ran for the 1st Congressional seat in 2018. ...

A lot of buzz over Mustang honey

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University is doing its part to sustain the region’s honey bee population. The campus wildlife area is home to a bee yard in its northeast corner. Eighteen different hives are maintained by beekeepers from the Marshall area who are prohibited from ...

Learning to save lives

GARVIN — Thanks to grant donations from Ag Country Financial Services and Pioneer Seeds, the Garvin Fire Department was able to purchase life-saving grain bin rescue equipment on Tuesday in recognition of National Farm Safety and Health Week. The equipment purchased through the donation ...

Marshall students, staff asked to quarantine after confirmed COVID-19 cases

MARSHALL — In an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus and limit its spread, Marshall school officials have directed some students and staff to self-quarantine after positive tests since classes resumed. As of this week, there are two students in the Marshall Public School district who have ...

Free COVID-19 testing offered in Marshall

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with local public health officials to offer free COVID-19 testing in Marshall next week. The event will be one of several testing opportunities in communities around the state. Testing will be free, and available to anyone who ...

Getting a closer look at bees

Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at Lynd Public School got an up-close look at the inside of a beehive on Friday morning, with the help of a special glass case. Marshall resident and beekeeper Bill Reilly gave outdoor talks about bees to students throughout the day. “Bees are ...

A different kind of Relay

MARSHALL — Organizers of the Lyon County Relay For Life event were faced with a unique set of circumstances this year. The COVID-19 pandemic meant it wasn’t possible to hold a large gathering. But that wasn’t going to stop them from showing support for people affected by ...

Wastewater plant project ‘coming along well’ in Marshall

MARSHALL — A major construction project at Marshall’s sewage treatment plant is more than two-thirds finished, city staff said this week. The $14 million project to help replace old equipment at the plant is scheduled to be finished next August, said Wastewater Treatment Superintendent ...

Sharing a story of hope

MARSHALL — When she was undergoing treatment for cancer, Sandy Fultz said she would try to find positive things to focus on to help her get through. Some of those things included support from her family and community, keeping up with routines like a regular fitness camp, or even wearing ...

John Pence says ‘we can see the energy out there’

MARSHALL — As Minnesota starts its early voting period, campaign volunteers working to get President Donald Trump re-elected are talking about stepping up their efforts. On Wednesday, they had some high-profile guests in town to encourage them. “We can win Minnesota. We can see the energy ...

Hy-Vee rolls out red carpet for one of its own

MARSHALL — Friends, family members and fellow employees rolled out the red carpet at Hy-Vee on Wednesday to surprise Fuel Station Manager Bob Richards with the prestigious Legendary Customer Service Award. The award is the highest honor in the Hy-Vee company and is given annually to only ...