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‘Right time’ to replace Tyler hospital, officials say

TYLER — Avera Tyler officials are making the case for building new hospital and nursing home facilities in their community — and talking with local residents was an important part of the process, they said. As they met with about a dozen Tyler community members on Thursday night, Avera ...

Shore erosion ongoing problem for Balaton cemetery

BALATON — It’s not a new problem for property owners along the shores of Lake Yankton, Bob Fricke said. “The lake level has been abnormally high for several years,” and brought erosion of the lakeshore with it, said Fricke, president of Balaton’s Lakeside Cemetery Association. But ...

‘Red State Christians’

MARSHALL — When the Rev. Angela Denker was a pastor at a church in Orange County, California, she observed a change in the mindset of many people — Christians were becoming more nationalist-oriented rather than Christ-centered. Denker, a former sportswriter turned pastor, spent the past ...

Landowner speaks out on city airport drainage

GRANITE FALLS — Minnesota Falls Township landowner Theodore Johnson was the only member of the public to attend Tuesday’s 2019 Yellow Medicine County ditch assessment public meeting, and it had at least a slight resemblance to the flood relief station at the Deluge Diner back in 1997 that ...

Highway 91 detours end Friday

MARSHALL — It’s been a summer of detours for Minnesota Highway 91, but by the end of the week the highway should be open to traffic in Nobles, Murray and Lyon County, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said. All detours on Highway 91 are expected to be removed Friday, MnDOT ...

No federal funding for Highway 14 in 2020

NEW ULM — Highway 14 will receive no funding from the federal government in 2020. Earlier this year, the U.S. Highway 14 Partnership worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to apply for a $25 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing ...

Creating ag opportunities

MARSHALL — You can’t have agriculture without farmers. But at the same time, agriculture isn’t always an easy industry to get into, area residents said Tuesday. Participants at a Minnesota Department of Agriculture listening session talked about some of the challenges faced by ...

A slice of American pie and support for public health care at DFL event

MARSHALL — It was all about pie, ice cream and health care inside the Marshall Community Center on Sunday during the Lyon County Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party gathering Sunday that featured guest speaker Erin Murphy. When asked about her position on health care, the 2018 Democratic ...

Marshall approves construction bid for City Hall building

MARSHALL — Plans to renovate Marshall’s City Hall building will be moving forward after members of the Marshall City Council approved a construction bid Tuesday night. Council members voted to award a bid to apparent low bidder Brennan Companies of Mankato. Last week, Brennan submitted a ...

Marshall city offices find temporary home at SMSU

MARSHALL — Starting in December, Marshall’s city offices will be headed across town to make room for construction work at the City Hall building on Main Street. On Tuesday, Marshall City Council members approved a lease agreement with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities for ...

Thanks for your service

MARSHALL — Class had ended half an hour ago, but the dozen kids sitting around tables in a room at Holy Redeemer School on Monday afternoon still had their heads bent over sheets of paper and pencils in their hands. The big headings on the sheets, reading “Thank you for your service!” ...

Area residents show appreciation in different ways

MARSHALL — It was a day for reflection and remembrance, Eli Cole said. But Veterans Day was also a day to show appreciation for the men and women who fought for their country. “We are grateful, and acknowledge your many sacrifices and accomplishments,” Cole said, speaking to the ...

Rider companion program connects volunteers with seniors

MARSHALL — Being able to get around town when you need to is a big part of living independently. To make that easier for those who need a little extra help, United Community Action Partnership has a rider companion program. “The rider companion program is relatively new,” said Shelly ...

First cycle of Pride in the Tiger Teacher Impact Grants announced

MARSHALL — The Pride in the Tiger Foundation has awarded $33,092.74 in Teacher Impact Grants for the first cycle of the academic year, according to a Monday announcement from its executive director Janel Warnter’s press release stated the grants are awarded to both public and private ...

Champs again

ST. PAUL — The Marshall and Minneota volleyball teams wrapped up their seasons on Saturday at the state tournament, with the Tigers earning a fifth place finish and the Vikings defending their championship. After falling just short to Belle Plaine in four sets in the quarterfinal, Marshall ...

Lake Benton Legion post to celebrate Veteran’s Day in new club

LAKE BENTON — Legion and VFW clubs all across America have been closing their doors in recent years, but Lake Benton’s Legion members chose to defy the trend. After deciding to sell their former club to the city for use as an events center, post members felt a greater than expected sense ...

Hamer trial continued to January

MARSHALL — A trial for a Lincoln County commissioner charged with drug possession will be held in January instead of this week. Court papers filed Friday afternoon said prosecutors still haven’t received a report on physical evidence that would be used at the trial. Commissioner Richard ...

Hagedorn sees impeachment as a political ploy by Dems

NEW ULM — Minnesota First District Congressman Jim Hagedorn is back in southern Minnesota visiting constituents, including a visit to New Ulm Friday. In an interview with The Journal, Hagedorn began by discussing Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry. Hagedorn has been a staunch ...

Letters from a soldier

MARSHALL — Longtime Marshall resident Wes Jenson Jr.’s father was a prolific letter writer while a soldier during World War II. Jenson’s grandparents kept the letters in a bundle with a ribbon around it. Letters were an important link between the worried family back home and the homesick ...

Schwan’s taking on e-commerce opportunities

MARSHALL — On March 19, 1952, 23-year-old Marvin Schwan packed up his “beat-up 1946 Dodge panel van with 14 gallons of his family’s ice cream and delivered it to rural families in western Minnesota.” That’s the story that is told on the Schwan's company website. Today, the ...