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Moving one step at a time

MARSHALL — Marshall city office workers are preparing to go to college — and they’re taking their own desks and chairs. City of Marshall Municipal Building offices will soon be moved to temporary office space at Southwest Minnesota State University Social Sciences Building. The ...

Homes with history

MARSHALL — With the oldest home dating back to 1880, the Holiday Home Tour ,hosted by the Lyon County Historical Society, brought many viewers. “Everyone’s been so nice, it’s been so nice to hear people’s compliments, and everyone seems to appreciate it. We love being in the ...

A place they can call home

MARSHALL — The house on Rainbow Drive was finished, and built to stay warm through the Minnesota winter. But there was still something missing — until board members from Redwood River Habitat For Humanity presented Clawsondy and Andrea Cayo with the keys to their new home. “The ...

Welcome to the Hotel Marshall ….

MARSHALL — It’s stood on Marshall’s Main Street for over 90 years. But there are a lot of unanswered questions for the future of the former Hotel Marshall. The hotel building, which has been boarded up for years, now belongs to the city of Marshall. Right next door, the Marshall city ...

‘It’s been an amazing ride’

MARSHALL — Larry Gavin drove all the way from Faribault to wish her well, Savannah Boedigheimer gave her a necklace she made and Sean Amegashie stopped by in his campus security uniform. What they had in common was Marianne Zarzana, an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State ...

Holiday tour features 4 homes

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Historical Society will be holding the annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. This year’s tour include the homes of Derek and Raftyn Rignell, Steven Smisek, Stu and Barb Zick, and Dr. Mary Hagan. “It’s a great cause, and it’s fun to put the ...

Minnesota budget: $1.3B surplus projected

Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, credited Republican-led tax cuts that are “helping our economy soar” for Minnesota's $1.3 billion projected surplus. “Our state's reserve account is now fully funded at nearly $2.5 billion and tax relief should be a top priority for the 2020 session. We ...

Marshall school district talks $7.4M levy

MARSHALL — Marshall Public Schools will be looking at approving a proposed $7.419 million levy later this month. But while this spring’s school building referendum had an impact on the proposed levy, it’s possible that state tax credits could also help ease the tax burden for ...

Murray County Board approves 2020 budget and levy

SLAYTON — Murray County will pay more next year for county-wide public services, but will also benefit from increases in state and federal funding support. Murray County commissioners approved the county’s 2020 budget and levy as part of Tuesday’s board meeting. The levy will increase ...

‘You could feel the heat’

COTTONWOOD — A fire early Wednesday morning destroyed part of a local business in Cottonwood, although fire officials said responders were able to keep the blaze from spreading beyond a shop building. The fire, at the G&B Wood Chips property on East Fourth Street, was reported at 6:15 ...

Buyer to save Pipestone meat processing plant

PIPESTONE — A meat processing plant that was about to be closed down will be bought by another food company instead. On Tuesday, beef and pork processor JBS USA announced it reached an agreement to lease the J&B Group meat processing facility in Pipestone, with the intent to buy the ...

Life-changing injury leads professor to spinal cord research

MARSHALL — An ankle injury piqued his interest into the medical field and a catastrophic spinal injury steered him into spinal cord research. Willmar native Dr. Peter Grahn, a 2011 Southwest Minnesota State alumnus and a neurosurgery professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, was the ...

Torkelson thinks there will be a state budget surplus

NEW ULM — District 16B Rep. Paul Torkelson, R-Hanska, told Brown County commissioners he thinks there will be a Minnesota budget surplus next year. “There may or may not be a surplus, but we think there will be. If so, there are lots funding needs,” Torkelson said. Due to a St. Paul ...

Lyon County updates employee pay grades

MARSHALL — Lyon County employees in several different positions could move up into new pay ranges next year after county commissioners voted to approve a new pay structure. Most of the current employees affected by the changes will be county jailers and dispatchers, said Lyon County Human ...

Talking accountability

MARSHALL — Local government takes many forms — counties, cities, townships, and school districts. And Minnesota State Auditor, Julie Blaha works with all of them. There’s a lot to learn about local governments and the communities they serve, so Blaha has been taking road trips through ...

Fire in Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD — An early morning fire destroyed part of a wood chipping business in Cottonwood on Wednesday. Area fire departments, including the Cottonwood, Marshall, Hanley Falls and Wood Lake Fire Departments, responded to the scene of a fire reported at the G&B Wood Chips plant before 7 ...

Waiting for a heart

WOOD LAKE — Friday, Nov. 15, started out as a normal day for the Berends family of Wood Lake. Landyn Berends, 12, helped his mother, Jenni Berends, get his 2-year-old twin brothers ready for the day before getting on the school bus to Lakeview School. “He said ‘have a good day,’” ...

National trail alliance expands in region

GRANITE FALLS — The nationwide Yellowstone Trail will be spotlighted more often next year in several area counties. The regional Yellowstone Trail Alliance of Western Minnesota is expanding its promotional efforts to include the portion of the trail route between Granite Falls and ...

‘It’s a family thing’

MARSHALL — The weekend for many families is typically spent at home or out enjoying an activity. For the Andries family, during the months of August through November, Saturdays consist of one common thing: college football. For the past couple of seasons, the Andries family can be seen ...

A ‘beautiful’ scene at Independence Park

MARSHALL — Mavin Stolp was a little hesitant to talk when he approached Santa at Independence Park Saturday night. “What do you want?” Santa asked Stolp. “A girlfriend? Don’t tell me a Green Packer jersey,” Santa said. “I won’t tell you,” Mavin answered. Santa laughed and ...