Local News

Not really up their alley

MARSHALL — Some Marshall homeowners are rethinking their support of a plan to pave their back alleyway. While members of the Marshall City Council have moved forward a request to pave and build a storm sewer in the alley between South Whitney Street and South High Street, some of the ...

City of Marshall testing tornado sirens Tuesday

MARSHALL — People in Marshall may hear outdoor sirens today, but it’s not an emergency, the city of Marshall said. Crews will be testing Marshall’s outdoor emergency warning sirens today, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page. If people hear the sirens Tuesday, they can ...

‘It’s such a great cause’

AMIRET — For the past 28 years, Lee Seiler has taken part in the Toys for Tots fun run, “It gives back to the community, it gives back to the kids who are probably unfortunate, it helps different causes that we donate too. Not only the Heart to Heart, but it has kinda expanded to other ...

YMC Board endorses recreation projects

GRANITE FALLS — Two recreation projects with region-wide implications took steps forward last week through support from Yellow Medicine County officials. At Tuesday’s commissioners meeting, the board endorsed construction of a new water line and additional parking space next to the Canby ...

Trees removed from Redwood River in ‘debris clearance’ project

LYND — Large cottonwood trees have been falling into the Redwood River since the spring and have been piling up near the bridge on Lyon County Road 5 in Lynd. On Friday morning, an excavator operator from D&G Excavating was able to clear away the branches and trees. “These trees are ...

Taking on a challenge

TYLER — It’s deja vu all over again. Tyler used to have a coffee shop in town, Break Time, but it closed a number of years ago. Now there will be another place to enjoy a cup of freshly-brewed java on main street, Deja Brew, which had its grand opening July 22. The new business is located ...

Rahm gets prison sentence for theft charges

The former director of the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau will serve more than three years in prison for multiple counts of theft by swindle, a Lyon County District Court judge ruled Monday. Darin Rahm, 49, of Marshall, was sentenced for a total of seven counts of theft. Each count ...

Getting kids to read

MARSHALL — Alex Dvorak plans to get her son, Reid, involved in the reading program at the Marshall-Lyon County Library at an early age. She started on Friday by taking the toddler to the petting zoo at the Kids Carnival set up outside the library as part of this summer’s reading program. ...

34 years at the fair

CANBY — The Yellow Medicine County Fair is an annual tradition for Marvin and Diane Patten, one that involves helping to sustain public interest in everything it has to offer. The Pattens were at their usual post this week next to the fair’s open class exhibits. Marvin is still a county ...

YMC board meets with state lawmakers

GRANITE FALLS — A variety of rural concerns took center stage Tuesday in a public policy discussion between Yellow Medicine County commissioners and their state legislators. Minnesota State Sen Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and State Rep Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, met with the board for a ...

Fashionable sisters

CANBY — Clothing skill and knowledge runs in the family for three Yellow Medicine County 4-H members. Three Clarkfield area sisters; Rachel, Elizabeth, and Addison Jorgens; will all take home champion ribbons for clothing entries after the 2019 Yellow Medicine County Fair. Thursday was the ...

Tracy Council removes Salmon from EDA board

TRACY — Jeff Salmon moved his chair from the table slightly and then turned his head toward the back of the Tracy City Hall meeting room. “Is Mr. (James) Mattson here?” he asked loudly. And then there was silence for a few seconds. “Does that answer any questions?” Salmon said, now ...

Train hits semi near Ruthton

RUTHTON — A semi trailer hauling a section of wind tower was hit by a train near Ruthton Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson for the BNSF Railroad said Thursday. The incident is currently under investigation by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office. However, no injuries were reported in ...

Area road closures include Highway 91, Highway 67

Two area state highways will be closed this fall — although for very different reasons. In a road construction update released this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said Minnesota Highway 91 south of Russell will be closing down for construction. In a separate announcement, ...

SMSU grad killed in 4-vehicle crash in South Dakota

A Luverne woman who was a recent graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University was killed in a crash that closed down part of Interstate 90 near Brandon, South Dakota, this week. Brooke Thompson, 22, was a 2018 graduate of SMSU. Thompson was killed in a crash that involved four vehicles on ...

Wine tasting on the prairie

CURRIE — Like a new vintage of wine, every time a visitor stops by Painted Prairie Vineyard, new flavors can be discerned. “The wine will always taste different depending on the weather, the soil,” said Krista Kopperud, who owns and operates Painted Prairie along with her husband, Andy ...

MPS talks traffic concerns at planned school site

MARSHALL — Getting through traffic around Marshall Middle School can sometimes take a while — especially in the mornings before school starts, a traffic study by engineering firm SEH said. And with plans to build a new elementary school nearby, Marshall Public Schools needs to figure out ...

Panel discusses tariffs, African swine fever

MARSHALL — Concerns about the effect of tariffs and African swine fever were high at the second annual AgriBusiness State of the Agriculture Panel on Tuesday at the Marshall Lyon County Lilbrary. In the long term, we gave China the last year to figure how to not buy U.S. soybeans,” Joel ...

‘Shrek’ at the Opera House

LAKE BENTON — The Rev. Gena Maria Koeberl just moved to Tyler in March for a settled call as pastor of Danebod Lutheran Church and director of the folk school and wanted a way to connect with the community that would “also fill my bucket with joy.” So she auditioned for Lake Benton ...

Looking to the future of the Aquatic Center

MARSHALL — On hot summer days, the Marshall Aquatic Center is the place to be for many local residents, including families and kids. The Aquatic Center, which today includes a swimming pool, shallow pool, diving well and water slide, has served the community for more than 50 years. And ...