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‘A big deal’ for museum

MARSHALL — This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Lyon County Museum moving into its new home on Lyon Street. But there’s still a way to go to complete the vision for the museum. “We have a lot of things that we want to do yet,” said museum director Jennifer Andries. One big step ...

Lincoln County to spend $29,819 on new pickup

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of a new pickup from Kruse Motors of Marshall for $29,819. Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen brought the request for approval to purchase the new pickup for his department. One of the department’s current pickups, ...

Celebrating culture

MARSHALL — Diversity will be celebrated in a variety of entertaining and educational ways at Cultures United Club's Culture Fair on Friday at Marshall High School. Everyone is welcome and attendance is free. Organizers encourage people to join in the fun and get a taste of different ...

MnDOT ‘ignores’ Hwy. 23 corridor

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s unveiling of highway projects that will receive funding through the Corridors of Commerce program caused an outcry across the state on Tuesday. Of 172 projects being considered for funding this year, only four were picked — and all ...

Klobuchar hears of ‘silly rules’ and burnout among providers

MARSHALL — There are a lot of child care issues in southwest Minnesota that need to be addressed, according to several area individuals and agency representatives who joined Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a roundtable discussion on Tuesday morning at the Marshall Area Chamber office. The childcare ...

Sheriff Mather: ‘Time to turn the page’

MARSHALL — It wasn’t an easy choice, Lyon County Sheriff Mark Mather said. However, after more than 30 years in public safety, he will be moving on. “Basically, it’s time to turn the page,” Mather said Tuesday. Mather presented members of the Lyon County Board with a letter ...

Changing of the Marshall fire chiefs

MARSHALL — It was a big transition for the Marshall Fire Department — and for the city of Marshall, Quentin Brunsvold said. But as the fire department officially transferred its leadership to a new generation, the mood was positive. In a short ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Brunsvold was ...

Lincoln County day care providers to be honored at banquet

HENDRICKS — Cedric’s of Hendricks will be the site of a May 9 banquet recognizing 22 Lincoln County day care providers. The 6:30 p.m. event is being hosted by Child Care Nutrition, Inc. (CCNI) in conjunction with Development Services, Inc. (DSI), both of Ivanhoe. “I think that day care ...

Area employers struggling to fill positions attend YMCA job fair

MARSHALL — With the unemployment rate in the Marshall area hovering around 2 percent, some area employers are struggling to fill open positions. Marshall Chamber Executive Director Cal Brink said Monday that the unemployment rate has been at 1.9 percent for a few months now. Marshall ...

New adventure for Doc

MARSHALL — Dr. C. Paul Martin and his wife, Carole, have made a big change. After more than 40 years as Marshall residents, the Martins moved to Omaha, Neb., to be closer to their two youngest grandchildren. Their youngest daughter, Amy, and her husband have 3-year-old twins. “She’s ...

Southwest Minnesota Orchestra presenting ‘Song of the Prairie’

MARSHALL — When Southwest Minnesota State University music professor and director of the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra Dr. Daniel Rieppel looked to create a musical piece based on one of the late Bill Holm’s poems, he chose one that was well-known in the area. “As its subject matter, ...

Community Action staff satisfied with merger

MARSHALL — Marshall Community Action leaders are pleased with the results of the United Community Action Partnership. The partnership consists of the five counties from the former Western Community Action (Lincoln, Lyon, Redwood, Cottonwood and Jackson) and the four counties from the former ...

Everybody say cheese

Posing for photos before the Marshall High School prom was a big undertaking Saturday afternoon. Crowds of people gathered at the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University for group pictures. Members of the MHS senior class (above) smiled for a sea of family members and friends with ...

Legacy event celebrates Minnesota’s parks and trails

MARSHALL — One by one, they strapped on helmets and climbed aboard. But the ATV simulator set up in the Red Baron Arena wasn’t just a ride. As the stationary four-wheeler tilted backward, forward and side to side, riders were quizzed on their technique. “You’re supposed to lean ...

Detours for bridge construction start today

MARSHALL — Construction begins today on two Marshall bridges — one on Minnesota Highway 19 (East College Drive) near the intersection with West Marshall Street, and one on Minnesota Highway 68 over the Redwood River diversion channel. The Minnesota Department of Transportation said ...

Nearly a dozen museums represented at expo

MARSHALL — From preserving local history to hosting community programs, southwest Minnesota museums do a lot. On Saturday, representatives from area historical societies and museums came together to let visitors know what they had to offer. The third annual Museum Expo brought together ...

Iowa man has been making toys, other items out of wood for 30 years

TRACY — For 30 years Ted Homan has been making “all kinds of things” using just wood. “I make them all,” Holman said, as he stood at his vendor site inside the Veterans Memorial Center Saturday during the Prairie Women’s Expo. His work was on display on rows of shelving, ...

SMSU coach to speak at Everyday Leader

MARSHALL — Southwest Minnesota State University men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler will be one of the speakers during this year’s Everyday Leader Speaker Series that will be Friday inside the theater at Marshall High School. Everyday Leader promotes itself as a forum for unlocking ...

Living with autism

MARSHALL — In some ways, Will Brigger is a typical 13-year-old. He loves spending time with friends and on the computer or iPad. But in other ways, Will is very unlike many of his peers, especially when it comes to communication, emotions and social skills — all of which can be very ...

‘Night with Elvis’ raises funds for cancer care

MARSHALL — People attending Avera Marshall Foundation “Night with Elvis” recently had reasons to celebrate. Not only was Elvis in the building, but funds were being raised for future cancer patients seeking local treatment. “Approximately 450 people attended the event, which raised ...