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Christmas Follies

Photo by Jenny Kirk From left: Tenant Bette Minehart gave a reading of the Christmas Story, while her great-grandchildren Dax, Jaelin and Rex Anderson portrayed a shepherd, Mary and baby Jesus in a live manger scene during the Heritage Pointe Senior Living’s Christmas Follies on Tuesday evening.

Court conference rescheduled in Harvell case

MARSHALL — A court conference for a woman charged in connection with the June crash that injured three motorcyclists will continue in January. Attorneys in the case said they needed more time to work with an amended criminal complaint filed Monday, and other court documents. Tamara Lee ...

Holiday social

MARSHALL — “Have you seen the book that just came out?” Southwest Minnesota State University President Connie J. Gores asked a guest arriving at the President’s Holiday Social inside the SMSU Conference Center. “Phenomenal stories of the impact the university has had on so many ...

Murray County Board to consider bridges in need of repair

SLAYTON — The Murray County Board will be considering a resolution to prioritize deficient bridges for repair or replacement when it meets today. “These bridges are a high priority and require replacement or rehabilitation within the next five years,” Murray County Engineer Randy Groves ...

Carpenter calls his last auction

LAKE BENTON — The office echoed from the emptiness that comes with the end of an era. Auctioneer/Insurance and Real Estate Agent Mike Carpenter is retiring three businesses this fall. A new business was moving into his office building at 101 N. Grant Street in Lake Benton Dec. 1, and he ...

Boulder Estates’ Winter Funderland promotes inter-generational reading

MARSHALL — Boulder Estates held a first-ever Winter Funderland event Saturday that combined intergenerational Christmas fun and reading. Uncounted children visited with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus, made crafts and decorated cookies as well as played games with Llama Llama and Santa’s ...

Hard work pays off for Lyon County Farm Family of the Year

GHENT — Pat and Karen VanKeulen don’t quite know how it happened, but they were nominated and awarded Lyon County Farm Family of the Year this year. At Farmfest earlier this month, the family was among 60 other county farm families of the year to receive recognition plaques from the ...

Local businesspeople, Marshall city staff respond to building dept. petition

MARSHALL — It’s a question of progress — or a lack of it in Marshall, say members of a group of local residents and businesspeople calling for change in the city building department. “We approached the subject politically, if you will, through the Chamber of Commerce, and in the last ...

More than a gift

MARSHALL — Shortly after the one-year anniversary of 23-year-old Scott Buysse’s death, a shoebox was being filled in his memory as part of Operation Christmas Child. The Marshall native’s death hasn’t been easy for friends and family — especially for parents Kristi and Roger and ...

Energy company proposes new wind project in Lyon County

MARSHALL — A renewable energy company is looking to build more wind turbines in Lyon County, although the project is still in the early planning stages. Members of the Lyon County Board heard a presentation from EDF Renewable Energy on the possibility of a 200 megawatt wind project in ...

Lyon County puts hold on ATV park proposal

MARSHALL — A proposal for an all-terrain vehicle trail system near Russell was put on hold Thursday — although likely for a short time. Lyon County commissioners discussed the proposal, along with an application for a state grant-in-aid, during their regular meeting Thursday. But ...

Lincoln County OKs garbage rates increase

IVANHOE — Lincoln County commissioners Thursday voted unanimously to increase rates on commercial and rural recycling pick-up by adding a $50 monthly fee to commercial accounts and adding half to rural accounts, going to $82.50. Environmental Administrator Robert Olsen said this would ...

A jolly good time

Photo by Jenny Kirk Under the direction of Ralph Hepola, Lynd School K-8 students performed a variety of songs at an afternoon matinee on Thursday and later at an evening Christmas concert. Pictured are third-grade students singing “Jolly Jolly Santa.”

A new lifeline

MARSHALL — We’ve all been taught to call 911 in an emergency. But what happens if talking on the phone isn’t possible, or if making a call might be dangerous? Minnesotans now have another choice. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks has started a ...

Ruthton woman charged with hitting teen with car while driving drunk

RUTHTON — A Ruthton woman has been charged with criminal vehicular operation after allegedly hitting a teenage boy with her car while under the influence of alcohol. A criminal complaint was filed in Pipestone County District Court on Monday against Pauline Christin Jensen, 48, of Ruthton. ...

Rallying together

MARSHALL — With a tight grip on their values as well as their handmade signs, about 50 people braved the bitterly-cold elements on Wednesday to show support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and the bipartisan bill referred to as the Dream Act of 2017. Despite the ...

Cottonwood Community Center receiving a makeover

COTTONWOOD — The Cottonwood Community Center is in shambles right now. It was gutted over Thanksgiving weekend in order to start the remodeling process that the Community Center Committee has been working on for over two years. The project came from the idea to make more room for the 300 ...

Slipping and sliding

MARSHALL — The winter storm that blew into southwest Minnesota on Monday evening created some difficult travel conditions lasting into Tuesday. Icy and snowy road conditions helped lead to multiple crashes around the Marshall area, including one with injuries reported in Marshall. Ice and ...

Number of students at MPS rising

MARSHALL — For the past nine years, the Marshall Public School District has had a steady rise in student enrollment, increasing by 382 students or 17.9 percent during that time. The actual funded number of students for the 2010-11 school year was 2,139. The following year, 53 additional ...

Heart to Heart full of ‘oh my gosh’ moments

MARSHALL — JoAnn Chaplin says she will never forget the most rewarding part of her first year volunteering with Heart to Heart. “It was a motorcycle run,” the human resources manager at Hy-Vee said. “It was the last Saturday of the month of July and the bikes came from southwest and ...