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Rain, lightning delay performances at Pursuit of Excellence festival

By Jenny Kirk jkirk@marshallindependent.com MARSHALL — The sound of music could be heard throughout most of the day and evening across the city of Marshall as marching bands from the region geared up and then performed at the 22nd annual Pursuit of Excellence Southwest Minnesota Marching ...

Aiming for state FFA trap shooting awards

MARSHALL — More than 300 high school students from across the state converged for the State FFA Trap Shoot hosted by the Marshall FFA Chapter. The FFA students representing 34 different schools competed at one or both of the facilities used — Shooters Sporting Clays and Redwood River ...

Partnerships make difference for county landfill operations

LYON COUNTY — Partnership is a strategy that’s working well for the Lyon County landfill, county employees said Thursday night. By working together with other southwest Minnesota counties and organizations like Advance Opportunities in Marshall, Lyon County is working to increase recycling ...

A downtown boost

MARSHALL — Downtown retailers are hoping renewed consumer confidence witnessed during the summer will carry over into the fall and the upcoming holiday season. “It’s been really good,” Noble Woman Boutique owner Courtney Voorhees said Thursday night. She was especially pleased with a ...

Ducks Unlimited raises $10.2M for public restoration

GHENT — Mason Christensen, 6, of Hendricks, couldn’t believe his eyes and ears as he pulled the “winner” sign from his door prize bag at the Ducks Unlimited of southwest Minnesota 42nd annual Banquet held at KB’s in Ghent Thursday evening. Christensen won a 29mm youth shotgun. He ...

94-year-old Hwy. 59 crash victim dies

MARSHALL — A woman has died after a multi-vehicle crash Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and Minnesota Highway 23 in Marshall. Marshall Police said several people were injured in the crash, which was reported around 5 p.m. There were four vehicles involved in the crash, ...

Petition seeks removal of Tracy councilman

TRACY — Some residents recently started a petition to force Councilman Tony Peterson to step down from his council seat as they claim he is misusing his office, among other objections. Meanwhile, city officials are scrambling to replace City Administrator Madonna Peterson after she ...

Gearing up for Pursuit

MARSHALL — For more than two decades, Pursuit of Excellence has been a favorite competition of marching bands from around the region. The 22nd annual Pursuit of Excellence marching band competition is Saturday at the Regional Event Center at Southwest Minnesota State University. Gates open ...

Lincoln County considers changes to commercial recycling contract

IVANHOE — Lincoln County is working on negotiating some savings on its commercial recycling program, according to its environmental administrator. The county could be seeing a savings of $39 per month for commercial recycling over the original proposed fee of $85 per month per recycling ...

Survey: Farmers still hopeful

MARSHALL — While southwest Minnesota farmers continue to express concern over the financial health of their operations, a recent survey shows they still have hope for the future. The survey put out by Data Transmission Network and The Progressive Farmer this past summer indicated a waning ...

Homecoming time at Marshall High

MARSHALL — Homecoming is a special time of year. “It is a little chaotic, with dress-up days and people getting called out of classes for activities,” said Julie Kent, who has served as the Marshall High School Homecoming adviser for more than 10 years. “It’s a very busy week. But ...

Remembering Irma

A week after Hurricane Irma brought fear to residents of the southern Florida coasts, people are relieved the results weren’t worse. Marshall graduates who live in what was Irma’s predicted path expected a possible Category 5 hurricane, the most destructive ranking. They were relived when ...

Lincoln County Board OKs CR 134 bid

IVANHOE — The Lincoln County Board approved Midstate Reclamation’s bid to grind up 3 miles of the blacktop on County Road 134. County Engineer Dave Halbersma presented the four bids and the winner’s at $14,533.30, which was about half of what he had estimated it to total. “It could ...

Lincoln Co. fund balances up $1.3M

IVANHOE — Proclaiming that Lincoln County’s financial numbers “are trending in the right direction,” an auditor reported Tuesday that fund balances are up $1.3 million from the previous year. Auditor Doug Host of Clifton Larson Allen LLP gave a “Clean Opinion” on the county’s ...

County looking to upgrade Garvin Park bathrooms

MARSHALL — Improvements to facilities at Garvin Park have been a topic of discussion for Lyon County commissioners for a while. One planned update — new showers and bathrooms at the park’s upper campground — will hopefully be moving forward this fall. At their regular meeting ...

Lyon County approves cell phone tower

MARSHALL — A planned cell phone tower northwest of Ghent got the approval it needed from the Lyon County Board on Tuesday. County commissioners voted in favor of a conditional use permit for the 250-foot communications tower. The permit, approved by the county planning and zoning ...

Tyler training center hosting autism awareness event

TYLER — Autism awareness and personal fitness will collide in a positive way at LifeFit Training Center on Saturday in Tyler. The training center opted to be one of the many hosts for the autism awareness event called Lift Up Autism. Individuals who want to take part, can do so under the ...

Sharing her story as a refugee

When Shegitu Kebede immigrated to the United States 27 years ago, she was guided every step of the way. “There was someone to meet you at the airport and I had a fully furnished apartment,” Kebede said. “I took classes for English.” The immigration process has changed, but it didn’t ...

Giving blood

Photo by Karin Elton Lisa Rademacher of Lynd takes time out of her day to donate blood Tuesday afternoon in Carlin Hall at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Phlebotomist Duron Preer of the American Red Cross gave her post-donation instructions.

Tru Shrimp breaks ground for training and engineering center in Balaton

BALATON — It was a big day for the community of Balaton. But that was just a start, speakers at a Monday afternoon groundbreaking ceremony said. “Today is a landmark day for the tru Shrimp Company on so many levels,” said Ralco President and tru Shrimp board chairman Brian Knochenmus. ...