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Follow the paved road

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It’s amazing what a paved road can do for the psyche of a small town. The paving project for Yellow Medicine County Road 20 that includes Main Street in Echo is now finished. Echo City Clerk Sue Paradis told the Independent she’s heard favorable comments from residents about the paving and fully handicapped accessible curbsides. She also said the residents appreciate the more modern looking appearance that offers hope to bringing more business activity to the community. “I think it might help to get new things started,” she said. “It definitely won’t hurt the chances.”

Lots of economic development news

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After the disappointment of losing out in Chasing Our Tails dog treat business this past spring, Marshall has to feel good about the recent economic development news. First it was the opening of the Ashley HomeStore, followed by the Hobby Lobby grand opening. But the economic boost also came from already established businesses. First Action Trackchair announced its expansion plans and on Monday, Harrison Truck Centers held a ground breaking ceremony for its expansion project. Moving dirt is always a good sign for economic vitality.

Follow the paved road

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Talk about feeling good. With the end of the regular season for Major League Baseball just a few weeks away, the Minnesota Twins are inching closer to a divisional title. Holding a slim lead over the Cleveland Indians, the magic number to clinch stands at 13. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings jumped out of the starting blocks on Sunday with an impressive 28-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Enough already

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Rain, rain, go away. More disappointment for those looking for entertainment prospects in the Marshall area. After rain cut short the Pablo Cruise concert and washed out the Killer Vees during Sounds of Summer, people attending the Brau Brothers Hopfest dealt with bouts of rain showers last weekend. The music, however, continued throughout the weekend. And so did events at Boxelder Bug Days in Minneota.

Lots of longevity in Canby

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A small item on Thursday’s front page offered big news in Canby. The Canby Theater is celebrating is 80th anniversary with a music event Saturday. That’s a long time in providing quality entertainment to a community.

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