2013 revisited

Editor’s note: Exact dates are not listed in this story. However, the news items are in chronological order. This compilation was completed Dec. 25 to meet press deadlines for the Weekender, therefore, it does not include news stories that appeared in the Independent between Dec. 26-31.


A Balaton woman dies after being injured in an explosion at her home on Dec. 31. Teresa Kirst, of Balaton, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with burns from the explosion and fire that destroyed a house on North Maple Street in Balaton. Neighbors reported feeling a blast.

Minnesota-based renewable energy company Ecos Energy, LLC, opens the largest solar energy facility in Minnesota in rural Slayton. Developers say the solar farm generates enough energy to power 250 houses.

A former Minnwest Bank employee receives a two-year prison sentence for embezzlement. In addition to the prison sentence, a federal judge orders Barbara Kaye Rechtzigel of Belview to pay more than $1 million in restitution to the bank. Rechtzigel pleaded guilty to stealing money from bank customers over a period of more than 12 years while she was a bank employee.

Southwest Minnesota State University names two finalists in its search for a new university president. The candidates are Connie J. Gores, interim president of Winona State University; and Ronald Rosati, provost of Southeast Missouri State University.

The drunk driver in a July 2012 crash that killed 5-month-old Drake Bigler, son of SMSU men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler, is sentenced to four years in prison by a Pope County District Court judge. Dana Schoen of Starbuck was drunk when his truck crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a vehicle members of the Bigler family were traveling in. Supporters of the Biglers crowd into a courtroom in Glenwood for the sentencing hearing. Brad and Heather Bigler say they have mixed feelings about the sentence and Schoen’s plea bargain. “There are no winners in this,” Brad Bigler said.


Dr. Connie Gores is interviewed for the job as president of Southwest Minnesota State University.

The Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center kicks off a capital campaign to build a cancer center. During the summer, the Avera Marshall Foundation aimed for the fundraising goal of $5.45 million of an estimated $12.9 million total cost. The cancer institute will offer a wide range of adult treatment services, including radiation and chemotherapy.

The Lyon County Board approves a request seeking legislation to appoint the county auditor/treasurer and recorder positions. The Lyon County Board also OK’d upholding overtime policies.

Canby residents attend a town meeting to see the first draft of a plan to refurbish and re-open the Canby Theater.

A group in Tracy looks to raise money to build a new memorial for the victims of the 1968 tornado.

Marcy Heemeyer is selected the executive director of the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, taking over for the retiring Ruth Ascher.

After getting hit with a 45 percent cut in funding, the Women’s Rural Advocacy Programs in Marshall is being helped out by the community. One of the donations included a $10,000 donation from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation.

The Yellow Medicine East jazz dance team wins the Class A championship in the 2013 State Dance Tournament and takes third in kick. Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd receives fifth in kick in Class A, Marshall receives seventh in kick and eighth in jazz in Class AA and TMB takes seventh in jazz for Class A.

Terrie McCoss of Marshall is killed in a crash in Yellow Medicine County.

Dr. Connie Gores is chosen as the first female president in Southwest Minnesota State University history.

The Marshall City Council approves the Bossardt Corporation of Bloomington as the construction manager for the amateur sports center and MERIT Center projects.


The Minnesota House Education Policy Committee approves a bill requiring all school districts to enact their own bullying prevention policies.

The Marshall School Board talks about the current legislative action on state and federal levels that will affect the school district. On a federal level, Minnesota was looking at losing $25 million-$27 million in federal support, which could put special education and Title I students most at risk.

Even though a good amount of snow has fallen, it has done little to help the area’s drought conditions. In the latest U.S. Drought Monitor readings, southwest Minnesota was in the extreme drought category and classified 70 percent of the state’s landscape in either modern or severe.

Lyon County approves a road use agreement for CapX 2020, which sets the stage for construction of a high-voltage power line project this year. The commissioners voted to go into a road use agreement with Great River Energy for access to county roads while the transmission lines are being built.

Lincoln County spent $5,800 more than budgeted for the year. The county had budgeted $4,666,000 for the general revenue fund in 2012, but collections amounted to $5,160,000.

Longtime Marshall businessman Howard Bromen dies at 92. He was the owner of Bromen Office Supply that was on Main Street.

The Lyon County Pheasants Forever chapter celebrates 30 years.

Local daycare providers express their union concerns. A bill allowing in-home childcare providers in the state to form a union was being considered in Legislature, but the providers said it may do more harm than good.

A good chunk of a Marshall City Council meeting is taken up by discussion of municipal accounting practices. City Finance Director Tom Meulebroeck presented the council with recommended budget adjustments or reallocations for city funds and said the adjustments reflected expenses that weren’t originally in the 2012 budget.

Local mental health advocates take part in the 2013 Mental Health Day on the Hill, urging legislators to protect funding for critical mental health services and supports and increase funding for programs and services.

The Marshall High School receives a 2013 Top AFS School award from AFS-USA, an international high school student exchange.

Affiliated Community Medical Centers opens a new clinic. The 45,000 square-foot building includes urgent care, family and internal medicine, laboratory, imaging services and more.

The Marshall School board learns the school district’s flexible learning year application had been approved by state Department of Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius.

The Lyon County Pheasants Forever chapter establishes a Wildlife Management Area in the name of late wildlife artist James Meger.

American Legion Post 113 of Marshall looks for charter members to start a new chapter of the American Legion Riders.

A proposed hog barn in northwest Lyon County brought protests from neighbors at a Lyon County Board meeting. The board voted to grant a conditional use permit for the hog barn.

Larry Pogemiller, the Minnesota Higher Education commissioner, visits Southwest Minnesota State University, talking about Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget recommendations for higher education and to see what area students had to say about their experiences.

Five are chosen for induction into the Pride in the Tiger Foundation Hall of Fame – Brian and Sandi Hoffman, Lowell Ziemann, Carol Purrington and Jeff Kruse.

Southwest Minnesota State University culinology students take top honors at the Research Chefs Association Student Culinology Competition in Charlotte, N.C.

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius pays a visit to Marshall, talking about Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposed budget of $640 for education and having a discussion about the importance of early learning.

Paul Luitjens, administrator of the city-owned Clarkfield Care Center is terminated, and a city council member employed by the care center was ineligible to sit on the city council.

The Marshall City Council splits on a request for a parking variance by Bend-Rite Custom Fabrications.

MnDOT unveils its summer road construction projects for 2013, which include regional projects on Minnesota Highway 19, U.S. Highway 59, Minnesota Highway 67, Minnesota Highway 68 and U.S. Highway 75.

Former Marshall Fire Chief David Marks dies at age 65. He served from 1989 to 2000 and was on the fire department for more than 25 years.

Christine Bean of Marshall starts a petition to have a bus stop at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.


The Schwan Food Co. announces it will contribute to fundraising efforts to build a cancer treatment center at Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. The donation of $600,000 is the fifth major contribution since the beginning of the center’s capital campaign in February.

Lyon County commissioners voted to hire an additional assistant county attorney to help address a growing number of cases in county District Court.

Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius visits Marshall to voice support for Gov. Mark Dayton’s seven-point Plan for Excellence in Education. Cassellius says education reforms need to be made in a comprehensive way.

The Marshall Pride in the Tiger Foundation inducts five people into its Hall of Honor. Honorees for 2013 include former MHS teacher and basketball coach Lowell Ziemann, former MHS teacher and speech coach Carol Purrington, former Marshall School Board member Jeff Kruse, and Brian and Sandi Hoffman. Sandi Hoffman had a long career as an educator, mentor, and coach at Marshall Public Schools.

The Minnesota State Auditor’s office releases a report analyzing municipal liquor store operations across the state. Marshall’s liquor store ranks among the most profitable in the state.

A major winter storm wallops southwest Minnesota, combining sleet and freezing rain with at least a foot of drifting snow. Ice accumulations of .9 inches topple trees and cause major power outages in Nobles, Cottonwood, Murray and Rock counties. The city of Worthington is especially hard hit.

A TV news crew from WCCO braves the snowstorm to film a segment on Gislason’s Ace Hardware in Minneota. Gislason’s was named the best hardware store in the state as part of an online poll conducted for WCCO’s “Best of Minnesota” series.

Affiliated Community Medical Centers-Marshall invites community members to tour its new clinic building near the Market Street Mall. The formal ribbon-cutting and open house is well attended.

Several people with connections to southwest Minnesota share their experiences and emotions at being in Boston the day homemade bombs killed three people and wounded more than 170 at the Boston Marathon. Christine Fenske and Stacie Lienemann, both staff members at Lakeview School, said they had completed the marathon about 35 minutes before hearing the blasts. Austin Luther, son of Eric and Karla Luther of Marshall, said the explosions happened about two or three blocks from his apartment, and his classes at Berklee College of Music were canceled for a week.

Officials at the Marshall Public School District say the district is reviewing its field trip policies, after a 4-year-old boy was mistakenly left behind at the Brookings, S.D., Children’s Museum on April 23. Marshall residents Antoine and Jackie Whylly said they felt “sheer terror” while they drove to Brookings to pick up their son. School officials say one teacher was put on administrative leave after the incident.

The Lyon County Board accepts the resignation of county public works director Suhail Kanwar. Kanwar had accepted a position with McKenzie County, N.D., which is trying to expand its public infrastructure to keep up with the North Dakota oil boom.


Southern Prairie Community Care sent a response for proposal letter to the Minnesota Department of Human Services applying for a healthcare delivery demonstration program.

The parents of a Montevideo man arrested by the F.B.I. say their son is not a terrorist. Buford Rogers, 24, appeared in federal court May 6 on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and F.B.I. officials alleged Rogers was planning a terrorist attack. However, Buford’s parents Jeff and Margaret Rogers deny allegations that he was in possession of guns or explosives. “He is not out to bomb anyone,” Jeff Rogers said.

The Marshall School Board discusses field trip policies in light of an incident that involved a 4-year-old boy being left behind after a field trip to the Children’s Museum in Brookings, S.D.

The Lyon County Board hires Aaron VanMoer as an interim public works director.

The Lyon County Board OK’d expenditures to prep for the construction and recreation season.

Jackie Whylly, the mother of the 4-year-old child that was left behind during a field trip to the Children’s Museum in Brookings says her family decided not to file a lawsuit against the Marshall School District.

Area veterans bring their concerns to a town hall meeting that was organized with support from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs and the Lyon County Veterans Services Office.

Along with Republican Sen. Gary Dahms, District 17 Democratic Sen. Lyle Koenen says he will vote against same-sex marriage in November.

Marshall Transit adds a new stop at the Marshall-Lyon County Library on a trial basis.

The Marshall City Council takes another look at providing the Marshall-Lyon County Library with additional funds to implement new staff pay standards and issuing a liquor license for the Marshall Softball Association.

Community members and supporters of the Lyon County Historical Society celebrate the grand opening of the Lyon County Museum’s new, permanent location. Exhibits on the history of medical care in Lyon County and a veterans’ memorial wall are the showpieces at a public open house.

The Marshall School Board discusses preliminary 2013-2014 budget issues as the district faces a deficit of $675,000.

Officials outline details of the Camden Bike Trail during the annual bike safety event at the YMCA. The planned trail would run from Wayside Rest in Marshall, south through the city of Lynd and into Camden State Park.

The scaled-back state bonding bill leaves the city of Marshall looking toward 2014 for state funding for the amateur sports center and MERIT Center.

The Lyon County Board accepts the county highway department’s 2012 annual report, which had $9.6 million in expenditures. Board chairman Rick Anderson volunteered to serve as the county official to sign Legacy grant papers for projects like the Marshall to Camden State Park bike trail and the development of Twin Lakes Park.

The Lincoln County board honors retiring county engineer Lee Amundson.

The Marshall City Council decides to hold off on giving final approval on lodging, food and beverage taxes that were poised to take effect in the summer.

The Yellow Medicine County Board learns from the county assessor that property in the county appreciated in the last year.

Marshall Public School District officials announce the start of a summer free lunch program for Marshall children. MPS Business Director Bruce Lamprecht said changes in eligibility requirements for the federally-reimbursed open lunch program made the community meals possible.


The Marshall City Council and School Board had a joint meeting to share information on services and projects affecting the city and public schools.

A new vision and possible name change for the Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative (MECLA) is discussed at a Marshall Public School work session meeting.

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners discusses county construction projects, including a proposed bike trail connecting Marshall and Lynd with Camden State Park.

John Platt, Minnesota Department of Transportation regional maintenance manager, said work on patching city streets could begin this week, weather permitting.

Carole Martin, Cathy Amato and Jean Replinger announce a campaign to improve pedestrian safety and raise driver awareness that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks.

Jason Steffes, 39, of Balaton, is killed in two-vehicle crash on Minnesota Highway 62.

More than 350 boys from around the state arrived at Southwest Minnesota State University to participate in the American Legion Boys State.

The Marshall City Council approves a request by Marshall Municipal Utilities to build a pipeline to bring water into the city at a cost of $12.7 to $14.3 million.

City of Marshall and Lyon County officials meet to discuss law enforcement concerns including computerized record keeping upgrades.

Tracy residents remember the first ever F5 tornado recorded in Minnesota that struck the city at 7:03 p.m. on June 13, 1968.

Marshall Public Schools Business Director Bruce Lamprecht tells the school board there would be increases in spending for public education this year.

A Hendricks Grain Elevator employee is rescued after being engulfed in grain by timely use of a grain tube rescue device.

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners votes to buy a computer software package that would give the public and county officials access to online versions of board agendas and minutes.

Avera Regional Medical Center announces the selection of Sioux Falls Construction as contractor for the planned cancer institute.

About 30 Marshall residents gather at the Marshall Area YMCA to share concerns about pedestrian safety.

Marshall City Council members approve purchase agreements for land for a proposed sports center complex and expansions of the Minnesota Emergency Response and Industrial Training (MERIT) Center at a special meeting.

About 30 representative of state government, charities, bar owners and gambling equipment manufacturers meet at the Marshall American Legion Hall to discuss the future of electronic gambling in the state.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson informs the Marshall City Council the city had received a $3.5 million grant to build an overpass pedestrian bridge at the intersection of Saratoga and Minnesota Highway 23.

Yellow Medicine County Restorative Justice Coordinator Sharon Hendrichs informs the Board of Commissioners the county has received a $40,000 federal grant to fund activities of the Chemical Health Coalition.

The latest update from the National Drought Mitigation Center confirms the state was officially drought-free, with only a small part considered “abnormally dry” in the northern part of the state.

The Plum Creek Library System announces it will be stopping interlibrary loan services for the Marshall-Lyon County Library.


Lyon County Board members discuss the possibility of using wheelage taxes or a local sales tax to increase county highway funds.

At the request of the county Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the Lincoln County Board votes to authorize the use of the county’s taxing power to secure a $21,000 general obligation bond issue to finance completion of four apartments in Tyler.

Betty Roers, the former Senior College director and distance learning director at Southwest Minnesota State University, attends a retirement party in her honor.

Marshall City Council members approve the sale of about $3.64 million in general obligation bonds.

The Yellow Medicine County Board votes to grant a request for a tax abatement to a Canby firm for its Subway franchise restaurant.

A Marshall man, 30-year-old Joshua Williams, is found dead after a house fire, Marshall Police said.

Micky Seng Her, 27, of Walnut Grove dies after crashing his vehicle into a tree in Walnut Grove.

The Lincoln County Economic Development Corporation, the Lincoln County Trail Task Force and the Lake Benton Area Foundation host a trails showcase at Hole in the Mountain park. Attendees walk a recently-completed 1.2-mile trail at the park and learn about a county-wide trail plan.

The Marshall division of the Special Olympics has a bocce ball competition at Legion Park. Southwest Minnesota State President Connie Gores throws out the first ball to start things off.

The Marshall School Board meets to talk about the upcoming referendum and to talk about the safety and security of Marshall Public Schools building, particularly the elementary ones.

Marshall City Council members learn more about a planned downtown mural by artist and Southwest Minnesota State alumnus Terrence Fogarty during part of their regular meeting.

A meeting on concerns with the Marshall-Lyon County Library’s lending policies brings out plenty of frustrations, but not many solutions.

A Murray County man is afflicted with the first human case of West Nile Virus of 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health said.

Members of a newly-formed pedestrian safety committee in Marshall observe problematic intersections to see how many cars stop for crosswalkers.

The Marshall municipal liquor store has a new future home after action taken by the Marshall City Council. The city will buy a lot in the J.C. Boyer Addition with the intent of building a new liquor store there.


Aug. 1 marks the first day that same-sex marriages can be performed in Minnesota. Area residents celebrate at the Daily Grind.

Marshall Public Schools receives positive financial news at a work session meeting. The 2013 state Legislature made changes which benefit schools.

Lyon County commissioners approve the purchase of two items – a payment drop box and an ATM to help the customer conduct business.

U.S. Rep. and ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson, D-Minn., talks about the farm bill at Farmfest.

The Sleep Inn, which will be located on Nwakama Street in Marshall, breaks ground.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton discusses the importance of Minnesota agriculture during his visit to Farmfest.

The public has a new computer station at the Lyon County auditor/treasurer office to look up tax or property information.

The Marshall City Council voted to help two Marshall businesses expand their facilities – Beverage Wholesalers and Runnings Supply want to build larger warehouses.

Representatives from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s office, as well as representatives from state and local organizations supporting veterans, have a town hall-style meeting for local veterans and their families as part of an outreach tour.

West Side Principal Jeremy Williams, Park Side Principal Darci Love and High School Assistant Principal Travis Frazee are new staff for Marshall Public Schools.

Zebra mussels are on top of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Aquatic Invasive Species list.

The “Mrs. Whitney” statue is dedicated at Liberty Park in Marshall. Mary Whitney gave the city of Marshall its name more than 100 years ago.

The Marshall Public School Board approves a lease agreement with Marshall Call Center at its regular board meeting which provides Marshall East Campus Learning Alternative with a suitable location.

The Lincoln County Board agrees to advertise for an architect to consider plans to build two wings on the east and west side of the passage link between the county courthouse and the law enforcement center.

Authorities seek DNA link to human remains found in South Dakota. Authorities are investigating whether a Clarkfield woman is the mother of two fetuses whose remains were found in a Deuel County, S.D., shelterbelt.

Angie Pankratz takes part in a piano recital at the age of 87. She is the piano student of Nancy Long.

Southwest Minnesota State University wellness professor Marilyn Strate receives Special Olympics Minnesota’s Outstanding Coach Award.

Members of the Lyon County Board set a preliminary levy for 2014 during a special meeting. County commissioners vote 4-1 in favor of a preliminary levy of about $12.7 million.

Brittney Jo Fox, 19, of Marshall is killed in a one-vehicle rollover at 6:15 a.m. in Stanley Township, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department said. Also, Christopher Swenning, 39, of Ghent is killed in a one-vehicle rollover at 5:40 p.m. south of Ivanhoe.

Kelly Anderson-Person, 34, of Clarkfield admits to being the mother of two newborns whose remains were found on family-owned land in South Dakota.


A woman is found shot to death and a man critically wounded in Granite Falls. Granite Falls Police search for a person of interest, Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates the circumstances of a Marshall man who died in a Lyon County Sheriff’s Department squad car outside of the Lyon County Law Enforcement Center.

The Lincoln County board hears the results of a recycling survey. Ninety-four percent of residents who responded said they recycle.

Southwest Minnesota State University Senior College kicks off its fall session with a new name, GOLD College, and a new coordinator, Lauren Beukelman.

Marshall businessmen Len DeSchepper retires from his business after 44 years. DeSchepper owned Len’s Southside Sinclair Service.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s office confirms that the second victim in a shooting that took place Sept. 2 in Granite Falls – Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls – has died.

The Marshall City Council approves a preliminary levy for 2014 of about $5.1 million, a 2.9 percent increase over 2013.

Yellow Medicine County commissioners vote to increase the tax levy for 2014 by the statutory limit of 3.4 percent. Yellow Medicine County Finance Director Michelle May said the budget deficit in 2013 was $335,000.

An arrest warrant is issued for the ex-boyfriend of a Granite Falls woman who was fatally shot on Labor Day along with another man. The Minnesota Depart of Public Safety said Andrew Dikken, 28, is wanted in the shooting deaths of 26-year-old Kara Monson and her 28-year-old boyfriend, Christopher Panitzke of Redwood Falls.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation said that the $2.3 million resurfacing project on U.S. Highway 59 south of Marshall will be delayed because of the extended winter.

Ruby’s Pantry comes to Marshall to help area families with extra food. For $15 cash on the first Thursday of the month, families can fill a laundry basket with food items.

The Marshall School Board discusses Race to the Top grant submission and the track and field complex.

Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, is taken into custody at the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the deaths of Kara Monson and Christopher Panitzke.

The Lyon County Board decides to hire a highway engineer instead of a public works director.

The Yellow Medicine County Attorney’s Office files charges of two counts of second degree murder against Andrew Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls for the deaths of Kara Monson and Christopher Panitzke.

Greg Flack steps down as The Schwan Food Co.’s president and chief executive officer.

The 30th anniversary nears of the double homicides of Ruthton bank president Rudy Blythe, 42, and Deems “Toby” Thulin, 37, by James Jenkins and his 18-year-old son, Steven Jenkins.

Area county commissioners discuss changes to the Lyon County sanitary landfill including the building of a new cell.


A pilot program by Southwest Minnesota Continuum of Care to simplify the process of getting help for people who have been made homeless by eviction, are living with friends or family, or sleeping in their cars goes into effect.

The Lyon County Board votes to appoint Aaron VanMoer county engineer, after VanMoer had been serving in an interim capacity since the resignation of former County Engineer Suhail Kanwar.

The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners is informed by CPA Doug Host the results of an audit for 2012 by Clifton, Larson and Allen, indicate the county finished the year in the black with an increase in the county’s net worth of $2 million for the year.

A MnDOT spokesperson announces the beginning of a $2.3 million project to resurface a section of U.S. Highway 59 south of Marshall would be delayed another week.

A judge in Granite Falls grants a request from prosecutors to obtain a DNA sample and fingerprints from Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, who is charged in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson and Christopher Panitzke.

The Schwan Food Co. announces former Nestl executive Dimitrios Smyrnios will serve as the company’s next chief executive officer.

The Central Park Market in Cottonwood ends its first season on a winning note, with organizers planning to open again next year.

A Lincoln County man charged with one count of overwork, mistreatment or torture of animals and nine counts of disposal of animal carcasses by burial or burning, pleads guilty to one count of disposal under a plea agreement that required him to pay a $750 fine, pay $1,100 restitution for disposal of 10 dead horses and $4,500 for boarding five living horses removed from the scene and serve one year of supervised probation.

Gail Goltz, director of Head Start of Western Community Action in Marshall, says in the near term at least families using Head Start and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs should not be affected by the government shutdown.

Jacob Westberg, a Marshall High School graduate, is shot and killed by Sioux Falls police after a 911 caller reported a suicidal man.

The Lyon County Board passes a resolution of support for a Legacy grant application with a 10 percent local match for a regional bike trail project.

The Lincoln County Board approves refinancing of $3.125 million of general obligation bonds for the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water System.

Andrew Dikken, charged in the shooting deaths of two people in Granite Falls, enters a petition to plead guilty to the charges.

The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary fall conference opens at the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts with about 500 attendees.

The Marshall High School marching band competes with 60 regional bands at the Music of All’s Bands of America Super Regional Championships in St. Louis.

The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners approves a conditional use permit for Marshall Municipal Utilities to build a water pipeline in Normania and Sandnes townships.

Representatives of local business and industry voice concerns at a public meeting about proposed rate increases by Marshall Municipal Utilities.

Kurtis Dougherty, 22, of Tyler, is killed in a one-vehicle rollover on U.S. Highway 75.

The Lyon County Board of Commissioners approves updates to health benefits for county employees at a special meeting.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Avera cancer treatment center is held.

Marshall Police respond to an alarm at Borch’s Sporting Goods at 2:41 a.m. to find a smash-and-grab robbery in which thieves stole an undetermined number of handguns.

At a hearing, prosecutors reject Andrew Dikken’s attempt to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and announced they would go before a grand jury to seek charges of first-degree murder.


Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charles Zelle spoke before an audience of area residents to discuss the need to invest in transportation.

Marshall Public School Board members heard an update on the merging of the Southwest and South Central Conferences into a 13-team “Big South Conference” at a special meeting.

Bill Blazar, senior vice president of public affairs and business development at the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, presented the state Chamber of Commerce’s main priorities for the upcoming legislative session at a meeting in Marshall, one of 20 held around the state.

The Lyon County Board votes to add two days to the list of county-observed holidays.

In a special election, Marshall residents vote down a proposal to hold an operating referendum to increase general education revenue by $150 per pupil. Referendum questions to increase per pupil levies in Ivanhoe and Wabasso passed, but a referendum in Tracy to issue a $2,035 general obligation bond for repair and maintenance projects in Tracy schools could not be announced until procedural irregularities had been dealt with.

The Lincoln County Board sends a seven-page letter to the federal Environmental Protection Agency expressing opposition to a proposal that would greatly EPA jurisdiction over local water systems.

Results in the Tracy referendum are released, with 80 percent of the vote approving a $2.035 million general obligation bond for the Tracy Area School District.

The Marshall City Council approves an increase to the city’s contribution to firefighter retirement benefits in 2014.

A grand jury indicts Andrew Dikken on six counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Ka