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Marvin J. Kleven, 79

Marvin J. Kleven, age 79 of rural Walnut Grove, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Westbrook Good Samaritan Society. Funeral Services were Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in rural Walnut Grove. Interment was in the St. Olaf Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Worthington man jailed for OWI, false ID

ORANGE CITY—A 38-year-old Worthington, MN, man was arrested about 7:40 p.m. Sunday, July 26, in Orange City on charges of public intoxication and possession of a fictitious license, identification card or form. The arrest of Osbaldo Lopez-Ramos stemmed from a report of an intoxicated man at Casey’s General Store...
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Audrey Koopman, 75

Audrey K. Koopman, age 75 of Tracy, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022, surrounded by her family at Our House Hospice of Murray County in Slayton, MN. Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the Tracy United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 6 at the Tracy Area Funeral Home. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Holland Cemetery in Holland, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Cottonwood County Citizen Online

Ukraine native comes to Windom

Most of us have moved at least once in our lives. You make the decision, you plan, you pack, you load everything up, and you drive to the new place that you will call home. It can be a little scary at first, not knowing the area and meeting new people, but you adjust over time.

Worthington home a total loss after house fire

The Worthington Fire Department spent 3 hours Tuesday morning on the south end of Strait avenue battling a house fire that could not be salvaged. Demolition crews assisted the fire department by demolishing the structure to put out the flames. No one was injured.

‘Tracy’s pastor’ called home

Antique autos and airplanes played a big role in the life of Homer Dobson, but his true calling came in the church and his community. Last Friday, the longtime Tracy pastor and local civic icon died at the age of 96, leaving a void in Tracy that can never be filled.
Cottonwood County Citizen Online

Motorist scam costs Windom store $148

Area convenience store clerks are no doubt keeping a close eye on pumps and fuel purchases, given the price of gasoline. However, that doesn’t prevent motorists from trying various schemes to steal gas. Last Thursday, a motorist walked into the Windom Speedway convenience store and complained that his credit card did not work at the pump.

Ruthton’s July 4 celebration around the corner

Ruthton’s Buffalo Ridge Civic Organization (BRCO) is gearing up for the annual July 4th celebration on Sunday, July 3 through Monday, July 4. Festivities will kick off at 10 a.m with church in the park, with coffee and rolls available. Monday will feature the parade starting at 11 a.m., followed by a free will donation lunch in the park. The meal will include hamburgers and hot dogs grilled by the Pipestone County Cattlemen Association. Chips, cookies, condiments, water and all plates and utensils are being donated by the BRCO. Attendees are welcome to bring their own meals and picnic in the park as well, but there will be no community potluck. At 12:30 p.m. registration will open for the kiddie tractor pull, and the event will start at 1 p.m. Other activities taking place on Sunday include a car show, petting zoo, bingo, a sand money pit and bean bag tournament sponsored by Ruthton firemen.

Erickson joins Tracy Police force

John Erickson wasn’t born in Tracy, but he certainly feels right at home here. Erickson just this month joined the Tracy Police Department, bringing to three the number of full-time police officers on call in town. Erickson, who will turn 27 in July, has family ties in Tracy, as...
Cottonwood County Citizen Online

Voters head to polls in state’s counties

Ballots are ready and voting locations are all set. People can start voting at the Cottonwood County Courthouse any time. In fact, some may have cast their votes as early as last Friday. Don’t be alarmed, this isn’t for the general election. It’s for the Aug. 9 primary....

Big dreams in Walnut

From a 4-year-old to a 45-year veteran, actors are gearing up for the 45th ‘Fragments of a Dream’ pageant. Olivia Sazama is a self-proclaimed sweetheart, but that doesn’t mean she can’t turn into a mean girl when called upon. Sazama is an 8-year-old from Tracy. By...

Woman arrested after biting, Macing man

ASHTON—A 40-year-old Worthington, MN, woman was arrested about 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 24, near Ashton on a charge of first-offense domestic abuse assault resulting in injury or mental illness. The arrest of Shawnda Shree Smith stemmed from a call from a Sheldon man stating the mother of his children...

A’s succumb to Redbirds in seven

As the dog days of summer often wreak havoc on natural flora and fauna, so too they often aid in withering the passion and commitment of amateur baseball players. Such was the case Wednesday evening in Luverne, where a skeleton crew of Pipestone A’s players were simply no match for the hosting Redbirds. Scoring early and often, and using the long ball to their advantage, the Redbirds dispatched the A’s in seven frames, 16-0, to move to within two games of the Milroy Irish in the Gopher League standings.
Lakefield Standard

Frogs dominate Lakers

The Lakefield Frogs got a strong pitching performance from Keegan Klontz and put on an offensive display in a 15-4 win over Heron Lake Wednesday night in Lakefield. The win ends a six-game skid for the Frogs and improves them to 4-9 on the season. Klontz was perfect through four...

James “Jim” Vander Lugt

James “Jim” Vander Lugt, 84, Edgerton, died Friday, June 17, 2022 at the Pipestone County Hospice House in Pipestone. Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 25 at First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Edgerton. James Vander Lugt, the son of Hubert...
Lakefield Standard

Gary Meier, 80

Gary Meier, age 80, of Lakefield, Minnesota passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society in Windom, Minnesota. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2022, at Hegre Cemetery in Madison, Minnesota with Pastor Kendall Stelter officiating. Condolences may be...

Longtime city admin. always had a vision

For a stretch of nine years between 2011-2020, the city administrator position in Tracy was a frustrating collection of candidates, finalists, interviews and resignations, as the City of Tracy searched high and low to find someone to fill the shoes of Audrey Koopman on a long-time basis. The City’s struggles...