from the front page


Work has begun on a multi-use trail that may someday connect Appleton to the south end of Marsh Lake. The trail picks up at the end of Appleton’s multi-use trail at the corner of Highway 119 and Swift County Road 51 near the Swift County Fairgrounds. The trail will run about two and a half miles when completed, a little over halfway to the Marsh Lake dam recreation area. Read More


Lac qui Parle Valley School Board votes to certify 2023, payable 2024 levy

by Lydia Rebehn

At their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, the Lac qui Parle Valley School Board voted to certify the proposed 2023, payable 2024 levy for the district, voting to approve the levy at the maximum, for a potential total of $5,612,553.53 – an increase of $1,276,973.11 or 29.45 percent over 2022. Read More

Children's agricultural museum to be created in Benson

For the last nine months, a local group has been working hard on creating an environment that will educate children to the various aspects of agriculture that are so prominent in our local communities. With a board of directors formed, the museum is named Mini Sota Agricultural Children’s Museum and will be based in Benson. Their nonprofit status was approved by the IRS in March 2023. Read More

Cooperation, collaboration drive Pope, Swift County conservation

article and photos by Ann Wessel BWSR

Cooperation between neighbors and collaboration between neighboring soil and water conservation districts has resulted in more effective erosion control within the East Branch Chippewa River watershed in Pope and Swift counties. Water-quality benefits extend to the Minnesota River. Read More


from the archives

125 YEARS AGO – 1898
– Appleton Pop: 400

Dudley Pomeroy has accepted a position as clerk at Close and Lathrops. C. F. Woods of Correll has two good milk cows for sale. From “School Notes:” One of our tall young freshmen rose to the occasion one day last week and poetically remarked, ‘I am out of the reach of humanity.” Read More


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