Ruthe Thompson

Ruthe Thompson

Ruthe Thompson teaches a variety of classes in literature, writing and composition at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

Former principal sues Marshall school board for discrimination, retaliation and sexual harassment

By: - December 3, 2021

MARSHALL — A former middle school principal filed suit against the Marshall Public School District Board on Wednesday, accusing the board of discrimination and retaliation for her refusal to remove a LGBTQ pride flag from a display in the school cafeteria last year. In her lawsuit, Mary Kay Thomas also accuses school board director Bill […]

Conservative Minnesota think tank decries equity studies in education in Marshall

By: - October 8, 2021

MARSHALL — Kendall and Sheila Qualls appeared at an event organized by the Center of the American Experiment here recently, offering dark warnings about Marxism and the decline of the two-parent Black family, while encouraging action plans for influencing public school curriculum.  They spoke to a crowd of about 100 at the Marshall Golf Club, […]

Marshall is the site of a potentially litigious battle over a rainbow flag at a middle school

By: - March 3, 2020

MARSHALL — The battle over a flag supporting LBGTQ students at a middle school here rages on amid threats of litigation on both sides. Advocates for LBGTQ students at Marshall Middle School said they have contacted the ACLU and will consider legal action if district administrators remove a rainbow pride flag that has sparked debate in […]

Culture war rages in southwest Minnesota over rainbow flag

By: - February 24, 2020

MARSHALL, LYON COUNTY — A rainbow flag displayed for a public middle school diversity project has met fierce opposition and a threat of legal action from religious leaders. At two packed school board meetings earlier this month, Marshall students, parents, teachers and community members debated whether displaying the LGBTQ flag offers positive support for students or […]

The story of how Lyon County rose up for refugees

By: - February 21, 2020

MARSHALL, LYON COUNTY — Angela Larson was startled to see in her local paper in January that Lyon County commissioners would decide the following day whether new refugees could be resettled there. As director of family services for United Community Action Partnership for almost 15 years, Larson has helped refugee families establish residence in Lyon and […]