Local History & Genealogy
Our libraries are located in Lyon County, with our main building located in the City of Marshall, MN. If you’re looking for information about Marshall County, MN, you may wish to contact a library in the Northwest Regional Library System: nwrlib.org.
Our Marshall location has a variety of resources related to the history of Lyon County, surrounding counties, and Minnesota as a whole.
Historical newspapers on Microfilm
- Balaton Bystander : April 6, 1900-September 1, 1900
- Cottonwood Current : April 24, 1897- December 29, 1911
- Lyon County News : May 28, 1879-January 9, 1885
- Lyon County Independent : August 29, 1940-June 2, 1955
- Marshall Prairie Schooner : August 23, 1873-September 24, 1875
- Marshall Messenger : October 1, 1875-December 19, 1884
- Marshall News Messenger : January 16, 1885-June 29, 1928
- Marshall Messenger Daily : May 2, 1938-September 3, 1940, July 26, 1955-August 6, 1973
- Marshall Messenger Independent : August 6, 1973-August 30, 1974
- Marshall Independent : September 4, 1974- [present, with an approximately 6 month delay].
- Marshall High School Marhian (Marshall Public Schools) [view years available]
- Marshall Junior High yearbook (Marshall Public Schools) [view years available]
- Marshall Elementary Schools yearbook (Marshall Public Schools) [view years available]
- Lakefield Public School Lakers yearbook [view years available – at Cottonwood branch only]
Cemetery records for Lyon County
Selected plat, Polk, and phone books
Family Tree magazine
Minnesota History magazine
Minnesota Room Collection
- includes local publications, historical publications, and other regional interest books
Still need more information?
Other local organizations may have what you need.
- Lyon County Museum
- Southwest Minnesota Regional Resource Center at Southwest Minnesota State University
- City of Cottonwood, MN
- Balaton Area History Center
- City of Balaton, MN
- Lyon County Courthouse