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(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County has recorded it's 3rd COVID-19-related death since the pandemic began in March. No information on the victim is available at this time. There were 7000 fewer tests performing in Minnesota Monday than there were on Sunday and numbers of new cases are also down. … Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Former Willmar Schools Superintendent Orlo Almlie has died. Almlie, 81 of rural Kandiyohi, passed away Sunday. A Mayville North Dakota native, Almlie got his masters degree at North Dakota State, and he began teaching in Fargo in the early 60s. He also served in the National Gu… Read more

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(Duluth MN-) On the heels of last night's tumultuous presidential debate, President Trump is due to visit the Twin Cities and Duluth today.  Trump is set to speak at the Twin Cities airport in the afternoon and attend a fundraiser in Shoreview before traveling to Duluth tonight at 8pm. Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Starting Monday the Willmar City Hall will be open to walk-in customers. All social distancing requirements including the wearing of masks inside the building are required. If access past the front counter is required, the person will be screened by answering a series of COVID-… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The future of the indoor gun range at the Willmar War Memorial Auditorium is in doubt after the federal government changed it's standards on lead contamination. The standard for allowable lead dust in the air is being lowered from it's current 50 parts per million to 10 parts p… Read more

(Undated) -- A majority of Minnesotans think the criminal justice system treats black people unfairly. The latest Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 poll shows 56-percent of likely voters think the justice system doesn't treat blacks and whites equally. About half of respondents also feel violenc… Read more

(Bloomington, MN) -- A large cougar was hit and killed by a car in the Twin Cities. Bloomington police say the cat was hit near the westbound Interstate-494 ramp to northbound I-35W Tuesday morning. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources tells Bring Me The News the cat will now underg… Read more

 

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(Minneapolis MN-) With October being National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the average monthly Social Security disability benefit at only $1,126.02, barely enough to keep an individual out of poverty, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Bes… Read more

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(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says it has received no information or cases involving so-called 'ballot harvesting' in any elections this year. State Representative Steve Drazkowski called for an investigation after a video by the group Project Veritas appeared to… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Plasma from whole blood donations made through the American Red Cross that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to give blood now to help ensure … Read more

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(Willmar MN-) County Road 5 in Willmar will be detoured for one week, beginning today. The Willmar Rail Connector & Industrial Access project, also known as the Willmar Wye, will be working on the realigned U.S. Highway 12/County Road 5 roundabout. Read more

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(Willmar MN-) MnDot has put out another update on the Willmar WYE Railroad Bypass Project on the west side of Willmar. They say the settlement of the Highway 40 embankment has finally slowed, and they were able to start the east abutment last week. In a sure sign of progress, bituminous (asp… Read more

(Duluth, MN) -- Medical researchers find traces of coronavirus in Lake Superior at beaches in Duluth. The University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus says the virus was detected in water on Park Point, at the East 42nd Avenue and Brighton beaches, and below Leif Erickson Park earlie… Read more

(Undated) -- The Minnesota Department of Health has now completed over two-million coronavirus tests. The state reported 936 new coronavirus cases Monday from over 22-thousand tests. The state also confirmed seven new coronavirus deaths. Read more

(Undated) -- Nine-one-one services are restored in Minnesota after a reported nationwide outage. Minneapolis Police reported the outage late Monday afternoon, saying other states were reporting a similar problem. Police and Minnesota Emergency Communication Networks confirmed services were b… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) An uptick in COVID-19 cases has led Carris Health to ban visitors in their facilities again. The following is a news release from Carris: " Due to the current surge in positive COVID-19 cases in our communities, CentraCare/Carris Health is once again implementing a no visitor p… Read more

(Willmar MN-)  The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department says a Willmar man is dead, possibly from natural causes, after hunting this weekend.   At 2:30 Saturday afternoon the sheriff's office was notified about a missing hunter.   56-year-old Alan Marcus had left to go bow hunting on huntin… Read more