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(Willmar MN-) JP Cola spoke to Senator Andrew Lang this week to get his thoughts on Governor Tim Walz clean car initiative, which puts Minnesota under the same auto emission standards as California. Lang says it forces Minnesota car dealers to put more electric cars on the lot, whether the p… Read more

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(Renville MN-) The Renville Community Center has been renovated and the city is putting on a grand re-opening celebration Saturday. In conjunction, they will be putting on a Live Well-Be Well Community Health Fair. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Things kick off with a ri… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) MnDot officials say BNSF is getting ready to begin their portion of the Willmar WYE project. Project Manager Paul Rasmussen says the road and bridge portion of the 50 million dollar project began in July 2019, and two years later, that portion is essentially complete... Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- The federal COVID moratorium on evictions ends today (Saturday), but state officials say it does not affect Minnesotans because of the "off-ramp" the legislature approved. Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho says "a lot" of federal assistance money is available for t… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is extending an air quality alert until 3 p-m Tuesday for the entire state, what officials term an "unprecedented" five- to six-day period. The M-P-C-A's Nick Witcraft says they expect a wide swath of up to "very unhealthy" air stretch… Read more

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(Clara City MN-) The state patrol says alcohol may have played a factor in a two-vehicle crash west of Clara City Friday night. At 7:10 p.m. a pickup driven by 37-year-old Benjamin Peterson of Clara City was northbound on 100th Avenue when it collided with an SUV that was traveling westbound… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House Ethics Committee is dismissing a complaint against Representative John Thompson after an agreement was reached between Thompson and Representative Eric Lucero of Dayton. Thompson called Republican Lucero a "racist" on the House floor in June. Committee c… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House Ethics Committee is scheduled to continue a hearing this afternoon (Friday 1:00 p-m) with embattled state Representative John Thompson. The St. Paul Democrat is accused of calling Republican Eric Lucero of Dayton a "racist" during a House floor debate la… Read more

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(St. Cloud, MN) -- Around 65 members of an Alexandria-based Minnesota National Guard unit will return home Saturday from a deployment to the Middle East. The C Battery, 1st Battalion, 194th Field Artillery Regiment spent the last nine months stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq. The soldiers pr… Read more

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(St. Cloud, MN) -- Air quality sensors in the St. Cloud area logged the highest level of airborne particulates ever recorded yesterday (Thursday). The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reported a reading of 422 micrograms per cubic meter, breaking the old record of 401. The smoke from Canad… Read more

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(St.Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is sounding the alarm after a deadly week on the roads. D-P-S says 16 people have been killed in traffic crashes since Saturday. That brings the state's traffic death toll to to 254, the highest year-to-date number in the last five y… Read more

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(Monticello MN-)  The state patrol has identified the man killed when he was struck by a pickup on I-94 near Monticello Wednesday night.   23-year-old William O'Sullivan of Buffalo was standing in the roadway on I-94 near Highway 25 when he was struck and killed by a pickup just before midnight.   Read more

(Undated) -- More coronavirus cases have been reported in Minnesota. Yesterday, health officials listed 551 new cases and three additional deaths. With those numbers introduced, the state's totals show over 612-thousand infections and about 76-hundred-63 deaths overall. About three-million-1… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- Happy Sunisa Lee Day. Governor Tim Walz declared July 30th Sunisa Lee Day after the Saint Paul native won the gold medal in the women's individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Lee is the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics and the fif… Read more

(Undated) -- Minnesota is looking to vaccinate as many students over the age of 12 as possible before school starts in September. Yesterday, Governor Walz announced the "Vax to School" campaign. He says the campaign will highlight the voices of experts and professionals on the need to get yo… Read more

(Oakdale, MN) -- A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for attacking a postal worker in Oakdale last summer. The U.S. Attorney's office says James Jackson Jr. repeatedly punched a worker who would not give him a package because his credentials did not match the needed information. T… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) On Thursday, for the first time in months, every county in our local listening area has reported at least 1 new case of COVID-19. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, there were 551 cases reported in the state, including 17 in Stearns County, 7 in Meeker, 5 in Kandi… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) A man was arrested in Willmar Thursday morning on an arrest warrant for armed robbery, and will now also face drug charges after methamphetamine was found in his room. The CEE-6 Drug and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant at an address in the 200 Block of 23rd Street Sou… Read more

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(Kimball MN-)  Fire destroyed a building north of Kimball Tuesday afternoon.   The Stearns County Sheriff's Department says they believe the fire at the Kevin Henkemeyer property on 33rd Avenue in Fairhaven Township was started by Henkemeyer as he was grinding metal on a deer stand he was bu… Read more