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(Dassel MN-) Former Senator Steve Dille of Dassel passed away Wednesday at the age of 75. Dille, a Republican, was a veterinarian and served in the Minnesota House from 1987 to 1993, and in the Minnesota Senate from 1993 to 2011. The Litchfield native was also known as an excellent horsemen.… Read more

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(Willmar MN-)  The first case of COVID 19 has been reported in Kandiyohi County.   The county Health and Human Services department says they were notified by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that a man in his 60s who resides in Kandiyohi County has tested positive for the virus.   He… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Funeral directors are facing busy times ahead once the coronavirus threat has passed. Nathan Streed from Harvey Anderson-Johnson Funeral Home in Willmar says most people who lose loved ones during this time of social distancing and Stay at Home orders from The Governor are chos… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The Kandi Mall in Willmar is temporarily closing. In a news release they say in accordance with Governor Walz executive order which goes into effect at midnight tonight, Kandi Mall will temporarily close Saturday through Friday April 10th. They say protecting the health and wel… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The Covid-19 pandemic has wiped out 1/6th of The Barn Theatre in Willmar's planned revenues for this season. Barn Operations Manager Naomi Lindquist says A year with Frog and Toad was going to be staged April 16th through the 26th, but when Governor Walz issued his executive or… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- A 330-million-dollar coronavirus response package is on its way to Governor Tim Walz after passing the Minnesota House and Senate. Representative Tim Miller says it was the first time he had been back in St. Paul in a week-and-a-half, and they made sure there was social dis… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) Governor Tim Walz Stay at Home order goes into effect at midnight tonight and goes through April 10th. Representative Tim Miller says people have contacted him, worried that they will need papers to show to law enforcement if they are out and about working or doing legitimate … Read more

 

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(St. Paul, MN) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar says her husband, John Bessler, has left the hospital. Klobuchar announced the move yesterday, saying Bessler is now recovering at home. Bessler was recently diagnosed with coronavirus and had to be hospitalized for pneumonia and low oxygen. Read more

(St. Cloud, MN) -- Governor Tim Walz is targeting price gouging with a new executive order. Walz issued the order last week that forbids stores from raising their prices because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison's office is responsible for enforcing the order. Read more

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(St. Paul MN-)   The Minnesota Department of Health says coronavirus cases in the state made big jump from 287 Wednesday to 346 on Thursday, an increase of 59 cases.  There has been one additional death, in Ramsey County, and for the first time a case has been reported in Kandiyohi County. Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Legislature convenes today to approve emergency funding for the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Thursday). The House session is scheduled to start at noon and the Senate meets at 2 p-m. Governor Walz has requested more than 300-million dollars. Lawm… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Some have questioned who is tested for Covid 19 locally. Carris Health issued a statement saying "At this time we are testing patients who are admitted to the hospital with symptoms of COVID-19, we test healthcare workers or their ill household contacts who have symptoms of COV… Read more

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(New London MN-) A crash west of New London sent an Olivia man to the hospital Wednesday afternoon. The state patrol says it happened at 4:57 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 71 and Kandiyohi County Road 40. A Dodge SUV traveling westbound on 40 collided with a Honda SUV that was travelin… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Local residents are trying to help the national shortage of protective masks used by healthcare workers dealing with the COVID 19 pandemic. Pauline Prawl of Willmar says last week she read on Facebook that a place called Deaconess was asking people to make masks, and decided to… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is the latest with a statewide "stay-at-home" order. Governor Tim Walz issued the order on Wednesday, and it takes effect at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow for the next two weeks. Walz says without keeping people at home, the death toll in Minnesota could reach as high as 74… Read more

(Brooklyn Park, MN) -- A Brooklyn Park man who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of his baby son is headed to prison for two decades. Derrick Johnson was sentenced this week. He admitted hitting his two-month-old son, and also acknowledged the actions led to the little boy'… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has a plan to help families and small businesses suffering because of coronavirus. Carter made the proposal to the City Council yesterday for a three-and-a-quarter-million dollar emergency relief fund. Families with at least one student in Saint… Read more