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(Willmar MN-) An historical marker near Hawick went missing Wednesday, but not for long. The marker is entitled "The Cape of Bad Luck" and was located in extreme northeast Kandiyohi County, southwest of Paynesville. Bob Larson of the Kandiyohi County Historical Society says the property owne… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) During the first week of the new hands-free behind the wheel smartphone law, officers, deputies and troopers statewide cited 678 drivers for violating the law. State Patrol Lieutenant Gordon Shank is urging drivers to make smart choices. Read more

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Minnesota State Fair gets underway today. The 2019 Great Minnesota Get-Together is opening the gates for this year's event. About two-million people are expected to attend the fair during its 12-day stretch. Read more

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(Willmar MN-) A woman was slightly hurt in the crash of a Central Community Transit bus north of Willmar Wednesday afternoon. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department says it happened at 12:14 p.m. near the intersection of County Road 25 and 5th Street Northwest. The bus, driven by 76-year-… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County is currently updating its Parks Plan and will host an Open House to discuss the project this afternoon from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Kandiyohi County Commissioner Roger Imdieke says the Open House will take place at the Kandiyohi Health and Human Services Building on N… Read more

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(Pennock MN-) Hultgren Farms of rural Pennock is growing hemp this year, trying to see if they can be successful in meeting the increasing demands of people who want to eat, drink, smoke and wear the once illegal plant and it's by-products. The 2018 Federal Farm Bill categorized hemp as an a… Read more

 

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(St. Cloud, MN) -- Authorities in St. Cloud are now handling the investigation into an alleged sex assault by a semi driver who was stopped Monday morning on I-94 east of Moorhead. A state trooper responded after a woman texted Otter Tail County dispatch that she'd been sexually assaulted by… Read more

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(Gibbon MN-) A South Dakota man is hospitalized after his car collided with a semi west of Gibbon yesterday afternoon. The state patrol says at 1:18 p.m. the car driven by 21-year-old Obatola Layiwola of Madison SD was westbound on Highway 19 when the car collided with an eastbound semi driv… Read more

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(St. Joseph MN-) The Stearns County Sheriff's Department believes alcohol was a factor in a crash with minor injuries near St. Joseph Tuesday. At 12:29 p.m. a car driven by 45-year-old Jason Panteloglow of Thief River Falls was eastbound on County Road 75 when he rear-ended a pickup that was… Read more

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(Sleepy Eye, MN) -- Del Monte Foods is closing its plant in Sleepy Eye that employs nearly 370 people. The company told the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development the plant will permanently close after the current pack season ends in October. Sixty-nine, full-time employ… Read more

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(Grand Marais, MN) -- Miracle-on-Ice star and Lutsen land developer Mark Pavelich is jailed in Grand Marais on felony assault and gun-related charges. Prosecutors say he struck a neighbor on the back, arms and legs with a metal pole after accusing them of "spiking his beer." Authorities say … Read more

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(Andover MN-) The Coon Rapids-Andover Little League Team's world series run may be over, but it provided a lifetime of memories for the family of 12-year-old Maddy Freking of Andover. Maddy's grandparents are Jim and Mary Mootz of Willmar, and Mary says they are very excited and proud of how… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) After lengthy debate, the Willmar City Council Monday night approved changes to the design for the new Robbin's Island Shelter. They decided to add a polished concrete floor, air conditioning and spray foam insulation, which put the final price tag at over a million dollars. A … Read more

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(Litchfield MN-) For the second time in a week, the Minneapolis Bomb Squad was called out to this area to deal with explosives. Last week they disarmed a home made bomb found in a pickup north of Willmar. And in the latest incident, at 4 p.m. Monday they were called to a home on Highway 12 i… Read more

(Minneapolis, MN) -- An auction for a 17-foot tall Paul Bunyan statue is causing a bidding war. The handmade Paul Bunyan has been part of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Eco Exhibit since the 2016 State Fair. It is constructed mostly of cardboard, flannel, and discarded wigs. Biddin… Read more

(Ely, MN) -- Twin Metals says it will use union labor to build its controversial copper-nickel mine if it is approved. The company is set to formally sign a project labor agreement today in Ely with the Iron Range Building and Construction Trades Council. The union president says the agreeme… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court is upholding its decision that an additional environmental review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine is not needed. The Court declined an appeal of its unanimous May decision yesterday. Twin Cities-based organizations Minnesota Center for Environm… Read more

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(Litchfield MN-)  For the second time in a week, the Minneapolis Bomb Squad was called out to this area to deal with explosives. Last week they disarmed a home made bomb found in a pickup north of Willmar. And in the latest incident, at 4 p.m. Monday they were called to a home on Highway 12 … Read more