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(Willmar MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health Thursday reported the COVID-19-related death of a Kandiyohi County resident in their early 60s. It was one of 26 reported along with 2361 additional cases of coronavirus. Locally, Stearns County reported 25 cases, there were 24 in Kandiyohi, 1… Read more

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(Kerkhoven MN-) Kerkhoven City Council Member and former Mayor Brian Thompson has died. Thompson, 60, passed away Tuesday at the Paynesville Hospital. He served as Mayor from 2006 to 2017. Visitation for Thompson takes place Saturday from 2-5 pm, Saturday at Harvey Anderson Kerkhoven Funeral… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) An alleged accomplice in a Willmar shooting has a pre-trial conference set for Thursday at 930 a.m. before Kandiyohi County District Judge Jennifer Fischer. 20-year-old Jerome Patino is charged with 1st Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Assault and Terroristic Threats for an August 7… Read more

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(Olivia MN-)  FOX-9 News says The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension confirms it has wrapped up its investigation into a deadly July 4 police shooting in Olivia and has handed the case off to the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office for a charging decision. The BCA said Olivia police o… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota Democrats and Republicans still can't agree on which front-line workers will receive COVID bonuses. The working group met for its 12th meeting Wednesday. G-O-P Senator Karin Housley from Stillwater suggested they send both proposals forward and let the legislature… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) Wednesday's COVID-19 report from the Minnesota Department of Health had some good news and bad news. The good news was the number of additional cases was below 2000, at 1858. The bad news was the number of deaths was over 20, at 32. One of the victims was a person in their lat… Read more

(St. Paul MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health Tuesday released it's COVID-19 report for cases and deaths over this past weekend. For the three day period from 4 a.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday there were 5686 additional cases of coronavirus and 21 deaths. Two of the deaths were residents of… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Members of the House Capital Investment or Bonding Committee visited Willmar Tuesday afternoon and listened to proposals for three projects in the Willmar area. Representative Dave Baker says they heard pitches for a bridge over the railroad tracks on County Road 55 in the sout… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) More hours of darkness this time of year can contribute to an increased number of crashes between people driving and walking, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging travelers to use caution. October is National Pedestrian Safety Month. Read more

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(Minneapolis, MN) -- U-S Senator Tina Smith says she will vote "no" on the proposed charter amendment to replace the Minneapolis Police Department with a new Department of Public Safety. The proposal would also remove the requirement for a minimum number of police officers per capita. Smith … Read more

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(St. Michael MN-) A truck driver from Maple Grove was killed in a crash in St. Michael Tuesday afternoon. The state patrol says 62-year-old Dean Johnson was driving the truck westbound on I-94 and rear-ended an SUV at the Highway 241 exit into St. Michael. After hitting the SUV the truck hit… Read more

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(Bloomington, MN) -- The long M-E-A weekend is one of the busiest times of the year at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Spokesman Jeff Lea says they expect to see a doubling of passenger traffic on some days this week compared to 2020. Lea says Thursday will likely be the airport'… Read more

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(New London MN-) A woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash north of New London this morning. It was reported at 6:19 a.m. on Highway 9 at Kandiyohi County Road 148, where a vehicle had left the road and struck a tree. The victim was taken to Carris Rice Hospital in Willmar, and no other det… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- Republican candidates for governor in Minnesota criticizing Governor Tim Walz's record on crime. Walz announced today (Tuesday) that he and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan are running for re-election next year. Brainerd Lakes area Senator Paul Gazelka said, "Without a do… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Yesterday evening another large group of protestors stood in the lot at 1st Street and Willmar Avenue and waved signs and shouted slogans against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Their target is Carris Health which requires it's employees have the vaccination or face possible termina… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health Monday reported the COVID-19-related deaths of a Kandiyohi County resident in their late 70s and a Chippewa County resident in their early 90s. They were among 29 deaths reported Monday. There were 2868 additional cases of coronavirus reported… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) On Friday Governor Tim Walz announced an action plan to relieve Minnesota’s increasingly crowded hospitals. It includes putting the National Guard on alert to provide staffing support at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities, expanding access to the COVID-19 Emergency Staffing … Read more