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(St. Paul MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health Monday reported 632 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's pandemic total to just over 613,000. Of that figure, more than 601,000 victims have recovered. Locally there were 25 cases reported in Stearns County, as well as 2 in both… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Today Willmar will start resurfacing work on 1st Street from 19th Avenue to Willmar Avenue. Work will begin in the southbound lanes with traffic redirected to the northbound lanes. Access to businesses will be maintained. Turning movements may be limited to promote traffic flow. Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Anyone who has traveled Highway 71 north of Willmar knows concrete work is taking place, and two intersections are being altered. MnDot's Al Setrum is project manager, and says they are building a j-turn at County Road 90 similar to the j-turn on Highway 71/23 by the Kandiyohi … Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Monday is another of the twice-a-month coffee gatherings for veterans at the Willmar Community Center. The informal meetings are a chance to talk with others who have served our country both in times of war and peace. Organizer and Vietnam War Vet Ron Mackedanz says sometimes i… Read more

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(Olivia MN-) The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. Read more

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(Willmar MN-) The Wilmar City Council meets Monday at 6 at the Kandiyohi County Commission Chambers in the Health and Human Services Building on North Highway 71. Agenda items include a hearing that would let liquor be sold at an upcoming mixed martial arts event at the Willmar Civic Center.… Read more

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(Wadena Township, MN) -- A house fire left two adults dead and a boy injured early Sunday morning. The blaze broke out at a house in Wadena Township just before 4:00 a-m. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office says the boy was found outside the home with minor burns when firefighters arrived. Th… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) WalletHub says Minnesota has one of the best health care systems in the nation. With the Average American spending more than $11,000 per year on personal health care, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2021’s Best & Worst States for Health … Read more

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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 Department of Health Friday reported 702 additional cases of COVID-19 and 5 more deaths. That brings the state's pandemic death toll to 7668. Minnesota has now had nearly 613,000 cases coronavirus, and of that number, more than 601,000 have recovered. Locally, 24… Read more

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(Olivia MN-) The Kirtz family of Hector, MN has been named Renville County’s “2021 Farm Family of the Year” by the University of Minnesota. Doug grew up helping his father on the farm throughout his high school and college years. In 1989, Doug started his own swine operation with 70 sows, fa… Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Willmar Police Chief Jim Felt says the unfortunate incident of a man committing suicide in a city park this week showed again the value of having a drone for a tool. A man called police Tuesday morning and said he was going to commit suicide in a city park. Felt says they narro… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is joining the White House initiative in providing 100 dollars to everyone in the state who gets a COVID shot by mid-August. Governor Tim Walz says Minnesota is ready to join the effort with the delta variant pushing up cases and kids going back to school. The gov… Read more