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(St. Paul MN-) The Minnesota Department of Health Thursday reported 2170 additional cases and reinfections of COVID-19 and 9 COVID-related deaths. None of the deaths were from our local area. As for coronavirus, there were 68 reported in Stearns County, 12 in Kandiyohi, 7 in Chippewa, 3 in b… Read more

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(New London MN-) The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a New London man as a possible drug overdose. In a news release, Detective Sergeant Kent Bauman says just past midnight Wednesday morning they were called to the area of Highway 71 and County Road 40, we… Read more

(Willmar MN-) Another candidate has filed to run for mayor of Willmar. Local businessman Steve Peppin, who ran against Marv Calvin four years ago, threw his hat in the ring Wednesday. Peppin is owner of Pep's Barber Shop. Calvin is not running for reelection this fall. Filing to run for mayo… Read more

(St. Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is confirming emerald ash borer in Kandiyohi County for the first time. A tree care company spotted an infested tree on the west side of Nest Lake near Spicer and E-A-B larvae was identified. State officials are enacting an emergency … Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Willmar Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Holm has sent out a letter to Willmar School District parents after Tuesday's school shooting in Uvalde Texas. Holm wrote "Like you, we are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas yesterd… Read more

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(St. Cloud, MN) -- Healthcare providers are sounding the alarm that one day in the not-too-distant future, COVID-19 treatments and testing will no longer be free when state and federal funding ends. CentraCare’s Doctor George Morris says they don’t want out-of-pocket costs to scare people aw… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) -- This is the peak time of year for turtles crossing streets and roads in Minnesota. Late May and June is also when many are hit by vehicles. D-N-R research biologist Krista Larson says some turtles are moving between bodies of water, however. She says most turtles we’re seei… Read more

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(Jordan MN-) A Hutchinson woman was killed early Sunday morning when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road. The state patrol says 19-year-old Arianna Vos was riding in an SUV with 2 other young women when they were struck head-on by an SUV… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) Among the casualties of the Sunday night deadline at the Minnesota Legislature was a bonding bill. Local officials were seeking funds for a new water treatment plant in Willmar, an addition to Willmar Middle School for special needs students, improvements to the Glacial Lakes … Read more

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(Willmar MN-) Kandiyohi County officials say the weather has been favorable for the County Road 41 project on the north side of Willmar. North 7th Street turns into County Road 41 east of the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds, and it is being rebuilt all the way up to the intersection with County… Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) Minnesota is about to break the 1.5 million case mark for COVID-19. Over the 3-day weekend period from Friday morning to Monday morning, The Minnesota Department of Health reported 4033 additional cases and reinfections of COVID-19, bringing the 50-month pandemic total to 1,49… Read more

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(Willmar, MN) - The peaceful tranquility of the Willmar Public Library was shattered Monday morning when a deer smashed through a window and ran around inside before leaving through the same window it entered. Head librarian Andrew Bregar says it happened around 12:30 p.m. Read more

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(UNDATED) -- Tommy Kramer still “hates” the Green Bay Packers. Yahoo Sports reports that the long-retired Minnesota Vikings quarterback has installed a urinal in his home, painted the same bright yellow used by the Packers, with the green and white “G” logo included. Above the urinal -- a la… Read more

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(Orono, MN) -- Bond is set at two million dollars for the mother of the six-year-old boy who was found dead in the trunk of her car in Mound. Twenty-eight-year-old Julissa Thaler of Spring Park is charged with the second-degree intentional murder of Eli Hart -- she’s scheduled to make her fi… Read more

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(St. Paul, MN) – There’s no timeline yet for a possible special legislative session at the State Capitol. Governor Tim Walz met with House and Senate leaders Monday and said he’s not going to call them back without a commitment to “get some of these things done and tie up these loose ends th… Read more

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(Sacred Heart MN-) The Renville County Sheriff's Department reports a single-vehicle fatal crash that occurred north of Sacred Heart Monday afternoon around 1 p.m. Sheriff Scott Hable says details will be released later this morning. Read more

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(St. Paul MN-) State lawmakers who will not be running this fall gave their retirement speeches on the floors of The House and Senate Monday morning. Among them was Republican Representative Tim Miller of Prinsburg, who is hanging it up after 8 years... Read more