MnDOT: Traffic switch on Highway 60 near St. James expected Aug. 21

However, MnDOT says that only one lane in each direction may be available as the crews complete final construction work.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints new CEO

Medicaid benefit to be made available to Minnesota seniors starting July 2020

  Rabbits and their owners gather at Cottonwood County Fair to qualify for State Fair

  Minnesota Department of Public Safety announces extra DWI enforcement until Sept. 2

  Dunkin’ helps raise money for Special Olympics Minnesota through Cop on a Rooftop

Students returning to school damaged by explosion in 2017

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  Chain saw artists bring unique booth to Martin County Fair

Minneapolis police investigate 3rd homicide this week

  Missing woman last seen in New Ulm Monday found safe

  Child dead in Jackson County after firearm discharged in home

Belle Plaine Fire Department celebrates 125 years Saturday

Sanders plans to bring presidential campaign to Minnesota

Man seriously burned in house explosion in Cass County

He was taken by air to a Twin Cities hospital to be treated for serious burns.

Minneapolis man charged in drive-by shooting that hurt girl

The mother heard gunshots, returned and found her daughter, who had been asleep, was struck by a bullet that passed through the wall.

  Teenager arrested for threatening to ‘shoot up’ Albert Lea High School

She was arrested for felony threats of violence and is being held at a juvenile detention center.

  Push for electric charging stations

The city of St. Peter is hoping businesses are looking to tap into the electric car trend. To accommodate the growing electric vehicle market, a network of public charging stations must be developed.

Sen. Rich Draheim chairs comittee on Home Ownership Affordability and Availability

  White House has announced new rules for legal immigrants seeking federal aid

  Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Department activates outdoor sirens Wednesday night

  New mural at Fallenstein nearing completion

“Casablanca” coming to State Street Theater Co.

Renville County Historical Society seeking information for new exhibit

Israeli official: Tlaib, Omar barred from entry

Israel’s deputy foreign minister says the government has decided to bar two U.S. Democratic congresswomen who support the international boycott movement from entering the country.

  Minnesota unemployment rate increases in July

July’s seasonally adjusted loss represents the first decline after four continuous months of gains that added 7,000 jobs.

  Blue Earth County sirens activated multiple times Wednesday

Residents of Blue Earth County may have heard the severe weather siren activated Wednesday evening.

Blue Earth County Human Services duo claim state award

The award is usually only given to one recipient, but MACSSA recognized the strong partnership between the duo and awarded them both.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota appoints new CEO

Dickmeyer will assume day-to-day leadership of the organization on September 3.

Bigham selected for MnDOT District State-Aid Engineer

Bigham began her new role Wednesday.

  Minnesota State-Mankato makes major changes to gameday

Earlier this week, Mankato City Council members voted in support of MSU's ability to host tailgating events before football games with alcohol activity.

Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Minnesota BCA schedules test of Blue Alert System Thursday

The BCA is testing the system to ensure it activates as expected and to help Minnesotans become familiar with what they would see and hear if a Blue Alert was issued.

  Severe lung damage may be linked to vaping, health officials say

Children’s Minnesota has reported finding four cases of lung injury in the Minneapolis area potentially related to vaping.

  Most of Highway 14, 15 interchange in New Ulm to open Monday

As far as the other part of the Gateway project, construction on the Minnesota River Bridge has resumed after lengthy weather delays.

  Voters in Truman vote to abolish Public Utilities Commission

With the three-member PUC abolished, the city council will assume its responsibilities.

  Darfur Fire Department gifted a grain rescue tube by Corteva Agriscience

Before now, communities like Darfur didn't have the proper equipment for rural first responders to help someone trapped in a grain bin.

  Freedom Home Care team raises money for Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The Freedom Home Care team is taking part in September's Walk to End Alzheimer's.

  Fairmont business owners aim to create town unity with t-shirts

Despite being competitors, Jay Doyscher, Sara Cypher, Kim White and Betsy Tino came together to create “Team Fairmont."

  Severe weather threatened Southern Minnesota Tuesday

A severe thunderstorm turned serious very quickly for southern Minnesota residents Tuesday afternoon.

  Blue Earth County Library’s 2019 summer reading program comes to an end

The final day to claim reading prizes is August 31.

  DNR hosts open houses to inform hunters on new regulations and Chronic Wasting Disease

According to the DNR, typical signs of the disease include drooping head or ears and incoordination.

Minnesota-based Juniper receives National Aging Innovations Award

The Aging Innovations Award goes to aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to suppler older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers.

  Easton 4-H and FFA member headed to the State Fair

Having shown sheep since kindergarten, Izzy O’Rourke is used to hard work.

  Sleepy Eye Food Shelf gets new home

The Sleepy Eye Food Shelf is run by the community, for the community.

  Mankato bowler strikes Midwest Youth Championship

Ethan Teply won the $5,000 prize in Alexandria, Minn., defeating many quality bowlers along the way.

Elizabeth Warren to campaign in Minnesota on Monday

Not counting U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the senator from Massachusetts will be the fourth Democratic candidate to visit Minnesota in this campaign cycle.

  Severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping

Minnesota health officials say severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping.

  Record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year

The Minnesota Department of Corrections placed inmates in solitary more than 8,000 times in 2018.

  FCC, CenturyLink reach settlement for unauthorized charges on customers’ bills

During its investigation, the FCC reviewed complaints from CenturyLink customers, who said they found unauthorized third-party charges on their bills and, in some cases, had difficulty getting timely refunds.

  Biles wins 6th U.S. title, Minnesota competitors take 2nd, 3rd

The 22-year-old Biles claimed her sixth U.S. national championship.

  Minneapolis’ 5-year-high bicycle theft rate part of growing trend across nation

Minneapolis Police Department data shows almost 4,300 bikes reported stolen since 2017.

  Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office, Mankato Police alert public to scam calls

If you have received one of these calls, contact the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 304-4800.

  Cottonwood County Fair to continue as scheduled

The 138th Cottonwood County Fair begins Tuesday at the Herman Vossen Building from 6 to 8 p.m. and ends Saturday.

  Local communications providers to receive federal funding to expand high speed internet access in rural areas

Jaguar will receive $510,588 and Midcontinent will receive $27,977,284 over the course of 10 years.

  Victims identified in fatal Renville County crash

Two drivers killed in a Renville County crash Sunday have been identified.

  Le Sueur County ramps up carp population studies

Officials are assessing 11 lakes in Le Sueur County. Seven of these 11 lakes are considered shallow lakes where carp can cause the greatest problems.

Woodbury father charged in death of his baby son

Thirty-five-year-old Matthew Hoisser is charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his son, Gus.

Iowa pastor arrested in Minnesota, faces Omaha abuse charges

It’s unclear when Rodriguez will be returned to Omaha.

Bullet strikes 5-year-old girl in foot in north Minneapolis

Whoever fired the shots fled before officers arrived. No one has been arrested.

Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

The governor told reporters Monday he finds it “absolutely unacceptable” that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

  Minnesota man sentenced to 3 years in prison for role in wife’s ‘death party'

He told police he threw her a drug fueled 'death party' a few days before her death, and said he was fulfilling a promise to his wife that he would not let her die in a nursing home.

  Brown County Fair hosts 4-H Horse Show

Riders were judged on various techniques in different categories.

  Bride with a brain tumor makes “phenomenal” recovery

24-year-old Christina Anderson was in the middle of planning her wedding when doctors told her she would need emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor.

  Minnesota New Country School celebrates 25 years

The school practices individualized project based learning, where teachers help guide students in curriculum they are interested in.

  Play for a Cure kicks off in Fairmont

The fundraiser for the fight against cancer includes a co-ed softball tournament as well as games and door prizes.

  Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota hosts first annual Fire Safety Day

Kids and families got the chance to learn about fire safety and take part in activities like checking out firetrucks.

  Breakfast on the Farm teaches locals about where their food comes from

There were enough eggs, sausages, cups of milk, pancakes and more to feed 2500 people.

  Ceremonial fundraiser at Lake Crystal American Legion Post 294

The legion fun day and fundraiser started with a ceremony known as the Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable Flags, where flags are burned.

  Faribault County Relay for Life remembers lives lost and celebrates survivors

More than 200 walkers and 2,800 luminaries and counting adorned the Faribault County Fairgrounds Friday in Blue Earth for Relay for Life.

  Industrial hemp test plot new to Farmfest, along with new hemp association

The latest farm bill opened doors for industrial hemp, making it a new commodity and the Minnesota Industrial Hemp Association hopes to steer those interested, in the right direction.

  FFA, 4-H Poultry Show at the Brown County Fair

Kids received ribbons and trophies for their hard work.

  Puppet Wagon delivers smiles in New Ulm

A wagon filled with furry friends has been delivering laughs and smiles to children this summer.

  Gaylord Eggstravaganza brings International Owl Center Program

The program brought Ruby, a great horned owl, to teach kids and adults about the bird.

Minneapolis bans new drive-through windows

The City Council voted Thursday to ban new construction of drive-through facilities. The existing ones are grandfathered.

  Halting the spread of Emerald Ash Borer

If you feel you have evidence of emerald ash borer, contact the Department of Agriculture or the Arrest the Pest program.

Should Minnesota compensate farmers for buffer land?

Some agricultural trade groups continue to push for a substantial change to the program: to get paid in some fashion for the land used as buffers.

  A stroll through North Mankato’s 120 year history is officially on display at the Nicollet County Historical Society

The historical society has been collecting history for months.

  Biobased road sealant featured at Farmfest receives second trial in Hutchinson

Known as RePlay, the soy-based sealant is a product that goes on and preserves infrastructure by maintaining roads and gives soybean farmers an in-country outlet for their product, reducing their reliance on trade.

  Agricultural Utilization Research Institute aiding technological ag advancements

New technologies were on display at Farmfest and with agriculture technology advancing rapidly, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute is working to keep up

  Mental health and family communication take center stage at Farmfest

After some tension in talks with Sonny Perdue and congress men and women Wednesday at the listening session at Farmfest, a speaker and farmer brought a little humor Thursday, August 8, to the grounds while still sharing a dire and timely message.

Shooting wounds 3, leads to hospital lockdown

A shooting in a St. Paul suburb left three people wounded, including a 12-year-old boy, and caused a brief lockdown of an area hospital.