MARSHALL (KMHL) - Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that he will include money for a renovation project at the Marshall Readiness Center in his proposal for a bonding bill during 2020 legislative session. Walz, who was in Marshall to tour the facility on Tuesday, said the project is important to more than just the Minnesota National Guard. "I'm asking them to build a coalition. If I come to a community and the mayor's not supportive of it, the city council's not supportive of it, the chamber of commerce isn't supportive of it, that's probably not going to make the list," said [...]
SHERBURN (LEARFIELD) -- A veterinarian in southwestern Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against Watonwan County and the Humane Society in an effort to avoid being stuck with a big bill. Shirley Kittleson has housed and tended to 72 miniature horses after they were seized by authorities 18 months ago. She says keeping the horses on her farm near Sherburn has cost her 325-thousand dollars and she can’t get anyone to pay up.
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The 2020 legislative session is supposed to be focused on bonding and policy issues, but don’t be surprised if lawmakers are talking about tax relief. The November economic forecast shows that the state is projecting a 1.3 billion budget surplus this year. Rep. Chris Swedzinski (R-Ghent) said it's time to give some tax relief to the people who have paid for that surplus. "There's a lot of spending that was done during the last legislative session and it's our hope that we can make some good strides in the tax area," said Swedzinski. "To let relief happen across [...]
AMIRET (KMHL) – Three people including a 16-year-old boy from Tracy were injured in a two-vehicle accident that occurred along U.S. Highway 59 south of Marshall Saturday evening. The Minnesota State Patrol says the teenager was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala that lost control and collided with a 2019 Chevrolet Bolt, driven by 90-year-old Alfred Jessen, of Tracy. Jessen, and a passenger, Laverne Jessen, 85, of Tracy were taken to Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. There is no condition update available on the 16-year-old from Tracy. Authorities say when the crash occurred Saturday evening the road was [...]
CANBY (KMHL) – A Canby man was killed in a two vehicle crash that occurred just north of that town Saturday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says Sigmund Armitage, 81, of Canby, was not wearing a seat belt when his 2007 Toyota Prius was involved in a two-vehicle crash with a semi-truck along an icy stretch of Highway 75. Authorities say the crash occurred just before 5:30 Saturday. The semi driver was not hurt.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA (LEARFIELD) -- A southwest Minnesota man faces at least ten years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Iowa. Emmanuel Fuentes, 35, of Madelia, admitted to selling more than 150 grams of pure meth in the Sioux City area last summer. He was busted twice with ten ounces of the drug in July and August of 2019. Fuentes is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years and a maximum penalty of life in prison.
GRANITE FALLS (KMHL) – A purchase agreement between Avera Health and Granite Falls Health has been finalized. The organizations have been working on the agreement for several months. Avera held a press conference in Granite Falls yesterday announcing the official purchase of Granite Falls Health, which became official January 1st. The facilities will now be called Avera Granite Falls Health Center, the Avera Medical Group Clinic, the Avera Granite Ridge Senior Living and Avera Granite Falls Home Health. The city will continue to own the buildings themselves and Avera will lease the buildings from the city. Officials say joining Avera will [...]
DARFUR (LEARFIELD) -- The Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly New Year's Day crash near Comfrey. Deputies say the sole occupants of the two vehicles involved were found dead at the scene Wednesday night. Their names haven't been released. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the crash.
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - A high-visibility issue -- help for Minnesotans who can't afford their insulin -- is among the unresolved items as state lawmakers begin the new year. The legislative session begins February 11th and Hamline University analyst David Schultz says chances of a special session before that are "clearly nil": "I could very well see the insulin issue becoming one of those dividing issues that takes us into the 2020 election," said Schultz. "That each side points the finger at the other saying that you refused to cooperate." The major sticking-point between Democrats and Republicans is whether insulin manufacturers [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The record books confirm it! 2019 was a record year for the amount of rain and snow that fell in the area. Marshall was one of many areas around the region that set a record for precipitation in 2019. The National Weather Service says 45.78 inches of precipitation fell in Marshall in 2019 – breaking the previous record of 43.22 inches of precipitation from 2010. Pipestone, Worthington and Sioux Falls also set precipitation records in 2019 as well.