WOOD LAKE (KMHL) – It’s the lowest of the low! Authorities in Yellow Medicine County are looking for information after two churches were broken into last week. Sheriff's officials say one of the break-ins occurred at St. John's Lutheran Church in Wood Lake. Investigators say a Farm-All model tractor in a wood and glass case was taken and two brass candle holders, a backpack and pieces of a silver tea set were taken as well. Authorities also say a men’s gray jacket, brass offering plates and a brass cross were stolen from Peace Lutheran Church in Echo. Anyone who has any information [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – Marshall will be getting a new outdoor ice rink. The Minnesota Wild and U.S. Bank announced that Marshall and Duluth are the winners of the outdoor rink contest. The Wild held an online contest seeking submissions for communities in need of a rink. The team then chose finalists and fans had the chance to vote. That fan voting contest took place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 15. Marshall finished first receiving 34,168 votes while Duluth was second with 32,323. "We are positively overwhelmed by the incredible response from every community that participated," said Carin Anderson, Minnesota Wild Senior [...]
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - Minnesota House Democrats this week proposed using 500 million dollars of the state's expected budget surplus to beef-up early childhood education programs, including pre-K, scholarships and childcare assistance. Governor Tim Walz indicates he's not passing judgment yet on whether there's room in the surplus to do that, but isn't opposed to the idea either. "This is an area that Minnesotans agree upon, it's smart, it's near and dear to my heart, world-class quality education," said Gov. Walz. Walz says he's waiting to see what the next budget forecast says later this month. Republicans want to send a [...]
ST. PETER (LEARFIELD) - A longtime fixture of the St. Peter community appears to have been destroyed in a large Sunday morning fire. Photos shared online by witnesses along with political leaders show the KingPins bowling alley sustaining damage in a large fire. In a Facebook post, the City of St. Peter confirmed the blaze and added, "This doesn’t look good at all." According to the alley’s website, the 12-lane alley has been around since 1962, becoming known as KingPins in 2011.
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – This week is Grain Bin Safety Week in Minnesota. Gov. Tim Walz announced the declaration over the weekend to draw attention to the rising number of accidents and fatalities that have been occurring in and around grain bins. State officials say 10 people have died in farming-related accidents since June in and around grain bins. "I grieve with the Minnesota families who have lost loved ones in these terrible accidents," said Walz. "Farming is one of the most dangerous professions in the United States, but through awareness and education, we can work together to decrease the number [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – Southwest Minnesota State University has rescheduled the Farm Outlook & Education Seminar that was postponed by the nasty weather earlier this week. SMSU says the outlook seminar will now be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. The seminar is used as a scholarship fundraiser for students in SMSU’s agriculture programs.
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Senate Republicans moved a bill forward yesterday that would provide insulin assistance to patients who can’t afford it. Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) thinks they are actually close on an agreement with the house that could solve the problem, but he thinks politics is getting in the way. "At the end of the day this has to be a non-political bill," said Dahms. "This has to be a bill we get done and not try to use as an election issue." Republicans have been resistant to a call from Democrats to charge a fee to drug manufacturers [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The majority of schools in the area are closed for the day – thanks to a blizzard. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning through 6 p.m. tonight. Forecasters are calling for wind gusts to 40 miles per hour. They say plan on slippery road conditions and areas of blowing and drifting snow that could significantly reduce visibility for daytime travel and the evening commute. Adding to the challenge, temperatures are expected to drop significantly throughout the day, so by the evening commute there could be dangerously cold wind chills as well. The National Weather Service [...]
LAMBERTON (KMHL) – A Lamberton woman accused of abuse and neglect of dozens of animals was sentenced last week in Redwood County. Kimberly Robinson, 57, of Lamberton, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but Judge Michelle Dietrich stayed the jail time for one year. Robinson will pay $185 in fines – she will also serve one year of supervised probation on a condition that she doesn’t own any animals. Police seized 26 dogs, 3 cats and 6 chickens from her home in June 2019.
WASHINGTON (LEARFIELD) -- Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is blasting cuts to farm programs in the White House's proposed 2021 budget. The chairman of the U-S House Agriculture Committee says it calls for an eight-point-two-percent reduction in discretionary spending at the U-S-D-A when the department's field operations are significantly understaffed. He says the budget also proposes billions in mandatory cuts to crop insurance, conservation spending, disaster assistance, SNAP and other programs. Peterson said, "the past year has brought serious economic damage to farmers and rural communities, yet the Administration is proposing to cut billions in programs that they count on in [...]