MORRIS (KMHL) – An 18-year-old Montevideo woman was killed in a crash that occurred along Highway 59 south of Morris. The Minnesota State Patrol says Madeline Gorham of Montevideo was driving a 2014 Ford Taurus that collided with a DOT work truck on the shoulder of the highway. Authorities say Gorham’s Taurus then entered the oncoming lane after striking the DOT truck where it was hit by a 2006 Freightliner semi-truck.
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - The chancellor of the state college and university system is stopping in 20 Minnesota cities this week to promote a scholarship program for students wanting careers in high-demand fields. Devinder Malhotra (duh-VIN-der mal-HOE-truh) says anyone is eligible -- from students finishing high school to those returning to the work force. "Who, for whatever reason, they have dropped out and now are coming back to get some post-secondary credentials as they enter the work force," said Malhotra. Hundreds of scholarships worth 25-hundred dollars or more are available at two-year state colleges. They'll assist students pursuing careers in advanced [...]
VESTA (KMHL) – A second area motorcyclist hit a deer near Vesta in the last week. The Minnesota State Patrol says Lonnie Mercie, 58, of Vesta, was injured yesterday morning when the 2011 Kawasaki motorcycle he was driving hit a deer just west of Vesta. The incident occurred around 6 a.m. Mercie was taken to the Avera-Marshall Regional Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to authorities. A Franklin man, who was also riding a motorcycle also received non-life threatening injuries when he hit a motorcycle near Vesta last week.
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - Governor Tim Walz is again urging Minnesota Senate Republicans to hammer out a compromise on an emergency insulin assistance program, saying he'll call a special session right away if there's a deal "pretty much close" to the House bill: "The pinch-point on this is the manufacturers and their unwillingness to try and help with that," said Walz. "The pinch-point is that I need the Senate. I need the Senate to come together and get this done." Senate Republican Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (guh-ZEL-cuh) said an insulin bill will be high priority next year, but before that "the [...]
VESTA (KMHL) – A Franklin man was injured when the motorcycle he was riding when he struck a deer. The Minnesota State Patrol says 61-year-old Paul Dennis Woods received non-life threatening injuries when the 2012 Harley Davidson he was riding hit the deer in Vesta Township around 5:30 yesterday morning. Authorities say after he struck the deer Woods had to lay the bike down. Woods was taken to the Avera-Marshall Regional Medical Center. The State Patrol says Woods was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Do you have enough fuel to get home from a few days away over the Fourth of July? Hopefully, it won't be a problem for you, but the state of Minnesota has been hit with a fuel shortage at an inopportune time. Wednesday afternoon Gov. Tim Walz issued an Executive Order to alleviate the fuel shortage in the state. Some local gas stations across the state have been experiencing shortages because of unanticipated events at refineries in other states – disrupting the normal supply of gasoline. Walz’s order grants a temporary exemption from the hours of service requirement [...]
MINNEOTA (KMHL) – There was an exciting few minutes outside of the Minneota Police Station. Around 1 p.m. this afternoon a young woman riding in a vehicle on her way to the hospital to give birth realized she wasn't going to make it. The driver of the vehicle pulled into the parking lot at the Minneota city building and went inside for help. Police Chief Bill Bolt said he another officer and members of the Minneota First Responders helped the young woman give birth right in the parking lot. On Facebook, Minneota Police say it was a beautiful and healthy baby [...]
MONTEVIDEO (LEARFIELD) - The U-S Army Corps (COR) of Engineers is increasing outflows from the Lac Qui Parle Reservoir, upstream from Montevideo. "We need to release water from those reservoirs," said Patrick Loch with the Corps' St. Paul District. "Which is going to impact the downstream users of those rivers." Corps (COR) officials say they're also working with the National Weather Service to update river water-level forecasts at Montevideo and downstream on the Minnesota River. "We certainly monitor the forecast, but it's important to know we manage our reservoirs for the water that's already on the ground," said Loch. "So we're [...]
OLIVIA (KMHL) – A judge ruled an Olivia boy, who is accused of sex crimes, is incompetent to stand trial in his own defense. Authorities say the boy sexually molested three girls at his mother’s daycare from August 2017 through last January. He is facing three counts of criminal sexual conduct. Judge Dwayne Knutson ruled the boy was at least temporarily incompetent to defend himself. The boys’ mother, 45-year-old Peggy Uhlenkamp is also charged with failing to report the abuse and child neglect. Knutson ruled previously the case against her case could proceed.
MINNEAPOLIS (LEARFIELD) - If you're taking a trip for the 4th of July this week, you'll be far from lonely. "We are expecting nearly 49 million people to hit the roads and air," said Meredith Terpstra of Triple-A Minnesota. Terpstra (terps-truh) says that's a four-percent increase from last year and the highest volume of travelers they've seen since they began tracking holiday travel in 2000. "Lower gas prices compared to last year, low unemployment, robust consumer spending and rising disposable income are all encouraging consumers to go ahead and invest in travel this summer," said Terpestra. The majority of people across [...]