COTTONWOOD (KMHL) – A water main break in the city of Cottonwood has caused the city to issue a boil order for the next two days. In a post on the city’s Facebook page, the entire community will be without water today. When the water is back on, officials warn that all water should be brought to a full boil before it is used. The Lakeview School District is advising parents to have their kids bring water bottles to school, because they will not have access to drinking fountains.
KIMBALL (KMHL) – The three members of the Minnesota National Guard killed in a tragic helicopter crash Thursday afternoon were identified over the weekend. Gov. Tim Walz identifies the men as Chief Warrant Officer Two Charles Nord, 30, of Perham, Chief Warrant Officer Two James Rogers, 28, of Winstead, and Sergeant Kort Miller Plantenberg, 28, of Avon. All three guardsmen were killed when their helicopter crashed near Kimball during a maintenance test flight on Thursday. Nord had been in the guard the longest, enlisting in 2007, Rogers enlisted in 2009 and Plantenberg in 2016. Army investigators have been on the scene [...]
NICOLLET (KMHL) – A New Ulm boy is dead following a snowmobile crash that occurred in Nicollet over the weekend. According to the Nicollet County sheriff’s office, Bryson Andrew Palmquist, 12, of New Ulm was killed around 4:45 Saturday afternoon near the Nicollet Public School. Authorities say it was a single vehicle snowmobile accident.
UNDATED (LEARFIELD) - There is little doubt the troubles at the Minnesota Department of Human Services will continue to be a hot topic during the upcoming state legislative session. What lawmakers ultimately decide to do with the department will have a direct impact on county governments, and that is why the Association of Minnesota Counties wants to have a voice in the decisions. Executive Director Julie Ring says they've already met with new commissioner Jodi Harpstead a number of times. "She has been very open to hearing about our concerns and I'm really hopeful that we'll be able to work together [...]
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – There was some good news on the state’s budget situation yesterday. Minnesota Management and Budget office released its November budget forecast showing a $1.332 billion surplus during the 2020-2021 Biennium. Gov. Tim Walz said yesterday that he would like to see some of the surplus go to help better fund rural Minnesota schools. Walz notes that rural taxpayers have been picking up the slack for funding education for years. "I've made the case that it becomes harder to do, especially for greater Minnesota schools," said Walz. He would like to see some of the surplus money go to [...]
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Gov. Tim Walz and state Attorney General Keith Ellison announced yesterday the state of Minnesota has filed a lawsuit against e-cigarette manufacturer JUUL Labs. Ellison says the company has violated multiple state consumer-protection laws. "Our lawsuit asks the court to find that JUUL is responsible for creating a public nuisance, for violating several state consumer laws including consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, unlawful trade practices and false advertising," said Ellison. JUUL says its customer is the world’s one billion adult smokers and they are not intending to attract underage users – but that’s a claim that Gov. [...]
COTTONWOOD (KMHL) – A fire has destroyed the building that housed G&B Wood Chips in Cottonwood. Fire officials say the call came in around 6:15 a.m. this (Wednesday) morning. Cottonwood Assistant Fire Chief Jeremy Dieken tells Marshall Radio that no one was injured in the fire, but the building was fully engulfed in flames by the time the first officer arrived on scene. "Right now we got it contained to the one building," said Dieken. "That is what our main priority was." He adds the state fire marshal has been called in to help investigate. Fire officials say no one [...]
PIPESTONE (LEARFIELD) -- The purchase of a meat processing plant in Pipestone which was about to close has rescued more than 130 jobs. A September announcement had indicated the facility would shut down this month. Now, J-B-S U-S-A says it will lease the plant with plans to eventually buy it. Brazil-based J-B-S is the world’s largest beef and pork processing company. The processing plant in Pipestone becomes its third location in Minnesota. J-B-S also runs the nearby plant in Worthington.
SPRINGFIELD (KMHL) – Mayo Clinic will close their locations in Springfield and Lamberton in March. According to a press release from Mayo, both locations have had difficulty with staffing and recruiting and retaining physicians. Mayo says the closures will affect 60 employees, who will be offered positions at other Mayo Clinic sites. Mayo says it came to the difficult decision after careful review of patient volumes, ongoing staffing issues and regulatory concerns. The closures will affect the hospital and emergency department in Springfield and the clinic in Lamberton.
CLARKFIELD (KMHL) – An unoccupied house caught fire last week in Clarkfield. The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call of a house fire on the 500 block of 9th Avenue in Clarkfield. Authorities say no one was living in the house at the time of the fire that was reported in the early morning hours of November 27th – last Wednesday morning. Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Office as they are continuing to investigate the incident.