Winter storm takes aim at southwest Minnesota

2020-01-15T08:09:16-06:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: News|

MARSHALL (KMHL) – It looks like a major winter storm will take aim at southwest Minnesota this weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting the area will see a strong winter storm from early Friday morning through Saturday. Forecasters say light snow is expected to begin across the region Friday morning, with moderate and heavy snow likely by mid-day. While snowfall totals are a bit uncertain, forecasters say there is a moderate to high likelihood of more than 4 inches of snow across much of southwest Minnesota.

Less than 11 percent of Minnesotans are Real ID compliant

2020-01-13T08:45:26-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - So far, just under 11-percent of Minnesota driver's license and identification cardholders have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card. That means there are still about 3.7 million Minnesota license holders who will need to decide if they need a REAL ID or other acceptable form of identification this year. "It could certainly be a challenge to process all of the applications that will come in, and that's why we're suggesting people apply sooner rather than later," said Department of Public Safety's Bruce Gordon. Starting October 1st, Minnesotans will not be able to use their standard [...]

No one injured, but 7 displaced by Morton house fire

2020-01-13T07:16:43-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

MORTON (KMHL) – A fire on Sunday afternoon at a home in Morton has displaced the seven people who lived in the home, but no one was injured. The Renville County Sheriff’s Office says the home in the 300 block of Walnut Drive, received significant damage. Sheriff's officials the call came in shortly before 4:30 yesterday afternoon. Authorities say when crews arrived, they found the fire in the basement ceiling. All seven residents living in the home were able to escape. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants of the residence.

State supreme court rejects challenge to Trump-only GOP primary ballot

2020-01-10T08:59:27-06:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - Just hours after a morning hearing (Thurs), the Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a voter challenge, meaning the state Republican Party is allowed to list only Donald Trump's name on G-O-P primary ballots in March. "To allow the parties to control the candidates limits the expression that voters are allowed," said plaintiffs' attorney Erick Kaardal. But Assistant Attorney General Nathan Hartshorn told justices a presidential primary is different than any other election in Minnesota. "It is procedurally a part of a political parties determination on a national level of whom that party is going to nominate nationally [...]

Walz proposes $276 million in bonding bill for affordable housing

2020-01-10T08:05:24-06:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

UNDATED (LEARFIELD) - 276 million dollars for affordable housing -- Governor Tim Walz's request to the legislature in part one of his state bonding proposal.  Officials say it's double the dollar amount of any previous administration's plan. "The governor and I believe that every man, every woman, every Minnesotan, every child without exception deserves a safe, affordable, dignified place to call home," said Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. However, Republicans say that building and zoning codes and development rules must be reformed to bring the costs of home construction down. "I don't think we can buy our way out of this," said [...]

Dawson woman pleads not guilty to South Dakota sexual contact charges

2020-01-09T16:48:24-06:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

DAWSON (KMHL) – A Dawson woman accused of sexual contact with a child two years ago has pleaded not guilty. Kendra Lindblad, 26, was indicted on two felony charges of sexual contact with a child under age 16 and attempted sexual contact with a child under age 16. Lindblad’s attorney, Ron Frauenschuh, of Ortonville, says his client looks forward to proving her innocence and feels confident Lindblad will be found not guilty. The alleged conduct occurred between Nov. 1 2017 and Feb. 28, 2018 and involved a 12-year-old child while Lindblad was age 24. Thursday afternoon, Lac Qui Parle County attorney, [...]

Fatalities on roads down in 2019, but drunk driving still a major factor

2020-01-09T08:18:38-06:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 364 people were killed on Minnesota roads in 2019.  The preliminary numbers on fatalities show a decrease from 2018, but officials say too many people are still dying on the roads. "When you break that down and figure it, it's roughly about one per day," said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Casey Meagher. "That is one family, that is one friend, that is one neighbor that has tragically lost their lives on Minnesota roadways in Minnesota over the course of the past year." The other troubling problem, according to Meagher, is that [...]

MMU announces new voluntary renewable energy program

2020-01-09T07:49:00-06:00January 9th, 2020|Categories: News|

MARSHALL (KMHL) – You may notice something new in with your Marshall Municipal Utilities bill this month. MMU is starting a new program that allows customers to choose if they would like to have all of their electricity provided by renewable sources. MMU General Manager Brad Roos says right now about 43 percent of the power used by Marshall customers is renewable energy. "But if you'd like to green up your policy supply and get to 100 percent green, the other 57 percent of the electrons that come to you can be greened up by participating in our Bright Energy Choices [...]

SMSU professor claims $1 million Powerball lottery prize

2020-01-08T21:59:13-06:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

ROSEVILLE (KMHL) – A professor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall claimed his $1 million dollar lottery prize this week at the Minnesota State Lottery office in Roseville. John Engstrom purchased the Powerball ticket last month in Mankato. Engstrom, who lives in Mountain Lake, was Christmas shopping in Mankato in December when he purchased the ticket at a Kwik Trip. According to a press release from the Minnesota State Lottery, Engstrom said it was a "fluke" that he even purchased the Powerball ticket on Dec. 18. He was standing in line to buy some donuts when he noticed the Powerball [...]

Olson announces plans to retire from city of Marshall in June

2020-01-08T07:41:27-06:00January 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

MARSHALL (KMHL) – Marshall City Engineer and Public Works Director Glenn Olson announced yesterday that he will retire in June. Olson has served in that position since 2001. During those 19 years, Olson oversaw many projects including the flood control projects, development of parks and trails in the area, and the Saratoga Street overpass project. In addition to his roles with the city, Olson was also active in the community as a member of the Marshall Noon Rotary Club and as Past President. He is also involved in the STAR motorcycle club, a member of Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited as well [...]