BUTTERFIELD (LEARFIELD) -- A 34-year-old Butterfield man faces charges of criminal damage to property in Watonwan County District Court for shooting down a drone as it flew over a chicken processing plant May 8th. Travis D. Winters is also charged with reckless discharge of a firearm inside city limits. Thirty-two-year-old Eric Goldberg from Oregon said he was using his drone to capture images of chickens being slaughtered inside the plant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Winters used a 12-gauge shotgun to down the 19-hundred-dollar drone.
CANBY (KMHL) – There is some bad news for county fairgoers in Yellow Medicine County. This year's Yellow Medicine County Fair has been cancelled due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The fair was originally scheduled to be held July 22-25. In an announcement posted last night on Facebook, Yellow Medicine County Fair Board President said, "We were hoping not to have to make this kind of an announcement, however, it is with great disappointment and sadness that the Yellow Medicine County Fair Board is announcing that the 2020 YMC fair will not be held this year." Carlson said the [...]
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) - Governor Walz says he understands that Minnesota bar and restaurant owners are upset about not being able to fully re-open for customers yet. The governor said he would discuss more about his plan this week. "If you're a business owner we want to make sure that when we open up again you stay open," said Gov. Walz. "We want to make sure you're not put in a position where people are getting sick in your premises and that we simply created a pathway that we'll talk about Wednesday to see how we do that in the very [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Marshall School Board approved a contract for interim superintendent Jeremy Williams. Williams, who currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning at Marshall Public Schools, will begin the job on July 1, the contract is for one year until June 30, 2021. Williams is replacing Scott Monson, who is resigning to pursue a job in the private sector effective June 30.
GRANITE FALLS (KMHL) – Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort near Granite Falls has reopened. The resort opened up today at noon – with guidelines for social distancing in place. According to a press release, all guests entering the property will be required to have their temperature checked and the resort is strongly encouraging guests to bring their own masks and wear them as much as possible. Guests will also notice several other health and safety precautions as well – including plexiglass between slot machines and limited chairs. Table games are not re-opening at this time according to Prairie’s Edge.
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Despite the chaotic legislative session, Sen. Gary Dahms (R-Redwood Falls) said he is optimistic about the prospects of a bonding bill getting done before the legislative session ends on Monday. House Democrats and Senate Republicans are quite far apart on the amount of the bill, but Dahms doesn’t think that will be the hurdle. "As far as the dollars being spent, there is a difference, but I'm not concerned about that part," said Dahms in an interview with Marshall Radio. "We'll be able to get together on the dollars in my opinion." Time is of the essence [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – The Marshall School Board conducted an interview and has voted to offer the district’s interim superintendent position to Marshall’s Director of Teaching and Learning Jeremy Williams. Williams was the only applicant to replace Scott Monson, who is set to resign as superintendent on June 30. Earlier this month, Monson submitted his resignation to the school board. He is planning to take another job in the private sector. Monson said the new opportunity would allow him to have more time to dedicate to his family. Williams has spent the previous 19 years in the school district and has served [...]
ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday evening that he is lifting the stay at home order on May 18. The move will allow Minnesota retailers to open up to 50 percent capacity. Walz also thanked Minnesotans for making sacrifices. He said those actions have saved the lives of thousands of Minnesotans and bought the state's healthcare providers valuable time. “There’s no stopping the storm of COVID-19 from hitting Minnesota, but we’re prepared for it,” said Walz. Walz also laid out guidance for bars, restaurants, gyms and other entertainment venues to open June 1. The governor encouraged those at [...]
MARSHALL (KMHL) – There is more testing available for COVID-19 than weeks or even a month ago. The state of Minnesota has been ramping up testing across the state. Avera Marshall Chief of Staff Dr. Steven Meister said if someone has symptoms they should call about being tested. "If you've lost your sense of smell, taste, if you've had a fever, achy, cough, certainly shortness of breath," said Meister. "Diarrhea and vomiting, early in the course of the disease were not known symptoms, now they're kind of there. So call and ask." For seasonal allergy sufferers Meister says it can be [...]
ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD) -- Governor Tim Walz is expected to extend his peacetime emergency powers another 30 days to June 12th. The move would keep Minnesota's stay-at-home order in place, with possible modifications in the near future. House Republican Minority Leader Kurt Daudt (DOWT) wants businesses to re-open right now. He says we have reached the point where recovery is going to be worse than the virus – and Daudt adds that he doesn’t know if many smally businesses will survive this.