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On a Sunday afternoon, when the sun finally came out from behind the clouds but snow still covered the ground, the Coca-Cola Polar Bear came into being outside John and Marisa Rotter’s house.

Blue Earth-based Telecommunication Co. has entered into a definitive agreement under which they will acquire ownership of Lonsdale Telephone Co. in Lonsdale.

A standing room only crowd of about 150 gathered at Imminent Brewing Dec. 11 to hear University of Minnesota Agronomy Professor Jake Jungers’ present “The Power of Perennials & Kernza’s Path to Commercialization.”

At a Truth in Taxation hearing Thursday evening, Rice County Administrator Sara Folsted presented a semi-final version of the 2020 budget. If approved later this month, it would include a levy slightly smaller than the preliminary figure approved in September.

Snow totals of 4 inches or greater from around Minnesota and western Wisconsin through 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, as reported by weather observers and relayed by the National Weather Service. Snow was still falling in some locations, so these may not be final totals:

The Commission on Judicial Selection announced Thursday that a judgeship vacancy is occurring in Minnesota’s Third Judicial District. The vacancy will occur upon the retirement of the Honorable John T. Cajacob and will be chambered at Faribault in Rice County.

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Wednesday, announced the proposed addition of 581 new bodies of water to the list of streams and lakes that do not meet state water quality standards. Two, including Fox Lake southwest of Dundas, are in Rice County.

This past week, a number of residents received phone calls from scammers identifying themselves as the Rice County Sheriff’s Office staff and stating that they are following up on legal action.

Winter in Minnesota can be described in many ways, but unpredictable isn’t one of them. At some point, it will snow and temperatures will drop below zero. There will be ice on the roads. High winds will raise the risk of being outdoors from hazardous to life-threatening.

In an effort to streamline services, the Lonsdale Area News-Review has closed its Fifth Avenue office in Lonsdale. The change was effective Oct. 31.

The Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce hosts several networking events for employees of Chamber members throughout the year, giving local workers an opportunity to share lunch with one another and learn something new.

The wet cool spring of 2019 left many farmers cramming to get their crops planted. Many were unable to get all the crop planted on time and continued planting even after final planting dates, lowering their level of insurance coverage.

The residential lot inventory in Lonsdale is expected to fall dramatically in the next couple years, but the city has a plan to mitigate that problem before it happens.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is investigating what it's calling "a data incident involving its payment processing systems" at some of its fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.

Rice County has submitted its required Environmental Assessment Worksheet to the Environmental Quality Board for Wolf Creek Autobahn, a proposed project off County Road 46 west of Dundas that includes a recreational road course, villas, a convenience store and fuel station, an RV park and re…

Former Sen. Kathy Sheran, who represented Nicollet and Le Sueur counties as part of her district, was recently elected by the MNsure Board of Directors to chair the organization.

Adams Publishing Group, LLC (APG) announced Tuesday that it has acquired The Greater Beloit Publishing Co., including the Beloit (Wisconsin) Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper.

Jobless rates dropped across the region last month to their lowest rates since the end of last year, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

There’s a reason why crates, decorations, furniture, books, school supplies and miscellaneous items fill the TCU Lonsdale cafeteria and hallways.

Jobless numbers showed a sharp drop of a percentage point or more in most cities and counties across the region from March to April, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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