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With health officials struggling to get a handle on the opioid crisis, Rice County Family Services Collaborative is using a $210,000 Opioid Response grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to improve its services.

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Five months after returning from a deployment in Kuwait, 52 Minnesota National Guard soldiers from the Faribault-based Charlie Company, a division of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, spent part of their drill weekend at a holiday party organized with the assistance of Faribault Beyond th…

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Gabe Robinson and Jessica Dull, both juniors at Tri-City United High School, like to go the extra mile academically and in terms of activities and volunteerism.

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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.

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Any child who rides the bus to and from Tri-City United Schools can be assured their bus received the mark of approval from the Minnesota State Patrol.

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The 27th Montgomery Torchlight Parade, held Thursday, officially signified that the holiday season is underway. Crowds gathered along Main Street, bundled up in warm winter gear to join the celebration of the holiday season.

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A Montgomery trailer-tractor driver is taking a second run at a Minnesota House seat after losing last year to Rep. Todd Lippert, DFL-Northfield.

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A young girl named Clara falls asleep after a Christmas party where her brother, Fritz, breaks her precious nutcracker gift from Godfather Drosselmeyer. What happens in Clara’s sleep is more like an awakening — to Rat King encounters and a series of dances in the land of sweets.

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A Twin Cities-based developer’s controversial plan for a car club and track along Interstate 35 is on hold now that a portion of the 466 acre-plot intended for development is no longer available to the developer.

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In preparation for the holiday season, Rice County’s law enforcement agencies came together on Wednesday evening for a special joint kickoff of this year’s Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

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:

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Bells will ring outside six Rice County businesses as the Rice County Salvation Army counts down to Christmas with its annual Red Kettle Campaign. And there’s plenty of open slots for volunteer bell ringers.

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.

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Unseasonably cold weather means ice making has begun on many lakes across the state, but Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officers advise people to stay off of the still-forming ice.

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No student in TCU High School history has ever been elected to the State Executive Team for Business Professionals of America (BPA). That is, until senior Brandon Balma was named executive vice president of the state organization.

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One downside of our current production of grain crops such as corn, soybeans, wheat, oat, and barley is that these crops are annual crops, meaning that they need to be planted each year. This also means that many of the fields where annual grain crops are grown will spend at least some time …

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The Star Tribune is reporting that Diamond Reynolds, who livestreamed the aftermath of the July 2016 officer-involved shooting death of her boyfriend, is suing a Rice County deputy for defamation.

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.

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The Lonsdale First! Loyalty Program usually draws strong participation from the community, but this year Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanna Gutke-Kupp needed to expand the card to fit all 34 participating businesses.

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TCU Lonsdale staff has been encouraging students to “be the ‘I’ in kindness” this school year. And to take that message one step further, students pledged to stand together against bullying.

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