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County selects firm to help reimagine north side of Fourth Ave. NW block

What the 200 block of Fourth Avenue will look when the Rice County Sheriff’s offices and county jail move north is anybody’s guess. Read more

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Ernst's love of agriculture helps him grow a business

A local high school student has been the driving force behind two successful area farm stands that provide a bounty of vegetables, sweet co… Read more

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Rice County Pheasants Forever Selected for 2021 Wildlife Enhancement Award

The Rice Soil and Water Conservation District has selected the Rice County Chapter of Pheasants Forever as its 2021 Wildlife Enhancement Aw… Read more

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Friends find avenue to give back with knitting and crocheting

When Christina Cayer noticed some of her students were coming to school without winter gear on, she looked for a way to change that. Read more

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South Central College receives Hunger-free Campus award

South Central College on Thursday received its Hunger Free Campus Award from LeadMN, the statewide student association for the 30 Minnesota… Read more

Community

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Vision: Important for your life and your lifetime

Good vision is important to nearly everything you do, from waking until closing your eyes to sleep. Most all we experience in life comes to… Read more

$50 gift cards offered at Monday COVID clinic for those getting 1st or 2nd dose

A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic is planned for Monday in Lonsdale. Anyone receiving their first or second dose of the vaccine will receive… Read more

Apply now for House of Representatives page program

The High School Page Program returns to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2022. Read more

Sports

Volleyball: Kenyon-Wanamingo 3, Randolph 1

The Kenyon-Wanamingo volleyball team grew progressively stronger as Thursday's match continued en route to claiming a 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, … Read more

Faribault girls tennis wraps competitive season at Section 1AA individual tournament

Joined by players from Rochester Century, Farmington, Lakeville South, Northfield, Red Wing, Stewartville and Winona, the Faribault girls t… Read more

Volleyball: Bethlehem Academy 3, Blooming Prairie 0

The Bethlehem Academy volleyball team officially clinched a share of the Gopher Conference championship with Thursday night's sweep of Bloo… Read more

Opinion

OK, lawmakers: Step up on COVID

Republicans, in particular, need to prove they want to keep schools safe. Read more

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The first battle in the culture wars: The quality of diversity

American diversity is in the spotlight as racial discrimination in the United States reemerges as a major topic of public discussion, touch… Read more

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What is bugging you at your house?

The warm fall weather that we have been having recently (and that I have certainly been enjoying) brings some unwanted guests to our door. … Read more