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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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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 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 holiday season’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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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota is celebrating a decade-long partnership with Faribault’s Cheese Cave that has brought new members and donors to the nonprofit community organization.

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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.

Amid political polarization, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has reintroduced a bill that would extend the landmark Violence Against Women Act and make several significant changes to the 25-year-old bill.

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Two local organizations recently announced a collaboration intended to make up for financial and other difficulties Laura Baker Services Association employees face due to insufficient government funding.

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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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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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RICE COUNTY — 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.

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