Local

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The New House Republican Caucus on Wednesday responded to the universal gun registration bill and the red flag bill that are scheduled to be heard on the House Floor Thursday. These bills take guns away from law-abiding citizens and attack individual rights and personal freedoms.

spotlight
  • Updated

<&firstgraph>OWATONNA — At its regular meeting Monday night, the Owatonna Public School Board approved a sale of building bonds for the new high school to the lowest bidder at an interest rate of 2.25%.

spotlight
  • Updated

<&firstgraph>BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Following a vote by the Pine Island Public School Board earlier this month, a shared facilities project that would impact Blooming Prairie is on hold for the foreseeable future.

spotlight
  • Updated

<&firstgraph>DODGE COUNTY — Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele is on a crusade to stop distracted driving, and after an incident on Highway 14 on Monday, this time it’s personal.

  • Updated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The insulin and voter privacy bills were the first bills slated for floor action since the session began two weeks ago. The measures were expected to pass easily Wednesday night given the Democrats’ comfortable majority in the House. The two gun control bills were due …

  • Updated

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kellin remembers an assistant hockey coach at the University of Minnesota approaching him in the locker room during the 1984-85 season and saying he knew a woman who would perform oral sex on Kellin, but only if Kellin would be blindfolded with his hands tied.

  • Updated

<&firstgraph>WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pushed back Wednesday against criticism that his administration isn’t doing enough to meet the coronavirus threat, as lawmakers called for giving disease fighters much more money than the $2.5 billion the White House has requested.

  • Updated

<&firstgraph>NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump’s first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, author…

  • Updated

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It took several weeks and about two dozen emails before Amy Klobuchar agreed to sit down with the president of the progressive racial justice organization Color of Change for his videotaped podcast on the 2020 presidential race, just as almost every other candidate has don…

Hundreds of thousands of tons of construction and demolition waste — much of it from home tear-downs and remodeling jobs — end up in Minnesota landfills every year. But some homeowners are learning it’s environmentally, and financially, rewarding when materials from such projects are reused …

spotlight
  • Updated

OWATONNA — Voters have just under a week left to cast their ballots in Minnesota’s first true presidential primary in more than 60 years. In preparation for the election next Tuesday, the Steele County Auditor’s office is open for early voting almost every day from now through Monday, and is…

spotlight
  • Updated

<&firstgraph>WASECA — Just 17 days after the Hy-Vee supermarket closed its doors in Waseca after more than 30 years in the community, Cash Wise opened in the same spot, filling the grocery vacancy.

spotlight
  • Updated

OWATONNA — The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, spanning across 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Every year, 3 million people visit the trail, but only a select few conquer its 2,192 miles.

  • Updated

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of 39 states will look into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs, including whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices, officials announced Tuesday.

  • Updated

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Thousands of people thronged the streets of New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, reaching for beads, shimmying to the music of marching bands and celebrating the end of a Carnival season tinged by tragedy after two bystanders were killed by floats this year.

  • Updated

WASHINGTON (AP) — A month before the Supreme Court takes up cases over his tax returns and financial records, President Donald Trump on Tuesday made the unusual suggestion that two liberal justices should not take part in those or any other cases involving him or his administration.

  • Updated

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The first clinical trial in the U.S. of a possible coronavirus treatment is underway in Nebraska and is eventually expected to include 400 patients at 50 locations around the world, officials said Tuesday.

  • Updated

Baby boomers – that’s anyone born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 – are 20% of the population, more than 70 million Americans. Decades ago, many in that generation experimented with drugs that were both recreational and illegal. Although boomers may not be using those same drugs today, man…

spotlight
  • Updated

OWATONNA — The City of Owatonna now has a master plan for the extensive park and trail system, after the city council approved the final draft during its regular meeting last week.

  • Updated

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India’s welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show with his counterpart and a sunset tour of the famed Taj Mahal.

  • Updated

BERLIN (AP) — A man intentionally drove a car into a crowd at a Carnival parade in a small town in central Germany, injuring around 30 people including children, officials said Monday.

  • Updated

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed new threats far beyond.

  • Updated

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — By the fall of 2018, when Democrats were promoting a slate of centrist candidates to topple Republicans in Congress, Bernie Sanders was seeing a very different picture.

  • Updated

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein was convicted Monday of rape and sexual assault against two women and was led off to prison in handcuffs, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of the #MeToo movement.

  • Updated

For many, networking is often perceived as an expected — if uncomfortable — part of the job-seeking process. University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management researchers found they could improve reemployment quality — especially among those who identified as more introverted — through th…

  • Updated

Man, fishing has been tough lately. My deep water patterns of early winter have basically dried up and as we head into mid-winter, things have definitely changed. Gone are the deep water fish that have been feeding on insects and larvae coming from the deep water basins. The biggest issue is…

  • Updated

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar enjoys a slight edge as her home state’s presidential primary nears, according to a new MPR News/Star Tribune Minnesota Poll that shows plenty of likely voters still haven’t decided.

We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!