Category Archives: Local News

Finstad Narrowly Tops Munson in Special Republican Primary

Minnesota State Representative Jeremy Munson has conceded defeat to former USDA official Brad Finstad in the special primary to finish the term of the late U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn. Munson posted a statement on Facebook on Wednesday morning saying he congratulates Finstad on his victory and will support him in the August 9th special election…read more »

MN & Iowa Farmers See More Favorable Conditions for Fieldwork Last Week

Moderate weather conditions allowed Minnesota farmers 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the USDA. Corn planting reached 60% complete, 20 days behind last year and 10 days behind the 5 year average.  Corn emergency reached 24%. Soybean planting was 32% complete, 18 days behind last year and 11 days behind the 5…read more »

Suspect in May 1st Shooting in Albert Lea Arrested Early Sunday Morning

The suspect in a shooting has been arrested in Freeborn County. The Albert Lea Police Department says 19 year old Javen Moreno, of Albert Lea, was identified and taken into custody just before 1am Sunday after a traffic stop on US Highway 90, west of Bridge Avenue.  Moreno was taken to the Freeborn County Adult…read more »

Minnesota Reaches Lowest Unemployment Rate in History in April

Minnesota has reached its lowest unemployment rate in recorded state history, since data collection began in 1976.  Minnesota’s unemployment rate fell to 2.2% in April 2022.  Additionally, Minnesota gained 11,900 jobs last month, up 0.4% following the addition of 13,200 jobs in March 2022.  This continues the state’s job growth streak for the seventh month.…read more »

AAA Reports Gas Prices in MN & Iowa Up From Last Week

Heading into the third weekend of May, AAA reports that gasoline prices in Minnesota and Iowa are higher than a week ago. The average gas price in Minnesota is at $4.14 a gallon, up from $4.10 a week ago. The average price in Iowa is $4.16 a gallon, compared to $4.13 the previous week. Oklahoma…read more »

Faribault County Board Approves Union Contracts

The Faribault County Board of Commissioners approved four union contracts during their regular board meeting on Tuesday. All four of the bargaining unit contracts expired on December 31st, 2021.  Negotiations between the unions and the Central Services Director and the Personnel Committee began in September of last year and tentative agreements were reached with each…read more »

County Commissioners Address Liquor License Fees at Board Meeting

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Faribault County Board of Commissioners, the issue of county liquor license fees was addressed.  Faribault County only provides permits to 4 liquor serving establishments; the Derby Inn, Golden Bubble, Riverside Town and County Club and MinnIowa Golf Course.  It was identified that the current licensing fees do not cover administration…read more »