Category Archives: Local News

Officials Continuing to Monitor Rapidan Dam

Blue Earth County Public Works, Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office staff continue to monitor the Rapidan Dam, according to a news release from Blue Earth County. Blue Earth County Officials say there has been a failure on the west abutment.  The dam is still intact and there are no current plans for a mass…read more »

President Biden Approves Disaster Declaration for Northern Iowa Counties

Iowa’s request for federal help for severe flooding has received a response from the White House. President Joe Biden approved Iowa’s Disaster Declaration late Monday night. President Biden has now ordered federal aid to support state, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms. The impacted counties receiving the federal aid…read more »

Rapidan Ram Nearing Eminent Failure as Water Has Cut a Path Around the Dam

Emergency Management was made aware of accumulating debris at the Rapidan Dam on Sunday, according to a news release from Blue Earth County.  Blue Earth County Public Works, Emergency Management and the Sheriff’s Office’s staff are currently monitoring the Dam. The river has significantly cut around the west side of the dam.  Xcel Energy and…read more »

MN’s Unemployment Rate Rises to 2.8% in May

Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up one tenth of a percent to 2.8% in May. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) says the state labor force participation rate remained at 68.0% in May, one of the highest levels in the country and leaving Minnesota with an extremely tight labor market. In…read more »

Monday Morning Storms Bring Wind, Causing Damage to the Area

Storms early Monday morning caused some wind damage across southern Minnesota, as strong winds, frequent lightning and heavy rains moved through the area. There were reports of trees and limbs down in the area, where some damage and power outages caused by downed trees were reported, as well as high winds in the area.  The…read more »