Category Archives: Local News

Wells Man Injured During Rollover Accident Saturday Morning Near Kiester

A 36 year old Wells man was injured when the pickup he was driving rolling early Saturday morning near Kiester. According to the State Patrol, Daniel Harrer was driving a northbound 2006 Dodge Ram on Highway 22 at 6:07am when the vehicle left the roadway and rolled several times. Road conditions were dry at the…read more »

BEA School District To Receive State Money for Bus Stop Arm Cameras

The Blue Earth Area School District is one of 21 school and transportation companies to receive a portion of $2.9 million in the third phase of grants from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.  The grants will reimburse school and transportation companies for purchasing and installing stop arm cameral systems and…read more »

City of Fairmont To Change Out All Electric and Water Meters

Starting in October, the city of Fairmont will be going through Advanced Metering Infrastructure, in which all electric and water meters in households throughout the city will be changed out. City Engineer, Troy Nemmers, said that the water meters are at least 10 years old and maybe 15 to 20 years old in some cases,…read more »

Cooler Temps May Bring Frost or Freeze to Area

Cooler air is settling into the Upper Midwest for the start of the week and it’s likely to get chilly during the overnight hours.  Temperatures will dip into the upper 30s Monday Nigh and likely into the lower 30s for Tuesday night and a frost or freeze will be possible in Minnesota and parts of…read more »

AAA Reports Higher Gas Price in MN & Iowa

Heading into the last weekend in September, AAA reports that gas prices in Minnesota and Iowa are higher than they were a week ago. The average price in Minnesota is reported at $3.68 a gallon, compared to $3.64 just a week ago.  In Iowa the average price per gallon is $3.63, compared to $3.47 last…read more »

15 MN School Targeted by “Swatting” on Wednesday

On Wednesday, several schools in the region received similar calls providing identical details of an active shooter on school grounds, including Rochester, Duluth and closer to home at Fairmont and Mankato West High School. The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that this is part of a nationwide “swatting” campaign, which means someone called into emergency…read more »

SMIF Accepting Applications for Early Care and Education Program

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Early Care and Education Grant program.  The program will help fund early care and education services for children birth to age 5.  Organizations that work with these children in the 20 county region are eligible to apply.  Requests of up to $20,000 will be considered.…read more »