Category Archives: Local News

MN Gains 11,000 Jobs in March

March was a month of job growth for the state of Minnesota. According to data released Thursday from the Department of Employment and Economic Development, 11,000 jobs were gained with 3,000 workers joining the labor force last month. Minnesota’s unemployment rate sits at 2.7%, lower than the national rate of 3.8%.read more »

Unemployment in Iowa Sees Slight Decrease in March

The unemployment numbers for March are out and Iowa Workforce Development Executive Director Beth Townsend says things are holding steady. “Pretty stable from last month, it’s down a little bit from the revised February number of 3.0% down to 2.9% in March, which is a good sign,” Townsend says. Townsend says there were 4,000 new…read more »

Three People Arrested in Winnebago on Burglary Suspicion Following a Series of Area Burglaries in the Past Six Months

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office has been investigating a series of burglaries that have occurred at multiple properties over the past six months. On Friday morning, the Sheriff’s Office assisted with a probation compliance check on 43 year old Cain Buster Waltermann at his residence in Winnebago.  While there, the Deputies observed stolen property.  Waltermann…read more »

MN & Iowa Farmers Take Advantage of Warm Weather to Start Fieldwork

Minnesota had 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 14th, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included small grains planting, tilling and manure applications.  Livestock were doing well with calving continuing. Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 36% short to very short, 60% adequate, and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies…read more »

Faribault County Recorder Releases March Vital Statistics

The Faribault County Recorder’s Office has released the Vital Statistics Report for March of 2024.  According to the report, there were 14 births in the county in March of this year, 9 more than 2023.  There were 18 deaths in Faribault County in March, 9 more than in 2023 and 2 Marriage Licenses were issued,…read more »

MN Legislature Discusses Bill to Track Heath Care Entities

A new bill in the state legislature aims to keep track of health care entities across the state and help lawmakers better understand why costs might be too expensive.  The bill would establish a “Minnesota Commission for Equitable Heath Care Services”, a commission that would be tasked with checking in on health care providers to…read more »

Fairmont Council Hires Mathew Skaret as New City Administrator

The Fairmont City Council approved the hiring of a new city administrator Monday night. Former Jackson administrator Mathew Skaret will be starting in Fairmont on April 29th.  The Council and Skaret agreed on a starting salary of $153,961 and $3000 for moving expenses. Fairmont has been without a full time city administrator since May of…read more »