Category Archives: Local News

Minnesota Switching to a New Weather Alert System from the NWS

Minnesota is using a new weather alert system from the National Weather Service for its severe weather alert sirens. With the old system, the whole county would be alerted if there was severe weather, but with advances in technology, it is now possible to be more targeted with the sirens, limiting them to only the…read more »

Officials Investigating Death and Fire in Rural Titonka on Sunday

A man is dead after an early morning fire in rural Titonka Sunday. The Kossuth County Law Enforcement Center says it received a 911 call around 4:25am from the 3400 block of 210th Avenue.  A woman reported a fire and said she was woken up by the power going out in her house and noticed…read more »

This is Severe Weather Week in Minnesota

Each year Homeland Security and Emergency Management, in collaboration with the National Weather Service, sponsors Severe Weather Week in Minnesota.  Faribault County is participating in efforts April 8-12 to refresh, remind and educate residents about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to avoid them. Severe Weather Week includes statewide tornado drills.  Outdoor warning…read more »

Long Time News Director Norm Hall Has Passed Away…

We are sad to report that long time, former News Director Norm Hall passed away on Saturday, March 30th, at the age of 68 years old.  Norm was KBEW’s News Director from October, 1991 and retired in May of 2021. He was instrumental in starting the KBEW/98 County Campout to raise money for the food…read more »

MCW School District To Hold Informational Meetings on Bond Referendum

The Martin County West School District will hold community information open houses in April to provide information about the May 14th school facility bond referendum, asking voters to weigh in on whether or not to build a new building to house all students and staff in preschool through 12th grade under one roof in Sherburn.…read more »

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Palo Alto County

Emerald ash borer has now been discovered in Palo Alto County, making Emmet County the only county in Iowa where the pest has not yet been officially confirmed. According to the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, the pest was found in samples collected in March from an ash tree in the Basswood Recreation…read more »

B.E. Light and Water To Begin Flushing Water Hydrants on Monday, April 1st

Blue Earth Light and Water will begin flushing water hydrants on Monday, April 1st.  Customers may experience fluctuations in pressure and/or discoloration of their water during flushing, which is harmless.  If you experience discolored water, postpone washing clothes and run your COLD water tap until it clears.  This gives residents of Blue Earth the cleanest…read more »