Category Archives: Local News

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 »

Surplus Moisture Continues to Hinder Fieldwork in MN and Iowa as Farmers Wrap Up Corn Planting

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released the crop progress report for Minnesota and Iowa for the week ending June 16th.  Primary field activities were finishing up corn and soybean planting and replanting.  Other field activities included cutting hay and spraying crops.  Surplus soil moisture continues to hinder fieldwork in areas of both states. In…read more »

Cash and Food Totals Announced From Jam the Food Shelf in June

The 15th Annual KBEW/Darling International Jam the Food Shelf in June event was held Thursday at the Cedar Inn Drive In on Highway 169 in Blue Earth. A total of $4,800 in cash and 628 food items were donated. Everyone involved in the Jam the Food Shelf event would like to send a big thank…read more »