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Glimpse: Steamboats once carried freight, tourists on the Minnesota

Historical accounts describe how steamboats once plied the Minnesota River as far up as the Upper Sioux Agency near Granite Falls. These steam-propelled vessels carried passengers and freight to the communities forming along the river.


Redwood County declares state of emergency

Jim Sandgren, Redwood County emergency management director, sat in front of the county board April 16 making an all-too-familiar request. “Here we are again,” said Sandgren.



The Renville County Sheriff’s Office recently received a report of counterfeit money in the area. A few Renville County businesses reported individuals attempting to pass the counterfeit money. The Sheriff’s Office said that thanks to the vigilant employees working, the fraudulent bills were detecte


Deaths in 2018 in Renville County included four suicides, highest since 2014

OLIVIA — Four motor vehicle deaths and four deaths classified as suicides were among the deaths in Renville County investigated by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office in 2018.


Easter Egg hunt is April 20 at RACC in Redwood Falls

An Easter Egg hunt, which is for kids third grade and younger, is being held at the Redwood Area Community Center this Saturday (April 20) at 9 a.m. sharp. The public is reminded that those who are even two minutes late will miss it.


Police: Man Killed By Light Rail Train On University Of Minnesota Campus

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man was killed by a light rail train early Saturday morning in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus. Metro Transit police say the man was standing on the platform as the METRO Green Line train was leaving Stadium Village station at about 1:20 a.m. He fell off the


Minnesota conservation officer dies after being thrown from boat

A Minnesota DNR conservation officer has died after he was thrown from a boat and went under as he tried to swim back to shore. The tragedy happened on Cross Lake, east of Pine City, just before 8 p.m. Friday when the conservation officer and a Pine County deputy launched a boat into the lake after


Redwood area congregations to celebrate Resurrection Sunday April 21

“If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen, and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.”. More than 2,000 years ago an event took place that changed the world. Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, a new movement known as The Way g


Owner of Minnesota glass company launches Facebook alternative

Small business owner Jeff Meyer of White Bear Lake and 10 of his relatives and friends are upset with Facebook. So upset that they’ve launched an alternative private social network.


RVHS grad, Nick Stanton, adding Hall of Fame induction to body of work

When one watches a TV show or movie, it is not likely many stay to watch the end credits which is when those who are involved in the production and development of what has been watched are mentioned.


Minnesota man accused of raping woman who uses wheelchair

WILLMAR, Minn. – A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of an alleged sexual assault of a woman who uses a wheelchair.


Pickup sinks in NW Minnesota floowaters

CLIMAX, MN (KFGO) - Another close call on a flooded road. A teenage driver went around a road closed barrier near Climax and his pickup was quickly swept away. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the driver was able to get out and stand on the roof. The pickup sank. The teenager hung onto a tree u


Southern Minnesota News Anchor Makes Jimmy Kimmel’s Show

If you've ever watched Jimmy Kimmel's show on ABC, you know that he has a bit entitled “Unnecessary Censorship”. It just so happens one of my friends from my time in Albert Lea just made the show! KIMT-TV's Raquel Hellman come on down! You can see her being 'censored' about :34 seconds into the clip


Second Spring Flood is Closing Highways in SE Minnesota

Wabasha, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Mississippi River is on the rise again in southeastern Minnesota and has prompted the closing of a portion of Highway 60 in Wabasha. The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced Saturday morning that barricades had gone up to block traffic from the section of


Snowstorm blew through the area

Sometimes you just have to trust the weather forecast. April 10 and 11 was one of those times when the snowstorm that meteorologist talked about for several days arrived on schedule and in force.


Krumheuer is the new Olivia Police Chief

(Olivia MN-) The Renville County Register says Olivia Police Officer Jason Krumheuer has been promoted to Police Chief. He was selected over fellow patrolman Brian Stenholm and Fawn Froesch of Clay County. A US Air Force Veteran of The Gulf War, Krumheuer is a Ridgewater Law Enforcement graduate and


Technology, cost could hamper efforts for 100 percent carbon-free grid in Minnesota by 2050

By midcentury, coal and natural gas could be erased from Minnesota’s electricity grid, replaced by carbon-free power sources, particularly wind and solar. That is the goal of Gov. Tim Walz, who is pushing legislation for a totally clean grid by 2050. Ditto for Xcel Energy with its target of 100% car


Flu Season Winding Down in Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) -- The latest update from the Minnesota Department of Health suggests the flu season is winding down. Flu-related hospitalizations dropped from 140 two weeks ago to 62 last week. There were nine flu outbreaks in Minnesota schools and none in the state's nursing homes. The geographic s


Fischers bring bison conference to Sleepy Eye

Sleepy Eye farmers, Craig and Elizabeth Fischer, are owners of Fischer’s Sleepy Bison Acres which they founded in 2013 with the purchase of two buffalo cows. The Fischers have grown their operation since then and now have a herd of bison, and also raise pastured chickens and hogs.


Renville County assessment identifies health issues related to where people live

OLIVIA — An aging and declining population, unhealthy lifestyles, substance abuse and less access to health care providers are among the public health challenges facing Renville County.