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Miller and McShane take Waseca County Fair Enduro titles

Even though the Demolition Derby was postponed Friday, the weather didn’t stop the Enduro race from taking place last Saturday evening at the Waseca County Fairgrounds.Compact cars, top 25 (laps completed): 1. Jason McShane (119); 2. Dan VonRuden (116); 3. Bob Knutson (115); 4. Tanner Chadderdon (11

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-17 16:24:00

UPDATE: Montgomery home destroyed by fire; neighbors describe loud boom

The property is owned by Christopher Hale, a Lakeville resident who said Tuesday he planned to rehab the home for either sale or rent. Hale was staying at the house, which he said he's owned for a few years, a couple of times per week but said he was traveling out of state this week.

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-07-17 22:36:00

COURT REPORTS: Trifecta of mistakes, say cops: stolen car, warrant and fleeing police

Behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle and with a warrant for his arrest, an Owatonna man reportedly led police on a high-speed chase through town Saturday, a jaunt that netted him two felony charges.

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-16 23:43:00

Waseca County Free Fair 2018: Food and fun at the fairgrounds

Through rain and heat, the Waseca County Free Fair held a variety of summer fun opportunities.The fair started July 11 and ran through Sunday this year at the Waseca County Fairgrounds.Fair Board President Mike Harguth said he felt this year's fair was a good one, apart from some rain that hit the a

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-17 19:39:00

"Project Bike" stops in Owatonna for first time to highlight local artist

OWATONNA — Now in the fourth year of “Project Bike,” in which Dana Sikkila rides all over Minnesota meeting with artists and collecting their works, Sikkila paid her first visit to Owatonna on Monday to chat with Lynette Yencho.“We had scouted her,” and “we were looking for someone who marched to th

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-17 11:00:00

Mankato man charged with molesting girl

Pablo Rodriquez, 57, was charged with four counts of felony criminal sexual conduct Tuesday in Blue Earth County District Court.

MANKATO FREE PRESS - 2018-07-17 22:00:00

$5,000 reward for information on arson investigation offered

A $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification of those responsible for a fire and theft south of Faribault is being offered.The suspect(s) stole tools from an enclosed trailer and set the trailer, located in the 3000 block of 260th St. West on fire. The location was at a cell phone t

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-16 21:22:00

Home leveled by fire, possible explosion

MONTGOMERY, Minn. - A home in a small southeastern Minnesota community is reduced to rubble after an intense fire and possible explosion early Tuesday.Montgomery Police Chief Lou Sager tells KARE 11 that crews were dispatched to a home at the intersection of Vine Avenue West and 3rd Street Northwest

KARE - 2018-07-17 12:51:19

1 seriously injured in crash north of Waseca

WASECA — A 31-year-old man was seriously injured after he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck another car at the intersection of Highway 13 and 430th Avenue Friday night.The Minnesota State Patrol reports Justin Taylor of Farmington was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with life-threaten


Charges: North Mankato man who answered hotel room door wasn't a paying guest | Southern Minnesota News

According to the complaint, a hotel employee at the Riverfront Inn was going to prepare a room for a new tenant on July 11. She called the room, which was supposed to be vacant, but a man answered. When the employee went to the room, Hoppe was sitting inside.


Gus' Station returns to spotlight Saturday

Gus’ Station, which for decades was a lighthouse Ellendale residents sailed toward before it migrated to the Village of Yesteryear for preservation, will again have plenty of company Saturday — in the form of classic cars. (Photo courtesy of the Ellendale Heritage Society)

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-16 17:26:00

Kilkenny woman charged in hit and run

Rebecca Julie Malecha, 44, is charged with felony criminal vehicular operation causing substantial bodily harm and misdemeanors driving after revocation, reckless driving, and no proof of insurance.


Crash North Of Waseca Results In One Man Airlifted

WASECA, MN-Just after 10:45 p.m. Friday, authorities responded to an accident located at the intersection of 430th Avenue and highway 13.According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 31-year-old Justin Taylor from Farmington was traveling westbound on 430th Avenue in a 2010 Mercury Milan when he ran a st


Lawsuit over prison food going to court

James Irving Dale, now of Faribault, Minn., did two tours of South Dakota prisons in Springfield and Sioux Falls between 2002 and 2017, stemming from a felony burglary conviction in Codington County and subsequent parole violation. According to court documents, back home in Minneapolis, Dale attende

RAPID CITY JOURNAL - 2018-07-16 11:30:00

Straight River Northbound Safety Rest Area / Snow Kreilich Architects

ArchitectsSnow Kreilich ArchitectsLocationOwatonna, Minnesota,United StatesArea6290.0 ft2Project Year2017PhotographsCorey Gaffer

ARCHDAILY - 2018-07-16 13:00:00

THE MURAL MAKER Michel Cimino making a name for himself through public art

At Michael Cimino's high school graduation party, one of his friend's dad asked him what he was going to study. He replied and said, "Art." His friend's dad just chuckled.


Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $65,000 in grants

OWATONNA — Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) approved five grants totaling $65,000 to support education and technical support for new or existing entrepreneurs and businesses, and to build resources for creating a sustainable and resilient food economy for southern Minnesota.A total of

SOUTHERNMINN.COM - 2018-07-16 13:45:00

Waseca police investigating rash of thefts

Two stolen pickups, a home burglary, two garage burglaries, three theft from vehicles and two possible attempted burglaries were reported between July 4 and Tuesday.


Steer captured after bolting from Waseca County Fairgrounds

A large Black Simmental Beef Steer, estimated at 1,400 pounds, broke loose from handlers at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Deputies assigned to security detail at the fair were contacted to respond to the incident. The steer was being walked into the Beef Cattle Show, which as an annual livestock show at th


Fighting for a strong downtown - Coffee shop owner doesn’t want to see another vacant building

Thea Farrington, the owner of Central Park Coffee in Owatonna, wants nothing more than to see a thriving downtown. After the city council declared the building her business resides in hazardous, Farrington said she feels caught in the middle between the City and the landlord responsible for making t