There are some parts of the area where law enforcement is seeing an increase in accidents. Troy Christianson is with the Minnesota State Patrol. "We have started to see an increase in intersection-related crashes on Highway 13 and Highway 19. It's all intersection related so we encourage all motorists to take caution, especially in those areas." Christianson encourages persons to use caution during the winter weather season. Christianson says persons should reduce speed and not use cruise control. He says a lot of it is planning ahead to allow yourself ample time to get to your destination.
An expansion of Highway 14 from Nicollet to New Ulm was not among the projects selected for federal road funding. The U.S. Highway 14 Partnership made the announcement Tuesday afternoon. The Partnership had worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to apply for 25 million dollars in federal road funding. After receiving the news, Highway 14 advocates are calling on Governor Walz and the Minnesota Legislature to fund the project in 2020. The 12-mile stretch between Nicollet and New Ulm is the final stretch of Highway 14 that remains unfunded between New Ulm and Rochester. Ground was broken in November first [...]
The CDC says a vitamin E synthetic could be the cause behind 39 vaping-related deaths in the U-S. Laura Smith with Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation says the more we can find out about the possible dangers of vaping, the better... "I think it's important that they continue to narrow down the cause of this deadly outbreak and we're glad that they continue to work with health officials and epidemiologists across the nation to try to figure out what is leading to this specific outbreak" Smith says health officials and elected leaders should also continue prevention efforts to drive [...]
Gophers football Coach P-J Fleck on Tuesday presented Governor Tim Walz and the state of Minnesota with the game ball from Saturday's win over Penn State. The governor praised the Gophers for professionalism, sense of common purpose and the "humble confidence that this team exudes": The Gophers play the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon.
The second-annual "State of Lung Cancer" report shows Minnesota has some of the best lung cancer survival rates in the country. "Minnesota actually ranks third-best in the nation for survival rates at 26-percent. The national average is about 22-percent." Pat McKone with the American Lung Association says what most people might not realize is: "Lung cancer is the number one type of cancer that kills more men and women than any other type of cancer." McKone says part of the reason lung cancer is so deadly is that cases are diagnosed at a later stage after the [...]
An Inver Grove Heights woman was killed in an accident at the intersection of Highway 13 and 430th Avenue in Waseca County on Tuesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says 43-year-old Angela Anderson died of injuries in the accident. Authorities say around quarter after six, Anderson's vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Keaton Nikoley of Lonsdale. The State Patrol says Nikoley was transported to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Mankato with non-life threatening injuries.
The Brown County Sheriff's Office and the New Ulm Police Department will hold an informational meeting (Wednesday) morning to discuss the Vitals app. Authorities say both departments have starter using the Vitals app to create safer interactions between first responders and people living with disabilities or other conditions. Law enforcement says people enrolled in the Vitals app program voluntarily provide individualized information on disabilities or conditions. Authorities say when a user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipped with the service, the officer or responder will get a notification about the person's diagnosis and how to best [...]
It's been a challenging year for farmers according to Kent Thiese with Minn-Star Bank. Thiese says last week's snowfall certainly didn't help. "It makes things more difficult," said Thiese. "The snow mats down the corn combines tend to plug up more and you get more field loss on the corn." Thiese says the issues haven't stopped once the corn is out of the field "Ideally you need to corn down to 15 to 16 percent moisture to store the corn," said Thiese. " And most of the corn coming out of the fields presently is at 23 to [...]
A published report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune documented multiple dysfunctions in the Minnesota Department of Human Services oversight of millions of dollars in state and federal money. State Representative Jeff Brand of Saint Peter says the report is disturbing. "That's the taxpayer's money," said Brand. "And we have to be good stewards of the taxpayer's money. Unfortunately, there seems to be a culture problem at the department of human services." Brand says the senate is holding hearings on the issue and the house will likely do the same.
The Minnesota State Patrol says a man walking across a highway in Morrison County has been struck and killed. The patrol says 59-year-old Keith Larson was hit by a pickup truck on Highway 10 near Little Falls Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. He was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he later died.