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Emerald Ash Borer discovered in two counties

Emerald Ash Borer discovered in two counties

Emerald Ash Borer has been confirmed in two more Minnesota counties this weekend. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) found larvae of the invasive species in the Southwest counties of Carver and Sibley. Emerald Ash Borer has been a common occurrence recently with 25 of 87 counties having the invasive species. The larvae were spotted and confirmed in Carver and […]

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Zebra mussels found in Lake Minnie-Belle

Zebra mussels found in Lake Minnie-Belle

The Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lake Minnie-Belle in Litchfield. The DNR reported finding zebra mussels on a private dock and a boat lift on the Meeker County lake after someone reported a possible sighting. Zebra mussels are damaging because they compete negatively with native species, can injure swimmers, negatively […]

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Nonprofit manager sentenced for fraud scheme

Nonprofit manager sentenced for fraud scheme

A Brooklyn Park resident and former Twin Cities nonprofit manager has been sentenced to prison for fraud and false statements. Clarissa Lynn Combs, 49, was sentenced to 71 months in prison after conspiring to commit both wire fraud and making a false statement. She originally plead guilty back in December of 2019 and was sentenced today in front of US […]

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BREAKING: President and first lady test positive for covid-19

Earlier this morning President Donald Trump announced that he has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus along with his wife Melania. This could be a large health risk to the President, as he sits in on of the more risky age categories for contracting the virus. He is 74 years old which is the category with the third most amount […]

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Deadly three car crash

On Friday, September 26th at approximately 2:16 PM, the Douglas County Sheriffs Office responded to a call about a three vehicle accident on County Road 82 Near E Victoria Lake Road SE. A dump truck driven by 65 year old Paul Carlsen of Garfield, Minnesota, was driving westbound on county road 82. It blew a tire which caused the dump […]

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Fire

Structural fire destroys building

Last Saturday multiple 9-1-1 calls were received about a structural fire near Kensington, Minnesota. At 12:37 AM Douglas County Dispatch was notified about a fire at a Midwest Grain Systems building. When the Kensington Fire Department arrived at the building, it was completely engulfed in flames. Multiple other fire departments helped put the blaze out, including the Lowry, Brandon, Evansville, […]

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High school volleyball and football starts practices

Last week, the Minnesota State High School League voted in favor of reinstating both the fall football and volleyball seasons. Teams can officially start practicing today as long as there are safety precautions in place. Football will soon be starting with a likely six game season while volleyball may have up to fourteen possible matches. The first competitive games for […]

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Abuse in the palm oil industry

Abuse in the palm oil industry

After an in-depth investigation by the Associated Press, it was found that many laborers in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry are being exploited. In the countries of Malaysia and Indonesia, which account for 85% of the world’s palm oil, some workers are being exploited by child labor, literal slavery, and even rape allegations. The palm oil industry is worth over […]

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Local theatre during the pandemic

Local theatre during the pandemic

One of the many industries shut down by COVID-19 is theatre and live arts. The Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud is just one of many venues that has closed down due to local and state restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although live crowds may not be able to gather in the Paramount, the […]

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Apple orchards open for season

Apple orchards open for season

Apple orchards in central Minnesota have finally opened for the season. Although COVID-19 restrictions have changed a couple of aspects of Collegeville Orchards, business is still as usual. UTVS Reporter Kenny Johnson has the story on how one local orchard is operating during the tricky times of 2020. Check out the video below for the full story.  

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