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Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week: DNR says alcohol has been a factor in over 70-percent of fatal accidents in Minnesota

With a fresh coating of snow across much of the state, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding snowmobilers not to drink and ride. “Alcohol has been a factor in over 70-percent of fatal accidents in Minnesota as well as many non-deadly snowmobile accidents,” explained the D.N.R.’s Jen Mueller. It’s Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week…Continue Reading

Bill banning cell phone use except hands-free clears MN House committee; state Senate hearing Wednesday

A bill banning cell phone use while driving, except in hands-free mode gets a hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday at the State Capitol. A similar bill passed out of a House committee Tuesday with bipartisan support. The House bill’s author, Democrat Frank Hornstein of Minneapolis called distracted driving an “epidemic” on Minnesota roads and…Continue Reading

“Ground blizzard” expected to bring high winds, whiteout conditions, bitter wind chills to south-central Minnesota

Another winter storm is headed for south-central Minnesota. Weather Eye forecaster Megan Mulford said it includes high winds and blowing and drifting but, “We’re actually not going to see any snow fall. It’s mostly going to be what we call a ground blizzard. We’re going to see wind gusts as high as 40-45 m.p.h,, making…Continue Reading

Bill to criminalize intentionally groping someone’s butt passes out of Minnesota Senate committee

A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a measure to criminalize groping someone’s buttocks. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a proposal Tuesday that would eliminate a more than 30-year-old exemption that allowed the behavior in the state’s sexual misconduct laws. The exception was originally added because lawmakers thought criminal penalties were too severe. A push to…Continue Reading

Minnesota Ag Expo underway in Mankato

The state Ag Expo is underway in Mankato. Minnesota Soybean director of public relations Doug Monson says this year’s event will focus on a number of central themes, and, “We’re really looking at ways that farmers can weather this current economic and trade-war storm and then come out of it better looking toward the future.”…Continue Reading

Downtown snow emergency declared in New Ulm

A downtown snow emergency has been declared in New Ulm. Public Safety officials say crews will start working early tomorrow (Wed) morning, at 1:30 a.m., and the emergency will be lifted when snow removal is completed. During this time, officials say vehicles parked within the signed downtown snow emergency route will be tagged and towed.…Continue Reading

DNR cautioning drivers about rapidly changing ice conditions after several vehicles fall into Madison Lake

Four vehicles crashed through the ice in four separate incidents on Madison Lake over the weekend. Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Captain Paul Barta said the occupants of the vehicles that fell through suffered some level of exposure, but no long-term injuries are expected. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Joe Albert with the Enforcement Division…Continue Reading