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Lake Crystal Area Bass Bashers find success in inaugural year, members to compete in State tournament this weekend

A new area high school fishing team will compete in the Minnesota State Junior BASS Tournament this weekend in Grand Rapids as the young anglers exceeded expectations in the programs inaugural year. This summer was the first year for eleven area students who make up the Lake Crystal Area Bass Bashers, members of the Minnesota…Continue Reading

Port Authority approves loan to NextGen RF Design for assistance in relocating to North Mankato

A radio frequency research and product development company based in Waseca is moving to North Mankato and the business says it will open doors for new opportunities. The North Mankato Port Authority approved a business subsidy loan of 300-thousand dollars on Monday night to NextGen RF Design, Inc. Members approved the loan to be repaid…Continue Reading

Waterville rear-end crash sends one to the hospital

A crash Tuesday morning near Waterville sent one driver to the hospital. Minnesota State Patrol says 48-year-old Bradley Fessel was northbound on State Highway 13, preparing to turn left, when his pickup was rear-ended by another vehicle. Troopers say the SUV involved, driven by 19-year-old Breanna Karsten of Waseca, rolled over after the collision. She…Continue Reading

Special task force recommends construction of more affordable homes statewide

Build more affordable homes in Minnesota — that’s a major thrust of recommendations by Governor Mark Dayton’s special task force on housing. Officials are talking about tax incentives and dedicated funding from the state, but Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal stresses, “This is not a plan that simply calls for government spending. It is a…Continue Reading

Shakopee man charged in stabbing death of woman in domestic violence incident

A man has been charged with fatally stabbing a woman in Shakopee in what authorities describe as domestic violence. Police say 27-year-old Enedelia Perez Garia died during a fight at a residence Aug. 12. Thirty-five-year-old Fraider Diaz-Carbajal was treated at the hospital for self-inflicted injuries. He was booked into jail Monday on a second-degree murder…Continue Reading

High premiums prompt changes for county employee’s healthcare plans

Health insurance premium increases have prompted Blue Earth County to make changes to the coverage provided to employees – both union and non-union. County Administrator Bob Meyer said, “The county has historically provided 100 percent coverage of single insurance for our employees and 75 percent coverage of family insurance. We are recommending a change to…Continue Reading

Blue Earth County releases vulnerable adult abuse statistics

The issue of the abuse of elder adults was one that dominated the legislature earlier this year after the Office of Legislative Auditor revealed the Office of Health Facility Complaints failed to investigate thousands of abuse allegations. Blue Earth County’s Director of Human Services Phil Claussen said hundreds of reports were made in the county and, “The…Continue Reading