Nearly 11,000 athletes to participate in Minnesota State High School Clay Target League

10,959 student athletes representing 382 high school teams across the state are participating in the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MNSHSCTL) this spring. The MNSHSCTL is a part of the…

Functional fiber

Dear Dietitian, I am health conscious and try to get enough fiber in my diet,…

Scott Storstad, 62

Scott Storstad of Brainerd, formerly of Kimball, died Wednesday, April 7, 2021. He was 62. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 16, at the Halvorson-Taylor Life Events Center in Brainerd. Visitation and sharing time will…

How to help your elderly parent with their finances

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips can you offer on helping an elderly parent with their finances? My 84-year-old father is having trouble keeping up with his bills and insurance, and I just found out that he’s been making contributions to…

Faster processing of disability claims for people with Alzheimer disease

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack Social Security Public Affairs Specialists Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin Today, more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer disease. Since the onset of Alzheimer can occur in people before they retire, it may…

Genevive and Medica expand availability

Innovative Medicare Advantage Institutional Needs Plan for residents of senior care facilities Medica and Genevive have expanded Medica Advantage Solution® PartnerCare (HMO I-SNP), an Institutional Special Needs plan, introduced last year. For 2021, the plan has added -Stearns County, and…

Social Security’s many online services

By Brian Rudolph and Rhonda Whitenack, Social Security Public Affairs Specialists, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin There’s probably been a time in your life when you’ve wondered, “Can I do this online instead of visiting a Social Security office?” The answer…

USDA accepting applications to help low-income individuals and families buy or repair homes

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for very low-end low-income individuals and families seeking to purchase or repair a home in a rural area. The Direct Home Loan program offers financing to qualified very low- and low-income applicants that are…

Meeker County Sheriff’s Office

Date, Time, Call, Location: Disposition 04/11/21, 12:12 am, Littering/Dumping, 310th St, Harvey Twp: Clear. 04/11/21, 16:21 pm, Suspicious Activity, Meeker Av S, City of Watkins: Handled By Officer/Deputy. 04/11/21, 16:54 pm, Threats, Western Av N, City of Watkins: Report Taken.…

Wright County Sheriff’s Office

April 11, Jack Gregory Peterson, 18 of Maple Lake, was arrested in Maple Lake Township on the charge of domestic assault. April 11, Tyler James Schroeder, 25 of South Haven, was arrested in South Haven on Wright County warrants for…

Senator Howe named strongest conservative in Minnesota Senate by American Conservative Union

Every year the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Legislative Accountability (CLA) presents their Ratings of States, which are intended to reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life. Lawmakers are evaluated on a zero-to-100…

Emmer urges Biden administration to protect family farms from capital gains increases

On Thursday, April 8, Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) sent a letter to President Biden (read the letter at emmer.house.gov) urging him to reconsider his proposed changes to the capital gains tax. President Biden has promoted an increase in the capital…

Dangerous speeds fueling speed citations during first two months of extra Speed Enforcement Campaign

23,052 Speed citations issued from Feb. 1-March 31 Extra speed enforcement • Law enforcement across the state cited 23,052 drivers for speed violations from Feb. 1-March 31. • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS), in…

Survey to determine health of Central Minnesota

Gives health agencies picture of regional health care needs This week, more than 6,500 randomly selected households in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns Counties will receive the Central Minnesota Community Health Survey in the mail. This survey asks important questions about…

Eden Valley passes audit

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor The April 7 regular meeting of the Eden Valley city council was preceded by the Stearns County and then Meeker County Boards of Review. The appraisers indicated not much activity in all sectors in Eden…

Kimball to review WAC & SAC charges, again

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Developer Jerome Kuechle and realtor Steve Merten attended the April 6 regular meeting of the Kimball city council in order to request that the city’s water and sewer connection charges (WAC & SAC fees) be…

Watkins to open pool this season, without lessons

By Jean Doran Matua, Editor Partly because of uncertainty about the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions possibly continuing into the summer, the Watkins city council made the difficult decision to cancel swimming lessons this season. The pool will be open, as…

Taking a good soil sample for your lawn or garden

By Karen Johnson, U of M Ext. Educator Ag Production Systems, McLeod and Meeker Counties Soil test analysis data collected from a lawn or garden can be no better than the sample. Therefore, proper collection of the soil sample is…

March Weed of the Month: Change to the 2021 Noxious Weed List

By Emilie Justen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has made one change to the state’s 2021 Noxious Weed List. The designation of the non-native subspecies of phragmites (Phragmites australis spp. australis) has changed from Restricted…

Landowner enrollment set to begin for Walk-In Access program

Sign-ups are March 15-May 14, at local soil and water conservation district offices Enrollment opened Monday, March 15, for Minnesota’s Walk-In Access program, which pays private landowners to allow public hunting on their land. This year, landowners can receive $18…

Alfalfa Harvest Alert Project 2021

By Nathan Drewitz, U of M Extension Although it seemed like a long winter at times, spring seems to have finally come. Alfalfa fields seem to be coming out of dormancy and, so far, winter injury is only a minor…

U of M Extension to host Goat Marketing Webinar with Dr. Pinkerton

By Brenda Miller, Extension Educator, Todd County University of Minnesota Extension will host a goat marketing webinar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Dr. Frank Pinkerton is a world-renowned goat expert who will provide guidance and life lessons focusing on…

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