Gov. Mark Dayton is requesting federal help for Minnesota communities hit hard by severe storms and flooding between June 15 and July 12. Dayton has sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting a disaster declaration. That would mean the Federal Emergency Management Agency would fund 75 percent of approved costs. The state would pay the other 25 percent. Federal, state, and local officials conducting damage assessments verified more than $21 million of eligible damages for 29 counties and three tribal nations, which includes Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Martin, Nicollet and Watonwan County. A presidential declaration would provide assistance to [...]
Nicollet woman charged for reportedly passing counterfeit bills, Authorities say issue is on the rise
A Nicollet woman has been charged for allegedly trying to pass counterfeit bills, a trend that has been on the rise according to the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office. Court Documents say 41-year old Jodie Marie Carlson attempted to pass two 100-dollar counterfeit bills at the Cabin Bar in Nicollet on April 30. Investigators discovered that Carlson passed the currency and received 200-dollars worth of 20-dollar bills from the establishment. Carlson is charged with one count of Gross Misdemeanor Possession of Counterfeit Currency. The Sheriff's Office is warning businesses to be vigilant in checking currency to make sure it is authentic.
Nicollet County Sheriff’s Office hosting search and rescue training with teams from Minnesota and Iowa
Around 65 officers and 25 boats from search and rescue teams from Minnesota and Iowa will be taking part in a two-day class in Nicollet County this week. The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office reports the side image sonar class will take place Tuesday and Wednesday. The first day will consist of classroom instruction at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds. The second day will be at the north boat access on Lake Washington. Team Waters Sonar Search and Recovery is leading the training. Authorities are alerting citizens due to the number of boats that will be on the water and vehicles in the [...]
New South Central Habitat for Humanity executive director aims to focus on volunteers, affordable housing
The new executive director at Habitat for Humanity of South Central Minnesota says he wants to expand relationships and find out where the organizations services are most need to address affordable housing issues. With 25-plus years of experience working with community-based non-profit organizations and providing social services, Dr. Bruce Bjork came to the organization after working as the Director of Program Development and Strategic Relations for the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. "Did that for sixteen years, had been doing some non-profit management consulting the last five or six years. When this position opened up, it seemed like a really excellent [...]
Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident south of Nicollet on Wednesday afternoon. The Nicollet County Sheriff's Office reports the vehicles collided head-on around 1:24 p.m. on Nicollet County Road 23. A 26-year old woman from Fairmont who was driving one of the vehicles suffered serious injuries and was airlifted from the scene. Two people in the other vehicle were injured and transported by ambulance to the hospital. A 48-year old man from Lake Crystal was driving the vehicle and a 50-year old woman from Lake Crystal was a passenger. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Heavy rains continue to impact southern Minnesota leading a considerable amount of standing water and ponding in area farm fields after storms over the weekend. So far this month in the backyard at the KTOE Studios, we have received 3.29 inches of rain. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesee says some farmers in Blue Earth and Nicollet County have received closer to four or five inches of rain. Farm Management Analyst, Kent Thiesse. "Fortunately we've had a little cooler temperatures which does give the crop a little more time for the water to recede and the crop to recover. You know, [...]
Monday's Minnesota USDA Crop Report shows corn planting is 98-percent complete, while 87-percent of the crop has already emerged. Farm Management Analyst Kent Thiesse says the crop has made up a lot of progress with current conditions. "If you look at Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca and Le Sueur County, right in the close in listening area here, crop conditions have really improved in the last two to three weeks. Most of our crop in the ground and the crop that is in the ground has really responded quite well because we've had adequate moisture. The rainfall amounts have really varied across [...]
The Minnesota Farm Bureau is recognizing thirty-seven farms over 150-years old across the state. On Thursday, the recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2018 were announced with a number of them in the KTOE listening area. In Blue Earth County, the Gerard and Julie Bach farm will be recognized and was established in 1867 near Minnesota Lake. The lone recipient in Brown County was Eric and Shari Moll of New Ulm for their family farm established in 1865. Six farms are receiving recognition in Nicollet County, which includes the Anderson Family farm near Saint Peter and the Owen and Evelyn [...]
Blue Earth County has approved three contracts to continue overseeing services to address homelessness and aid in providing housing in the southern Minnesota. Phil Claussen, Human Services Director County Officials have signed off on a contract to reauthorize the Department of Human Services to provide funding for the Southern Regional Project to End Long-Term Homelessness. Director of Blue Earth County Human Services Phil Claussen says the program covers 20 counties across southern Minnesota to stabilize people who have experienced long-term homelessness. "The amount of that overall grant for the 20 county region is 2.5-million dollars. It represents a 1-dollar [...]
Two people were injured Saturday evening in a crash six miles east of Nicollet. The Minnesota State Patrol reports 62-year old Leann Rae Sallstrom of Eden Prairie was driving westbound on Highway 99 at Nicollet County Road 13 when she collided with a Dodge at the intersection. The report says the incident occurred shortly after 5 p.m. Sallstrom suffered non-life threatening injures. The driver of the Dodge, 61-year old William Warren Macemon of Mankato was also injured. Both drivers were transported to Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato.