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Lori Copler

04/18/2018 - 10:22am
It was disturbing enough Tuesday morning to listen to County Attorney Mike Junge report that crime in the county had risen “dramatically” in the county in 2017 over 2016. It was absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the impact of crime on our county’s children. Not that McLeod County is unique in this. You may recall that a couple years ago the Star Tribune published a series of articles about...
04/18/2018 - 10:17am
Crime is up in McLeod County, particularly in regard to drug-related crimes and child protection issues, the McLeod County Board heard at its Tuesday morning meeting. McLeod County Attorney Mike Junge presented his 2017 report to the county board. “Criminal activity is not decreasing; in fact, it is increasing dramatically,” said Junge. The...
04/18/2018 - 10:13am
HP Insurance in Brownton has a new owner/agent as of April 1 — Brownton native Becky (Bipes) Havelka purchased the agency from long-time owner Bob Kreie. Kreie intends to assist Havelka during a transitional period, as does his assistant, Karla Wosmek. Mackenzie Hopkins, Havelka’s daughter, is her new assistant. Havelka is no stranger to the...
04/11/2018 - 11:03am
Back in January, those who attended the McLeod County Corn and Soybean Growers’ annual banquet heard guest speaker Mike Pearson, an ag commentator from Iowa, paint a rosy future for agriculture. While Pearson touted technological changes that will impact the future of agriculture with increased efficiencies, the real place the ag economy will boom...
04/11/2018 - 10:48am
The Stewart City Council was pleased Monday night to learn that bids for the street and utility improvement project had come in much lower than anticipated. Engineer Andy Kehren of Bolton & Menk said the city had received six bids, the lowest coming from LaTour Construction, Inc., of Maple Lake, in the amount of $2.72 million, which was 9...
04/11/2018 - 10:46am
The Brownton City Council opened bids on the underground utilities and street surface portions of its comprehensive utility improvement project nearly a month ago, but may have to have a special meeting to actually award the bid. John Rodeberg, engineer with Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), Inc., said at the City Council’s April 3 meeting that the...
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