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A second community discussion hosted on changing the name of Sibley State Park in west central Minnesota brought together three dozen people with differing views on the proposal.
A New London woman and former park naturalist has opened a conversation and launched a petition on changing the name of Sibley State Park due to Henry Hastings Sibley's treatment of the Dakota
Two vehicles collided on U.S. Highway 71 west of New London early Sunday in a fatal crash. The Minnesota State Patrol closed the highway for several hours to investigate the crash and clear the road.
West-central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.
A plea from Melanie Daniel, 51, to avoid prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, was rejected. The court sentenced her to the Commissioner of Corrections for 49 months, with a minimum of 32 2/3 months in prison.
Pete's Surplus is a pop and son operated sporting goods store that continues to enjoy strong patronage in the face of competition from big destination stores. Friendly service, its location in an area with lots of outdoor opportunities, and a wide variety of camping, fishing and hunting gear along with military surplus, groceries, boots and more make it a favorite stop with many.

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State parks are enjoying a repeat of last year's surge in numbers. Activities, programming and visitors are back and on the upswing at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center as well. The heat wave has made a dip in the water the No. 1 attraction at parks in the region.
Agents found a total of 2.3 ounces of methamphetamine, a quarter ounce of psilocybin mushrooms and over a quarter ounce of butane hash oil. A rifle and handgun that had been reported stolen from Yellow Medicine County in 2016 were also recovered.
Cool temperatures and brisk winds may have tempered opening-day success, but warming temperatures this weekend and ahead have the makings for a very good 2021 turkey season in the area.

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