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NEW LONDON

West-central Minnesota was pounded by rain during intense thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday, leading to flooded streets, basements, fields and parks.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office reported that the death of Samantha Myers, 19, of Pennock, is being investigated as a possible overdose of a suspected illegal narcotic substance.
Richard Keehn, 45, of New London, died following a one-vehicle crash near Willmar.
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.

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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.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday visited the Barn Theatre to showcase the Save Our Stages Act, which provided funding for arts and entertainment venues across the state. The Barn Theatre, New London Little Theatre and the Spicer Cinema all received funding.
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.
At 51, Paul Ryan is one of the youngest to serve as the national president of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He's used his "youthful spirit" to get the message of the Elks' mission out to the public in hopes of encouraging younger people to join.
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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The New London City Council has adopted a resolution of congratulations for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, whose father was born in New London.
The driver of the vehicle that went through several yards and fences before coming to a stop at a garage Wednesday said her vehicle accelerated even though she was pressing on the brakes.
People riding ATVs on lakes broke through thin ice Saturday, Dec. 26, in Stearns County and also in Kandiyohi County. A similar incident was reported Friday at Games Lake in Kandiyohi.

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