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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.
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.
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.

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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.
The Mill Pond Mercantile store in downtown New London, Minnesota, has been sold. A new retail shop called Lucky Duck is set to open there this spring. The store will feature toys, games, puzzles and old-fashioned treats.
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.
The coronavirus pandemic has turned most families lives upside-down as kitchen tables are turned into classrooms for students doing distance learning, bedrooms are turned into offices for people working from home and grandparents are isolated from their loved ones in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Through it all, families are finding ways to stay connected and realizing that loving each other can be enough.
A 49-year-old New London man, who spent six days in the hospital in May after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, said he is still struggling to gain back his full strength.

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It may get crowded out there Saturday, as large numbers of hunters are expected to participate in the 2020 pheasant opener. Bird numbers are up, the harvest is rapidly progressing, and sunny skies are forecast, everything needed to get people out. And, oh yeah, lots of people are getting outdoors in this year of the pandemic.

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