Innovative Intersection Planned for Highway 14 Near Dodge Center

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is planning to install a new intersection on Highway 14 between Dodge Center and Kasson in 2024. The Reduced Conflict Intersection (RCI) will improve safety according to statistics from the MnDOT. Residents are invited to a virtual meeting through Zoom on Tuesday, June 28 from 6 to 7 pm.
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Police ID Teen Motorcyclist Killed in Rochester Crash

Rochester, MN (KROC AM News)- Rochester Police have identified the teenager killed in a car versus motorcycle crash on the city's east side. Police say 16-year-old Jack Andrew O’Neil of Rochester and a 47-year-old motorist collided at the intersection of East Circle Drive and Northern Valley Place Northeast shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. Police say the motorist was attempting a left turn onto East Circle Drive when he was struck by the motorcyclist.
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Kip Moore Announces 2022 Fire on Wheels Tour

Kip Moore has added 21 tour dates to his 2022 calendar. The Fire on Wheels Tour will begin Sept. 8 in Utah and stretch across the country before it ends on Nov. 12 in Cleveland. The Fire on Wheels Tour gets its name from Moore's new single, "Fire on Wheels."...

One Killed, Another Seriously Injured in Crash Near Jordan

Jordan, MN (KROC-AM News)- A 92-year-old man is dead and a 60-year-old woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries following a two vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. The State Patrol says Vernon Rutzen of Robbinsdale was traveling north on County Rd. 79 east of Jordan when he failed to stop for a vehicle traveling west on Hwy. 282 . The two vehicles collided in the intersection.

Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

In a landmark decision on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court is overturning Roe v. Wade, the decades-old ruling which legalized abortion nationwide. The decision came while the high court was considering a case out of Mississippi where the state attempted to ban abortion after 15 weeks. Conservative Justice Samuel Alito...

Twin Cities Targeted for Extra Traffic Patrols This Weekend

St. Paul, MN (KROC AM News) - State troopers are planning to crack down on dangerous drivers in the Twin Cities this weekend. The State Patrol will conduct its second round of high-intensity patrols from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. The first round targeted the Brainerd Lakes area last month, when troopers reportedly stopped nearly 800 motorists. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety provided a breakdown of the stops:

Toddler Dies in Maple Grove Crash

Maple Grove, MN (KROC-AM News)- Police in Maple Grove are investigating a two-vehicle crash that resulted in the death of a toddler. It happened just before 5 p.m. Thursday in the 16000 block of County Rd. 81. A statement from Maple Grove Police says the two-year-old died at the hospital.

Rochester Man Arrested After ‘Shelter in Place’ Advisory in Lyle

Lyle, MN (KROC-AM News) - Mower County authorities say a Rochester man was responsible for a "shelter in place" advisory in Lyle Friday afternoon. Austin Police Chief David McKichan says the situation started with an armed robbery at an Austin convenience store around 1:50 p.m. A news release says an off-duty Austin police officer was driving by the business and noticed a vehicle that was parked nearby matched the description of a car tied to a robbery at a liquor store earlier in the week. The officer informed the Mower County dispatch center about the vehicle at the same time an employee of the convenience store was calling in to report a robbery at knifepoint.

Randolph Graduate Is Twins Hero

Caleb Thielbar, less than a week after his alma mater Randolph won the MSHSL Class A State Baseball Tournament got a save today in a much needed win for the Minnesota Twins. According to Baseball it was Thielbar's first career Major League Save. Evidently the statistics were not updated when I checked them out after the game but the official box score did list a save for Thielbar.

Minnesotans Still Plan to Travel for Fourth of July Despite High Gas Prices

Over the river and through the woods, Minnesotans plan to travel for the Fourth of July holiday despite the pain at the pump. In fact, AAA - The Auto Club Group is predicting a record for Independence Day travel from June 30 through July 4. Over the five-day period, AAA believes nearly 48 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home, according to a news release.

FDA Orders Removal of All Juul E-Cigs From U.S. Market

The FDA has said farewell to Juul product sales in the United States. Thursday morning, the Food and Drug Administration announced that Juul electronic cigarettes and vaping devices must be pulled from the market in the United States. According to KWQC, the FDA examined an application from Juul to keep...

Teenage Motorcyclist Killed in NE Rochester Crash

UPDATE: 6/24/22 8:46 a.m. Police say the motorcyclist was a 16-year-old male from Rochester. He was traveling east on East Circle Dr. NE when a 47-year-old man attempted a left-hand turn from Valley Place NE. Police say the motorcyclist struck the man's vehicle in the intersection. Police are still investigating the crash.

Muhidin Abukar Sentenced For Role in Rural Rochester Murder

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The second man convicted for the 2019 "execution-style" murder of a Rochester man was sentenced this afternoon. 33-year-old Muhidin Abukar was given a prison term of just under 14 years with credit for the nearly 3 years he has spent in jail since his arrest. The other man convicted in the case, 25-year-old Ayub Iman, was identified by Abukar as the person who actually killed 28-year-old Garad Roble and was earlier sentenced to 27 years in prison.

How to Protect Your Pet from MN Heat and Fireworks

Any day now the late evening pops and booms from around the neighborhood will begin. Those enthusiasts who begin Independence Day celebrating a little early are not too popular for those whose pets react negatively. Our little pooch was a shaky, nervous mess anytime fireworks or thunderstorms happened. A veterinarian...

Woman Killed in Central Minnesota Crash

Mora, MN (KROC AM News)- A two-vehicle crash claimed the life of a 29-year-old Minnesota woman Wednesday afternoon. The State Patrol says Rachel Johnson of Willow River was driving on Hwy. 65 south of Mora when she drove over the centerline and collided with a vehicle heading in the opposite direction.

Minnesota Police Standoff Ends In Gunfire

St Michael, MN (KROC AM News) - A man who held officers at bay while inside a home in St Michael was shot Wednesday night when they went in to end the standoff that dragged on for more than 40 hours. Officers in the central Minnesota town were sent to...

Former Rochester Bookkeeper Sent to Prison For Huge Embezzlement

Minneapolis, MN (KROC AM News) - A Kenyon woman was sentenced to nine years in prison and ordered to pay over $1 million in restitution for embezzling money from a Rochester construction company and a group that operates eight restaurants in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Court records indicate 59-year-old Kimberly Peterson-Janovec...

Owatonna Family Jumps for Joy and Championships

Owatonna's Justin Gleason might have genetics in his favor, but the long jumper still had to overcome a big hurdle to win a state title at the Minnesota State High School League championships this month. Gleason, whose father Joey is his coach and whose mother Debby is the Huskies' girls head coach, wrapped up his junior season with a school-record leap of 23 feet, 1.75 inches and a gold medal. But plenty went into reaching that accomplishment.