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Caucus ‘first step’ in political process

DFL to caucus in Lakefield, GOP in Jackson Tuesday

Locals will be able to get involved with the political process at its most basic level next week as the Jackson County Democratic-Farmer-Labor and Republican parties host their precinct caucuses. The Jackson County DFL caucus will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Multi-Purpose Center in Lakefield, with registration opening at 6:30. The Jackson County GOP caucus will begin at […]

Titus turns bad grade into his favorite hobby

In his seventh-grade shop class, Mark Titus got a D-. Now, woodworking is his favorite hobby. Titus is the owner of Blue Jay Wood Shop in Jackson, where he makes a variety of woodworking crafts, ranging from decorative boxes and urns to cake stands and clocks, and everything in between. After graduating from Jackson High School — despite that shop […]

New housing development continues in west Jackson

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New housing development will continue this year along North Pond Drive in Jackson, thanks in large part to United Community Action Partnership. UCAP has already completed and sold two new grant-funded homes in the area, with another two set to be constructed this year. The city of Jackson has donated lots for this project. These new homes will be market-rate […]

City one step closer to new administrator

FREE Candidate meet-and-greet is Tuesday

Jackson is one step closer to hiring a new city administrator. Members of the Jackson City Council’s hiring committee are scheduled to interview three finalists for the position this Wednesday prior to selecting a candidate to whom to offer the position. Finalists include Shelley Oltman, organizational leadership lecturer at Culver Stockton College in Missouri; Adrian City Administrator Sheri Platt; and […]

Huskies win fourth straight section title

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The Jackson County Central wrestling team is going to the state tournament for the fourth straight season after beating Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Saturday in the Section 3A finals. The top-seeded Huskies beat the second-seeded Panthers 42-28 to improve to 21-3 on the season. JCC jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the finals after a decision by Kyler Thier and pins by […]

Long-awaited pool meeting pushed back

A joint meeting of the Jackson County Central Board of Education and Jackson City Council regarding the future of their indoor pool — a meeting more than a year in the making — will not take place next week as originally scheduled. The two boards were to meet in joint session on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the JCC Performing Arts […]

Two injured in head-on crash

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Two people were injured in a head-on collision Tuesday morning south of Jackson. Jordan M. Hawn, 36, Spirit Lake, Iowa, and Maria J. Cruzbanegas, 27, of Estherville, Iowa, both sustained what troopers with the Minnesota State Patrol termed “non-life-threatening” injuries in the crash, which happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. on Highway 71. According to results of an investigation conducted by […]

Runway officially open

Klobuchar plays roles in funding, getting in service

The Jackson Municipal Airport’s new runway is officially open. Finally. Jackson City Administrator Matt Skaret said the new runway was officially “open” — runway information updated; instrument approach published — as of Jan. 25. The official opening comes months after the new runway was actually ready to be used, though a glitch in the system prevented it for a time […]

Lots to do as session begins

Cleaning up bills passed in 2023, the size and scope of the 2024 bonding bill and how to deal with a projected 2025 budget deficit are among the issues local state Sen. Bill Weber and Rep. Marj Fogelman expect to face in this year’s legislative session, which begins Monday in St. Paul. Weber, R-Luverne, who represents Jackson County in state […]

Saving the world one bee at a time

Locals are working to save the world, one bee at a time. Throngs of area residents packed into the Jackson Center for the Arts Sunday afternoon to learn more about the importance of mason bees and how to create a habitat friendly to them. Janette Simon, who led Sunday’s program, said the overwhelming turnout was encouraging, especially considering how important […]


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