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Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 8:37 AM

Researchers from Asia say they have found a fossil of a human that is unlike anything yet discovered, CNN reported. The fossil — a jawbone — was discovered by a Taiwanese fisherman several years ago, and scientists have been studying it since then. They say the molars of the human are so different from other types that it is likely a different kind of human, and one who lived perhaps 200,000 years ago. The new human is being called Penghu 1, after the area where it was found.

Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Watonwan County Attorney Stephen Lindee said Monday he won’t be pursuing any criminal charges against Butterfield Foods; the food processing plant was the target of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United...

Updated Jan 28, 2015 at 8:22 AM

Astronomers announced they have found a planet with rings that dwarf Saturn’s, CNN reported. The planet, which is about 400 light-years away, has rings that are 200 times as big as Saturn’s. Astronomers say that if the planet, J1407b,...

Updated Jan 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM

A man at a police swearing-in ceremony in New Hope, Minnesota, pulled out a gun and shot two officers before several of the many police officers in attendance shot back and killed him. The two officers who were shot are expected to survive. The...

Updated Jan 27, 2015 at 7:18 AM

(This is the second part in a three-part series examining the collective health of the citizens of Watonwan County. The first part ran last week, and the final portion will run next week.)

Updated Jan 26, 2015 at 7:50 AM

Though their goal was to raise $1,500, St. Paul’s Lutheran School in St. James raised nearly $2,600 for the American Heart Association through their "Jump Rope for Heart" event.

Updated Jan 25, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Thomas Wolfe wrote, "You can’t go home again," but Ethan Hildebrandt is certainly making it work through his first couple weeks teaching math at St. James High School.

Posted Jan 23, 2015 at 1:01 AM

Looking for some educational ways to pass the time while you find yourself waiting in lines or taking a break at work? History buffs will find all sorts of apps to feed their curiosity and test their knowledge of moments of history from all over the...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 2:05 PM

At Tuesday’s St. James City Council Meeting, the council approved Bolton and Menk as consultations to gather the necessary paper work and funds for the 2016 Highway 4 project.  Bolton and Menk also reviewed an engineering...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 8:20 AM

The FBI has completed its investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and it will not recommend federal charges, according to CNN. A decision will be made by the Justice Department based on the report,...

Updated Jan 22, 2015 at 7:59 AM

The Watonwan County board of commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit for Matt Romsdahl’s new hog barn, despite the objections of three neighbors who voiced their opposition during Tuesday’s meeting.

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