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Explosive found in Bricelyn park

BLUE EARTH – An explosive device was found in a Bricelyn city park Wednesday evening.

According to information from the Faribault County Sheriff’s Office, officials received a call reporting the object, which appeared to be a stick of dynamite, found in an outdoor restroom at Legion Park around 7 p.m. The device was discovered by someone mowing the grass at the park.

The Sheriff’s Department photographed the item for the Bloomington Bomb Squad for examination. After determining the item appeared to be real and dangerous, the squad came to Bricelyn to safely detonate the device. The detonation occurred around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information or knowledge about the incident to contact them.

Fairmont Area offering free meals

FAIRMONT – For the third year, Fairmont Area Schools will provide free meals for community members ages 1-18 years. The meals will be served Monday through Thursday, July 14 through Aug. 7, at Fairmont Elementary School.

Breakfast is available from 8:30-9 a.m., with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m. Menus are available on the Fairmont Area School Facebook page.

For more information, call (507) 235-4112 or (507) 235-4614.

Algona man charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT – A 26-year-old man from Algona, Iowa, faces a third-degree drug charge, after drugs were allegedly found in his possession within a city block of a Fairmont park.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

On July 5, Fairmont police entered a residence as part of a drug investigation. One of the people present at the time was Kelly James Peterson. During the search, police turned up a plastic box from where Peterson had been sitting. It contained a glass pipe and a broken pipe, and both contained a residue believed to be methamphetamine. There was also a plastic bag that contained a substance that later tested positive as meth.

At the law enforcement center, Peterson said he was aware he was in possession of meth, and that he had charges pending against him in Iowa that involve methamphetamine.

The residence Peterson was at when the meth was found was within a block of a Fairmont city park.

The third-degree drug charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Local woman charged with drug crime

FAIRMONT – A 34-year-old Fairmont woman faces a second-degree drug possession charge after allegedly purchasing methamphetamine from a police informant.

According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:

On July 5, a police informant reported that Rebecca Jo Whitman was looking to purchase meth. A controlled purchase was arranged and the informant was provided with 14 grams of meth from police.

Under police surveillance, the informant went to the residence where the purchase was to occur, and made contact with Whitman. When police heard the cue of the informant counting the money, police came in and Whitman was placed under arrest.

When questioned, Whitman admitted purchasing meth, but denied she was involved with selling. She admitted she sometimes “picked up” methamphetamine for others.

Second-degree drug possession carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Ventura: No bar fight with Kyle

ST. PAUL (AP) – Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has testified he doesn’t remember any confrontation with the “American Sniper” author who claimed to have punched out Ventura in a bar.

Ventura is suing the estate of late military sniper Chris Kyle for defamation because he says the story is a lie.

Ventura testified Friday in St. Paul that he doesn’t know if Kyle was even in the California bar the night of the supposed fight in 2006. Ventura says he remembers several people asking him to sign autographs and pose for pictures. He says he wasn’t drinking that night and hasn’t for years.

Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range. In his book, he says he punched Ventura after the former governor made derogatory remarks about Navy SEALs.