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AI and Deep Fakes: A Growing Concern for Election Security, US Lawmakers Take Action


As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to expand, U.S. lawmakers are speaking out about the potential threat it poses to the integrity of elections. In a recent statement, Secretary of State Steve Simon warned, “Make no mistake, A.I. and deep fakes in particular are a huge challenge to the administration of elections.” Deepfakes, a type of AI that creates convincing fake images, audio, and videos, have become a growing concern. Senator Amy Klobuchar explained, “That’s why we call it deep fake. It’s not the real person. It’s going to confuse voters.” In August, Minnesota passed a law criminalizing the [...]

AI and Deep Fakes: A Growing Concern for Election Security, US Lawmakers Take Action2023-09-28T07:01:37-05:00

Swea City Resident Arrested After Attempted Escape From Law Enforcement


Early Tuesday afternoon, a chaotic scene unfolded in Swea City as Kossuth County Sheriff's deputies attempted to carry out their duties. According to the Kossuth County Sheriff's Office, deputies were responding to a call for service at the corner of Ash and 3rd Avenue when they noticed a separate incident involving a young man and woman near the corner of 3rd Avenue and 1st Street. Upon approaching the male, later identified as 19-year-old Timothy Nelson of Swea City, deputies allege that he immediately fled on foot and tried to conceal a backpack he was carrying. Realizing that something was amiss, deputies [...]

Swea City Resident Arrested After Attempted Escape From Law Enforcement2023-09-28T07:00:31-05:00

Tuesday’s Sports Scoreboard


CROSS COUNTRY St. James Invitational Boys Division 1. Fairmont 51 2. St. James Area 53 3. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial/Nicollet 60 4. Madelia/Truman/GHEC/Martin Luther 81 5. Sleepy Eye United 101   1. Levi Miest (SJA) 16:41.11; 2. Josiah DeMaris (MTGHECML) 16:51.05; 3. Gavin Artner (Fairmont) 17:54.99; 4. Jacob Friesen (SJA) 18:02.07; 5. Brier Lenort (Fairmont) 18:07.76     Girls Division 1. Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 36 2. Fairmont 62 3. St. James Area 81 4. Luverne 104 5. Sleepy Eye United 106 6. LCWM/Nicollet 107   1. Macy Hanson (Fairmont) 19:10.11; 2. Madyson Steele (GFW) 20:54.14; 3. Katelyn Friese (SJA) 21:24.88; 4. America Trejo Esqueda [...]

Tuesday’s Sports Scoreboard2023-09-27T09:44:36-05:00

Emmetsburg Daycare Provider Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Child


An Emmetsburg daycare provider, Hannah Priest, has recently plead not guilty to one count of child endangerment resulting in death. The 28-year-old was arrested on September 1st after an investigation into the death of a 23-month-old child. The incident occurred on January 19th of this year when emergency medical technicians responded to a report of an unresponsive child at a residence in Emmetsburg. The child was rushed to Palo Alto County Hospital and later transferred to a hospital in Des Moines, where he tragically passed away five days later. After an investigation by the Iowa DCI and Iowa Office of the [...]

Emmetsburg Daycare Provider Pleads Not Guilty in Death of Child2023-09-27T07:14:49-05:00

One Person Hospitalized after Car-Semi Accident on U.S. Highway 169


There was a car-semi accident on Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 169 in Blue Earth that resulted in one person being hospitalized. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the incident occurred around 12:20 pm near the Interstate 90 interchange. The patrol reported that a 2024 Peterbilt semi, driven by 23-year-old Brody Fritsche of Armstrong, and a 2002 Honda Civic, driven by 25-year-old Eder Gonzalez of Canisota, South Dakota, were both traveling northbound on Highway 169 when they collided. Gonzalez sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Blue Earth Hospital for treatment. Fritsche and two passengers in the Honda were [...]

One Person Hospitalized after Car-Semi Accident on U.S. Highway 1692023-09-27T07:11:41-05:00

Multiple States, Led by Minnesota, File Antitrust Suit Against Amazon Alleging Monopoly Power


In a major legal move, 18 states, including Minnesota, have banded together to file an antitrust suit against online retail giant Amazon. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 17 state attorneys general joined forces on Tuesday to accuse Amazon of illegally leveraging its dominant market position to keep prices high and limit competition. The case follows unsuccessful negotiations between Amazon and the FTC last month, during which the company refused to budge on its business practices. According to Politico and the Wall Street Journal, the complaint centers on Amazon's alleged actions to prevent lower prices on competing websites and force merchants [...]

Multiple States, Led by Minnesota, File Antitrust Suit Against Amazon Alleging Monopoly Power2023-09-27T07:10:55-05:00

Fairmont High School Homecoming This Week


It's Homecoming week at Fairmont High School. Dress up days for the students this week include Music Day on Monday, Bikers vs. Surfers on Tuesday, Wednesday the Seniors dress up as Senior Citizens and Grades 7-11 dress up as their younger selvers, Thursday is Class Color Day,  and Friday is Red and White Day. Coronation of the King And Queen will be Friday at 1:20 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Ironman Volleyball, the Candidate Games, and Powder Puff Football are Thursday night beginning at 7. The Parade will take its traditional route through Downtown Plaza beginning Friday afternoon. Homecoming buttons [...]

Fairmont High School Homecoming This Week2023-09-25T13:26:57-05:00

Weekend Sports Scoreboard


HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Fairmont 21, St. Peter 0 Martin County West 12, R-T-R 0 GHEC-Truman 26, Renville Co. West 6 Lake Mills 20, North Union 12   Maple River 7, Blue Earth Area 6 Waseca 42, Belle Plaine 8 New Ulm 42, Worthington 13 Luverne 36, MVL 0 Marshall 45, TCU 0 Jordan 45, Albert Lea 6 Redwood Valley 24, Pipestone Area 21 JWP 14, WEM 6 St. Clair/Loyola 17, NRHEG 0 Sibley East 20, LC-WM 13 USC 29, Medford 0 Sleepy Eye United 27, St. James Area 0 Springfield 53, Wabasso 20 Adrian-Ellsworth 19, Murray Co. Central 15 Hills-BC 26, [...]

Weekend Sports Scoreboard2023-09-24T11:25:47-05:00

Public Information Meeting on Thursday


Martin County will be holding a public informational meeting in Thursday, September 28th at 5:30 p.m. at the Martin County Courthouse. This meeting will be regarding the rezoning application submitted to the City of Fairmont for property located at 800 East Margaret Street in Fairmont for the proposed Public Safety and Justice Center. This meeting is open to the public and may be attended by members of the Fairmont City Council and Fairmont Planning Commission.

Public Information Meeting on Thursday2023-09-22T13:20:43-05:00

Thursday’s Sports Scoreboard


VOLLEYBALL   St. James Area 3, Fairmont 1 Lake Crystal-WM 3, Martin County West 0 Maple River 3, USC 0 St. Peter 3, Blue Earth Area 0 Mankato Loyola 3, GHEC-TML 2 New Ulm 3, JCC 2 Luverne 3, Pipestone Area 1 Alden-Conger 3, Nicollet 0 Murray Co. Central 3, Mountain Lake-Comfrey 0 HL-O-F 3, Westbrook-Walnut Grove 0 Cedar Mountain 3, MVL 0   BOYS SOCCER Fairmont Area 3, SW Minnesota Christian 3 Tie Mankato West 4, Jordan 1   TENNIS St. Peter 7, Fairmont 0   GIRLS SOCCER Marshall 6, St. James/Windom/Madelia 0 St. Peter 4, Worthington 0 TCU 4, [...]

Thursday’s Sports Scoreboard2023-09-22T11:57:09-05:00
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