The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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January 23, 2008

Briefs: Gun shop approved, burglary charges

Waseca County Board approves gun shop

WASECA — A Waseca man has been given approval to open a gun store at his rural Waseca residence.

The Waseca County Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to grant Tony Borglum’s request to open the business.

Residents in the area had voiced concerns about the business, citing safety issues and questioning whether such an enterprise was appropriate in an agricultural setting.

The business will include retail sales of firearms and a gun repair shop, but will not have a shooting range. Borglum will have to appear before the board next year for permit renewal.

Last year, Borglum and his parents, Richard and Marie, were turned down by the county in their request to open a controversial tank obstacle course and shooting range on the property that would have been used by the public.

Two arrested near Minnesota Lake

BLUE EARTH — Two Wells men were arrested Tuesday in connection with a break-in that day at a rural Minnesota Lake home.

Andrew Kleinow, 20, and Shane Santoro, 29, each face second-degree burglary charges after authorities arrested them separately.

The Faribault County Sheriff’s Department said the homeowner came home and saw a white van in his yard. The driver told the owner he was looking for his lost dog and drove off.

Deputies used the homeowner’s description of the van to track down its driver, Kleinow.

Feds offer loans to elderly to fix homes

MANKATO — The federal government is offering low-interest loans — and grants, for the elderly — to rural residents of Blue Earth and Faribault counties to help repair their homes.

The funding — $182,700 to Blue Earth County and $171,200 to Faribault County — comes from Rural Development, a federal agency in the agriculture department.

Mankato residents are not eligible for the program, which offers loan amounts up to 20,000 with interest rates of 1 percent and a repayment period of up to 20 years.

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