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.
Grants of up to $7,500 are available to those 62 years and older to remove health or safety hazards or to make their home handicap-accessible.
There are income, home value and credit history restrictions.
For more information, call (507)437-8247, Ext. 4.
Three juveniles facing burglary charges
BLUE EARTH — Three juvenile boys face felony charges of burglary and criminal damage to property involving break-ins in Kiester.
Faribault County authorities said the trio admitted to breaking into the Kiester Middle School and Kee movie theater.
Damage inside a Kiester Laundromat is also related to the juveniles, all of whom are from the Wells area.
Deputies apprehended the youths Monday after following their tracks in the snow for about two miles out into the county.
— The Free Press
Waseca County Board approves gun shop
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