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Preuss named to state board

FAIRMONT — Economic Development Association of Minnesota has announced the appointment of Linsey Preuss, economic development coordinator in Fairmont, to its board of directors. Her term begins in January.

The group says Preuss’ economic development experience will be a valuable resource for the 13-member board, and an important voice for an organization that shapes the economic development policies for the state. The group says it champions economic development through professional development, networking and advocacy.

“I am honored and humbled to have been elected to this board by my peers statewide,” Preuss said. “I look forward to serving and moving the organization’s mission forward.”

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota was established in 1967, originally called the Minnesota Industrial Development Association.

Missouri collecting containers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of containers — many carrying hazardous materials — have floated into Missouri since flooding in the upper Missouri River basin during the spring.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials say the agency collected more than 740 containers this year. Many are believed to be from Nebraska and Iowa.

The containers range from small buckets to 500,000-gallon tanks. Many contain diesel fuel, pesticides or ammonia.

KCUR reports most of the containers washed up on the banks of the Missouri River in northwest Missouri.

Environmental scientist Stephen McLane says the goal is to return the containers to their owners, but many don’t have identifying marks.

A recycler in Kansas City has helped the agency dispose of roughly 12,000 gallons of fuel, pesticides and herbicides.

McLane said the agency expects to be collecting orphaned containers through at least January.

Firefighters find woman’s body

HAMILTON, Iowa (AP) — Crews have found the body of a woman while fighting a mobile home fire in the tiny southern Iowa city of Hamilton.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says firefighters found the body of 56-year-old Rhonda Kiler early Monday after being called to the fire.

Firefighters worked for about 45 minutes to douse the fire before finding Kiler’s body in the home.

Local and state investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

Hamilton is about 45 miles southeast of Des Moines.

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