HECTOR, Minn. (AP) — A container of old dynamite has been discovered at a farm in west-central Minnesota and destroyed.

Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable tells that West Central Tribune said it’s believed the 100 sticks of dynamite may have been inside the outbuilding for more than 40 years.

He says a relative of the former resident had heard there was dynamite in the shed at the farm near Hector and after finding a box labeled “explosives,” the family member called the sheriff’s office on Tuesday.

The Bloomington bomb squad arrived and destroyed the explosives in a nearby field without incident.

Hable says his office get reports every couple years about explosives being found in old farm buildings because many years ago farmers used dynamite to demolish tree stumps and beaver dams.

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Comments (8)
  1. Kathy says:

    And the purpose of this article is what?

    Headline news should have relative content about stories that give accurate information about the real world we live in. Wouldn’t that be a profound and productive turn of events?

    I think reporting should be regulated in line with the civil procedures of the judiciary, and held accountable for the information that intentionally withhold, as being an act of criminal negligence against the citizens who they assume an obligation to serve. by the very nature of the profession.

    If that were true, the uneventful theme to this story would have no interest or room in the much larger newspaper size, and journalism would be worthy of the space.

    Entertainment is thought to be more fascinating than forty sticks of old dynamite found in a barn…. if that’s the intent here.. It certainly doesn’t affect or interest many readers, I’m quite sure.

    Stories that might be of interest to others might include a day in the life of judge, or how about a tag along with our Governor as an unexpected visit. The shopping malls could tell a few stories about current spending habits, or maybe a veteran merchant would like to remark about the quality that isn’t true in todays’ products. At least distractions on this heightened caliber relate to all of us, and serve a purpose greater than blowing up dynamite.

    Guys, lets teach our college grads something about developing a real story and finally put an end to this period of media distortion, distraction and silence. Journalism has become a lost art in the wake of hiding.the truth.

    1. Pat says:

      …And the purpose of this article is what?

      It’s a liberal paper. They will print ANYTHING to avoid the dismal economy created by Obama or the victory of the Republicans in Wisconsin.

      1. Sarah says:

        Although Obama’s administration has not eased all of the economic downturn from the Bush eras, they certainly did not create this dismal economy. That being said, we live in a democracy in which one person does not control the entire nation. If you wish to blame anyone for the state of our nation, please look in a mirror and ask yourself, “How many of these members did I place into office?” As each and every one of them, and ourselves, is responsible for this mess.

    2. Michael Clark says:

      Geee, go off the deep end,willya? I enjoy stories in general and a day in the life of a judge would bore me TO TEARS!

    3. tom says:

      most of what you say they should report on sounds like liberal garbage, and it wasn’t 40 sticks of dynamite. it was 100 sticks. maybe you should learn how to read.

    4. Sarah says:

      Even though this article may not matter to you, Kathy, it can certainly be relevant to those of us who live in greater Minnesota. If you didn’t care for the article, I have a simple solution: Don’t read it! I don’t care to read about the lives of judges (personal or professional) or about a retailer crying about the changes in personal spending habits and how it is affecting their bottom line; so I don’t. I do feel that I need to be informed and will follow political news but every now and then, it is nice to read something out of the ordinary for a change of pace.

      Journalism may not intentionally try to hide the truth as you are so quick to imply but rather use what many may classify as ‘horror headlines’ to grab attention. If you don’t care for the way the news is being reported or for the stories that are reported, become a journalist and start your own paper.

  2. Herman says:

    This is not news. This happens all the time. It was part of everyday life 40 years ago, i dont see why they would even publish a story like that. i bet if u went and checked all old farms you would find more than one with some dynamite hanging around

  3. Erin says:

    This is just something the AP put out and they rebroadcast. Big freaking deal, you’re making mountains out of molehills. The headline is exactly what happened, somebody found dynamite and it was no big deal, end of story. Headlines are supposed to clue you in to if you want to spend time reading a story or not. Not everyone is going to be interested in every story. I’m guessing that you wasted more time commenting than you did reading the story in the first place.

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