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August 22, 2016
Man dies after boat overturns in Stearns County
MELROSE TOWNSHIP—The body of Dale Urban Steinemann, 47, of Meire Grove, was recovered Monday from Lake Sylvia in Melrose Township in Stearns...
August 22, 2016 - 11:38am
August 11, 2016
Sheriff's deputy helps deliver baby in Stearns County
WAITE PARK—A Paynesville woman gave birth to a baby Wednesday in a Stearns County Highway Department Parking lot, with help from a Stearns...
August 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
May 3, 2016
Juveniles suspected in Wobegon Trail bridge arson
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says investigators have interviewed two juvenile boys who they believe were behind Saturday's Lake Wobegon Trail arson. In a Tuesday news release, Sheriff John Sanner said the boys, ages 14 and 16, of Albany, admitted fault for the fire. The fire...
May 3, 2016 - 4:37pm
February 28, 2016
Willmar woman among two injured in Highway 23 head-on crash
ROSCOE - A Willmar woman was injured in a head-on crash Saturday night on state Highway 23 near Roscoe after the driver of the other vehicle crossed the center line. According to the State Patrol, Jessie A. Jacobson, 53, was driving a 2015 Ford Taurus west on Highway 23 when a 1994...
February 28, 2016 - 6:47am
December 23, 2015
Hospital security officer cleared in use of stun gun
ST. CLOUD — The Stearns County Attorney’s Office has determined that no criminal charges will be filed against the St. Cloud Hospital security officer who used a stun gun on a suspect in a fatal shooting at the hospital Oct. 18. A review of the investigation showed Ricky Hess...
December 23, 2015 - 10:32pm
November 6, 2015
Woman killed in Highway 23 crash near Richmond
An accident Thursday evening on state Highway 23 near Richmond has claimed the life a 70-year-old woman from St. Martin. According to the State Patrol, Wiletta J. Stanlake was driving a 2007 Chevy Impala south on Stearns County Road 67 and had stopped at a red light but then pulled...
November 6, 2015 - 7:33am
September 2, 2015
UPDATE: Victim in fatal Freeport fire identified
FREEPORT -- The victim in a fatal house fire early Tuesday morning in Freeport has been identified as Cecilia Chevalier-Larson, 50, of Freeport. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office said Chevalier-Larson was found dead in the home in downtown Freeport after the Freeport Fire Department...
September 2, 2015 - 12:07pm
September 1, 2015
One dead after early morning house fire in Freeport
FREEPORT -- One person was found dead after authorities responded to an early morning house fire today in downtown Freeport. Two other individuals at the home on 1st Avenue South were able to get out of the house and were treated for smoke inhalation, according to a news release...
September 1, 2015 - 8:12am
August 3, 2015
Idaho man wanted for kidnapping arrested in Stearns County
MELROSE – An Idaho man wanted for kidnapping was arrested Sunday night at a campground in Stearns County, according to authorities. Joshua Michael Oquendo, 28 of Pocatello, Idaho, had an active arrest warrant for second-degree kidnapping and child custody interference, according...
August 3, 2015 - 10:04pm
July 24, 2015
Parts of West Central Minnesota see rare rainfall totals
Rain cascaded upon much of West Central Minnesota Thursday night with flash flood warnings accompanying it in southern Stearns County and Northern Kandiyohi County. Belgrade’s rainfall exceed five inches in select locations according to the town’s Public Works Director Darren...
July 24, 2015 - 11:11pm
June 3, 2015
Bird flu and fear persist in Stearns County
By Peter Cox Minnesota Public Radio Melrose — The spread of avian flu in central Minnesota seems to have slowed a bit. But producers and poultry workers in Stearns County say their livelihoods will take a while to recover from the virus that has killed over 8.4 million birds on...
June 3, 2015 - 11:37pm
May 5, 2015
One dies in head-on crash Tuesday near Paynesville
One person is dead after a head-on crash on State Highway 23 near Paynesville, according to Minnesota State Patrol news release. The crash occurred about 6:48 p.m. Tuesday in the northbound lane of Minnesota Highway 23 at Stearns County Road 123. A 2014 GMC Sierra was turning left...
May 5, 2015 - 11:36pm
April 30, 2015
Avian flu total nears 4 million birds; 3 new presumptive cases
ST. PAUL — Minnesota reported three presumptive cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial turkey flocks Thursday. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reported that two of the flocks are in Stearns County, and total 20,500 turkeys. The other flock is in Otter Tail...
April 30, 2015 - 11:41pm
April 29, 2015
Stearns County tallies 10th bird flu case
ST. PAUL — Yet another case of highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed Tuesday, this one in a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Stearns County on Tuesday. It brings the number of farms affected in the state to 56 in 18 different counties, according to information from the Minnesota...
April 29, 2015 - 6:42am
March 28, 2015
Avian influenza strikes Stearns County turkey flock
WILLMAR – A turkey flock in Stearns County has now become the third to be infected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza, state officials reported on Saturday. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the infection...
March 28, 2015 - 3:49pm