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63rd Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned
Severed fingers traced to 23-year-old man ... but mystery remains over how they wound up in Minnesota park
Feds say a number of Mexican restaurants in Minnesota were drug fronts
USDA expects corn and soybean production to set new record highs
Potential tragedy averted in shooting at Minnesota apartment
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
Tigers overpower Twins
Reloaded Cardinals look to make further strides
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Study finds 50 children per day nationwide injured in stroller, carrier accidents
10 tips to avoid summer sabotage of diet, exercise
Reader News: A five-generation photo
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
Gary G. Glein
Carol J. Hansen
Herbert K. Dittes
Emma Ruth Kassa
Melvin E. Anderson
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
Populism Even Republicans Can Get Behind
Commentary: A nice column about Donald Trump
Cartoon by Chris Britt
April 30, 2015
Three new, presumptive cases of avian flu bring total loss close to 4 million birds
ST. PAUL — Minnesota reported three presumptive cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in commercial turkey flocks on 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...
April 30, 2015 - 2:56pm
July 2, 2014
Kandiyohi County modifies no-wake restrictions on area lakes
WILLMAR — Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog said Wednesday that no wake restrictions, which were put in place June 18, have been lifted on...
July 2, 2014 - 10:45pm
$1 million winning lottery tickets sold in Stearns and Beltrami counties
BEMIDJI -- A $1 million Minnesota Millionaire Raffle ticket was sold in the counties of Beltrami and Stearns, lottery officials announced Thursday. The tickets are two of the 150 winning tickets from this year's New Year's drawing. The $1 million winning ticket numbers...
January 2, 2014 - 9:17am
November 20, 2012
Worker assaulted on roof of Stearns County, Miinn., Jail, assailant taken down to jail
ST. CLOUD -- A 43-year-old St. Cloud man was booked into the Stearns County Jail, and a 23-year-old man was treated for injuries sustained when he was assaulted with a rake Monday afternoon on the roof of the county jail building in downtown St. Cloud. According to a news release...
November 20, 2012 - 10:34am
November 5, 2012
Eagan, Minn., teen sustains minor injury, shoots self in foot while hunting near Paynesville
PAYNESVILLE -- A 14-year-old Eagan teen sustained minor injuries to his foot after apparently shooting himself with a shotgun Saturday afternoon near Paynesville. According to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office, law enforcement received a report around 5:20 p.m. Saturday of a hunting...
November 5, 2012 - 9:37am
August 6, 2012
Fire claims rural Watkins barn, passerby saves animals
WATKINS -- A passerby released the livestock from a burning cattle barn and saved the animals Sunday afternoon at a rural Watkins farm. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and firefighters from Watkins, Kimball, Cold Spring and Eden Valley...
August 6, 2012 - 10:28am
July 30, 2012
Belgrade man hurt in motorcycle crash near St. Martin, Minn.
ST. CLOUD -- A 49-year-old Belgrade man was taken to the Albany Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash around 8:40 p.m. Sunday northwest of St. Martin. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Mark C. Olmscheid was driving a...
July 30, 2012 - 12:15pm
July 20, 2012
Stearns Co. lawsuit claims St. John's Abbey knew of past abuse
A former student sued St. John's Abbey for fraud on Thursday, alleging the religious order knew one of its members had been accused of sexual abuse as early as 1958, yet let him continue teaching. The lawsuit was filed in Stearns County by a former St. John's Prep student who claims...
July 20, 2012 - 7:43am
July 6, 2012
Paynesville, Minn., man airlifted after two-cycle crash
PAYNESVILLE -- A Paynesville man was airlifted to North Memorial Medical Center for treatment of severe leg injuries sustained in a two-motorcycle crash around 10:30 p.m. Thursday northwest of Paynesville. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, Kolby...
July 6, 2012 - 9:05am
June 12, 2012
Watkins, Minn., man extricated from vehicle after semi-car crash
WATKINS -- A 34-year-old Watkins man had to be extricated from a vehicle that crashed into a semi truck around noon Monday north of Watkins. Daniel H. Hokanson was taken by ambulance to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of his injuries sustained in the crash around 11:45 a.m. near...
June 12, 2012 - 11:00am
May 15, 2012
Paynesville. Minn., man arrested, Belgrade resident to hospital after crash
PAYNESVILLE -- A 39-year-old Paynesville man was arrested on charges of criminal vehicular operation and driving while impaired and a 36-year-old Belgrade man was taken to St. Cloud Hospital after a two-vehicle crash around 8:20 p.m.
May 15, 2012 - 11:22am
May 7, 2012
Man with dementia missing in Stearns County
ST. CLOUD -- The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to help find William Hohenstein, 69, of St. Peter, who unexpectedly left a family gathering on Clearwater Lake in Stearns County Saturday morning. He has not been heard from since. Hohenstein has Alzheimer's disease...
May 7, 2012 - 12:00am
April 13, 2012
Barn fire north of Brooten, Minn., under investigation
BROOTEN -- A fire that burned a barn just north of Brooten Thursday evening is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's office. According to Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and the Brooten fire department and ambulance were called around 7:20 p.m. Thursday to 25711 County...
April 13, 2012 - 8:48am
April 12, 2012
Abandoned house burns west of Belgrade, Minn., fire under investigation
BELGRADE -- An early morning fire that burned an abandoned house west of Belgrade is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's office and the State Fire Marshal. According to a news release from Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner, deputies, the fire marshal's office and...
April 12, 2012 - 9:06am
February 22, 2012
Overnight shed fire claims rabbits, equipment north of Paynesville, Minn.
PAYNESVILLE -- The cause of a fire that burned a shed about five miles north of Paynesville overnight is unknown, according to Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner. According to Sanner, sheriff's deputies and Paynesville Fire Department were dispatched around 1:45 a.m. this morning...
February 22, 2012 - 8:41am