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Special election set Aug. 22
Lawmakers advance two anti-abortion bills, but Dayton says he'll veto them
Tribal members, SD dance family among 15 charged in dealing in eagle, migratory bird trafficking
Brainerd family says final goodbyes to man who was missing for more than 2 years
Man whose boat crashed on Minnesota river found alive
Local Roundup: Halvorson repeats
RU Game: Hanson, Rudie commit to D-I schools
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Local Roundup: Willmar softball team drops pair to Tech
Dozier's three-run double provides Twins with 3-2 win
'Flip or Flop' stars returning for multiple episodes of HGTV show amid divorce
Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children
Younger hot flashes may signal heart risk later
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Dennis R. Erdman
Minnesota Opinion: Now is not the time to sit out, play politics
George Will: The 'Oh, never mind' president
Susan Estrich: The Amazon 1-Star System
Letter: U of M proud of local partnerships
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
November 22, 2016
Snow and freezing rain expected to continue through holiday weekend
Much of Minnesota, including Kandiyohi, Meeker, Yellow Medicine, Renville, Redwood, Pope, Swift, Lac Qui Parle, Chippewa and Stearns counties,...
November 22, 2016 - 1:54pm
Minnesota DNR designates Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area
ST. PAUL – The Department of Natural Resources this week designated the state's second groundwater management area. According to a news release...
October 22, 2016 - 9:24am
August 29, 2016
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
MARSHALL — Two water quality reports for the Chippewa River Watershed water quality report are available for public comment. The Chippewa...
August 29, 2016 - 9:33pm
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