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Feb 19, 2024

SCPD investigating Great River Regional Library parking lot shooting

By Grace Jacobson / News Director ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Police are investigating a shooting in St. Cloud that they say “did not appear to be random.” Around 5 p.m. Saturday, St. Cloud Police responded to the Great River Regional Library parking lot on West St. Germain after a report of gunfire. Upon arrival, those […]

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Feb 18, 2024

Minnesota DNR releases 2023 Forest Health Annual Report

By Grace Jacobson / News Director The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released its 2023 Forest Health Annual Report last week, which summarizes their findings about the pests, diseases and other issues impacting the state’s forests. Among the key findings in the report, the Minnesota DNR identified around 664,800 acres of fir and spruce […]

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Feb 18, 2024

St. Cloud Area School District Superintendent announces administrative appointments for 2024-2025 school year

By Grace Jacobson / News Director ST. CLOUD, Minn. — St. Cloud Area School District Superintendent Laurie Putnam announced on Friday the new administrative appointments for the 2024-2025 school year. Sascha Hansen will be the new Principal at North Junior High, Becky Estrada will be the new Principal at South Junior High and Meredith Boucher […]

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Feb 18, 2024

City of Sartell announces hiring of first female Public Works Director

By Grace Jacobson / News Director SARTELL, Minn. — The City of Sartell’s new Public Works Director is making history. On Friday, Feb. 16, the City of Sartell announced the hiring of Lisa Vollbrecht as the next Public Works Director, the first female to have the role in the City’s history. Vollbrecht has over 24 […]

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Feb 15, 2024

St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra to present Mozart Requiem

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — The St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra will give a “uniquely meaningful performance” of a Mozart Requiem to the central Minn. community. The Orchestra will present “Requiem and the Perennial Question” on Sunday, Feb. 25 in the Saint John’s Abbey and University Church on the campus of Saint John’s University. The Great River […]

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Feb 15, 2024

8-year-old boy dies in Highway 169 crash

ELK RIVER, Minn. — A family is mourning the loss of their 8-year-old boy after he was killed in a two-car crash. The crash happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Highway 169 and 225th Avenue Northwest near the Elk River Landfill. State Troopers say 43-year-old Erin Cooney of Elk River attempted to […]

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Feb 15, 2024

40 students compete in Regional Spelling Bee to advance to National Spelling Bee

By Grace Jacobson / News Director ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Forty students from grades five through eight across Central Minn. competed for the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Hosted by Resource Training & Solutions, the Central Minnesota Regional Spelling Bee happened Tuesday at Ritsche Auditorium on the campus of St. Cloud […]

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Feb 14, 2024

Investigators arrest two people in Benton County for having methamphetamine

By Zac Chapman / Assistant News Director Investigators made a couple arrests earlier this month after finding multiple pounds of methamphetamine in a home in Benton County. Investigators received information from Minneapolis Airport Police about a package containing methamphetamine that was going to be delivered a house in the City of Rice. The Central Minnesota […]

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Feb 14, 2024

Minnesota study reveals impact of bias-based bullying in youth

By Zac Chapman / Assistant News Director A new study has found that youth facing bias-based bullying tend to have much greater levels of emotional distress. A University of Minnesota Medical School research team found that emotional stress is 60% lower in kids with the same social positions but no bias-based bullying experience. The research […]

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Feb 12, 2024

Stearns County hosting open house for Town Line Road improvement plans

By Grace Jacobson / News Director Stearns County will be hosting a public information meeting to share proposed improvements to Town Line Road. The road connects St. Stephen to County State Aid Highway 4 near the Sartell compost site. Stearns County is facilitating the project development process for the City of Sartell and the three […]

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Feb 11, 2024

Four people hurt in Benton County crash

By Grace Jacobson / News Director GLENDORADO TWP., Minn. — A man is still recovering in the hospital after being airlifted from a crash in Benton County where three others were also injured. The man is 56-year-old Timothy Ruettimann of Mora. It happened around 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Highway 95 and County […]

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Feb 9, 2024

Agreement ensures swift habitat protection consideration for endangered Rusty Patched Bumblebees

By Grace Jacobson / News Director A federal judge approved an agreement between conservation groups and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday that puts the agency on a prompt schedule to consider and designate critical habitat for highly endangered rusty patched bumblebees. The bee became an endangered species in 2017, in part due to […]

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