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Jenna Ross

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Jenna Ross covers state news. She previously reported on higher education, including the University of Minnesota, for more than four years. She tweets at @ByJenna.
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Minnesota's last one-room schoolhouse counts on its longtime teacher

Minnesota's last one-room schoolhouse counts on its longtime teacher

ANGLE INLET, Minn. – Linda LaMie reached out of the boat, grabbing the dock and knotting a rope. Wind whipped cold rain against her…
Obituary: Arlene Bush, longtime Bloomington school board member

Obituary: Arlene Bush, longtime Bloomington school board member

Arlene Bush served on the Bloomington school board for so long — 33 years — that the group now meets in the Arlene Bush Boardroom.…
Small-town publisher stakes future on newspapers

Small-town publisher stakes future on newspapers

New Bonanza Valley Voice owner puts everything into small-town newspapering.
Property owner boots Superior Hiking Trail off land, forcing detour

Property owner boots Superior Hiking Trail off land, forcing detour

The 1.6 miles that crosses Randy Bowe’s land will close to hikers, forcing alternative routes.
Property owner boots Superior Hiking Trail off his land

Property owner boots Superior Hiking Trail off his land

The 1.6 miles that crosses Randy Bowe’s land will close to hikers, forcing alternative routes.
New Alexandria high school rethinks the classroom

New Alexandria high school rethinks the classroom

In Alexandria, there’s a new high school template — moving walls, no desks, and a new way to teach.
Minnesota city sues makers of 'flushable' wipes over clogged sewers

Minnesota city sues makers of 'flushable' wipes over clogged sewers

The city of Wyoming, Minn., is suing six makers of wet wipes, arguing that “so-called flushable wipes” are clogging their wastewater systems and costing them money.
Wisconsin village votes to keep daily sirens

Wisconsin village votes to keep daily sirens

After months of debate, the “loud noise” will still call folks to wake up, eat, go home.
Towns with daily sirens balance nostalgia, nuisance

Towns with daily sirens balance nostalgia, nuisance

Few have kept the handful of daily sirens that once dotted the workday in the factories and fields.

Human remains found next to I-90 near Albert Lea

Authorities are investigating human remains found beside Interstate 90 near Albert Lea as a suspicious death. Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said that the bones…

'Flushable' wipes can cost thousands to fix clogged pipes

The cloths have increasingly plugged pipes and pumps in recent years, forcing Minnesota cities to boost their monitoring and invest in expensive grinders.
Inmates to butchers: Bill would create meat processing program

Inmates to butchers: Bill would create meat processing program

Bill would make prison work a formal training program.
Tiny (house) idea has big promise for helping the homeless

Tiny (house) idea has big promise for helping the homeless

The village of 98-square-foot-houses has inspired international curiosity and could become a template for similar projects. ­Activists, nonprofits and students from hundreds of cities — including Rochester, Duluth and St. Cloud — have inquired.
Brazilian 'maiden' spent years aiding fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard

Brazilian 'maiden' spent years aiding fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard

Victor Barnard, through his Brazilian attorney, says he’s innocent of abusing girls.
Marathon St. Cloud quiz is no trivial matter

Marathon St. Cloud quiz is no trivial matter

Competitors and question writers plan for KVSC's Trivia Weekend “364 days a year.” The champions for two years running knew that a victory this year would make them the winningest team in the contest’s 36-year history.
Nursing home administrators lobby legislators to rethink funding

Nursing home administrators lobby legislators to rethink funding

The changes could boost nursing homes in rural areas where Republicans, who now control the state House, campaigned on the issue.

State announces grants for 17 broadband projects

A new state grant fund is bolstering 17 projects to build speedier Internet, with its biggest awards focused on the state’s far reaches.

Snow makes for hazardous driving in southern Minnesota

Snow in southern Minnesota is creating difficult driving conditions, especially along Interstate 90. The State Patrol warned would-be drivers in southeastern Minnesota to avoid unnecessary…

Alleged straw buyer of New Hope shooter's guns released

The man who is suspected of buying guns on behalf of Raymond Kmetz, the man who shot two New Hope police officers Monday, is out…
Obituary: Donald Kahn pictured the world through mathematics

Obituary: Donald Kahn pictured the world through mathematics

With Donald Kahn, a quick question about math often inspired an hourlong conversation about something else entirely. Music. French politics. Photography. During his decades at…
Massive Willmar light show is all about the red kettle

Massive Willmar light show is all about the red kettle

Chad Koosman admits he is Christmas-light “crazy,” but thousands who come to see just bask in the glow.
This year's coal: a brown Christmas

This year's coal: a brown Christmas

Jon Stanley would love to be lacing up his skates. But on his way to a Monday night showing of “White Christmas” at the Riverview…
Damage to St. Cloud mosques worries worshipers

Damage to St. Cloud mosques worries worshipers

Police chief calls the rash of incidents ‘disheartening’ and has stepped up patrols
Iron Range Resources Board votes to spin off $100 million fund to protect it

Iron Range Resources Board votes to spin off $100 million fund to protect it

The Legislature has come close to raiding the Iron Range agency fund to solve budget shortfalls.
May 5: Minneapolis driver's seizure ends on a good note

May 5: Minneapolis driver's seizure ends on a good note

Aaron Purmort, 34, who has stage 4 brain cancer, and his wife, Nora, are thankful for the mystery hero who left word of their car's location in northeast Minneapolis.

Small cities grapple with empty malls

Joey Neely grew up going to the mall in Albert Lea, when it held lots of stores, a full food court and crammed craft shows.“That’s…
Dozens apply for Minnesota's new broadband funds

Dozens apply for Minnesota's new broadband funds

Goal of $20 million grant fund is to bring broadband to areas that have slow or no service.
Businesses, downtowns work to become 'dementia-friendly'

Businesses, downtowns work to become 'dementia-friendly'

Minnesota, Wisconsin join a growing movement across the country to become better equipped to support and integrate the swelling number of Americans with dementia,
After 25 years, search for Jacob Wetterling has not lost urgency

After 25 years, search for Jacob Wetterling has not lost urgency

Jerry and Patty Wetterling have searched for answers alongside investigators who have vetted some 50,000 leads — tips, connections and even false confessions.
Jacob's Generation: Classmate works to protect kids

Jacob's Generation: Classmate works to protect kids

Alison Feigh was so moved by Wetterling’s disappearance that she made protecting children her profession.
25 years later, billboards going up in push to find Jacob Wetterling

25 years later, billboards going up in push to find Jacob Wetterling

Billboards will blanket the St. Joseph, Minn., area in a new effort to find Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted 25 years ago this month. The six billboards will feature a photo of Jacob as a kid and a picture of what he might look like at age 36.
Growth guru spreads word about what's wrong with towns

Growth guru spreads word about what's wrong with towns

A Brainerd-area native is gaining attention for taking aim at car-focused development, federal transportation funding and “gluttonous” infrastructure growth.
State renews talks to reopen Grand Mound site near Canadian border

State renews talks to reopen Grand Mound site near Canadian border

The Minnesota Historical Society is taking new look at burial site, closed in 2007
Demand for firewood crackles Up North

Demand for firewood crackles Up North

Last winter’s propane prices and this year’s wet weather have dried up the area’s supply of seasoned firewood.

Peterson discipline was 'intergenerational transmission'

Adrian Peterson told police the “whoopings” he gave to his 4-year-old son came from a switch similar to the ones used on him when he…

Motorcycle passenger killed in crash in Minnetrista

A woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle was killed Saturday afternoon in a crash involving two motorcycles and a pickup truck in Minnetrista,…
Bemidji to stop 'dressing up' its famous duo

Bemidji to stop 'dressing up' its famous duo

Council argues that it would be tough to draw the line when it comes to controversial requests.
Obituary: Blaine Harvey, better known as KOOL108's "Dan Donovan”

Obituary: Blaine Harvey, better known as KOOL108's "Dan Donovan”

When Blaine Harvey neared the microphone, so close his lips almost touched it, he became Dan Donovan — the doo-wop loving, wisecracking radio veteran whose 52 years on the air included interviews with Frankie Valli and John Lennon.
50 years later, fight for Boundary Waters holds lessons

50 years later, fight for Boundary Waters holds lessons

Conservationist who wrote a history of the BWCA remembers the fight for the Wilderness Act.
Atwater police chief's killing of pet chicken stirs outrage

Atwater police chief's killing of pet chicken stirs outrage

Outraged family says he trespassed and committed animal cruelty. Official says he was responding to repeated complaints.

St. Paul leaders meet to discuss police taser incident in skyway

Ministers, St. Paul mayor, police chief reviewed tasering of black man after he waited in lounge.

Outstate MN cities fight postal service closings

50 U.S. senators have joined Minnesota mayors in the fight to save four processing centers.
Brainerd paper mill to become industrial center

Brainerd paper mill to become industrial center

The quick sale of the site, formerly the Potlatch and Wausau paper mills, was a pleasant surprise.
Retiree returns home to give old town a new future

Retiree returns home to give old town a new future

Since Muriel Krusemark took a part-time gig as Hoffman’s economic development coordinator, businesses have filled the city’s main drag, in contrast to economic forces that have emptied out similar Main Streets.
April 27: Caught in a cult's dark embrace

April 27: Caught in a cult's dark embrace

Victor Barnard played the shepherd, wearing linen clothes and sometimes wielding a shepherd’s crook. And he warned his followers against those who might turn against him — calling them wolves in sheep’s clothing.
April 20: Friends recall rise and fall of Victor Barnard

April 20: Friends recall rise and fall of Victor Barnard

From charismatic kid to wanted fugitive, friends recall how a kid from Minneapolis fell in with The Way and lost his way.
April 16: Charges: Minister raped 'Maidens' in Minn. camp for years

April 16: Charges: Minister raped 'Maidens' in Minn. camp for years

Victor A. Barnard, 52, who ruled over a camp of “Maidens” in Pine County, has been charged with 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Barnard has yet to be apprehended but is believed to be in Washington state,
Going camping: A summer safe haven for LGBT teens

Going camping: A summer safe haven for LGBT teens

Transgender teenagers are trekking to a camp in Deerwood, Minn., in growing numbers in search of their own acceptance.
Perham firm finds a passport to a booming economy

Perham firm finds a passport to a booming economy

Struggling to fill positions, fast-growing snack food manufacturer KLN Family Brands hires workers from overseas, many of them from Ukraine.
Bizarre shooting rattles Bemidji: Neighbor shoots teen 3 times

Bizarre shooting rattles Bemidji: Neighbor shoots teen 3 times

Chad Eric Pickering, 40, targeted the 17-year-old just hours after she confronted him about riding his lawn mower through her yard, according to charges.
Friends still puzzle over Willmar teen's role in grandma's murder

Friends still puzzle over Willmar teen's role in grandma's murder

Some of Robert Warwick’s friends believe Robbie when he told the courtroom that he and Brok Junkermeier, the 19-year-old who stabbed and strangled Lila Warwick, had planned to rob his grandma, but not kill her.
July 3: Warwick gets life in grandmother's killing

July 3: Warwick gets life in grandmother's killing

In a packed Willmar courtroom, Robert Warwick admitted to his role in the killing last summer of his grandmother, Lila Warwick.
April 9: Apologetic Junkermeier gets life in prison

April 9: Apologetic Junkermeier gets life in prison

Lila Warwick’s relatives told the court that they will not return “hatred for hatred, evil for evil.”
June 26: Willmar teen to plead guilty

June 26: Willmar teen to plead guilty

Prosecutors had called Robert Warwick the mastermind in the slaying of his grandmother, Lila Warwick, last summer.
March 29: Jury hears gory details in Willmar teen's murder trial

March 29: Jury hears gory details in Willmar teen's murder trial

After prosecutors detailed grandmother’s grisly death, granddaughter told about last moments with her.
Education, Giant's Ridge, in new IRRRB budget

Education, Giant's Ridge, in new IRRRB budget

In a first, the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board's budget has a fund for K-12 education. It passed unanimously Monday.
Harmony, Minn., will pay up to $12,000 for new residents

Harmony, Minn., will pay up to $12,000 for new residents

In an empty, grassy lot bordered by cornfields stands a red sign: “Up to $12,000 CASH to Build in Harmony!” Cities and counties, looking to boost property tax revenue, fill schools and rejuvenate Main Street businesses, have long tried creative ways to lure residents — with mixed results.
June 17: Three-year contract for MnSCU chancellor reached in October draws fire

June 17: Three-year contract for MnSCU chancellor reached in October draws fire

System’s faculty union and board of trustees clash over a quiet pay raise and renewed contract.
Kandiyohi County will operate sober buses for safer roads

Kandiyohi County will operate sober buses for safer roads

Sober buses will serve bars across Kandiyohi County.
High school trap shooting teams reawaken Minn.'s aging gun clubs

High school trap shooting teams reawaken Minn.'s aging gun clubs

To make room for Minnesota’s fastest-growing high school sport, gun clubs are expanding hours, building fields and installing new target throwers. Still, with 6,100 students competing, many clubs are maxed out. Waiting lists are growing.

State funding for speedy Internet a 'first step'

Proponents for a faster Internet had hoped for $100 million but call $20 million a victory.
Spam Museum is moving up to downtown Austin

Spam Museum is moving up to downtown Austin

Austin officials hope new location will lure visitors to nearby shops.
Third lawsuit claims Shattuck officials knew of teacher's sex abuse

Third lawsuit claims Shattuck officials knew of teacher's sex abuse

A third lawsuit filed against Shattuck-St. Mary’s accuses officials at the boarding school in Faribault, Minn., of failing to protect students from a teacher after…
State may end second-tier license for part-time cops

State may end second-tier license for part-time cops

Minnesota lawmakers want to end the part-time license for cops, calling it a vestige of another time. The Senate passed a bill Wednesday.
Bike trail, airport, aquatics center top St. Cloud-area list of sales-tax projects

Bike trail, airport, aquatics center top St. Cloud-area list of sales-tax projects

A sales tax plan, if approved, would go toward bike trail, airport and aquatics center.
Obituary: Terence Nichols University of St. Thomas professor

Obituary: Terence Nichols University of St. Thomas professor

Terence Nichols believed in the power of conversation between Christians and Muslims, calling such dialogue “our last, best hope against a state of more or…
Attorney for man charged with killing Willmar grandmother wants trial moved

Attorney for man charged with killing Willmar grandmother wants trial moved

Robert Warwick, 18, cannot get a fair trial in killing of grandmother, lawyer says.
National manhunt on for Minn. minister charged with raping 'maidens'

National manhunt on for Minn. minister charged with raping 'maidens'

Officials believe Victor Barnard, who is charged with sexually abusing two girls, hasn’t crossed the U.S. border.
'Maidens' sex abuse case took 2 years before charges were filed

'Maidens' sex abuse case took 2 years before charges were filed

Investigators are searching for the former pastor of the River Road Fellowship, Victor A. Barnard, who faces dozens of counts of abusing underage girls in his Finlayson, Minn., congregation.
Guilty plea ends trial in killing of Willmar grandmother

Guilty plea ends trial in killing of Willmar grandmother

Brok Junkermeier brought his murder trial to a sudden and surprise end Wednesday, pleading guilty to the brutal murder of his friend’s 79-year-old grandmother.
Austin cans unpopular logo

Austin cans unpopular logo

A new logo for Austin, Minn. — meant to suggest the city’s most famous export, Spam — drew so much criticism that on Monday,…
Austin's new city logo opens up a can of worms

Austin's new city logo opens up a can of worms

City Council will meet to discuss logo most residents would like to send packing.

Willmar trial: Man allegedly admitted he killed friend’s grandmother

Two friends say the alleged killer of 79-year-old told them about the crime shortly after.
Case will focus on roles: mastermind, lookout, killer

Case will focus on roles: mastermind, lookout, killer

Brok Junkermeier has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

Renville County allows ATVs on roads

Despite concerns from safety advocates, the off-road vehicles will be allowed on county roads.
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