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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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Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Fargo officer shot at domestic dispute dies hours later

Jason Moszer was the first Fargo police officer to be killed on duty in 134 years. His suspected killer was found dead inside a home.

Minn. woman allegedly stole donations for missing boaters' families

Charges against the Baudette woman allege that she took funds intended for the families of three men who went missing on Lake of the Woods in October.
To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

To save or raze? Austin debates future of power plant

The old power plant that stands on the edge of the Cedar River here no longer cranks out electricity. The turbines were taken out years ago, the boilers broken down.
White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

White Earth Band wants road signs to reflect Ojibwe language

Becker County Board members want more details about a White Earth plan for bilingual signs

Victim identified in carbon monoxide death in Leech Lake fish house

Three others were sickened in an unventilated converted camper on Leech Lake.
Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

Author and activist Robert Treuer dies at 89

The land was worth little. Robert Treuer bought it — 200 acres of barren, abandoned farmland near Bemidji, Minn. — in 1958 for about $2,000.He…
Another small-town Minnesota grocery store calls it quits

Another small-town Minnesota grocery store calls it quits

Aurora residents are saying so long to Zup's as rural shopping habits shift.
Northfield's last rail depot moving to a new home

Northfield's last rail depot moving to a new home

The depot, built in 1888, was saved from demolition by a group of concerned residents.
Behind the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling investigation

Behind the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling investigation

Long before he was named in the Jacob Wetterling abduction, Danny James Heinrich, now 52, led a troubled early life of burglary, drinking and financial difficulties, records and interviews show.
Wetterlings bring St. Joseph, Paynesville communities together

Wetterlings bring St. Joseph, Paynesville communities together

Residents affected by the latest developments in the Wetterling case came together.

Judge will decide whether to hear case on man who died in Stearns County custody

The 22-year-old had turned himself in. Jerome Deon Ladette Harrell went to Stearns County jail to take care of outstanding warrants for failing to have…
Report: State's homeless numbers drop

Report: State's homeless numbers drop

Fewer Minnesotans were homeless at the start of this year than in 2014 — the first drop in several years and one more dramatic than the national average.
Paynesville victims recount rash of attacks before Wetterling case

Paynesville victims recount rash of attacks before Wetterling case

Authorities now believe the string of 1980s assaults of boys in Paynesville may be connected to more serious crimes that followed: the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy in Cold Spring and the unsolved abduction of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in St. Joseph.
'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

'Person of interest' in Jacob Wetterling case to stay in custody

A man identified last week as a "person of interest" in the kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling 26 years ago will remain in custody on child pornography charges, a federal magistrate ruled Wednesday morning.
Patty Wetterling: 'We were caught off guard, like all of you'

Patty Wetterling: 'We were caught off guard, like all of you'

Patty Wetterling said she and her husband were surprised when authorities told them they had identified a person of interest in their son Jacob's abduction 26 years ago.
Assault victim seeks answers in Wetterling abduction

Assault victim seeks answers in Wetterling abduction

Investigators have long explored possible links between the Jared Scheierl assault and Jacob Wetterling abduction. "The whole reason I kept on continuing this was for the sake of the Wetterlings finding answers," Scheierl says.
String of attacks on Minn. boys in late 1980s draws fresh scrutiny

String of attacks on Minn. boys in late 1980s draws fresh scrutiny

Eight assaults against Paynesville boys ages 12 to 16 take on new significance with the person of interest in Jacob Wetterling's disappearance.
Deal to remake Oak Park Mall in Austin moves forward after year

Deal to remake Oak Park Mall in Austin moves forward after year

Austin Port Authority approved the $2.9 million agreement, City Council gave the OK
Same-sex couple who filed historic case donate papers to U collection

Same-sex couple who filed historic case donate papers to U collection

The files chronicle the love story of Michael McConnell and Jack Baker, who in 1970 became the first same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license. They told the larger history of the fight for gay rights in Minnesota and elsewhere.
3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

3,000 people pour into tiny Aitkin to bury slain deputy

Family members, neighbors and about 2,000 law enforcement officers from across North America gathered Friday to honor Deputy Steven M. Sandberg.
Grand Rapids river theater tradition to end

Grand Rapids river theater tradition to end

The city ended Showboat's lease at the park, saying site is meant for industrial use
Influential Minnesota newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar dies at 96

Influential Minnesota newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar dies at 96

In fifth grade, Veda Ponikvar decided that she would someday run a newspaper. She did — two of them, for nearly five decades. With them,…
Lake of the Woods area mourns 3 lost fishing guides

Lake of the Woods area mourns 3 lost fishing guides

"Everybody's hurting" after three experienced anglers went missing in the tight-knit community. Two bodies have been found.
Plans to re-open Grand Mound move forward

Plans to re-open Grand Mound move forward

Though center will be razed, aim is to staff American Indian site.

Rochester OKs later weekday sales of liquor, growlers

City Council voted to allow the change over some liquor store owners objections.

Crash near Braham between car, dump truck leaves two dead

Two people are dead after a head-on crash midday Monday along Hwy. 65 south of Braham, Minn. The crash, between a 2011 Ford Fusion and…
Rochester taprooms, liquor store owners face off over off-sale rules

Rochester taprooms, liquor store owners face off over off-sale rules

On Monday, the City Council must weigh the trickier question of whether to extend off-sale hours for all, including liquor stores.
Ya, you betcha: Linguist tracks how folks speak on the Iron Range

Ya, you betcha: Linguist tracks how folks speak on the Iron Range

Linguist Sara Schmelzer Loss grew up in the area and wants to see how language changes
Nice Ride's Bemidji program tests outstate bike sharing

Nice Ride's Bemidji program tests outstate bike sharing

Some say the rentals have boosted the broader bike culture. But Nice Ride also has learned a few hard lessons.
Obituary: Gene Hennig had a life of adventure and caring

Obituary: Gene Hennig had a life of adventure and caring

Gene Hennig didn’t start a bucket list after being diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2013, at age 65. He was already well on his…
Bemidji shelter will give homeless alcoholics a place to go

Bemidji shelter will give homeless alcoholics a place to go

A downtown church is being turned into a nighttime shelter for a set of homeless people who they say have too few options: chronic alcohol and drug users.
Effort to recall Willmar council member falls

Effort to recall Willmar council member falls

The city attorney determined that petition to remove member from office was not valid
Brainerd, St. Cloud lead cities back to Mississippi riverfront

Brainerd, St. Cloud lead cities back to Mississippi riverfront

Smaller Minnesota cities are building better trail connections, revamping parks and finding other ways to draw folk to a sometimes overlooked river.

Mankato police chief's license suspended after training errors

Agency cited for training errors in its rush to train 12 part-time officers.
July 12: Tiny Clinton, Minn., steps up to save its sole grocery store

July 12: Tiny Clinton, Minn., steps up to save its sole grocery store

Neighbors pledged pledged $18,000 through Kickstarter to keep Bonnie's Hometown Grocery in business.
43 years later, couple's fight for marriage vindicated

43 years later, couple's fight for marriage vindicated

Their intuition came from different sources: Jack Baker, from his time in law school, and Michael McConnell, from his belief that "love is the most powerful force in the universe."
Group of Willmar residents tries to recall 'bulldog' council member

Group of Willmar residents tries to recall 'bulldog' council member

The campaign stems from an earlier controversial move to can the city administrator.
St. Cloud to get its first tiny house for the homeless

St. Cloud to get its first tiny house for the homeless

A St. Cloud group has built the state's first tiny house for the homeless; now the house needs a spot to call home.
Nienstedt's tarnished legacy: 'Warrior bishop' leaving in defeat

Nienstedt's tarnished legacy: 'Warrior bishop' leaving in defeat

Even before the sex abuse scandal made him one of the most embattled figures in the Catholic church, Archbishop John Nienstedt’s tenure was turbulent. His…
Man who was on his phone when he hit, killed cyclist speaks out

Man who was on his phone when he hit, killed cyclist speaks out

Driver speaks out after serving time for the '14 crash that killed mother of two biking with her kids.
Minnesota's last one-room schoolhouse relies on its teacher

Minnesota's last one-room schoolhouse relies on its teacher

The Northwest Angle's 119 residents, many from families that operate resorts and fishing outposts, treasure the Angle Inlet School.
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,
Oct. 19, 2014: After 25 years, search for Jacob Wetterling continues

Oct. 19, 2014: After 25 years, search for Jacob Wetterling continues

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…
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