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Jenny Berg

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Construction will be completed this year on a project to widen S. 33rd Street in St. Cloud from a two-lane road with no shoulder to a four-lane road d

St. Cloud revives plan for new Mississippi crossing, highway around city

Planning agencies are studying a beltline around city to reduce congestion.
St. Cloud City Hall pictured Monday, April 12, 2021.

St. Cloud City Hall likely to be razed for commercial development

St. Cloud City Council reviewed Monday three concepts submitted by Minnesota development companies.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave sits on a memorial bench, dedicated to his brother, at Wilson Park in St. Cloud. Kleis’ brother, a veteran, killed himself duri

St. Cloud mayor grapples with worst kind of tragedy

Dave Kleis says he thinks his younger brother Tom succumbed to hopelessness from isolation and chronic pain.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks with reporters on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in St. Cloud. Joining her are, from left, Jules’ Bistro owner Donell

COVID-19 relief programs 'vital' for St. Cloud restaurants, bars, owners and officials say

Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited St. Cloud to tout relief package
St. Cloud Children’s Home was damaged by a fire in the early hours of Wednesday, April 8, 2021.

Crews respond to overnight fire at St. Cloud Children's Home

The campus was sold by the Diocese of St. Cloud last fall, and is vacant and under construction.
Luke Riordan, founder and chief executive officer of St. Cloud-based DAYTA Marketing, holds raffle tickets for a Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser.

The raffle must go on: St. Cloud area businesses enlist support for Big Brothers Big Sisters

DAYTA Marketing CEO asked businesses to cover the cost to fund a match in their community.
Heather Mayer of St. Cloud and sons Finley, 5, and Emmett, 2, send off the St. Cloud State men’s hockey team as it departs for the Frozen Four on Mo

Fans send off Huskies as team departs for Frozen Four

Coach Brett Larson told fans the team is 'on a mission to get it done for you guys.'
Fourth-grade teacher Kelly Brant talked to her students who were learning remotely on Jan. 19, 2021, at Park Brook Elementary School in Brooklyn Park.

What did St. Cloud workers need? Free tutoring for their kids

St. Cloud called on development agency to plug gaps as parents became overwhelmed.
Randy A. Beehler

Woman sues Minn. Department of Corrections, says officer sexually assaulted her

Randy Beehler, a defendant in the civil case, pleaded guilty last week to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in the state's criminal case.
Benton County investigating suspicious grass fires

Benton County investigating suspicious grass fires

Benton County responded to seven grass fires in recent days, all quickly contained.
FILE-Downtown St. Cloud

St. Cloud area sees 'jaw-droppingly large' decline in labor force during pandemic

The region saw a slight uptick in jobs last month but has a long way to go to reach pre-pandemic levels.
Allison Paige Tadych

Former St. Cloud Tech bookkeeper pleads not guilty to pocketing $119K

The 46-year-old St. Cloud woman was charged with felony theft for pocketing student activity fees.
Sartell man accused of setting fire to house owned by mother-in-law

Sartell man accused of setting fire to house owned by mother-in-law

A 40-year-old Sartell man is accused of starting a fire inside the house owned by his mother-in-law, who had a hoarding problem, according to a…
A grass fire burned about 7 acres Sunday just north of Cold Spring, closing a county road.

Grass fires prompt plea from authorities to postpone brush fires in central Minnesota

Two grass fires punctuate concerns, which will likely mean burning restrictions.
Patti Gartland, president of Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.

Is St. Cloud a tough sell? Meet the woman who markets the area to prospective businesses

Patti Gartland leads the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp. in St. Cloud.
A rendering shows the new council chambers inside a renovated Technical High School.

Council approves bids to turn former Tech High into St. Cloud City Hall

The demolition of the school's western building and renovation of the historic sections will begin in April.
Fifth Avenue in downtown St. Cloud will close to traffic this spring and summer to allow more space for outdoor dining.

Dining in the streets: St. Cloud's Fifth Avenue to close for more outdoor dining

The city will also allow other downtown restaurants to expand patios to allow for more patrons.
Dr. Myles Spar, chief medical officer of Vault Health, gives a tour of the vaccination site at River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud on Wednes

New St. Cloud vaccine site a 'game-changer' for outstate Minnesota

1,000 doses a week will especially help nearby counties with low rates.
Lawrence Michael Johnson

St. Cloud man gets 34 years in prison for nightclub stabbing

Lawrence Michael Johnson is one of three men charged with second-degree murder for the death.
FILE-St. Cloud’s River Edge Convention Center will become a new large scale vaccination site beginning this week.

New COVID-19 vaccination site coming to St. Cloud

River's Edge Convention Center is the state's sixth permanent vaccination site.
A house on Cooper Avenue South in St. Cloud is marked as sold on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

St. Cloud area boasts strong seller's market as housing stock plummets 60%

A sizzling seller's market has sent the median sales price in the area soaring 11% over last February.
Ricco Dejon Tyson, pictured in May 2015

St. Cloud man accused of killing man, dumping body by airport

The 43-year-old faces three felony counts in the death of 25-year-old Tyler Ecklund.
Sauk Rapids Government Center, which houses city offices and the police department.

St. Cloud-area cities adding space for police as departments grow

Sauk Rapids plans expansion while Waite Park looks to build new $20 million facility.
Mark Vande Hei completed his first spaceflight in 2018. He conducted four spacewalks and researched microgravity.

St. John's University grad to take second trip to space next month

Mark Vande Hei is slated to participate in a live news conference Monday from Russia.
An empty terminal at the St. Cloud Regional Airport on March 1. A new regional airport authority may unlock federal aid.

Officials consider new regional airport authority to help St. Cloud airport's finances

Airport costs taxpayers $875K annually but has $44M economic impact.
Sherburne County has clinics but no major health care hub; it ranks lowest in percentage of residents who’ve gotten a first dose.

Sherburne County has state's lowest COVID-19 vaccine rate

CentraCare's point person theorizes that distribution, access, ideology may play a role in nearby Benton too.
St. Cloud school superintendent Willie Jett

Q&A: Lessons learned in pandemic will transform St. Cloud schools

St. Cloud superintendent Willie Jett leads the diverse central Minnesota district.
The district “wanted to do what was right for the neighborhood,” in handing the old Tech High School ­— its new entrance seen in a proposed ren

St. Cloud looks to move its City Hall to a former high school

Officials are also looking to redevelop current site downtown
St. Cloud man accused of raping girl at knifepoint at high school basketball game

St. Cloud man accused of raping girl at knifepoint at high school basketball game

The 19-year-old faces one felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The Red Carpet Nightclub in downtown St. Cloud.

St. Cloud man found guilty of second-degree murder in nightclub stabbing

Johnson is the second defendant found guilty for the stabbing death of Unity McGill of St. Cloud.
Jeff Gau

St. Cloud-based Marco's CEO retiring

Gau started as a sales rep there 37 years ago; firm's president will take his job.
Kory Krause, owner of Frontiersman Sports, said his St. Louis Park gun store saw a surge in sales due to the pandemic and the aftermath of George Floy

Handgun permits surge in St. Cloud area, state

Anxiety over pandemic, local unrest fuels surge.
ELIZABETH FLORES •  Meredith Lyon, facilities event coordinator, gives a tour of The Ledge Amphitheater in Waite Park on

New Waite Park amphitheater to finally open this summer — hopefully

The Ledge Amphitheater is the largest venue in the St. Cloud area.
Abdi Daisane, owner of Blooming Kids Child Care Center in St. Cloud, last week. During the pandemic, daily attendance has dropped from 150 kids to 30

Rural Minnesota facing child care deserts as pandemic makes bad situation worse

"It is a system that is just not functioning the way it needs to."
Sara Ann Brixx

Sauk Rapids woman accused of selling meth, heroin to informant

The 39-year-old woman faces felony drug charges in Stearns and Benton counties