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Man arrested after eight-hour standoff in St. Cloud

Man arrested after eight-hour standoff in St. Cloud

The man fired a gunshot into the hallway where officers were staging but no one was hurt, authorities said.
Wastewater services manager Jacob Ethen stands in front of a dome where St. Cloud’s treatment plant stores methane gas that will be burned to produc

Innovation at wastewater plant propels St. Cloud to renewable energy leader

"St. Cloud is ... defining what a clean energy future can look like."
Gov. Tim Walz is shown at the 2019 Governor’s Fishing Opener in Albert Lea, Minn. On Saturday, Walz was back in a fishing boat, on Lake Winnibigoshi

A fishing opener first: Governor's office partners with tribal nation

The Leech Lake Band stepped in to revive the annual event, as they showcased Cass Lake, East Seelye Bay.
Sam Austin, a St. Cloud YMCA swim instructor, teaches a Madison Elementary second-grader how to float on her back in the pool on Thursday, May 5, 2022

New St. Cloud water safety program aims to reduce childhood drownings

The program, a partnership between St. Cloud schools and the YMCA, will expand to all second-graders next year.
Rice man dies in Friday motorcycle crash

Rice man dies in Friday motorcycle crash

The 31-year-old hit a trailer at a 90-degree curve in the road.
Robert J. Kaiser

Judge vacates Stearns County man's conviction for fatally shaking infant

The case is still pending while the prosecution determines on its next steps.
Lisa and Frank Vouk of St. Stephen, front, cheer during the final seconds of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at the White Horse in St. Cloud.

Cheers, sighs as St. Cloud celebrates connection to Kentucky Derby

About a third of those in crowd at the White Horse on Saturday were related to the owners of third-place winner Zandon.
The Voyageurs Wolf Project tagged its first wolf pups of the season. The two pups are from the Half-Moon Pack, though researchers suspect more exist i

Minnesota briefs: First wolf pups of the season tagged by Voyageurs researchers

Investigation continues into Mankato plane crash.
Spencer Stepan of St. Cloud Public Works installs a concrete barrier on Fifth Avenue in downtown St. Cloud. Enclosed in the barrier will be additional

St. Cloud expands outdoor dining areas to lure patrons back downtown

It's the third year the city has installed concrete barricades to help restaurants hurt by the pandemic.
Ian J. Hoffarth

Minnesota man charged with felony after fight with roommate

The 32-year-old reportedly threatened his roommate and got shot in the leg with his own gun, documents state.
Gordy Meyer, new chief executive at St. Cloud-based Dayta Marketing, previously created the analytics businesses RiskWise, eBureau and TruSignal.

St. Cloud analytics guru sets sights on reinventing marketing for midsize businesses

After cutting his teeth with Fingerhut and starting and selling three analytics businesses, Gordy Meyer is taking the helm at Dayta Marketing.
Lyndsay R. Shelltrack-Miller

St. Cloud woman sentenced to more than 10 years for fatally stabbing boyfriend

Shelltrack-Miller was convicted of second-degree murder in December.
Matt Love became St. Cloud’s new fire chief in December 2021.

Q&A: Fire chief brings gift of talk, training to St. Cloud

Matt Love is already established in national speaking circuits. Now he's bringing his leadership experience to St. Cloud.
Harold Zosel Jr.

Harold Zosel Jr., who wrote a postcard history of St. Cloud, dies at 84

Harold Zosel Jr. published a book of local postcards plucked from his collection of thousands.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis gives his 17th State of the City address Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at St. Cloud City Hall.

St. Cloud voters could see ballot question on new park funding

Funding for city's 98 parks often falls short because public safety and infrastructure get priority, mayor says.
Students and community members chant at a Becker school board meeting March 14 to protest a presentation by a group considered by many to be anti-LGBT

Two Becker school board members resign following anti-LGBTQ presentation

One cited the students' lack of respect at the meeting as a reason for resigning in the middle of her term.
Val Rogosheske of Minneapolis had a three-mile training run/walk at Powderhorn Park on April 5.

50 years after making history, Minnesota's Rogosheske returns to run Boston Marathon

Twin Cities native Val Rogosheske was one of the first eight women allowed to participate in the marathon in 1972.
Hunter S. Hipp

St. Cloud man charged with arson in apartment complex fire

The 19-year-old told responders he started the fire because he "wanted to be arrested," the complaint states.
Robert E. Maloney, Jr.

Federal jury convicts Stearns County man for conspiring to sell meth while in prison

Recordings of jail calls reveal he arranged meetings and discussed drug pricing.
A few dozen neighborhood kids took part in a summer basketball program with plainclothes officers near St. Cloud’s COP House in June 2018. Waite Par

Officials look to bring successful COP House design to Waite Park

Public safety groups are looking to partner with Boys & Girls Clubs and businesses to provide space for kids, seniors.
Children stood still for a portrait at Clemens and Munsinger Gardens in St. Cloud in July.

As diversity surges, is St. Cloud still 'White Cloud'?

Central Minnesota has had growing pains over the last decade, but some say the area is becoming more welcoming.
Expedition 66 NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is carried to a medical tent shortly after he and fellow crewmates Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov of Ro

After record-setting trip in space, Vande Hei returns to Earth

"It's been a stressful time," said the astronaut's father, Tom Vande Hei, of Chanhassen.
St. Paul man arrested in Illinois in connection with central Minnesota shooting

St. Paul man arrested in Illinois in connection with central Minnesota shooting

Emmanuel G. Johnson faces three felonies in Stearns County District Court.
St. Cloud VA Health System on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in St. Cloud.

VA to open satellite counseling center in St. Cloud

The Vet Center Outstation is slated to launch in spring 2024.
In this photo provided by NASA, astronaut Mark Vande Hei peers at the Earth below. Vande Hei is expected to return to Earth on Wednesday aboard a Russ

Astronaut Mark Vande Hei expected to return to Earth on Wednesday

NASA will livestream the spacecraft bringing home Minnesota native.
Three years after Terry Brisk was killed while deer hunting, the authorities and his family refuse to give up the search for the person murdered him.

Morrison County sheriff seeks info on van in 2016 deer hunting homicide

Brisk was shot with his own gun in November 2016, according to Sheriff Shawn Larsen.
Police led Ray R. McNeary away from a Wells Fargo bank branch in St. Cloud following a standoff of nearly nine hours on May 6, 2021.

Man who held hostages at St. Cloud bank last May found incompetent

Ray R. McNeary, who faces multiple felony charges in district and federal court, will remain in federal custody.
Allegiant Air is discontinuing summer service at St. Cloud Regional Airport.

Allegiant Air suspends summer service to St. Cloud

The airline is reallocating planes to different markets due to demand, shortage of crews, airport director says.
The Grand Army of the Republic Hall in Litchfield, Minn., is one of only three GAR Halls in the country with an intact post room from when Civil War v

Hidden gem in Litchfield a rare link to Civil War

Advocates are pushing for the Grand Army of the Republic Hall to be named a National Landmark.
The COP House on Tuesday, June 13, 2018 in St. Cloud, Minn.

New federal funding to bring second COP House to St. Cloud

Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Wednesday $475,000 to build a Community OutPost on the city's east side.
Teacher Lisa Sackett joined students Gray Dodds and Andru Thornton to protest the presentation by the anti-gay Child Protection League on Monday at Be

Becker students protest anti-LGBTQ group at board meeting

Inviting the Child Protection League to speak was "careless and reckless," a student said.
Missing St. Cloud woman found dead by Mississippi River

Missing St. Cloud woman found dead by Mississippi River

On Friday, police asked the public to help find the 62-year-old who was last seen on Thursday.
St. Cloud police ID 16-year-old killed in crash

St. Cloud police ID 16-year-old killed in crash

Four other young adults were hurt in the March 8 crash on the south side of St. Cloud.
Caps were tossed onto the ice Thursday at the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament after a hat trick was scored.

St. Cloud tests ending hat ban after power struggles, cries of discrimination

The school board is allowing a trial run to allow baseball caps, hoods and do-rags through the end of the school year.
In this Aug. 17, 2021, photo made available by NASA, astronaut and Expedition 65 Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei inspected a spacesuit in preparation f

Russia threatens to leave St. John's grad stranded in space

NASA asserted Friday the spacecraft will return to Earth on March 30 as planned.
Taco Villa opened March 1 in the former Taco John’s restaurant in downtown St. Cloud.

New owners bring beloved Taco Villa back to St. Cloud

"It had a cult following, and I hope that stays and continues," developer Bob Abel says.
Grant A. Monaghan

St. Cloud man charged in connection with Avon shooting

The alleged shooter has not yet been charged.
St. Cloud 16-year-old dies in crash

St. Cloud 16-year-old dies in crash

Four other young adults were injured in the crash on the south side of St. Cloud.
Trenell E. Rogers

Brooklyn Center man gets 3 years in prison for shooting St. Cloud-area man in neck

Two of the three felony counts against Trenell E. Rogers were dismissed as part of a plea deal.
Joseph S. Vogel

St. Cloud man sentenced to 7½ years for raping two women

A felony charge alleging the man slit a dog's throat was dropped as part of a plea deal.
Benton County Auditor-Treasurer Nadean Inman

Benton Co. Board to sue county's auditor-treasurer over residency

Nadean Inman is accused of lying about her address while serving as an elected official.
The city of St. Cloud, if allowed by the Legislature, will ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax to fund four regional road projects to reduce c

St. Cloud to ask voters to approve new sales tax for road projects

Last year, legislators denied a similar request despite the city's decades-long practice of using sales tax to fund regional road projects.
Fardoussa O. Abdillahi

St. Cloud woman accused of killing 3-month-old found incompetent to stand trial

The state says it intends to prosecute the woman once she regains competency.
In this June 6, 2017, file photo, a reporter at a news conference about deaths from fentanyl exposure held an example of the amount of the drug that c

1 death, 8 overdoses from narcotics in St. Cloud in 24-hour period

Officials say they believe fentanyl was mixed with other narcotics.
The proposed 2022 ward map for St. Cloud shows a slightly larger Ward 1 from the previous map. The changes reflect population growth in Ward 3 and War

St. Cloud releases map with proposed ward changes following state redistricting

The city saw growth on the western and southern sides, and population declines downtown and the campus area.
Becker man dies in single-vehicle crash in Cass County

Becker man dies in single-vehicle crash in Cass County

The 55-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Kinder Coffee Lab, a roastery that started in 2020, opened a storefront this month on Cooper Avenue in St. Cloud.

Independent roastery Kinder Coffee Lab opens in St. Cloud

Owners hope to bring the "coffee culture" of the Twin Cities to central Minnesota.
Brad Kelvington

Rocori Superintendent Brad Kelvington will resign at end of school year

At Monday's meeting, the school board also heard an update on an investigation into allegations of racism in the central Minn. district.
Trucks are parked outside Sysco Western Minnesota in St. Cloud on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, during a driver strike.

St. Cloud Sysco drivers return to work after one-day strike

Union representatives and management plan to continue negotiations for the first-time contract.
Striking Sysco drivers gathered near the entrance to the wholesale food distributor’s St. Cloud facility on Thursday.

Drivers at Sysco in St. Cloud go on strike

Union members say the company is offering them wages and benefits far below the industry standard.
Sartell City Hall shown on Feb. 22, 2017, before a town hall featuring Rep. Tom Emmer.

Sartell voters reject proposed 1.5% food and beverage tax

The new sales tax would have funded park and recreation amenities in the central Minnesota city.
A 34-year-old St. Cloud woman died Jan. 31 in a house fire in St. Cloud’s Lake George neighborhood.

Victim of St. Cloud house fire identified as woman, 34

The exact cause of the fire is unknown, but it does not appear to be suspicious, fire officials said.
Mohamed H. Abdi, Abdirahin O. Ali and Sahal A. Hassan

St. Cloud man sentenced to 27½ years for rape at southside park

Mohamed H. Abdi is the third St. Cloud man sentenced for the October 2020 crime.
One person died Monday in a house fire in St. Cloud’s Lake George Neighborhood.

St. Cloud house fire leaves one dead

One resident exited the burning house. Officers carried a resident in a wheelchair to safety.
Fifth-grader Shaylee, 11, in Monticello’s nature-based program builds a snow structure while working on a coding project with her classmates Thursda

Snowbanks, forests become year-round classrooms in Monticello

School district has what organizers say is the only nature-based program for upper elementary students in the state.
St. Cloud Public Library employee Riley Buck gets books ready to go back on shelves Jan. 13, 2022.

St. Cloud-based library system going fines-free

The move is meant to reduce income and transportation barriers — and has already boosted circulation.
Andrea Robinson, center, answered questions following a Cold Spring City Council meeting in July 2021. Her family — including daughter Jackie Umersk

Cold Spring mother sues Rocori school district, citing lack of response to racism

The family garnered community support in July after a man crashed a stolen car into their home.
A storefront in downtown St. Cloud displayed mask requirement signs in May 2021.

St. Cloud City Council rejects three-week mask mandate amid omicron surge

Meanwhile a federal strike team that has helped at St. Cloud Hospital for the past two months will leave Friday.
Candles with photos of the Hernandez Pinto family were displayed during funeral services at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead on Jan. 1

Police: Furnace was source of carbon monoxide deaths in Moorhead

A blood test ruled out a vehicle in the garage as the origin of the lethal gas.
Hand-written warnings indicate rooms in the emergency department of St. Cloud Hospital outfitted with negative airflow systems to prevent the spread o

'Frustrated beyond frustrated': In St. Cloud area, health care system ekes by

CentraCare staff, worn-down and tired, prep for omicron peak as federal help departs.
Police dog Kato of the Waite Park Police Department retired in 2016.

Many Minnesota police departments rely on grants to fund K-9 units

Amid tightening budgets, police departments including Waite Park are turning to donations and grants for police dogs.
Mourners pay their respects during the Hernandez-Pinto family funeral services at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Moorhead, Minn., on Friday.

Moorhead mourns family of 7 killed by carbon monoxide poisoning

Community remembers victims' kindness, gratitude and faith.
Hand-written warnings indicate rooms in the emergency department of St. Cloud Hospital outfitted with negative airflow systems to prevent the spread o

CentraCare doubles down on plea for masking as one in three tests positive for COVID-19

After St. Cloud area city leaders failed to implement mask mandates, CentraCare is calling on business leaders and residents.
Big Lake Police Chief Matt Hayen

Big Lake police chief resigns amid investigation showing he illegally purchased gun

Hayen's predecessor filed the straw purchase complaint after Hayen helped him purchase his old gun.
A sign outside St. Cloud Hospital alerts guests to the visitor policy.

St. Cloud leaders reject CentraCare's plea for six-week mask mandate

But mayors from St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park are asking residents to wear masks when indoors.
Gov. Tim Walz ordered flags on government buildings to fly at half-staff Tuesday, Jan. 11, in honor of St. Joseph Fire Department Capt. Andy Loso, who

Walz orders flags at half-staff to honor St. Joseph firefighter who died of COVID-19

Capt. Andy Loso, a volunteer firefighter of 19 years, died from illness obtained during the line of duty.
A patient rested in a COVID-positive room in the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room as she waited for an ICU bed to open up in November. CentraCare has

CentraCare mandates medical-grade masks for patients, visitors

The central Minnesota health care system also is setting rules on the number of visitors.
Sawatdee in downtown St. Cloud is temporarily closed Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, while new owners take hold of the Thai restaurant.

St. Cloud's Sawatdee to add Filipino flavors under new owners

The St. Cloud site known for traditional Thai cuisine opened in 1994.
Sartell High School

Sartell High School principal abruptly resigns

The superintendent at the central MN district will help fill in during the search for an interim principal.
Marleny Pinto, Belin Hernandez and children Mike, Breylin and Marbely were five of the seven family members who died in their Moorhead home.

Officials push for carbon monoxide detectors following death of family in Moorhead

Minnesota advocate for detectors says education and cost are barriers for many.
A billboard in Kimball, Minn., asks the public for clues to help solve the 40-year-old cold case of Myrtle Cole, who was brutally murdered in her Fair

Investigators push to solve stabbing death of Minnesota woman 40 years later

The 81-year-old was brutally murdered and left naked on her bed in her Fairhaven home.
Belin Hernandez and Marleny Pinto with children Breylin, Mike and Marbely, who were found dead in their Moorhead home Dec. 18.

Police: Moorhead family members died from carbon monoxide toxicity

Detectives found a carbon monoxide detector in a laundry room cabinet detached from the wall and with a battery removed.
Police tape on Monday marked the Moorhead home where seven people died on the city’s south side.

Grief, unease follow Moorhead tragedy that killed seven

As speculation emerged about about carbon monoxide poisoning, police and leaders stressed that the investigation continued while awaiting lab results.
Corey W. Planck

Indiana man gets probation for crash that killed pregnant Stearns County woman

Casey Myers' mother said the sentence is a "disappointment, a letdown."
Jonathan S. Greyblood

Little Falls man gets 15 years in strangling death of wife

Her body was found on the iced-over Swan River in February.