St. Cloud voters on Nov. 8 approved a tax increase to fund $20 million in park and trail improvements over the next three years.

St. Cloud officials to begin planning for $20 million in park upgrades

Voters said no to a sales tax for Municipal Athletic Complex upgrades, but the city will still pursue the project with private funding.
A family makes their way on a sidewalk in the downtown area in Worthington, Minn., earlier this month.
Business

In meatpacking towns, some say child labor is 'not a secret'

November 27
Labor Department attorneys say PSSI, a Wisconsin-based cleaning service, illegally employed six underage staff at JBS Pork in Worthington and Turkey Valley Farms in Marshall.
St. John’s defensive lineman Michael Wozniak, right, went against Wartburg’s Ethan Stockwell on Saturday in Collegeville, Minn.
Colleges

Reusse: Playoff loss denies Wozniak a final 'excellent' Johnnies moment

November 26
Award-winning St. John's defensive tackle and Johnnies legacy Michael Wozniak was unable to lead his team on a long D-III postseason run.
Rosella Decker, the mother of Tommy Decker, who was shot to death while working as a Cold Spring police officer in November 2012, put a hand on his gr
St. Cloud

Minnesota briefs: Memorial to honor slain officer Tom Decker, others on 10th anniversary

November 26
Plus: U.S. Supreme Court allows Red Wing garbage plans to proceed; northern cities get grants for water projects.
A shrine to St. Cloud, the patron saint of the Diocese of St. Cloud, is inside St. Mary’s Cathedral downtown.
St. Cloud

St. Cloud priest who pleaded guilty to sex abuse is dismissed from priesthood

November 22
While serving a prison sentence for criminal sexual conduct, Anthony Oelrich had remained a priest.
The sale of THC products became legal in Minnesota in July, catching many officials by surprise.
St. Cloud

St. Cloud passes buffer-free zoning ordinance for THC/CBD retailers

November 22
The city's planning commission had recommended buffer zones around schools and parks, but the City Council decided against the restrictions.
Sandhill cranes leave Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge, some to continue migration, others to feed in nearby fields, after roosting Wednesday, Nov.
St. Cloud

Record-setting 29K cranes flock to Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

November 16
The refuge, which saw twice the number of sandhill cranes as its previous record year in 2019, provides a safe place for birds to roost and eat on their migration south.
Obituaries

Farm advocate 'Russ' Bjorhus dies at 93

November 20
Longtime Litchfield resident led federal agency during farm crisis of the 1980s.
Politics

Lisa Demuth is first woman, person of color to lead Minnesota House GOP caucus

November 19
She describes her style as collaborative, leaves "wide open" the possibility of working with Democrats.

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