February 23

St. Joseph man gets 14-plus years in prison for killing girlfriend's baby

A medical examiner's autopsy found the baby suffered several skull fractures and bruising.
February 19
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
February 19

Monticello man, 86, fatally injured in Sherburne County crash

A Monticello man died early Friday from injuries suffered in a head-on collision Thursday morning just south of Big Lake, Minn.According to the Sherburne County…
Curious Minnesota
February 19
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell says he wants candidates who go into policing for the “right reason.”

What does it take to become a police officer in Minnesota?

In light of recent issues with police officer conduct, one reader wanted to know what kind of training law enforcement officers get in the state.
February 11
Tom Emmer as he appeared briefly in an appearance Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee.

'You're upside down, Tom': Emmer's flipped head speaks before House panel

"I don't know how to fix that," the Minnesota Republican replied amid giggling during his virtual appearance. Later, he looked at the bright side: "I am not a cat."
February 11
Lindsay Overbay

Husband of medical assistant killed in Buffalo attack struggles to explain loss to their children

Husband, friend describe vibrant 37-year-old mom who was dedicated to her work as a healer.
St. Cloud
February 10

St. Cloud man in custody after making threats, police say

A man who had been "acting suspiciously and making statements that could pose a risk to public safety" was taken into custody Wednesday in St.…
February 10
Jonathan S. Greyblood  Credit: Morrison County jail

Charges: Little Falls man strangled wife, dropped body onto icy river

He said the two argued while in their driveway, according to the charges.
February 9
The Brunswick Corp., which makes Lund and Crestliner boats, says it needs dozens more employees at its world headquarters in New York Mills, Minn.  Cr

Surge in demand for pleasure boating amid pandemic has Minnesota builders busy

The facility in New York Mills that builds Lund and Crestliner boats has added 114 positions in past 6 months and needs to fill 60 more.
February 8
Orono basketball coach Barry Wohler with players Isaiah Hagen and Connor Chappell.

Reusse: Barry Wohler's journey from three-sport U recruit to prep coach

The athletic standout from Bird Island was recruited by the Gophers, got drafted by the Dodgers and is now the long-time boys' basketball coach at Orono.
St. Cloud
February 7
The St. Cloud-based unit flies CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, which are capable of transporting personnel and equipment.  Credit: National Guar

St. Cloud-based Guard unit heading to Kuwait for 'All Night Long' mission

While on its 9-month deployment, the unit will provide aerial support for troop and combat operations.
St. Cloud
February 5

Man killed in I-94 wrong-way crash near Albany, Minn. was from Grove City

Alcohol is believed to have been a factor, the State Patrol said.
February 3
Patients, including Gerald Sweeney, 79, waited in line to be vaccinated at North Memorial’s Minnetonka Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon.

Cases dropping as vaccination success emerges in Minnesota

Health care systems offer new vaccine slots, which get filled in hours, by senior citizens eager for pandemic protection.
January 29

A Minnesota family remembers its loved one, creates light for others

A Rice family lights up the lives of others, and theirs, with beautiful sun catchers.
St. Cloud
January 27
Gerald Salzer  Credit: Stearns County jail

Charges filed in rolling road rage incident near St. Cloud

The angry 308-pound man put his fist through the driver's side window of the other car and punched a man in the face, the charges read.
January 23
Emergency Room physician Dr. Mohammed I. Hussain seen in May just inside the entrance to CentraCare Health in Monticello. The spring stressed hospital

Minnesota nonprofits getting creative to crawl out of COVID-19 financial hole

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc for the nonprofit world, from large health systems to small arts and social service agencies and colleges. These organizations must now figure out how to rebuild after vaccines allow public spaces to open and people form new habits.
January 2
Sisters Amanda Witthuhn, left, and Jensyn Schluttner gave their order to Sophia Sabinash from their cozy outdoor fish house at the Pirates Den in Vern

Minnesota restaurant owner has creative solution for outdoor dining: Fish houses

Verndale restaurant owner gets creative to cope with COVID-19
Puck Drop
December 31, 2020
St. Cloud State freshman forward Veeti Miettinen collected four goals and four assists during the Huskies’ time in the Omaha Pod.

St. Cloud State aims to build on pod hockey success

The Huskies men's team went 6-3 in Omaha, moving to No. 6 in the national rankings. The next challenge for coach Brett Larson's squad is a Saturday-Sunday home series against No. 4 Minnesota Duluth.
December 11, 2020
The City Council in Murdock, Minn., voted anonymously Wednesday night to allow this abandoned Lutheran church to become a Midwest hub of the Asatru Fo

Experts: Anonymous vote on white supremacist church violated open meeting law

Murdock City Council granted the church a permit without revealing how each council member voted.
October 31, 2020
Neighbors gathered during Ramadan for an iftar dinner sponsored by Healthy Together Willmar, a community-led project for breaking down barriers to hea

Willmar celebrates five-year effort to build healthy community

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN invested $2 million in the project
October 27, 2020
Ashlea Clifton, right, who moved from Minneapolis to Perham to take over the local coffee shop Gathering Grounds in August, joked with customer Dennis

Perham's problem: Too many jobs, not enough workers

Thriving Perham, Minn., is building amenities to attract more workers.
November 2, 2019
An overhead look at downtown St. Cloud. City officials are banking on an eventual extension of the Northstar commuter rail to revitalize the east side

St. Cloud's east side primed for a makeover

City consider a plan to redevelop area along Mississippi River
July 19, 2019
Quarry Park and Nature Preserve offers a cool swim in a former granite mine, as well as rock climbing, trails and picnic areas.

Midwest Traveler: On a summer day trip, St. Cloud's appeal is clear

St. Cloud transforms from drive-through city into day-trip destination.
St. Cloud
June 28, 2019

Telling the other side of the St. Cloud story

A number of groups and leaders are working to make the city more welcoming.
St. Cloud
June 24, 2019
John Palmer on May 16, 2019, at Culver’s restaurant in St. Cloud, Minn., where he reads right-wing news and conspiratorial websites each weekday.

St. Cloud and immigration: White resistance is just part of my hometown

The flaws recent national media coverage reveals are those of a small group of people with too much power — and of their enablers.