St. Cloud
November 25
Gov. Tim Walz and St. Cloud State President Robbyn Wacker chat with SCSU students studying in Alnwick, England, during a November 2021 trade trip to t

SCSU leaders, Waite Park business owner promote central MN in European trade trip

A trio from the St. Cloud area joined Gov. Tim Walz on his seven-day trade mission.
St. Cloud
November 23

St. Cloud area farmer sentenced to repay $1.4M for defrauding USDA loan programs

He used grain he didn't have as collateral to get the loans, according to prosecutors.
November 23

St. Cloud-area farm ordered to repay $1.4M to USDA, put on probation

The Becker farmer defrauded government loan programs
November 23
St. John’s football coach Gary Fasching

St. John's football coach tests positive for COVID, assistant takes over

Defensive coordinator Jerry Haugen will serve as acting head coach ahead of Saturday's game against Linfield in the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
November 23
The Red Carpet Nightclub in downtown St. Cloud on March 4, 2021.

St. Cloud man sentenced to 40 years for stabbing death at Red Carpet

Stephenson is the third defendant found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2019 incident.
November 23

Passenger killed in St. Cloud crash involving two trucks

One of the trucks was stopped and hit from behind by the other, the patrol said.
St. Cloud
November 22
During a family game night on Monday, Nov. 22, Phillipe Jr., 11, laughed with his mom, Andrea Robinson, while another son, Romello, 17, drew a card. H

Cold Spring woman runs for council four months after racist attack

Andrea Robinson has been outspoken on instances of harassment against her multiracial family.
November 20
Dr. Andrew Winter listens to Bobby Stewart’s lungs during his examination in the St. Cloud Hospital emergency room on Nov. 17, 2021.

St. Cloud ER 'fast and furious' amid COVID wave in Minnesota

Minnesota's busiest hospital — by occupancy rate — has been at the epicenter of the state's COVID-19 wave for three months, treating an escalating number of infected patients while seeing no slowdown in everyday emergencies.
St. Cloud
November 20
The entrance to St. Cloud prison.

Minnesota briefs: St. Cloud prison's COVID-19 surge crests at 225 cases

The surge of COVID-19 cases at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud appears to be waning after reaching a high of 255 inmates with confirmed COVID-19…
November 20
Kris Schiffler, right, the owner of Shady’s Hometown Tavern in Albany, Minn., told supporters outside his business that he was not opening his bar a

State settles suits with 2 Minn. restaurants that challenged COVID mandates

Shady's, Boardwalk Bar will pay fines for resisting emergency orders to stem COVID transmission.
November 17
Minnesota hospitals were caring for 1,382 COVID-19 patients, including 320 in intensive care, on Tuesday, according to the Minnesota Department of Hea

Minn. hospitals get federal help to address staff shortages

HCMC and St. Cloud Hospital each will receive 22 emergency medical workers from the Department of Defense. Cerenity Senior Care-Marian in St. Paul will become the third long-term care facility in the state to open its beds to hospitalized patients.
November 17
Hillman Township supervisors cleared the town hall Tuesday and went into executive session to discuss a bitter legal fight over a gravel road.

Township board isn't ready to end dispute over gravel road

Hillman Township, near Mora in central Minnesota's Kanabec County, is still weighing legal options in case of family that lost its access road.
November 15
Nkeiruka Iogbonna and Wyatt Orth, both nurses at CentraCare’s St. Cloud Hospital, are part of St. Cloud State’s first cohort of students earning a

New nursing programs aim to attract rural providers to central Minnesota

St. Ben's, St. Cloud State start doctoral programs.
November 12
The Crisman family will get back the road to its home outside Mora, Minn., after a judge ruled that Hillman Township’s actions in shutting down the

Minnesota family that lost the road to its home will get it back

Judge calls board actions in Hillman Township "unreasonable, absurd."
November 12

22-year-old Belgrade man dies in rural Stearns County crash

A passerby found the unresponsive driver Thursday morning.
November 11
The entrance to St. Cloud prison. (Credit: Jenny Berg)

St. Cloud prison pauses intake after COVID-19 spike

More than 90% of current Minnesota inmates with COVID-19 are at St. Cloud.
November 9
Veteran Dan Abrego shares his story of homelessness Tuesday, Nov. 9. Also pictured are Larry Herke, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Vetera

Central Minnesota area effectively ends veteran homelessness

Region effectively ended homelessness for vets.
November 6
Bill Meissner has published nine books in the last three decades. Nearly half of the books revolve around baseball, including his most recent.

Town ball takes center stage in St. Cloud author's new book

Central Minnesota fields inspire Bill Meissner's latest collection of stories.
November 5

Onetime St. Cloud Tech student admits to sexually assaulting 3 teen girls

Plea deal calls for no prison time, five years of probation.
St. Cloud
November 4

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Brainerd

The crash occurred midafternoon Wednesday, the State Patrol said.
November 3
Laurie Putnam

St. Cloud school board selects new superintendent

Assistant Superintendent Laurie Putnam will replace Willie Jett, who was with the district for eight years.
November 2
Joshua R. Quade

St. Joseph man arrested, charged with throwing homemade bomb at house

Law enforcement found a bag with an empty liquor bottle with fireworks and butane fuel canisters.
November 1
Allison P. Tadych pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft by swindle in Stearns County District Court on Oct. 22.

Ex-bookkeeper at St. Cloud's Tech High admits to stealing $119K

She pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 310 days in Stearns County jail.
October 29
Longtime St. Cloud State University Prof. Ed Ward was able to provide authorities with a description of the suspect.

Duluth man who shot SCSU professor gets 32-year sentence

Daughter of slain man tells judge "my home was violated and my family was destroyed."
October 29
Kelly Straka, originally from Wayzata, will lead the DNR’s wildlife section from her home near Duluth. She’s shown here on a recent woodcock hunt.

Anderson: Q&A with Kelly Straka, DNR's ground-breaking new section manager

Straka grew up in Wayzata before undertaking a circuitous route back to Minnesota that included stops all over the world.