St. Cloud
January 14
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.
Local
January 14

SUV hits and kills girl, 6, who was alone on dark highway near Lake Mille Lacs

The crash occurred about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the patrol said.
St. Cloud
January 13
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.
St. Cloud
January 13
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.
St. Cloud
January 11
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.
St. Cloud
January 10

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.
St. Cloud
January 10
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.
Local
January 8
Crow Wing County Commissioners Doug Houge, Steve Barrows and Rosemary Franzen, along with Crow Wing County Attorney Don Ryan, right, listened to speak

False fraud claims push Crow Wing to another election review

Group of county residents seek new audit of already certified vote.
St. Cloud
January 7
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.
Olympics
January 6
St. Cloud State’s Brett Larson and MSU Mankato’s Mike Hastings will be assistants for Team USA at the Beijing Olympics.

Mankato's Hastings, St. Cloud's Larson going to Beijing with USA Hockey

Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings and St. Cloud coach Brett Larson will assist David Quinn behind the bench at the Beijing Winter Games next month.
St. Cloud
January 4
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.
St. Cloud
December 29, 2021
Five people have been charged in Stearns County this week with felonies for various forms of voter fraud.

Felony charge: St. Cloud man illegally applied for absentee ballot, then threw it out

He's one of five people charged this week in Stearns County on allegations of voter fraud.
Local
December 29, 2021
Rescue personnel worked to recover a sled caught in an avalanche Monday in south-central Montana.

2 snowmobilers from Minnesota die in avalanche north of Yellowstone

They were among 8 riding together in south-central Montana.
Local
December 27, 2021
In the latest chapter of a long-running dispute, a Kanabec County judge has refused to revisit a ruling that Hillman Township must maintain the entire

Judge rejects township's bid to revisit gravel road dispute in Mora, Minn.

Hillman Township has set a Jan. 7 deadline to settle the road dispute
Local
December 25, 2021
Substitute teacher Craig Nilles led a physical education class at Woodland Elementary School on Oct. 26 in Eagan. Minnesota school districts are tacki

Schools add vacation days to ease teacher stress, staff shortages

Some districts' winter breaks are gaining a day or two, leaving families scrambling.
St. Cloud
December 23, 2021
Fardoussa O. Abdillahi

St. Cloud mother faces additional murder charge in infant's death

The woman's lawyer indicates she will pursue a defense based on mental illness or cognitive impairment.
St. Cloud
December 23, 2021
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.
St. Cloud
December 22, 2021
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.
December 22, 2021

Pickup driver hits tree, is killed east of St. Cloud

The driver was traveling on a wet highway late in the morning, the State Patrol said.
St. Cloud
December 19, 2021
Montevideo is among the Minnesota cities whose newspaper will soon be under new ownership.

New buyer promises to improve Minnesota newspapers that previous owner 'stripped'

Montevideo, St. James, Crookston among publications changing hands
Local
December 18, 2021
Gov. Tim Walz has ordered flags on government buildings to fly at half staff on behalf of Upsala firefighter Brian D. Lange, 55, who died Dec. 11 of a

Gov. Tim Walz orders flags at half staff to honor Upsala, Minn., firefighter who died in line of duty

Capt. Brian Lange died from a medical illness related to line of duty service.
St. Cloud
December 17, 2021
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."
St. Cloud
December 16, 2021
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.
St. Cloud
December 15, 2021
A sign indicated that children would be getting a kid dose of the Pfizer vaccine in November at Como Park Elementary School in St. Paul. St. Cloud is

St. Cloud elementary vaccine clinic latest in efforts to reach underserved populations

"We know it's sometimes hard for them to get to us so we're bringing the vaccine to them," a CentraCare doctor says.
St. Cloud
December 14, 2021