May 14

Minnesota briefs: Benson rejects city manager candidates

The city of Benson has reopened its search for a new city manager after rejecting two candidates.At a meeting earlier this month, the City Council…
Local
May 14
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.
Weather
May 13
Homes and garages were flattened and vehicles tipped over on the south side of Lake Darling in Alexandria, Minn.

1 killed as severe storms cause damage across western Minn.

The death occurred in Kandiyohi County where a grain bin fell onto a car.
St. Cloud
May 13
Nadean Inman

Suit says Benton County elected official has failed to maintain residency, must be removed from office

The County Board wants the office to be declared vacant and allow a successor to be appointed.
Sports
May 12
Zandon placed third in the Kentucky Derby, but will skip the remaining two legs of the Triple Crown races to point toward the Travers Stakes in August

Minnesota horse Zandon won't race in the Preakness or Belmont

Zandon's owner, Jeff Drown of St. Cloud, has the horse pointed toward the Travers Stakes. Derby winner Rich Strike won't race in the Preakness, either.
Puck Drop
May 12
St. Cloud State athletic director Heather Weems is leaving the school to become commissioner of the NCHC.

NCHC names St. Cloud State AD Weems as its new commissioner

She replaces Josh Fenton, who helped build the league and recently became commissioner of the Summit League.
Weather
May 11
A large tree split a Coon Rapids house in half when it toppled in Wednesday night’s storm, as seen Thursday morning.

Tornadoes, hail, rain pummel Minnesota — and more to come

It was the first of two nights of stormy weather expected in the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota.
St. Cloud
May 10
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.
Local
May 10

18-year-old driver crashes into tree and dies near Brainerd

The SUV hit a tree near an intersection east of Brainerd.
St. Cloud
May 9

Rice man dies in Friday motorcycle crash

The 31-year-old hit a trailer at a 90-degree curve in the road.
St. Cloud
May 9
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.
St. Cloud
May 7
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.
Sports
May 7
Jill Drown, works to get a selfie with Zandon  at barn  at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2022. Photo by Mark Cornelison
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This Kentucky Derby sets up as a Minnesota spectacle with Zandon and Zozos

Race day could be emotional for St. Cloud's Jeff Drown, owner of Zandon, and Eden Prairie's Joni and Barry Butzow, owner of Zozos.
Local
May 7
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.
St. Cloud
May 7
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.
May 6
Minnesota National Guard Soldiers provided heavy-lift support for flood response operations occurring in North Dakota.

Minnesota National Guard helicopter, crew from St. Cloud join flood response in North Dakota

The mission is to stabilize a dam as flood risk persists.
St. Cloud
May 6
Gophers
May 6
James D. Blue

7 1⁄2-year term for driver who killed two, including son of U hockey coach

James D. Blue was drunk while speeding in his $140,000 car last summer on a Lake Minnetonka road, and pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide.
Sports
May 3
Zandon worked out Monday morning at Churchill Downs.

Minnesota-owned Zandon gets respect, set as early Derby favorite

Zandon's post position, No. 10, has sent off nine winners — second most in the race's history. His owners, who are from St. Cloud, were thrilled with the draw.
Local
April 30
Minnesota-born artist Wayne Brezinka’s exhibit “Facing War” is on display in the lobby of the Glover Park Hotel, which faces the Russian Embassy

Polish ancestors' immigration to Minnesota inspired D.C. art show near Russian Embassy

"My family history was always out there, but didn't feel alive" until a cousin in Minneapolis sent a wedding photo of their great-grandparents, said Wayne Brezinka, whose art show runs through May 15
Sports
April 30
Zandon (left) and Zozos are owned by Minnesotans and scheduled to run in the Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky Derby has Minnesota twist this year: 2 horses with state ties

Looking for a local angle to boost your interest in this year's race? Look to the end of the alphabet. Zandon and Zozos have Minnesota connections and are being taken seriously by race fans.
Local
April 29

1 dead after deputy, trooper fire weapons near Little Falls, authorities say

One man was killed and a second person was injured Thursday evening.
St. Cloud
April 27
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.
Business
April 27
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.
St. Cloud
April 26
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.