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  • Ice Safety 101

    It’s that time of year when avid fishermen are eager to get out on the lake. Before they do so, checking the ice thickness is crucial for one’s safety.

  • Ready for independence

    Bartz prepares students for life beyond high school graduation

  • What a wax museum!

    St. Mary’s sixth graders depict ’70, ’80 characters, including Melrose basketball star

  • Fire destroys grain dryer, 4,000 bushels of corn

    On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, Villard and Sauk Centre Fire Departments responded to a grain dryer fire at the Bernie and Linda Herickhoff farm 13 miles west of Sauk Centre at 4:45 p.m.

  • On a mission

    Five area women are spending the next several days in the Dominican Republic, taking part in a mission trip centered on empowering others and bringing necessities to support education and wellness.

  • Coming  together  to  sing

    Long-time director Grove enjoys Christmas camaraderie

  • Noll named state Education Support Professional of the year

    Diane Noll is likely the first person anyone sees as they make their way into Albany Elementary School. In her 14th year as the school’s administrative assistant, Diane is honored to be named the state education support professional of the year. 

  • Kickoff your holidays  Friday in Melrose

    New, old events galore

  • Vision testing offered at public school

    This year marks the seventh year Brett Freese and his employees at Eyes on Main visited the Sauk Centre Public School to provide free eye exams for preschool through fifth grade students.

  • Holiday spirit brings time of giving
    Weisser, Zehrer organize, facilitate Christmas Shopper
  • Voters turn down levy and bond

    School board to evaluate outcome

  • Operating levy approved

    Klasen elected to board

  • Who are the Friends to Restore St. Mary’s?

    Group shares mission, details of lawsuit

  • Estate sale donations made

    Budde siblings honor parents, contribute to Avon organizations 

  • Maintaining

    Goerdt’s two vehicles have a combined 838,237 miles

  • A trip through downtown

    Businesses rally together for shop local campaign

  • Coming together for kindness

    Students celebrate Unity Day

  • Heart Failure Support Group starting in Sauk

    Sauk Centre–One in five Americans will develop heart failure in their lifetime.

  • Central Minnesota Credit Union Foundation donates to Albany Fire Department

    Central Minnesota Credit Union Foundation is pleased to announce a donation made in the amount of $1,000 to the Albany Fire Department. 

  • Parental involvement needed when addressing drugs

    Melrose–There are drugs in the area, and they are available to children.

  • Meire Grove Band to be inducted into hall of fame

    Meyer music maker for 71 years

  • A hopeful recovery

    Benefit for Majerus will be Oct. 21 at Legion

  • Quality trumps timeline

    Facility project pushes forward at Albany Area Schools

  • Career of caring

    Tschida named rural health nurse of the year

  • Beautiful Brittany

    Sauk teen doesn’t let challenges define her

  • Walk-a-thon fun

    Albany Elementary Parent Teacher Organization kicks off with fundraising success

  • 150 years of Farming

    Schwieters have something to celebrate

  • Record breakers!

    200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay break two pool records

  • Self-sufficient Theresa hits 100

    Sand family gathers with hillbilly theme to celebrate birthday milestones

  • Creating healthier communities

    Gruber discusses BLEND program

  • Jeremiah's Journey

    Born 10 weeks premature, Sorenson baby comes home

  • Sauk Lake: A recreation destination

    Groups from Kansas City, Clairon, Iowa have made the trek for over a half century

  • Albany Area Education Foundation:

    Local philanthropy strives to connect people, resources and needs

  • Major damage as storm hits area

    Arce Auto building, machine shed leveled; turkey, chicken barns damaged

  • Financial stability assists with Melrose growth
  • It's not uncommon for strangers to approach Sandy and Dan Wielenberg to tell them that their daughter brightened…(click picture to read story)
  • Four girls to compete at state fairgrounds this weekend
  • Family Fabric Shop relocates to Main Street

    After seven years, the Family Fabric Shop has relocated its business from its building on Sinclair Lewis Avenue into the former Mead’s Department Store building on Main Street.

  • Anthony's Impact

    Albany toddler outshines challenges, brightens the world

  • 400 Block 1 year later

    Eight businesses, eight families relocate in Melrose

  • From blackboards, to white boards, to SMART Boards

    Marker, Uhlenkamp, Borgmann share three eras of teaching

  • Bursting with fun

    Community-built Dream Catcher II opens with happy reviews

  • New ORs state-of-the-art

    Melrose–Four hundred and thirty-seven surgeries and procedures were performed at CentraCare Health-Melrose Hospital from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016. Surgeries and procedures increased 23 percent, to 538, for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. 

  • Rearranging Main Street

    Geyermans moving to corner store

  • Enhancing life in Holdingford

    Community & Adult Day Center celebrates completion of project

  • Blessed addition

    St. Rose of Lima project

    complete in time for Sept. 3 festival 

  • Waiting for a call

    Deb Reynolds is known throughout the Sauk Centre community as someone who helps where she can. She has been a long time volunteer and to many is known as a caring, kind and giving person. Reynolds has given her time to others through the community and through her daycare, but now it is time for the community to give back to her.

  • High-powered industry

    American Industrial Services, Inc. takes hydro blasting to the next level

  • ‘Awesome facility’

    After 15 years of discussion, 2 years of planning, 15 months of construction, hospital opens Aug. 29

  • A ride for a purpose

    Spaude travels across 48 states for veterans

  • Dream Catcher II construction begins

    All hands on deck in community build project 

  • Dealing with Drugs

    Ridding community of drug dealers crucial

  •    Spring Hill Township-A dairy barn on the Wuertz  farm west of Spring Hill was destroyed by fire and approximately 25  calves inside died early Thursday morning. 
  • Cue the music!

    Former band teacher featured in mural

  • Leap of faith

    Soenneker enters seminary at 42

  • Massmann’s Eagle Scout project perfect partnership

    Raised gardens benefit food shelf

  • Close, but distant neighbors

    Local couple travels to Cuba, Vietnam

  • The Saint John’s Pottery awarded $500,000

    Master potter Richard Bresnahan of Avon has been Artist-in-Residence at the Saint John’s Pottery and has been creating works of art in the community since 1979.

  • Hero’s homecoming for Holdingford sailor

    Kerestes family has closure after 76 years

  • Walk/Run helps heal hearts

    Melrose–Between 50 and 60 signs lined a 2.5-mile walk around Melrose Saturday, July 15. All the signs had one thing in common. Each person lost their life to suicide. 

  • City council upholds  2 a.m. bar extension

    By the narrowest of margins, the city council voted July 19 night to uphold an ordinance passed July 5 allowing city bars to stay open until 2 a.m. — one additional hour than usual.

  • Taking a look

    Chamber members visit facility project; public tours offered Aug. 5

  • New hospital opening Aug. 29

    Will be showcased during Aug. 20 open house

  • The first “angel” on hole 18

    Life-saving efforts commended by Stearns County Sheriff’s Department

  • Powered by the sun

    Meier incorporates solar on dairy farm

  • Transportation transition
    For 36 years, students have been getting to and from the schools in the Albany Area School District under the watchful eye of Doug Konz. 

  • Sunday liqour sales ‘hoppin’

    Melrose–There was a steady stream of people walking into Spiritz Liquor in Melrose Sunday, July 2, to purchase liquor on a day when normally liquor could not be purchased. 

  • Two families and a tractor

    Twins increase bond for Fiedlers, Olsons

  • Teenager Found Safe

    Sienna has been located safe at a residence in Sherburne County. Stearns County would like to thank the public for providing tips and information about her whereabouts which helped bring this missing juvenile home safe.

  • Sauk Centre teacher moonlights as drone pilot

    It’s not unusual to see school teachers taking up seasonal jobs during summer break, but it’s not often you see one start up a business.

  • Oak Station Coffee & Cone

    Arnzen dips into new venture

  • Human trafficking hitting home

    MnDot, St. Cloud Sexual Assault Center creating awareness, combating problem

  • Mayers live good life on family dairy farm

    Rural New Munich–Mayers’ family farm photos hang on walls in Tim and Lori Mayers’ rural New Munich home. Outside, the original red and white barn built close to 120 years ago by Tim’s great-grandfather, still stands. 

  • Life on Sauk Lake

    Tim Weir sees importance of stewardship for 

    health of local waters

  • Ruby's ride

    Avon dog makes cross-country trek to get back home

  • A caregiver’s journey with Alzheimer’s

    Joan Eisenschenk shares her rocky road to finding peace as a caregiver and her plan to help others get to a good place.

  • Happy at home

    As Avon came together for Spunktacular Days this past weekend, the theme, ‘Celebrate Freedom,’ which focused on honoring active service members and veterans emulated throughout the city.

  • Bueckers is Blessed

    Rural Melrose–A photo of Bertha and Ervin Bueckers hangs on a wall above a Bible on a shelf in their rural Melrose home.

  • Necessity leads to invention

    After graduating from high school, the average student will head off to college.

    Class of 2015 Sauk Centre graduate Dick Polipnick followed the rest of society, attending the University of St. Thomas with a major in entrepreneurship for one semester.

  • Five Flying Fielders

    Not many people take on life-changing hobbies as they approach their 40s, but Jean Fiedler did just that in 1983 by getting his pilot’s license — and in doing so, he’d also go on to change the lives of four family members.

  • Make-A-Wish miracle

    AriYanna princess of her castle

  • Ready for the Next Journey

    Breth retires from cherished role at Holdingford Elementary

  • Krista’s fight

    Area teen battles rare, painful condition

    Krista Huls graduated from Holdingford High School on Friday evening.

  • Miss Melrose, Little Miss candidates announced

    MELROSE – Six young ladies will vie for the title of Miss Melrose and Miss Melrose Princess starting at 6 p.m., Sunday, June 25

  • St. Alexius parish house sustains damage in early-morning fire; no injuries sustained

     WEST UNION – The St. Alexius parish house in West Union sustained damages in an early-morning fire Thursday. Passersby noticed the fire and the Osakis Fire Department was called out at approximately 6:30 a.m. 

  • Milking goats key for more time together

    LITTLE SAUK – The learning curve has been steep for Marty and Heather Olson. But knowing the right people and with a drive to succeed, the couple has been operating a 50-goat dairy on their 13-acre property near Little Sauk for the past year.



  • Special meeting June 7 to discuss budget, levy

    Melrose-Melrose Area Public School Board members will hold a special meeting Wednesday, June 7, to discuss budget items and a possible operating funds levy for the district.

  • Holdingford soldier’s remains identified

    Kerestes has been missing for over 75 years

    It's been more than 75 years since Elmer T. Kerestes lost his life in the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but this summer the Holdingford enlisted sailor will be returning home. 


  • Strength and Hope Support group reaches for mental wellness

    Laughter filled the room Friday as the Stearns County Mental Health Outreach (SCMHO) support group gathered for their weekly meeting at the Palmer House. Richard, Fred, JoAnne, Mike, Brad, Greg and Gerry spoke freely as they always do, the camaraderie and ease with which they expressed themselves a product of meeting every Friday since 2013, but this Friday was special.

  • Meyer, Kerfeld, Anderson to lead Class of 2017

    Valedictorian, salutatorian tradition ends

  • Cherished memories

    Havard looks back on 31 years at Holy Family School

    With totem poles stacked outside her classroom and a friendly squirrel sitting in a tree made of construction paper on a wall inside her classroom, Connie Havard’s third grade classroom at Holy Family School is a comforting, fun and inspiring place to learn. 

  • A Standard Bearer
    Standard Iron has been a part of the Sauk Centre community for 44 years, so long that many consider it an institution. If that’s true, the same can be said about longtime employee Jim Weber.


  • Picking up the pieces

    Hedeens grateful for support after house fire

    When Jo Hedeen received a phone call from a neighbor on April 24, it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. 

  • Mock crash teaches lessons

    Melrose–“You killed my friend,” a hysteric teenager said pointing to an injured young man sitting on the back of a fire truck, Melrose police officer Jeff Eggert standing next to him. “It’s his fault. He was drinking.”

  • Making their mark

    Yearbook staff celebrates award-winning publications

    This Friday, students at the Albany Area Secondary School will receive a coveted piece of memorabilia – their yearbook – a representation of 2016-2017 for them to hold onto for a lifetime.

  • Raising a family with faith, fun
    Melrose–Family is first for Alice Soenneker, followed by faith and the family farm.

  • Lori's Winding Road
    May is Mental Health Awareness Month and no one understands the struggle to find help better than Lori, 32, who is currently residing at the Eagle’s Healing Nest.

  • DOYLE BLESSED 38-year career with children
     Melrose–Principal Bob Doyle said good morning to St. Mary’s students as they walked through the school doors just before 8 a.m. Wednesday. He calls them by first names and even adds tidbits of information about their life. It’s something he has done most schools days during his 38 years as principal.

  • A new focus
    The Braun Maus opens as the Hairitage Shoppe era comes to a close
  • Shared bloodlines

    Polipnick finds kidney donor in his family

    A person’s life can change in a minute. This is a simple fact that 20-year-old Dick Polipnick has now learned twice in the last six months.

  • Hairdressing haven
    Freeport–Friday morning Betty Hennen visited with long-time customer and friend Rita Hiltner as Betty did her hair.

  • Hope for Javen
    It started with a stomach bug last November, but now, six months later, an Albany teen is awaiting a bone marrow transplant after battling autoimmune hepatitis and aplastic anemia. 

  • History finds a home
    After a lengthy search for a larger space, the Sauk Centre History Museum has found its new home. Last Friday, it was announced a historical building on Main Street was being donated to the group by Mark and Mary Lou Schaefer.
  • St. Mary’s restoration proposal denied
    St. Mary’s parishioners and people from other parishes prayed the rosary Saturday night, while holding signs and candles, including a candle saved from the March 11, 2016, fire, as people entered St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud for the Easter Vigil.
  • Women in STEM
    On most Thursday mornings, before the school day begins, nine women gather in the science department at Albany Area Secondary School. They are the Albany Women in STEM and with their determination they are bound to change the world.

  • Work starts on  St. Rose of Lima Church
     St. Rosa-Work has started on the 2,600-square-foot addition to the St. Rose of Lima Church in St. Rosa.   

  • Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota performing at Paramount Theatre
    A group of high school students from Albany, Avon, Holdingford and the surrounding areas will be performing “Requiem for the Living” at the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud on April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 3 p.m., as part of the Youth Chorale of Central Minnesota (YCCM).

  • ‘Eggs’tra  ordinary" Auxiliary
    Melrose–“We’re colorful this morning,” Betty Kemper said as she dips another boiled egg into a cup of yellow food coloring Thursday morning.

  • Easter Blessings
    Gus and Irma Anderson spent the years of 1948 through 1985 making area churches beautiful for their holy seasons, funerals and other events. It was their work, their livelihood, as owners of Anderson Florist, a company founded by Gus’ parents.
  • Carson's kindness
    Organization gives back to the Central Minnesota autism community
  • A royal family
    Holdvogt sixth sister crowned dairy princess

  • No One Dies Alone
    New program helps patients, families through death experience
  • Awakened by smoke alarms
    Altendahl rescues children
    from burning home


  • Linn is in

    Write-in candidate will serve 3-year supervisor term

  • ‘Amongst this mess, we’re blessed’

    Sauk Centre native pieces her life back together after tornado

  • Newest, oldest  bar in town
    Moss making changes, keeping history
  • Accounting firm continues after founder’s passing
    Gerald and Mary Kay Meier started Meier Accounting on May 1, 1975, almost 42 years ago. Together they built the business and operated it out of their residence on Main Street.
  • Two from Sauk Centre running for Stearns County Dairy Princess
    Sauk Centre has two girls who will compete to become this year’s Stearns County Dairy Princesses, which will take place on Saturday at the Freeport Community Center.
  • Streeters Line of Defense
    It was earlier this month and the Sauk Centre girls had just poured in 66 points against an excellent Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton team.
  • Honoring Grandpa
    As a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard (ARNG) Military Funeral Honors Program since 2010, Jozy Olson has attended nearly 800 funerals, but the last one he attended was one to remember.
  • To Carry or Not to Carry
    High demand for concealed carry permits requires additional staff
  • Pruning time of year
    Marty Claussen has owned Tree Top Nursery and Landscaping in Sauk Centre for 34 years and has dealt with various types of trees and shrubs over the years, making him knowledgeable in his profession.
  • School board keeps up to date with important policies
    The Sauk Centre Public Schools board of education met Tuesday night.
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