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Prep Wrestling: Lakers fall, Falcons stand tall

BENSON — If Minnewaska was to punch its first-ever ticket to the state wrestling tournament, it was going to take a comeback effort against top-seeded and top-ranked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Browerville.


Canadian man dies in northern Minnesota snowmobile crash

A man from Canada was killed Saturday afternoon during a snowmobile ride with his friends near the town of Buyck, Minnesota. Melvyn MacDonald, 35, was thrown from his snowmobile after the vehicle left the trail and struck a tree, according to a news release from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office


School closings for Feb. 12

Canby Schools: Closed at 10:30 a.m. Central Minnesota Christian - Closing at noon. Dream Technical Academy Willmar - Closing at noon. Hancock: Closed at 11 a.m. Kerhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Closing at 12:15 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley - Closed at 10:30 a.m.


Field reports: Minnesota lawmakers, hunters target CWD

Minnesota deer hunting groups and DFL lawmakers last week week unveiled a package of new bills that they hope will pass during the 2019 legislative session and help battle chronic wasting disease.


Family fighters: NLS high school senior and three family members all diagnosed with cancer in four-week period

NEW LONDON — The old wives tale that trouble comes in threes was off by one for Rikki Wold and her family. Within a month's time Wold — a 17-year-old senior at New London-Spicer High School — and three immediate members of her family were diagnosed with cancer.


Goossen and Enderson lead Benson boys to 63-54 win over Lakeview

The Benson boys basketball team earned its fifth win of the season with a 63-54 victory over Lakeview last Monday night in Benson. The Braves had two games later in the week, losing at Melrose last Tuesday night, 64-45, and also losing at Minnewaska Area, Friday, 67-44.


Metro area, southern Minnesota to see snowfall in morning hours Sunday

Brace yourselves, Minnesotans: more snow is on its way. However, only the southern parts of the state, as well as the metro area, will have to endure it. Northern and central Minnesota will not see much of anything when it comes to snowfall on Sunday, according to KSTP meteorologist Nicole Mitchell.


Ahrndt second in all-around at WCC Meet

The Benson-KMS gymnastics team scored above 130 points for the third and fourth-straight times last week. The gymnasts lost a close meet with NLS last Monday night in Benson, 135.25-132.325 to end the regular season with a 4-3 overall record.


Report shows that pedestrian safety is a major concern on Minnesota's American Indian reservations

A simple walk to the grocery store can be dangerous on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. With logging trucks regularly speeding along busy Hwy. 2 at 65 miles per hour, residents who can't afford a car put themselves at risk by walking to the store along the road's narrow shoulder.


Courts strive to improve child protection cases with pilot project in west central Minnesota

WILLMAR — Halfway into a two-year pilot program designed to address Minnesota's higher-than-acceptable rate of children being placed into foster care, District Court Judge Jenna Fischer is finding some possible solutions.


Boys Hockey: Morris Benson drops two

MBA 1 1 1 — 3 FIRST PERIOD — B: Griffin Brovold 4:54 ... M: Mathew Tolifson (Kolby Goff, Tyler Buss) 7:30. SECOND PERIOD — B: Jacy Benson (Brovold) 0:38 ... M: Will Breuer (Brady Loge) 4:16 ... B: Alex Rolfson (Trey Netland, Benjamin Gerbracht) 7:00 ... B: Tanner Levin (Parker Boe, Adam Olson) 9:43.


Minnesota dismisses TE who allegedly punched cop in the face

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Minnesota tight end Max Janes is facing felony charges after allegedly assaulting a police officer very early in the morning of Feb. 8. It’s alleged that an intoxicated Janes was in the process of breaking into a post office when police officers responded,


Finnish émigré made Minnesota island her home

The Finns have a word for her: sisu, which translates roughly to mean strong will, determination or perseverance. For more than 50 years, from 1928 into the 1980s, Finnish émigré Lydia Torry made her year-round home on Kubel Island — one of the countless rocky outcrops dotting the lakes way Up North


Outdoors: Trumpeter swans have made historic comeback in Minnesota

When February rolls around, most hunting seasons have concluded, and the ice fishing can get downright slow. The same is true for observing and photographing southern Minnesota's bird life.


Minnesota spent $45.5 billion the past two years. Should it spend more?

It’s the thing Minnesota Republicans and Democrats have to agree on — eventually. Crafting a new, two-year state budget is lawmakers’ top priority this legislative session. The current, $45.5 billion biennial spending plan runs out June 30 and without a new one, state government will shut down.


Minnesota Senator makes 2020 presidential campaign stop in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar made a stop in Eau Claire Saturday morning as part of her 2020 presidential campaign trail. The visit in Eau Claire is the democratic senator's first campaign stop since announcing her run. Klobuchar says she's focused on income inequality a


Truck mishap knocks out power to MN town

APPLETON, Minn. — The power is back on, but crews are still working on repairs in a Minnesota town after an overnight mishap involving a truck left the community in the dark.


Old School: The jocular snowbird of Minnesota

Off in the distance there is a faint sound that can be heard especially as 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts come up from the south. Yes, that is the sound of laughter. Who is laughing and at whom is that laughter directed?


Minnesota provides medical safety net for asylum-seekers in need of care

Montevideo, Minn. – Sarai Carranza Iraheta spent days lying in bed in a church basement here, paraplegic and suffering from a kidney infection. Her body ached; she had a fever. She vomited a lot.


Striving for a bigger cause: Lanyero's nursing aspirations led her to Alexandria

In July 2017, Winnifred Lanyero stepped out of a plane and walked on American soil for the first time. Even though she was only 21 years old, she had witnessed a lot, including two decades of war, poverty, mutilation and other heinous crimes committed by the Lord Resistance Army in her home country