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Wright County Board alters its meetings schedule; 3rd Tuesdays will be workshops

For decades, a fixture of Wright County government has been the county board of commissioners convening meetings at 9 a.m. every Tuesday — with the exception of conflicts with holidays or five Tuesdays falling in a given month.


Inmate escaped southern Minnesota holding cell after court hearing

A southern Minnesota man is back in custody after escaping from a holding cell on Tuesday. According to charging documents, Rene Alfredo Garzo, 36, of St. James, was able to escape custody at the Watonwan County Courthouse after he was brought to the courtroom regarding a felony charge of fleeing po


Gun found in Lois Riess' hotel room linked to husband's murder, Minnesota sheriff says

Dodge County authorities have confirmed that a gun found in a Texas hotel room where Lois Riess was arrested was likely the same weapon used in the fatal shooting of her husband last year.


2016 Monticello High School grad killed in Crystal shooting

A 2016 Monticello High School graduate was shot and killed outside a Crystal apartment complex. DeShawn McCabe, age 20 of Monticello, has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s officer as the victim of the Friday, Feb. 15 shooting.


Police report: Man says dog was behind the wheel of van

A drunken man found behind the wheel of a minivan in the Walmart parking lot in Elk River insisted that his dog was, in fact, the driver. “While being questioned by officers, the defendant told the officers that his dog had driven him to Walmart. He continued to tell officers that his dog was in the


Section 5A hockey: Locals start with doubleheader

The boys hockey regular season has reached its conclusion, and 16 section tournaments began either over the weekend or earlier this week. The tournament relevant to local interests is that of Section 5A, which released its seedings and bracket Sunday. North Branch (16-7-2) was awarded the No. 2 seed


Weekend Storm Tracking Away from Central Minnesota

UNDATED -- We are highly confident a powerful winter storm will bring a narrow band of heavy snow and strong wind late Saturday into Sunday, but we still can't say where exactly the storm track will be.


Minnesota Weather: 'Powerful Winter Storm' Could Hit Twin Cities

TWIN CITIES, MN — It's official. February 2019 has been the snowiest February on record for the Twin Cities metro area. So far, 31.5 inches of snow has fallen this month, according to the National Weather Service. That beats the previous record held by February 1962, which saw 26.5 inches.


Viral video shows Amish man skiing behind horse buggy in Minnesota

Considering Minnesota isn't blessed with the tallest of peaks, avid skiers have to find opportunities to shred some powder wherever they can. Take this Amish man, for example, who was captured on video near Harmony, Minnesota, skiing while being pulled by a horse-drawn buggy.


Leaping her way to the State gymnastics meet

Monticello gymnast Kennedy Bican is heading to her fourth appearance at the Minnesota State High School League’s State gymnastics meet on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Maturi Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus. Kennedy, who finished first on the beam and second in the all-around competition a


Operation Valentine gives from the heart

Members of the Monticello community gave a big thank-you to veterans in the shape of a heart. The 13th Annual Operation Valentine was held Feb. 19 at the Best Western Plus Chelsea Hotel.


Push begins in Minnesota to allow driver's licenses for all

Roads would be safer, workers could get to their jobs easier and fewer people would live in fear if Minnesota allowed immigrants living in the country illegally to get driver’s licenses, supporters of the change said Thursday as they called for broader license access.


1 killed, 1 critically injured in Elk River crash

A man was killed and a woman injured in a two-vehicle crash in Elk River on Tuesday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened around 7:55 a.m. when a 2009 Nissan Murano in the left lane of eastbound Hwy. 10 collided with a 2003 Buick LeSabre that pulled out in front of it


Here's a list of snowfall totals across Minnesota

12.8 inches - Belle Plaine. 10 - Bloomington, Osseo, Lakeville, North Mankato, Le Sueur, New Ulm, St. James, Hutchinson, Granite Falls. 9.5 - Excelsior, Waconia, New Prague, Eagle Lake, Steen, Lynd.


University of Minnesota survey links regular marijuana use to lower grades

College students who use marijuana regularly have lower grades - whether or not they think it affects them, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis of Minnesota student survey data.


Minnesota House unanimously approves bill to repeal 'marital rape exception'

The Minnesota House has voted to eliminate a defense that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. Rep. Zack Stephenson (DFL-Coon Rapids), the bill's lead author, told lawmakers before the 130-0 vote Thursday that repealing the "marital


Woman Hurt in Sherburne County Crash

LIVONIA TOWNSHIP -- A woman was hurt when she lost control of her SUV and crashed south of Zimmerman Wednesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol says 28-year-old Heather Mccreight of North Branch was traveling south on Highway 169 in Livonia Township just after 8:00 a.m. when she lost control on i


North Dakota woman injured in Minnesota rollover

Osakis, MN (KFGO) - A Cavalier, North Dakota woman was injured in a rollover in Douglas County, Minnesota Wednesday afternoon. Around 4:45 p.m., near Osakis, the state patrol says a car was eastbound on I-94 when the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to roll into the median.


Minnesota AG to review case of woman accused in 2 deaths

MANTORVILLE, Minn. – The Minnesota Attorney General's office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there.


South Haven Man Charged With Stalking Woman

ST. CLOUD -- A South Haven man is charged with 1st-degree burglary, snowmobile theft and stalking after a series of incidents involving a woman. According to the criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court, 38-year-old Chad Wurm continued to go to the woman's home in Fairhaven multiple