Author: Blake Theisen

Man Falls Through Thin Ice, Dies

Man Falls Through Thin Ice, Dies

An 82-year-old man has died after his four wheeler fell through the ice on a St. Louis County Lake. Wallace Schulke and his son Mark Schulke both fell through the ice Monday afternoon. Sheriffs deputies were called to Prairie Lake in Fine Lake Township where first responders rescued the two men but were unable to save the fathers life. Mark […]

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Sauk Rapids-Rice Hires New President

Sauk Rapids-Rice Hires New President

The Sauk Rapids-Rice school board has decided to begin negotiations with Karl Nohner to become the new principal at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School. Nohner went through several interviews and exercises with school board members, staff, students, and parents as he beat out 17 other applicants for the positions. He has been the assistant principal since 2016. Prior to that, he […]

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Minnesota Senate Approves Bill on Sex Offenders

Minnesota Senate Approves Bill on Sex Offenders

The Minnesota Senate has approved a bill that will increase how long sex offenders and people with mental illness have to wait until they can be released. The bill is in response to a court decision earlier this year that allowed Kirk Fugelseth, a 51-year-old man, to be discharged despite admitting to abusing 31 children. Currently, there are 21 sex […]

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Minnesota House Proposes New Sexual Harassment Law

Minnesota House Proposes New Sexual Harassment Law

The Minnesota House is proposing a bill that would make it much easier to prosecute sexual harassment cases. Lawmakers say a current phrase in the law has led to clear cases of sexual harassment being dismissed. The current phrase singled out is: “severe and pervasive,” in how courts handle cases. GOP House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin says the new bill […]

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Pawlenty Fundraising Blows Away Competition

Pawlenty Fundraising Blows Away Competition

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is raising money as he campaigns for his old job. According to campaign finance records released Tuesday, Pawlenty has raised more than $1 million in the three weeks since he formally entered the race. Pawlenty had been fundraising for weeks as he built a campaign, and his $1 million leads the way amongst GOP candidates. […]

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Foster Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Death of Child

Foster Mom and Boyfriend Charged with Death of Child

A foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the care of the woman. 31-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Charles Homich, have been charged in Dakota County with the manslaughter and murder of Zayden Lawson. Zayden was beaten to death last June and had been beaten for several […]

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Slashing at Sauk Rapids Elementary School

Slashing at Sauk Rapids Elementary School

An 8-year-old boy from Sauk Rapids has cut three other students with a knife at school. Sauk Rapids Police Chief Perry Beise says that the boy cut three children Monday morning at Pleasentview Elementary School, and then went to the office and turned over the knife. None of the children stabbed were seriously hurt and no charges are expected because […]

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Federal Judge Dismisses Winery Lawsuit

Federal Judge Dismisses Winery Lawsuit

A lawsuit between two Minnesota wineries has been dismissed by a federal judge. Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Next Chapter Winery claimed that a current Minnesota law is hurting their business and is unconstitutional. The current law says that farm wineries can sell their product to wholesalers, retailers, and directly to consumers as long as 51 percent of the grapes of juices […]

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Minnesota DNR Sets Deer Harvest Size

Minnesota DNR Sets Deer Harvest Size

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed a new plan to manage the states deer population. The new plan will span 10 years and has a statewide harvest goal of 200,000 deer. That number is lower than what the states largest deer group wants. The leaders of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association have wanted a harvest closer to 225,000. […]

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Salmonella Outbreak Leaves One Dead, More Sick

Salmonella Outbreak Leaves One Dead, More Sick

Chicken salad contaminated with salmonella has resulted in the death on one person and has sickened 265 more. The outbreak started in Iowa based food company Triple T Specialty Meats and was distributed by Fareway Stores. Nearly 50 people are filing lawsuits against the two companies and will be represented by Bill Marler and Steve Wandro, two food safety attorneys. […]

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