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Foley Teen Dies In Sherburne Co. Crash, 3 Others Injured

A Foley teen is dead after a two-car crash Friday night in Palmer Township in Sherburne County. The sheriff’s office says a vehicle driven by 16-year-old Jade Posterick collided with a flatbed pickup truck towing a fifth-wheel trailer on County Road 62 at County Road 20 at about 6:30 p.m.

05/09/2015

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NTSB: Canopy Problem Caused Deadly Sauk Rapids Plane Crash

Authorities said a plane that crashed into a house in Sauk Rapids this past summer, killing two people aboard, likely had a problem with its canopy.

03/11/2015

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Missing Sauk Rapids Woman Found Safe

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says a missing Sauk Rapids woman was found safe on Wednesday afternoon. The Sauk Rapids Police Department said 33-year-old Meghan Schmelz was last seen at Lions Park in Sauk Rapids at about 5 p.m. Monday. Authorities were initially concerned for her safety due to her medical issues.

02/04/2015

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Task Force Arrests Two In St. Cloud Area, Seize $300K In Meth

A St. Augusta man and a St. Cloud woman are expected to face several criminal charges after police found about $300,000 worth of methamphetamine and stolen firearms in their possession Thursday. According to the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force, 34-year-old Joseph McMahon was arrested at his St. Augusta home after officers served a search warrant. They found six pounds of meth, which has a street value of $260,000

10/23/2014

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Man Seriously Injured By Train Identified

A 55-year-old man seriously injured by a train in central Minnesota Wednesday has been identified. The incident happened in Sauk Rapids at around 5 p.m. at the railroad crossing at 1945 Benton Drive, the local police department said.

08/07/2014

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Cops: Man Seriously Injured After Being Hit By Train

A 55-year-old Sauk Rapids man suffered serious injuries Wednesday evening after being hit by a train.The incident happened in Sauk Rapids at around 5 p.m. at the railroad crossing at 1945 Benton Drive, the local police department said.

08/06/2014

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Exchange Student Died In Sauk Rapids Plane Crash

A German foreign exchange student was one of the two victims when a plane crashed into a house last week. The experimental plane went down Friday night in Sauk Rapids.

06/23/2014

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Authorities Still Identifying Plane Crash Victims

Authorities are still working on identifying at least one of two victims of a small plane crash in Sauk Rapids. The St. Cloud Times reports one victim has been preliminarily identified, but officials aren’t going to release that information until the IDs of both victims are known.

06/22/2014

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2 People Dead After Plane Crashes Into Sauk Rapids Home

Two people whose plane crashed into a Sauk Rapids, Minn. home Friday night have died. According to the incident report, Sauk Rapids police responded to a call about a plane crash around 8:26 p.m. in the 700 block of Garden Place. Two people were sightseeing in a small, single-engine private plane when the plane crashed into a residential home.

06/21/2014

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Plane Crashes Into Sauk Rapids Home, Starting Fire

Emergency crews are on the scene after a plane crashed into a home in central Minnesota. The crash happened Friday evening in Sauk Rapids, near the area of 18th Street and 9th Avenue North, Benton County Dispatch said.

06/20/2014

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Police: 16-Year-Old Robbed At Gunpoint, Punched In Sauk Rapids

The Sauk Rapids Police Department is asking for the public’s help after a 16-year-old boy was robbed and punched early Sunday afternoon. Police say at 6 p.m. the teen victim was walking along the street near 6th Avenue North and 7th Street North in Sauk Rapids when two cars stopped beside him.

04/14/2014

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Sauk Rapids Man Fights Officers, Hospital Staff After Arrest

A Sauk Rapids man fought police officers, deputies and staff at St. Cloud Hospital after being arrested Saturday afternoon. Shawn Thomas Iees, 26, was spotted by Stearns County deputies and St. Cloud Police officers just before 2 p.m. while walking on Veteran’s Drive near 24th Avenue North in St. Cloud, according to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office. Officers attempted to stop Iees, who has three outstanding warrants, but he fled, leading to a brief foot chase.

03/16/2014

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Minn. Parody Artists Wins Case Against NSA, Homeland Security

Federal authorities have dropped an attempt to block a Minnesota man from marketing merchandise poking fun at the National Security Agency for its surveillance of citizens. Dan McCall, of Sauk Rapids, is claiming victory against the NSA and the Department of Homeland Security.

02/19/2014

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Woman Abducted In Sartell, Assaulted, Released

Sartell Police are asking people to be on alert after a 56-year-old woman was kidnapped in a McDonald’s parking lot. It happened around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday night near Highway 15 and Stearns County Road 1. When the woman came out of the restaurant and got into her vehicle, a masked man was waiting for her. Police Chief Jim Hughes says the man asked for money and told the woman to drive.

02/13/2014

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Drug Busts Net $40K Of Meth, Five Arrests

Five people are in the Douglas County Jail after the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and local police departments made a series of methamphetamine-related busts this week. On Monday, agents and officers from Alexandria Police arrested 29-year-old Kyle Hildebrand of South Haven and 23-year-old Jami Johnson of Sauk Rapid. Undercover agents bought 106 grams of meth for $6,000 from Hildebrand and Johnson, which has a street value of over $21,000. They were both eventually charged with 1st-degree controlled substance sales crime.

12/13/2013

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Pedestrian Hit & Killed In Sauk Rapids

A pedestrian was struck and killed by a motorist Saturday evening in Sauk Rapids, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The fatal accident happened at 5:36 p.m. on Highway 10 near County Road 13, when a 1990 Buick Century driven by Angela Lott, 37, left the southbound lane, hitting and killing the pedestrian. Lott, from Sauk Rapids, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

11/16/2013

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Teen Accused Of Fatal Punch Changes Plea To 2nd-Degree Murder

An 18-year-old Sauk Rapids man accused of a deadly assault has changed his originally plea of not guilty to 2nd-degree murder in a Stearns County court Friday morning. According to the Stearns County Attorney’s office, Jesse Smithers amended his plea to 2nd-degree unintentional murder. In Sept. 2012, Smithers was riding in a car driving down a St. Cloud alley when he asked the driver to stop. He got out of the vehicle and approached three men nearby, including Colton Gleason. Smithers punched Gleason with a closed fist. He later died at St. Cloud Hospital from his injuries. Smithers was 17 at the time of the crime, and was charged as an adult.

11/08/2013

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Cops: 2 Men Arrested In Connection With St. Augusta Shooting

Police have arrested and charged two men with first-degree assault after a St. Augusta victim was shot in the victim’s home earlier this week. The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday, Erik Magnuson, 30, of St. Cloud, and 21-year-old Jerod Jakel, of Sauk Rapids, entered a home on the 23000 block of 69th Avenue in St. Augusta.

10/18/2013

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Police: Serial Fast-Food Armed Robbery Suspect Caught

Maple Grove Police have arrested a man suspected of a month-long armed-robbery spree that mostly targeted fast-food restaurants along the Interstate 94 corridor. According to authorities, Douglas Wayne Gravelle was taken into custody on Thursday. This arrest comes after a string of armed robberies which began in early September. Fast-food restaurants in Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud, Big Lake, Clearwater and Monticello were targeted. A Game Stop video game store in Monticello may also have been robbed by Gravelle earlier this month.

10/18/2013

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3-Month-Old Who Drowned In Sauk Rapids ID’d

Police in Sauk Rapids said Wednesday they’re investigating the death of a 3-month old child over the weekend. Authorities responded to a medical situation at a residential health facility on the 1400 block of 10th Avenue NE at about 7:27 a.m. Sunday.

09/25/2013

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After Recovering From Drought, Farmers Now Reeling From All The Rain

Wet weather has put some farmers way behind schedule. Corn and soybeans have been a struggle this year, so has alfalfa.

06/07/2013

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Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Boy At Baxter Water Park

Last Sunday morning at the Holiday Inn Express water park in Baxter was exactly what Greg Bomstad wanted. He was enjoying time with his two children when another parent caught his attention. “He asked me, ‘is this kid faking?’ And I said, ‘What kid? There’s been no kid over here in like 10 minutes,’” Bomstad said.

05/11/2013

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Sauk Rapids Mayor Pleads Guilty To DWI Incident, Sentenced

Sauk Rapids mayor Bradley Gunderson has pleaded guilty to driving drunk, crashing into garbage cans and getting stuck in a snow bank.

04/09/2013

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Police Seek Suspect In Theft Of Band Equipment

Police are investigating after a several items of band equipment were stolen out of a garage in Sauk Rapids last Friday and Saturday.

04/02/2013

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Charges: Sauk Rapids Mayor Drove Drunk, Crashed Into Snow Bank

A 48-year-old Sauk Rapids man is accused of driving drunk, crashing into garbage cans and getting stuck in a snow bank, according to charges filed Friday in Benton County Court.

03/15/2013

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