Finding Minnesota: Spring Grove SodaThere was a time when nearly every town in the state had a bottling company -- and many sold their own soda pop. As Coke and Pepsi grew, most bottling companies fizzed out, but one of the oldest bottling companies in the state is still going strong.
Snow Tapers Off After Winter Storm Dumps Over 9 Inches On SW Minn.Ready or not, winter is finally here in Minnesota. Snow fell throughout the night across the state, bringing impressive totals in the southwest. WCCO Weather Watchers reported 9.5 inches in Spring Grove and 8.2 in Alpha by Tuesday morning.
Prep Blog: Week 8, Previewing 'The Big 4'It doesn't seem right that this week already marks the end of the regular season in high school football. It feels like fans just got comfortable in their seats, and district races just started to take shape. But the reality is Week 8 is here. After this week, every prep football team in Minnesota is guaranteed only one more game.
Finding Minnesota: A Laundromat Dripping With DollsThe owner of L J’s Ye Old Wash in Spring Grove is providing his own unique spin for those waiting on the spin cycle. Lucky Volkenant, 72, has spent years covering the walls and ceiling of his laundromat with dolls.
Judge Rules Maranatha Leader Must Return Property To Fmr. MembersA Houston County judge has ruled a religious leader must give back two properties to a couple that left his group with nothing. The court fight between Karl and Suzanne Solum and Tom Tollefsrud has played out for years in Spring Grove.
Son Says Maranatha Leader Made Brothers Beat MotherThe son of the leader of a religious group in southeastern Minnesota described a life of abuse and control in front of a judge on Monday. His was the latest testimony in a contentious trial against a religious group called Maranatha Fellowship in Spring Grove.
Family Member Describes Heartbreak Over MN Religious GroupA religious leader in southern Minnesota will go back on trial next week, as a couple fights for the life savings they left behind once they left his group. Beyond the courtroom, the back and forth is also playing out in a small town newspaper.
Ex-Maranatha Member: Leader Made Me Run To MiscarryWCCO has uncovered more allegations of abuse against a religious leader in southeastern Minnesota. Susan Wilde spent nearly 20 years as a member of a Christian fellowship called Maranatha. Its leader has been taken to court, and he and the ministry are being sued by other former members who lost their home and business when they got out of the group.
Lawsuit Exposes Southern Minnesota Religious Group A lawsuit has exposed deep-seated secrets surrounding a religious group in southern Minnesota. For 35 years, Suzanne and Karl Solum were members of a Christian ministry called Maranatha in Spring Grove, Minn. They pooled all their money with everyone else in the group but when they left six years ago, they wanted their share and sued.