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Board accepts Rich's resignation

Search begins for new superintendent

Melrose–The Melrose Area Public School Board will begin searching for a new superintendent this week.

The board approved advertising for the position after accepting the resignation of superintendent Tom Rich during their monthly meeting Monday, March 27.

Rich became Melrose Area superintendent in 2007.   

The board plans to hire a permanent superintendent by July.


Man dies after going through ice on skid loader

 Rural Freeport-A Krain Township man was rescued Tuesday, Feb. 28, 

after the bobcat he was driving went through ice covering an abandoned 

manure pit and later died at Hennipen County Medical Center.

     At 1:53 p.m. the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, along with 

Upsala rescue, Melrose Ambulance  and Life Link helicopter, responded 

to the incident at 23798 445th St. in Krain Township.  Duane Herzog, 


Precious Christmas memories

by Carol Moorman, Staff Writer


Every Christmas morning I watched with anticipation as families carried intricate statues up to our crèche (crib) in St. Mary’s Church, placing them inside and walking to a pew reserved for them. 


Local election results


St. Rosa man injured in ATV accident


    St. Rosa–A St. Rosa man was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital following an ATV accident early Sunday evening.

    According to a Stearn County Sheriff’s report, when deputies arrived, after dispatched around 6:48 p.m., Sunday, October 23rd, John Jerome Arnzen, 55, was laying on a field road. He was driving a 2012 Polaris Ranger ATV with an enclosed cab south on a field road when the ATV rolled over. 

Arnzen struck his head inside the ATV cab and was ejected. He sustained a laceration to his head and possibly a broken leg.


Melrose Fire Recovery Funds Exceed $100,000


Blandin Foundation adds $50,000 to the Initiative Foundation-held Melrose Area Relief Fund to help those displaced by downtown fire



Fall Harvest Farm Safety

Fall Harvest Farm Safety

By: Brenda Miller, University of Minnesota Extension-Todd County

Now that harvest season is upon us, it is important to remind ourselves to be safe when operating equipment. Accidents can happen in less than a blink of an eye and can have devastating outcomes. Here are 10 things to keep in mind as you go through this harvest season.

1.     Do not expose children to hazards. Teach them farm safety at a young age. Children watch everything you do. If you put yourself in a potentially hazardous situation then they will think it is ok, mimic you and bad things will happen. Explain to a child the importance of WHY and HOW they should or should not act around machinery or other farm hazards. If you teach them right when they’re young, it will stick with them for the rest of their lives.


Redevelopment Fund set up for Melrose downtown recovery

   Melrose–A Redevelopment Fund has been formed to accept public donations for the recovery of Melrose, following the Sept. 8 downtown fire.

   The Melrose City Council, along with the Initiative Foundation of Little Falls, created this fund during Thursday night’s council meeting.

   Anyone wanting to donate to the Redevelopment Fund can do so on the The GiveMN donation page https://www.givemn.org/project/melrose-long-term-recovery-fund57daf40282e16.


Video the morning after of the 9-8-16 Melrose fire

View Scott Bussmann's drone video the morning after of the 9-8-16 Melrose fire by clicking here.


New Munich man dies on Lake Sylvia

By Diane Leukam

            The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man that died in a boating accident on Lake Sylvia in Melrose Township on Sunday. Dale Urban Steinemann, 47 of New Munich, passed away after the boat he was operating flipped onto its side.

            At 2:15 p.m. Sunday, a woman reported she and other witnesses heard the sound of a boat clearing the water. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s report, “when they looked out onto the lake they saw a speed boat on its side and watched as an occupant was thrown from the boat.”

            The witnesses responded to the scene and pulled two juveniles, a 10-year-old male and a 7-year-old male, from the water. The boys were not injured and were later transferred to CentraCare-Melrose for observation. The boys were the sons of Steinemann’s girlfriend.


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