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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.


Road Closure

Freeport area motorists are advised that there is a road closure along County Road 172 south of I-94 in Oak Township.  The road closure is necessary until further evaluation of the culvert is completed.

Questions or comments may be directed to the Stearns County Highway Department at highway@co.stearns.mn.us or 320-255-6180.


St. Mary’s Church update:

  "The past couple of weeks we have toured four churches, gathering 

information. The week of July 11 to 16 we have a meeting scheduled 

with Mark Greenwald from Catholic Mutual Insurance to find out where 

we are at in the process of hiring a general contractor. (Our 

preference is for local people to head this project.)"


Steering Committee Chair Rick Klaphake


UPDATE: Melrose farmer dies while doing fieldwork

UPDATE: Melrose farmer dies while doing fieldwork
UPDATE: Melrose farmer dies while doing fieldwork

Melrose  farmer dies while doing fieldwork


    Millwood Township–A rural Melrose farmer died Wednesday, June 29, while doing fieldwork in Millwood Township, northeast of Melrose.


    The Stearns County Communication Center received a 911 phone call around 11:21 a.m., from someone reporting that an unresponsive male had been found laying in a field. Stearns County deputies arrived and determined that Donald Bernard Hinnenkamp, 64, of rural Melrose, was deceased.


2016 Riverfest - MEDALLION FOUND

2016 Riverfest - Medallion Found
2016 Riverfest - Medallion Found

Callie Schaefer found the Riverfest medallion around 12:15 p.m. today on the north foul ball line of the main softball diamond in the Sauk River Park. She is pictured with parents Craig and Amy and sisters Alexa and Chloe.

2016 Riverfest Medallion Clues

1. A playground is near, but does not contain the prize.


2. The tower shines a great spot light.

3. Find a place where the medallion will hold.

4. There are two spans across the flowing water.


Miss Melrose Crowned

Kayla Austing (front, center) was crowned 2016 Miss Melrose and Emily Peterson (front, left) and Chloe Notch (front, right) were crowned 

princesses during a pageant Sunday. They are pictured with contestants Jennifer Olson, (back, left) and Courtney Heinze. The citizenship 

award went to Courtney Heinze. Talent was awarded to Emily Peterson. Chloe Notch was voted Miss Congeniality.  Kayla Austing received the photogenic award. New royalty will reign over Riverfest activities this week, including a parade Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m. More pageant photos will be published in next week’s Beacon.


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