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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.


Helicopter work over Interstate 94 begins June 22

Helicopter work over Interstate 94 begins June 22
Helicopter work over Interstate 94 begins June 22

Helicopter work over Interstate 94 between Monticello and Fargo begins June 22

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – Motorists traveling Interstate 94 between Monticello and Fargo may see helicopters briefly hovering near the roadway beginning Wednesday, June 22, while crews work on CapX2020 powerlines over the interstate.

The powerline maintenance project is led by Great River Energy and will be complete by June 30.

Motorists traveling I-94 between Monticello and Fargo should keep their eyes on the road, watch ahead for slow traffic and be prepared to stop if necessary.

The work will be rescheduled if high winds or other weather conditions are not suitable to safely complete the work.

For more information, contact Paul Orndorff at Great River Energy, 763-241-2207.

For real time travel information anywhere in Minnesota, visit www.511mn.org.


St. Mary's Church opens for viewing


People were able to look inside St. Mary’s Church Monday when it was opened for viewing, following the March 11 fire.

Read all about it and see more photos in the June 15 Melrose Beacon.



Referendum fails

Melrose–Both questions on Thursday’s Melrose Area Public School referendum vote failed by large margins, as 2,924 people voted, including 458 new voters.

The first question was for a $25,705,000 referendum that would have raised money to help build new or renovate existing facilities.

The second was for $3,130,000 for additional gymasium space. The first question failed with 567 for and 2,350 against.

The second failed 467 for and 1,693 against. The first question needed to pass in order for the second to pass.

The turnout for the vote was high in all precincts. There were 458 voters who registered to vote for the first time across all precincts.

Results by voting precincts:

• Melrose (city of Melrose, Melrose Township and Sauk Centre Township): Question 1-329 yes, 755 no; Question 2-277 yes, 57 no. 147 new voters.

• Freeport (Freeport): Question 1-28 yes, 182 no; Question 2-23 yes, 187 no. 35 new voters.


Reward Offered in Melrose Church Fire

ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the March 11, 2016, fire at the Church of St. Mary located at 203 S. Fifth Ave. E., Melrose, Minn.  ATF and the Fire Marshal — through the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators — are posting a combined reward of up to $7,500. 

            On March 11 at approximately 4:43 p.m., a fire was reported at the Church of St. Mary, which was built in 1898 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The fire, ruled “incendiary” caused extensive damage to the west side of the church and the loss is estimated at approximately $5 million.


Sacred Heart School Prepares for Groundbreaking Thanks to Overwhelming Community Support.

Freeport, Minn. - The students of Sacred Heart School have a lot to be excited about! After years of going without adequate facilities for physical education, their dream of a gymnasium is finally coming to fruition thanks to the overwhelming support of the community and one very special gift.



Albany teens admit to arson

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, two Albany teenagers have admitted that they were responsible for  a fire that damaged the Schwinghammer Lake bridge, east of Albany, along the Lake Wobegon Trail on April 30.
Investigators interviewed a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old male in reference to the arson fire on the bridge. Both juveniles admitted that they were responsible. They were released to the custody of their parents. The case will be forwarded to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for review of charges. 


Plans move forward to build new $26 million hospital in Melrose


St. Mary's Parish Mass Schedule


Important News

Due to the fire at St. Mary's of Melrose, a few changes will be taking

place. Please check the upcoming bulletins and this website for more



Upcoming mass schedule

Wednesday, March 16


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