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Tue
04
Mar
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Maus named new Melrose police chief

Melrose Police Sergeant Craig Maus will be the new Melrose police chief starting in May. 

Councilmembers, during a March 3 special meeting, approved the hiring of Maus, who has been a Melrose police officer for 13 years, the last few years as sergeant.

The position opened up when current police chief John “JJ” Jensen, during the January council meeting, announced his retirement.

More information will be in next week's Beacon.

Fri
28
Feb
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Huge Snow Banks Prevent Snowmobile trail Grooming

Wayne Resseman of the Holdingford Snowfliers Snowmobile Club has informed the Stearns County Park Department that they are unable to groom portions of the Lake Wobegon trail between Albany and Holdingford for snowmobiling. They report drifts on the trail so large that grooming machines are not able to groom the trail.

All snowmobilers are warned to watch for trail re-routes.

Fri
28
Feb
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Huge Snow Banks Prevent Snowmobile trail Grooming

Wayne Resseman of the Holdingford Snowfliers Snowmobile Club has informed the Stearns County Park Department that they are unable to groom portions of the Lake Wobegon trail between Albany and Holdingford for snowmobiling. They report drifts on the trail so large that grooming machines are not able to groom the trail.

All snowmobilers are warned to watch for trail re-routes.

Tue
25
Feb
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SnoDaze Duke and Duchess crowned

Congratulations to 2014 Melrose SnoDaze Duke Mitchell Moening and Duchess Briana Schmiesing crowned Tuesday morning at Melrose High School.

Fri
21
Feb
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Melrose wins fourth state Class A gymnastics title

 

The Melrose gymnastics team has won it's fourth state championship. The Dutchmen won the state Class A title Friday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. They scored 149.575 points, edging second-place New Prague (149.05).

 

The Dutchmen also won in 1994, ’95 and 2012.

Fri
10
Jan
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Melrose woman found dead

Clara Pundsack, an 83-year-old woman missing from Melrose since Thursday late afternoon, was found dead Friday near a farm in Melrose.

The owner of the farm found Pundsack about 200 feet from her vehicle at around 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Pundsack was last seen leaving her Melrose home at about 4 p.m. on Thursday in her minivan. According to police, it appears her van got stuck in a snow bank and she got out to look for help.

The cause of her death is still unknown. An autopsy will be performed by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.

According to media and police reports, Pundsack’s’ family said she had a history of dementia. Foul play is not suspected. Stay tuned as details develop.

Earlier on Friday, authorities issued a missing persons alert for Pundsack.

Thu
14
Nov
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Notch, Gamradt advance in county commissioner race

Steve Notch of rural Freeport and Dave Gamradt of rural Sauk Centre were the top two vote getters in Tuesday's primary election for the 5th District County Commissioner seat vacated by Don Otte who passed away in August.
The unofficial vote counts were Notch, 879; Gamradt , 843; Brad Kirckof, 771, Jeff Bertram, 737; and Alan Loch, 527.
Notch and Gamradt will advance  to the Jan 28 special election.

Mon
30
Sep
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Greenwald man dies in farm accident

A Greenwald man was killed early Wednesday morning in a farm accident in Zion Township.
According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, John Schoenberg, 69, was walking near a silage pit when he was run over by a front-end loader. The loader was being driven by Victor Guevara Rojas, 39, of Albany.
Paynesville Ambulance and St. Martin Fire and Rescue responded to eh scene. Schoenberg was transported to Paynesville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to the sheriff’s office, the area near the pit where Schoenberg was walking was not normally used by pedestrians. The report said Rojas was unable to see the victim.
The accident remains under investigation.

Fri
12
Jul
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Death brings change in Dickhoff case

 

by RANDY OLSON

STAFF WRITER

 

 

 

Wed
03
Jul
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Everybody loves LaDonna

 

LaDonna Wessel took an 

unlikely path into education, but left a lasting imprint on the hearts of students

She was the heart and soul of the school

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