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01
Apr

“Laura’s Law” proposed in response to west-central Minn. tragedy

Legislation has been introduced to strengthen state penalties for anyone found guilty of crimes similar to those involving 19-year-old victim Laura Schwendemann of Starbuck, whose body was found 12 days after she was reported missing last fall.
The legislation, known as “Laura’s Law,” is being carried in the House by Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck, and in the Senate by Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, R-Alexandria.
Currently, the crime of interfering with the body or scene of a death with intent to conceal the body or evidence, or otherwise to mislead the coroner or medical examiner, is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. The maximum penalty for such a crime is 365 days in jail and a fine. If this new legislation becomes law, the crime would become a felony with the maximum penalty increased to not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $20,000 or both.

Thu
24
Mar

LGA increase possible for Sauk Centre

by DIANE LEUKAM
STAFF WRITER
The City of Sauk Centre could receive a one-time increase in Local Government Aid (LGA) according to recommendations released by Gov. Dayton on March 15. The proposed increase of $21.5 million is part of the Governor’s supplemental budget following an improved February forecast.
“That increase could amount to about $44,000 for the city,” said city administrator Vicki Willer. “The increase could be 4 percent, depending upon if and how the bill is finalized.”

Thu
17
Mar

A celebration for all

Rooney anticipates large crowd for St. Patrick’s Day
by JENNIFER COYNE
STAFF WRITER

Fri
11
Mar

Springfest raises $65,000 for Holy Family School

by BRYAN ZOLLMAN
STAFF WRITER

Fri
11
Mar

Kaboom!

Streeters defeat Osakis to advance to section final... Click here to read the rest of this story on the Sauk Herald "E-Edition" updated every Friday AM…..

 

 

Fri
04
Mar

Eleven vie for dairy princess titles

The 62nd Annual Stearns County Dairy Princess contest will be held March 12 at the Melrose Legion in Melrose. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m.; dinner will be at 7:30 p.m. with coronation to follow. If you would like to order tickets please contact Art and Rosie Kerfeld at 320-836-2885 or Rick and Mary Rosen at 320-836-2543.

Fri
26
Feb

Employee faces prison after embezzling thousands

by BRYAN ZOLLMAN
STAFF WRITER
A Long Prairie woman pleaded guilty to taking more than $533,000 from Minnesota Veterinary Associates in Melrose where she worked for several years in accounting.
Sherry Lynn Anderson, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by swindle and will likely spend more than four years in prison.
According to the court complaint, Anderson kept cash payments and altered payroll records to pay herself more than what she was supposed to be earning on her paycheck.
Another employee recognized discrepancies in the company’s finances while Anderson was on vacation and after an investigation by Melrose police, it was discovered that Anderson took more than $650,000 in cash.
She is accused of taking the money between May 2008 and March 2014.
Anderson’s sentencing is scheduled for May 6.

Tue
23
Feb

Sheriff’s Office investigating animal abuse case

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of animal abuse where a male yellow Labrador was allegedly shot with a pellet gun. Deputies received a call from Avon Township from a resident who discovered the injured dog lying under a tree. A deputy brought the dog to a veterinarian who determined the dog had been shot four times in the face and twice in the hindquarters. The veterinarian believes the shots came from a pellet gun. Several of the shots penetrated the dog's muzzle and broke the dog's jaw. The dog was treated and is now being housed by Stearns County. Sheriffs investigators are attempting to locate the owner of the dog and identify the person or persons responsible for the injuries. Anyone with information regarding the case can call the dispatch center at 320-251-4240.

Fri
19
Feb

Sauk Centre featured on “Postcards”

Downtown mural, Sinclair Lewis Boyhood home, Tutti Fruitti featured
by JENNIFER COYNE
STAFF WRITER
In its seventh season, Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards” will travel to Sauk Centre on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
“Postcards” is a weekly television series that exemplifies art, culture and history in rural Minnesota.
For the past 50 years, Pioneer Public Television – based out of Appleton, Minn. – has been serving the communities of southwest and west central Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, eastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.
“We haven’t explored Sauk Centre before,” said videographer and editor Kristofor Gieske. “There is a surprising amount of variety here, more than we expected.”
Gieske is originally from Sauk Centre.

Fri
12
Feb

Polar Plunge

PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN
It took four girls to make up the team “Dynamic Duo” in Saturday’s Polar Plunge. The dynamic duo is Ruby Essler and Quinn Petty, two cousins who have Down Syndrome. The foursome who took the brave plunge is (from left) Janet Minette, Lindsey Kramer, Barb Bodeker, and Ruby’s mom, Jessica Essler. More photos can be seen on page 11 and at www.saukherald.com.

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