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The History Channel's American Pickers Is Seeking Minn. Antiques For August Filming

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07/14/2016 - 2:30 AM

An American television series is making its way to Minnesota this summer in search of valuable antiques.

American Pickers is a History Channel documentary series which follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they explore the world of antique picking. Cineflix Media says their mission is to recycle and rescue forgotten relics.

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In August, the duo is visiting Minnesota to film episodes for the show. Before they arrive, they are seeking story leads about historically significant objects that tell something about America’s past too.

The show is now accepting information for a possible interview with the pickers.

To submit a story lead send your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos by email to, or call 855-old-rust.


Salvation Army Is Delivering Relief Kits To Minn. Towns Affected By Recent Flooding

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07/14/2016 - 1:40 AM

The Salvation Army of Minnesota is working on delivering cleanup kits to areas hit hardest by recent flooding.

Media Relations Director Jeffrey DeMars says 75 kits went to St. Cloud Wednesday. The kits are five gallon buckets filled with supplies needed to clean water-damaged homes. The contents include: bleach, sponges, squeegees and scrub brushes, gloves and dust masks.

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A total of 275 flood kits were distributed across towns in Minnesota. This week Pine County received 50 and Hinckley received 150 relief buckets.

Flood Warnings Plague Central Minnesota After Heavy Rains And Severe Weather Monday

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07/13/2016 - 4:00 AM

After strong storms earlier this week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation along with St. Cloud State Meteorology Professor Bob Weisman have addressed flood warnings in central Minnesota.

Dante Smith has the AUDIO story.

Gov. Mark Dayton Visited Central-Minn. Towns With The Worst Storm Damage Wednesday

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07/13/2016 - 10:30 AM

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton met with local officials in Litchfield and Watkins on Wednesday and toured some of the neighborhoods with the worst storm damage.

The Governor’s Office says Dayton met with community members at noon Wednesday at the Litchfield Fire Department. Then, he assessed the storm damage around town. At 1:30 p.m. Dayton made an appearance in Watkins at city hall.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports Dayton said total damage costs probably are not high enough to trigger federal disaster money. But the governor said he's certain some state emergency aid will be available.

Meeker County Chief Deputy Dan Miller told Dayton the town of Watkins has nine homes with heavy damage and 10 are destroyed. Miller says another 21 houses have major damage and 31 have minor damage.

Severe Weather Monday Caused Damage In Central Minnesota And Flash Flooding In St. Cloud

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07/12/2016 - 9:40 AM

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) - At least two tornadoes, torrential rain and powerful winds damaged homes, caused an evacuation of a nursing home and flooded highways in north-central Minnesota.

Authorities in Meeker County say 15 to 20 homes were damaged by tornadoes Monday afternoon. The Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins lost part of its roof, causing 50 residents to evacuate. In Litchfield, Mayor Keith Johnson says there's serious damage, but no one has been injured. 

The storms generated a deluge of heavy rain causing the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office to advise against travel late Monday because of flooding. Flash flooding also left drivers stranded in the St. Cloud area.

The National Weather Service reported the hardest hit areas were the town of Watkins, northwest Litchfield, and locations near St. Cloud. 

Image (bottom): The National Weather Service says the image shows radar reflectivity (left) and storm relative velocity (right) frim 5-7 p.m. CDT.    

Storm radar of central Minn. courtesy the National Weather Service.

Highway 4 Near Spring Lake Is Closed Due To A Road Washout After Severe Weather

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07/12/2016 - 2:45 AM

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed part Highway 4 after the storms Monday night.
MnDOT says Highway 4 near Spring Lake is closed due to a washout undermining the road. Crews have installed a temporary embankment to help protect the road. 
MnDOT adds motorists who travels Highway 4 near Spring Lake should plan alternate routes. 
The road will remain closed until further notice.


Two St. Cloud Teens Arrested After Allegedly Robbing A Man Monday

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07/12/2016 - 12:30 PM

Two area teenagers are facing robbery charges after a man was attacked early Monday morning. News Director Korina Borash has more details in this AUDIO REPORT.

UPDATE: Missing Rice Woman Was Located Monday Morning

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07/11/2016 - 10:00 AM

A missing 31-year-old woman was found Monday morning.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Rebecca Helen Sather of Rice was last seen walking away from her home, located at 9013 County Road 17, Saturday at 1 p.m.

Officers reported to the scene Sunday just after 9:30 a.m.

Sather was described as a white female, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.

A spokeswoman for the county says Sather was found before 11 a.m. Monday.

Gov. Mark Dayton Urges People To Care For One Another After Suburban St. Paul And Dallas Shootings

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07/08/2016 - 1:20 AM

Following the police shooting in Dallas, Texas, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton released a statement mourning with family and friends Friday.

The Associated Press reports five Dallas police were killed during a protest a few blocks from Dealey Plaza, the landmark made famous by President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The protest was in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in suburban St. Paul. Shots were fired just before 9 a.m. Thursday.

Dayton issued his response Friday before 8 a.m.

“The terrible acts of murder in Dallas have shocked and horrified the nation,” Dayton said. “Today, our hearts also go out to the many, many law enforcement officers who faithfully serve our communities, and risk their lives every day and night to protect and serve the people of Minnesota and the nation.”

Dayton is urging people everywhere to care for one another, understand and build stronger communities.

Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton Addresses Public Thursday After Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

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07/07/2016 - 3:30 AM

In the aftermath of the shooting of Philando Castile, Minn. Gov. Mark Dayton addressed the public Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports Castile was shot after a traffic stop Wednesday night in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the aftermath of the shooting from inside the car on Facebook. Castile later died.

Dayton took questions from reporters and spoke to audience members in the Governor’s Press Briefing Room in St. Paul at 3 p.m. Thursday. Here is what Dayton proposed… Listen.  

The shooting incident and death of Castile made national news headlines. In response to the Flacon Heights shooting Wednesday night and the recent police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, President Barack Obama says he is “deeply troubled.”

Teen Driving Skills Program Offered This Month In Stearns County Aims To Reduce Traffic Related Deat

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07/07/2016 - 11:50 AM

Stearns County is extending efforts to prevent deadly road crashes in teens and young drivers.

The county says traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in young people.

Parents and young drivers are invited to an annual teen safe driving program, which will provide participants with hands-on experience in tough terrain. Professional instructors will guide drivers through a fast-paced course with challenging maneuvers.

Two sessions of this class will be offered in a four-hour time frame. Vehicles will be provided by the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center, who is partnering with State Farm Insurance to make this program possible.

It will take place Saturday, July 16, at the advanced driving range at the Highway Safety and Research Center. It’s located at 1805 U.S. Highway 10 South in St. Cloud.

The first test drive will be held from 8-12:30 p.m. and the second from 1:15-5:30 p.m. There is a fee to attend and registration is required on the safety center’s website

New License Plate For Minnesota State Parks And Trails Announced Wednesday By DNR

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07/07/2016 - 11:40 AM

The votes are in, and a new license plate representing Minnesota’s state parks and trails was announced Wednesday.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a contest for license plate designs in May. More than 80 designs were submitted, and then folks were able to cast votes online between the top three.

The DNR says at least 30,000 votes were cast before the July 4th deadline.

The winning plate will be available this fall at DMV’s across the state to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Minnesota state parks and trails.

The winning design was submitted by Michelle Vesaas of Coon Rapids. 

License plate photo courtesy of DNR.

St. Joseph Man Arrested After Allegedly Touching A Child Last Month

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07/05/2016 - 2:40 AM

On Tuesday, June 28, a St. Joseph man was arrested and is now facing charges of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says 34-year-old Ryan Earl Ritter was taken into custody after a report alleging he touched a child inappropriately at a Collegeville Township home. 

Ritter is currently in the Stearns County Jail awaiting formal charges. 

Two Vehicle Crash In St. Joseph Sends Area Woman To The Hospital

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07/05/2016 - 2:30 AM

A Sartell woman was taken to the hospital after a car accident Monday.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Sarah Lynn Jacobs rear ended another vehicle, driven by Kelly Jo McCarty, just before noon in St. Joseph. McCarty was waiting to turn from County Road 2 and continue on westbound County Road 75 when the accident happened. 

Jacobs was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance. McCarty was not hurt. 

All Care Towing assisted the Stearns County Sheriff's Office by removing the wreckage from the road. 

Paynesville Man Treated For Burns After Escaping A Fire Friday Night

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07/05/2016 - 11:20 AM

A Paynesville man was treated for burns on his feet, arms, hands, legs and face after a fire accident Friday evening.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says a 42-year-old man was putting brush on a fire pit with bobcat equipment when it tipped forward into the flames. The man couldn’t tip it backwards and had to escape through the burning brush.

He was taken to the Paynesville Hospital and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment in the burn unit.

The accident happened in the 15800 block along Old Lake Road in Paynesvile Township.

The Sheriff’s Office was helped by the Paynesville Police Department and Ambulance and the State Patrol.

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