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Residents in tiny Forada still working to rebuild one month after devastating tornado

FORADA, Minn. -- One month ago, we were reminded of just how powerful and fast summer storms can strike. Multiple tornadoes touched down across Minnesota.The strongest struck Forada, near Alexandria in Douglas County, where an EF-2 destroyed 100 buildings.Sandy Majerus-Lieser and her husband, Greg, are doing the difficult work of moving forward after demolishing their destroyed home."We are pretty resilient, and we do have a sense of humor," Sandy said.The storm remains a daily reality in Forada. Parts of town look like it just happened yesterday.Sheryl Herschman and her sister, Judy Sellgren-Ehle, moved back to Forada, their hometown, in the...
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Albany Man Hurt When Items On Trailer Fall Onto Highway

CROSBY -- An Albany man was taken to the hospital after his vehicle struck items that fell off a trailer. The Minnesota State Patrol says the incident happened just before noon Thursday on Highway 210 just outside of Crosby in Crow Wing Township. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 44-year-old...
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Dislodged Items from Trailer Go Through Windshield, Sends Driver to Hospital

A traffic accident occurred near Irondale Township in Crow Wing County today. According to Public Information Officer Lt. Gordon Shank’s report, Michael Kollars, 44, of Brainerd was hauling a trailer on Highway 210 westbound when items from the trailer became dislodged. Falling into the eastbound lane, the items went through the window of an oncoming GMC Envoy driven by 60-year-old Ross Peterson of Albany, Minnesota.

My Perspective: Storm destruction viewed up close

There is a reason why they have Severe Weather Awareness Week in April in all midwestern states. This year, severe storms started hitting the midwest as soon as the calendar turned to May, and the entire month of May was peppered with severe storm warnings. In fact, meteorologists reported that by early June, there had been more severe storm warnings so far in 2022 than any other year. Dozens of tornadoes have been confirmed in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota since early June.

Bethesda celebrates 125 years

Independent, faith-based non-profit has been serving the needs of seniors since 1897. What began with one man and three orphaned children in Lamberton, Minn., has blossomed into the largest non-profit rural aging services providers, including the sixth largest skilled nursing facility, in the state. Bethesda, based in Willmar, will be...

Woman arrested after Spicer SWAT standoff appeared in court Tuesday

The Spicer woman arrested by a SWAT team after allegedly firing a gun in her home Sunday was arraigned in Kandiyohi County District Court Tuesday. Kimberly Kohls, age 60, is charged with a felony count of Dangerous Discharge of a Firearm Within a Municipality. Judge Jenna Fischer set unconditional bail...

CentraCare Breaks Ground on $28-M Paynesville Hospital Expansion

PAYNESVILLE -- CentraCare broke ground on their major expansion project at Paynesville Hospital last week. The $28-million expansion and renovation project is one of many examples of CentraCare's commitment to improving health care in the communities they serve. The 35,000 square-foot project features:. New main hospital entrance: with covered canopy...

‘I was very excited to find them’

Starbuck man finds biological family, discovers a wealth of information about his family heritage. In 1969, at the Winnipeg General Hospital in Winnipeg, Canada, a happy, healthy baby boy named Darcy Lee Hunnie was born. Days later, the baby boy would receive a new name (Chad Krosch) and meet his new family. His new mom and dad were Janice and James Krosch of Butterfield, Minnesota, who traveled to Pembina, North Dakota, to adopt Chad and bring him back to Minnesota.

Henry "Hank" Svoboda

Henry “Hank” J. Svoboda, 84, of Belgrade, died Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany. Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Belgrade. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church. Burial will St. Mary of Bechyn Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade.