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Building remains strong in Alexandria
Five things to know from city council
Alexandria upgrades office technology
Charges dropped against Minn. woman accused of sex trafficking
Gas prices expected to rise for summer
Boys golf: Osakis 13th for pre-sections at Blackberry Ridge
Sports schedule for Monday, April 24
Track and field: Cards take second at Sabre Quad
Boys golf: Cards win 16-team invite at Perham
Track and Field: Roste ties school record as Cards win at Sartell
Gala to feature student-made items in silent auction
Garms Family to perform southern gospel music concert
Free seminar discusses end of life planning
Amazing Journeys Together hosts special presentation
Births - April 21, 2017
Engaged - Schmidt and Murray
Engaged - Harstad and Engebretson
Wedding - Von Bank and Hoelscher
Wedding - Skudlarek and Oestreich
Births - March 31, 2017
Worth the drive: Wyoming produces on opening morning
Mike Frisch: Which jig is the right jig for walleyes?
A walk in the woods is always worth it
Outdoor issues at stake in environmental bills: Viking Sportsmen on board with fee increases
DNR release: Spring burning restrictions begin today
Norman Allen Potvin
Jarrin "Jerry" Stark
Eudoris V. Hagen
Orville E. Lien
It's Our Turn: Is it just a game?
Letter: Sanctuary cities are lunacy
COMMENTARY: Don't shortchange students
Letter: New buffer law will create problems
Letter: How to celebrate Earth Day
Robin Trott: Five steps to conserving water in your garden
Steve Frericks: Ask for help in tough times
Extension to offer low-tunnel strawberry workshop
Minnesota Farmers Union to host rural issues discussion
Agriculture going strong in Douglas County
Chamber introduces new networking event
ATCC Foundation holds scholarship recognition event
Carlos Creek Winery honored at Progress Minnesota event
Tech company sprouts from the ground up
A restaurant revival
hires and promotions
On The Street
April 5, 2017
House approves bill reopening Appleton private prison
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at reopening the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton,...
April 5, 2017 - 3:03pm
July 29, 2016
Pilot dies in plane crash en route to Wisconsin air show
KERKHOVEN, Minn. - A flying enthusiast from west-central Minnesota known for his good humor and love for friends has died in a plane crash in...
July 29, 2016 - 1:39pm
April 22, 2016
Westrom wants to re-open prison in Appleton
State Sen. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, has co-authored a bipartisan bill that would re-open the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Currently, Minnesota faces a prison overcrowding issue, placing an increasing burden on the state’s correctional system, Westrom noted. Closed...
April 22, 2016 - 12:00am
April 1, 2016
Dayton opens door to buying private prison some day
Gov. Mark Dayton continues to say he would veto a bill to open a shuttered western Minnesota private prison, but on March 23 said that under certain circumstances could consider buying the facility. “It is not going to happen this session, unless they override my veto,” Dayton...
April 1, 2016 - 12:00am
September 12, 2010
Closed Appleton prison could receive federal contract
APPLETON - Optimism is high that Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton will reopen its doors to house federal inmates, with the potential of hiring back the 400 employees who lost their jobs when the facility closed Feb. 2. The Corrections Corporation of America, which owns the...
September 12, 2010 - 8:18am
May 4, 2010
Former Appleton, Minn., man sentenced to 52 months for wife's death
BENSON, Minn. -- A 35-year-old man was sentenced Monday to 52 months in prison for second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of his wife. It was the maximum possible sentence. Andrew Gordon Lemcke shot Nichole Riley-Lemcke, 26, in their Appleton home on Sept. 12, 2004. The...
May 4, 2010 - 5:38am
December 26, 2009
Appleton inmate files suit for sex assault by kitchen supervisor
APPLETON -- A 42-year-old man is claiming he was sexually abused by a female kitchen supervisor while he was an inmate at Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. The inmate filed a civil lawsuit Dec. 17 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota seeking damages from the former supervisor,...
December 26, 2009 - 9:01am
December 5, 2009
Correctional facility in Appleton to close soon
December 5, 2009 - 7:46am
August 11, 2009
Appleton prison will not hold Alaska inmates
APPLETON -- Hopes that inmates from Alaska could fill empty beds at the Prairie Correctional Facility were dashed on Monday. The Alaska Department of Corrections did not select the facility to hold its prisoners being housed outside of the state, according to information from Prairie...
August 11, 2009 - 4:31pm
March 2, 2009
Funeral services for Marlys Schlieman were held on Thursday afternoon, February 26th, 2009, at 1:30 PM, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton...
March 2, 2009 - 9:59am
February 26, 2009
Alexandria Area lawmakers want state to send more convicts to private prison
ST. PAUL - Two Minnesota legislators from the Alexandria area want to move more prisoners from state facilities to a private prison, saving the state $12 million in the next two years. Others object, saying prisons should be a state, not private, enterprise. The 776 medium security...
February 26, 2009 - 1:53pm