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Vehicle at the bottom of the lake? Minn. dive team explains process
Short sleeves in January
Turnouts strong for women's marches across ND, Minn.
DL's Leonard Thielen - Adam Thielen's grandpa - recounts his days as an ice harvester
Reports surfacing of central Minn. lake travelers going through ice again
Blizzard hockey: Alexandria swept by New Ulm, drops fourth straight
Girls basketball: Knights finish off LPGE with late run
Boys basketball: Knights win third game in as many days
Swimming and Diving: Cards land in third place in home True Team meet
McFeely: Local Vikings fans not feeling the heat in Philly
Alexandria Area Community Calendar
Toys for Kids reaches 165 children
What would Mr. Fitzgerald think?
A space for young learners: Library exhibit combines science and art
One page at a time: Library can help you through the holidays
Marlin & Nora Hoglund
DNR to reduce walleye fingerling stocking
DNR release: Spring turkey hunt applications for season A and B due soon
Alexandria's Dresch makes "the ice angler's landing net"
Mike Frisch: Good winter crappie action
Lake trout surprises Northwest Angle fisherman
Roger E. Cole
Virginia "Ginger" M. Bjurlin
Faye M. Luberts
#MeToo and #TimesUp: Are men safe?
Commentary: The end to the opioid crisis
Rapp clarifies his veteran status
Guest Editorial: Here's what to know about Facebook feeds
Letter: Pilot offers an apology on hangar issue
Extension schedules land rent meeting for farmers, landowners
Managing boxelder bugs as the cold sets in
Step away from that pruning saw!
Going far with 4-H horses
County crafting buffer compliance rules
Downtown loses antique store
Rose City Bar and Grill to open Feb. 1
Minimum wage rises
On The Street
Manufacturers to meet in Alexandria, tour company
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January 17, 2018
Minn. gets price tag for buying or leasing western Minn. prison
APPLETON, Minn. — There are now price tags for the state of Minnesota to either purchase, upgrade and operate the Prairie Correctional...
January 17, 2018 - 8:53pm
June 2, 2017
State to hire contractor to assess potential use of western Minnesota private prison
APPLETON - Legislation calling on the state to purchase or lease-to-own the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton did not make it through...
June 2, 2017 - 9:50pm
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