Dayton: Budgets Went From Shambles To Surpluses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Outgoing Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says the state’s projected $1.5 billion budget surplus contrasts with the “shambles” he faced when he took office nearly eight years ago. Speaking to reporters Thursday, the retiring Democrat recalled...

Judge Allows 2 New Experts To Testify For Rodriguez

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge says two new expert witnesses will be allowed to testify on behalf of a man sentenced to death for killing a University of North Dakota student more than a decade ago. Over objections from prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled...

Golden Apple: Northern Elementary Inspires Creativity With Makerspace Classroom

If you take a look inside Northern Elementary School’s new makerspace classroom, you’ll find everything from building blocks and gears to rulers and toothpicks. The makerspace classroom is designed to be a flexible and adaptable learning environment where students can creat...

One Dead After One-Vehicle Crash In Wadena County

One person died after a one-vehicle crash in Wadena County Thursday morning. At approximately 7:37 a.m., the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a motor vehicle crash near the intersection of County Road 26 and 182nd Street in Bullard Township. According to...

Mail-Only Ballots Being Discussed For 2020 Presidential Primary In Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota political party leaders and state and local officials are considering mail balloting for the 2020 presidential primary, a dramatic change from past practices in which citizens make their selections in party caucuses. The state will switch to a more...

Bemidji’s South Shore Transforms For Hockey Day

In the shadow of the Sanford Center on Lake Bemidji’s South Shore, the sound of construction could be heard. But this is no ordinary project, as the city is preparing the site for the 2019 installment of Hockey Day Minnesota. With anticipation rising, the host city is prepared to...

20 for 20: Olympic Connection (2018)

To celebrate our 20th anniversary of Lakeland News, we’re taking a look back at some of the memorable local stories we’ve covered over the years. We’re calling it 20 For 20 – twenty stories in all, one for each of the twenty years we’ve been on the...

Cuyuna Christmas Celebration Held In Crosby

A community-wide Christmas celebration was held tonight in Crosby that featured everything from sleigh rides and ice skating to real reindeer. The event, which used to be called Christmas in the Park, was held at Heartwood Senior Living Center tonight and brought out over a...

Local “Heroes & Helpers” Take Kids On Christmas Shopping Spree

Santa got a little help once again this year thanks to the Bemidji Police Department’s 3rd annual “Heroes and Helpers” event. “I had so much fun because I got stuff for my brother,” says seven year-old Khloe. Her mom, Natasha Hedlund, asks, “And yourself?” Khloe quickly add...

Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen Receives Largest Donation In Its History

The Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen in Brainerd recently received a record-breaking donation from an area business. Chad Schwendeman of Exit Lakes Realty Premier presented a check for $31,180.40 to the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen earlier this week. The donation was made possible...

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