Stearns County

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay second half property taxes is fast approaching. The second half of the 2014 real estate tax is due and payable on Wednesday, Oct. 15.  This is the last day to pay the second half without penalty.  The Agricultural Property tax deadline is Nov.17. To make […]

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Stearns County’s Board of Commissioners approved a preliminary 2015 budget and levy of nearly $131 million for 2015, a 1.61 percent reduction in spending. Although spending is down, the budget does include a levy increase of 1.81 percent and a total levy of nearly $70 million, due to increased caseloads in Human Services and a […]

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Eurasian watermilfoil has been discovered growing in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon in Stearns County, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said. The nonnative, invasive aquatic plant was discovered rooted at various locations along the eastern side of the lake to a depth of nearly 12 feet. The highest densities […]

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By Beth Berlin University of Minnesota Extension At the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre from July 30-Aug. 3, and the Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids from Aug. 5-10, the Extension Master Gardener booth will be offering horticulture information. Gardeners can get practical advice for their own gardens and yards from Master Gardeners. Extension […]

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The first phase of the Stearns County jail remodeling project is finished. Phase 1 involved reconstructing the first floor of the Law Enforcement Center (LEC) to accommodate the female housing unit and work release inmates, both of which were previously on the second floor. Moving the female inmates to the first floor allowed for the […]

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Changes took effect July 1 to Stearns County’s emergency general assistance programs. Revisions to eligibility criteria were approved by the Board of Commissioners. Emergency General Assistance and Family Emergency Funds are programs designed for residents who need financial help with short-term, non-recurring housing and utility expenses. Both are mandated, state-funded programs. In past years, funds […]

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Defense attorney and veteran Clay County Prosecutor Kenneth Kohler has announced that he is a candidate for Seat 27 of the 7th District Court. MOst judges in Minnesota run unopposed, but Kohler is the third candidate to file for Seat 27. Incumbent Judge Steven Cahill  of Moorhead has filed for re-election to a second six-year […]

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Stearns, Todd and Morrison counties will all have primary elections on Aug. 12 for sheriff. The primary will narrow the field to two candidates in each county, who will then square off in the November general election. The candidate filing period ended on Tuesday, June 3. A  second filing period for city, township and school […]

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