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Reward Offered in Melrose Church Fire

ST. PAUL, Minn. —The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division are seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the March 11, 2016, fire at the Church of St. Mary located at 203 S. Fifth Ave. E., Melrose, Minn.  ATF and the Fire Marshal — through the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators — are posting a combined reward of up to $7,500. 

            On March 11 at approximately 4:43 p.m., a fire was reported at the Church of St. Mary, which was built in 1898 and is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.  The fire, ruled “incendiary” caused extensive damage to the west side of the church and the loss is estimated at approximately $5 million.

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16
May
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Multi-vehicle crash sends two to hospital - Albany woman among injured

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02
May
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Albany teens admit to arson

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department, two Albany teenagers have admitted that they were responsible for a fire that damaged the Schwinghammer Lake bridge, east of Albany, along the Lake Wobegon Trail on April 30.
 
Investigators interviewed a 14-year-old male and a 16-year-old male in reference to the arson fire on the bridge. Both juveniles admitted that they were responsible. They were released to the custody of their parents. The case will be forwarded to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office for review of charges. 

Thu
14
Apr
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Charges made in Avon Township shooting incident

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11
Apr
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One hurt in Avon Township shooting

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, on April 10 at 8:10 p.m., the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received a call involving gun shots that were fired in Avon Township in the 18,000 block of 332nd Street.
 
Officers arrived to find two people at the residence; a 38-year-old male from Avon and a 43-year-old St. Cloud man. The 43-year-old man had received multiple gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.
 
The incident is still under active investigation – no further details were released.
 
The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the incident by Minnesota State Patrol and officers from the Avon and Albany Police Departments. 

Thu
24
Mar
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Multiple agencies battle Collegeville Township fire


Crews from Avon, Albany, St. Joseph and Cold Spring worked for several hours to put out a residential fire in rural Avon (Collegeville Township) on March 24, 2016. PHOTO BY LIZ VOS

By Liz Vos

Staff Writer

A fire broke out on 160th Avenue in Collegeville Township on the afternoon of March 24. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, the home belongs to 48-year-old Joseph Rogers. A nearby resident reported the fire. A Stearns County Deputy was first on scene and reported the home fully engulfed with the roof partially collapsed.

According to Avon Fire Chief Joel Richter, no one was at home at the time of the fire. It was reported that pets were in the residence, one of which was rescued by fire personnel.

Avon Fire Department was assisted on the scene by St. Joseph, Cold Spring and Albany Fire Departments, the Stearns County Sheriff’s Department and Gold Cross Ambulance.

The State Fire Marshal was also on the scene and the fire is under further investigation by their agency. 

Wed
23
Mar
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Dog attack in St. Joseph Township

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, on March 21, the Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that someone was attacked by dogs. The investigation revealed that 61-year-old Julie Lingl of St. Joseph was walking her small dog along the should of the road passing by the residence of Michelle and Rak Tray at 28794 Frontage Road in St. Joseph Township.

The Rak’s have several dogs, including two adult boxers, which were contained in their fenced back yard. The two boxers jumped the fence and attacked Lingl’s dog, resulting in its death. When Lingl tried to pick up her dog from the road, the boxers attacked her.

Lingl suffered severe injuries to her legs. She also suffered multiple lacerations and puncture wounds to her arms, hands, back, head and face. She was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of her injuries.

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15
Mar
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Shoes wanted!


The Albany Boy Scouts Troop 30 has set a goal of collecting 750 pairs of shoes to support the Soles4Souls shoe drive. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Shoes wanted!

Albany Boy Scouts on a mission to support Soles4Souls

By Liz Vos

Staff Writer

 

The Albany Boy Scouts Troop 30 is once again focused on making an impact on others. The group, under the direction of the Central Minnesota Council for Boy Scouts of America, is holding a Soles4Souls shoe drive from now until April 21.

Troop 30’s goal is to collect 750 pairs of shoes.

The residents of Albany may have recently noticed a door hanger announcing the group’s effort, which encourages people to clean out their closets to donate new or used shoes.

Fri
26
Feb
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Investigation underway following school threat

Investigation underway following school threat

By Liz Vos

Staff Writer

 

ALBANY – An active investigation is underway following a threat of a school shooting was discovered Monday.  

In a letter to district parents, Superintendent Greg Johnson said the threat is being taken seriously and that action is taking place.

“We are taking every step to ensure the safety of students and staff,” Johnson said.  

The threat was reported by students who found writing in a female restroom at the Albany Area Secondary School on Feb. 22. The message read, “School Shooting @ 11:45 3/3/16”.

“It is thanks to the attentiveness of our students that we have been able to respond to this situation,” Johnson continued.

Thu
25
Feb
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Such a big miracle


Kaylee Heinen has been a fighter from the start. Born 16 weeks early, with only a 23 percent chance of survival, she fought for her life and continues to shine four years later. PHOTO BY LIZ VOS

Such a big miracle

By Liz Vos

Enterprise Staff Writer

Kaylee Heinen is a busy girl. The wide-eyed and imaginative 4-year-old is often found chattering away as she plays house, dresses her favorite dolls from Frozen and dances in her pink-clad bedroom. Kaylee may seem like a typical preschooler, but a closer look at her tiny beginnings proves that she is anything but ordinary.

Born 16 weeks early on Jan. 11, 2012, Kaylee weighed a mere one pound, seven ounces and was 12 inches long. The tiny baby was given a survival rate of only 23 percent. Her parents, Nicole Heinen of Avon and Jeremy Heinen of Freeport stood by her side as she battled to become the ‘rock star’ they see today.

“It was a miracle to even find out we were having a baby,” explained Nicole, who had been told early on that she would likely not have children due to her own medical background.

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