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Jessica Sparks spent the last eight years developing a reputation for helping the Sauk Rapids community look and feel beautiful.   Most recently, she applied that gift to a downtown …

A lucky Sauk Rapids-Rice High School senior will leave this year’s post-graduation party with a big red prize. Minnesota Truck Headquarters, of St. Cloud, supplied the Storm Celebrate and …

Gray clouds collected overhead as wind whipped the United States flag at half-staff May 15 at the Rice Memorial Monument in Rice. Still, the unfavorable weather did not deter an annual gathering …

Sauk Rapids Citizen of the Year David Rixe has a long history of enthusiastic community involvement.   In his 34 years as a resident, Rixe has served on the city’s advisory park …

Minnesota’s fishing opener celebrates angling opportunities and cherished rituals forged on water. Fifty years ago, Sauk Rapids couple Ed and Patricia Gerchy began a career in publishing …

With heads bowed and eyes closed, the Rice community gathered at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church May 2 for the annual National Day of Prayer service.   Event organizer Ron McKeever …

Gov. Tim Walz’s recent judicial appointment announcement involving Benton County Attorney Karl Schmidt created interesting commissioner discussion May 7. Schmidt will replace judge Michael …

Renee Zeleny’s love of pottery reflects joy, tranquility and inspiration provided by Mother Nature. “Working with clay has many fascinating steps,” she said. “You need to …

Sauk Rapids-based Manea’s Meats gets daily inspections from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.   A recent visit by another agency official helped celebrate what’s been …

The Sauk Rapids-Rice Youth Baseball Association has signed a 10-year field operating contract with the city. Sauk Rapids council members unanimously approved the agreement during an April 29 …

Rice American Legion Post 473 is participating in a national patriotic organization awareness day April 27. Posts are opening their doors to community members for the day to recognize the …

1 dead following fire

SAUK RAPIDS — A Sauk Rapids man is dead following a fire at a property in Watab Township April 21.   Sheriff Troy Heck reported John David Schram, 76, died at the scene on the 400 …

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