STEARNS COUNTY

19 Students Charged in St. Cloud Tech Fight

The Stearns County Attorney's Office charged 18 male students and one female student-ages 14 to 17.

ST. CLOUD, Minn.–Prosecutors have charged 19 students in a large-scale fight at St. Cloud Tech High School last week. The Stearns County Attorney’s Office charged 18 male students and one female student–ages 14 to 17–with crimes ranging from third-degree rioting to aiding and abetting in an assault. One student was charged with possessing a dangerous weapon on school property and…

Candidates Announced For 7th Judicial District Chambered In Moorhead

Gov. Tim Walz will make the appointment

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Three candidates are being considered for District Court judge in Minnesota’s Seventh Judicial District. It is chambered in Moorhead. The finalists include Mara Rausch, currently a managing attorney in the Office of Public Defender in Moorhead. Jade Rosenfeldt, a shareholder at Vogel Law Firm. And Nathaniel Welte, an assistant county attorney for the Becker County Attorney’s…

Case Of Alleged Sexual Assault Handed Off To Stearns County

The driver was taken into custody and the woman was taken to an area hospital

MOORHEAD, Minn. — We are learning new information about an alleged assault in a semi on I-94 Monday morning. Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office was sent a text from a woman claiming she had been sexually assaulted by the driver. A Minnesota State Patrol trooper located a semi matching the woman’s description and stopped it on I-94 near Downer. The…

Pickup Hits Buggy Killing Two People In Stearns County, Minnesota

The single horse-drawn buggy was occupied by a 72-year-old male and a 66-year-old female

AVON, MN — Two people are dead after a pickup truck crashed into a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County. The crash happened this morning on County Road 9 just north of Avon, Minnesota. The single horse-drawn buggy was occupied by a 72-year-old male and a 66-year-old female, both from Avon. They were pronounced dead at the scene. The pickup truck was…

Molestation Victim Of Danny Heinrich Awarded Over $17 Million

In 2016, Heinrich admitted to sexually assaulting Jared Scheierl and to abducting, molesting and killing Jacob Wetterling

Jared ScheierlSTEARNS COUNTY, MN — A Minnesota man who was molested decades ago by the man who killed Jacob Wetterling has been awarded over $17 million. Jared Scheierl was 12 when he was molested by Danny Heinrich in 1989 in Cold Spring. In 2016, Heinrich admitted to sexually assaulting Scheierl and to abducting, molesting and killing Jacob as part of a…

Tense moment between ex-FBI agent, Stearns Co. Sheriff caps off Wetterling files release event

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – A tense moment capped off the Jacob Wetterling case files release event Thursday morning. After Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson finished his presentation, the original FBI Investigator assigned to the case, Al Garber, took the podium unprompted to rebut Gudmundson’s version of events. “I’ve known Don Gudmundson for many years and we’ve worked together a number…

Sheriff: FBI interview of Heinrich ‘fatal flaw’ in Wetterling investigation

STEARNS COUNTY, Minn. (KMSP) – Authorities released the Jacob Wetterling case file to the public Thursday—more than 41,000 pages detailing the nearly 30-year investigation into Jacob’s disappearance in 1989. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson detailed the investigation with a power point presentation to reporters Thursday, ahead of the case file release. At the press conference, he called the FBI’s interview of…

Alexandria Man Charged After Shooting Officer With Bow And Arrow

prosecutors have charged 31-year-old Ramey Olson with three counts of assaulting a police officer

STEARNS COUNTY, Minn. — An Alexandria man is charged after hitting an officer with an arrow last week in Sauk Centre. Stearns County prosecutors have charged 31-year-old Ramey Olson with three counts of assaulting a police officer. Olson is accused of firing arrows at three officers, striking one of them and prompting the other two to shoot at him. He is…

Jacob Wetterling investigation files will be released to public Sep. 20th

SAINT CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) – The closed investigative file in the Jacob Wetterling case will be released to the public next Thursday, Sepember 20th. “The closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 10:06 a.m. at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center-Emergency Operations Center (EOC),” the sheriff’s office said…

Two Men Arrested During Hotel Raid In Moorhead

Both men are facing drug charges

Dimitri Accardo-Rainey and Richard Staples Jr. 1/1 Show Caption Hide Caption MOORHEAD, Minn. — The SWAT Team and DEA arrested two men at Super 8 in Moorhead on Wednesday in a large scale drug investigation. 25-year-old Dimitri Accardo-Rainey of St. Cloud and 24-year-old Richard Staples Jr. of Moorhead were taken into custody without incident. Police seized approximately one pound of…