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Stearns County To Accept Pesticide Recyclables

Farmers, lawn care companies, golf courses and government agencies can bring their empty pesticide containers for recycling to the Farmer's Union Co-Op in Paynesville before tomorrow's pick-up.

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Sealcoating To Start On Lake Wobegon Trail

Stearns County will begin sealcoating parts of the Lake Wobegon Trail today. The segments getting seal coat treatments are from Albany to the Morrison County line, from Sauk Centre to the Todd County line and from St. Joseph to Avon.

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Funds Available to Help Replace Septic Systems in Stearns County

Stearns County wants to help low-income homeowners replace unsanitary subsurface septic systems.

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Abby Faulkner
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Longer Lives for Stearns County Residents than Any Other County in Minnesota [AUDIO]

It's the question that people have been asking since the beginning of time - what is the secret to a long and healthy life? Well, just ask a senior citizen in the land of Lake Wobegon...they should know.

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Ghost Towns: Stearns County Towns that Disappeared from the Map — Our Top Five

So a few weeks back, we explored a smattering of supernatural legends from St. Cloud State University. This time around, I wanted to take a different approach to the concept of haunted spaces, and turn focus to a bunch of real "ghosts" we unknowingly encounter every day - the dissolved, forgotten towns of central Minnesota.

Many of us probably get the same old timey, western-style mental image when we hear the phrase “ghost town” – sepia-toned montages of overgrown, decrepit buildings with punched out floors and collapsed roofs, flanked by cacti and maybe a tumbleweed or two. I’m sure those Hollywood-style colonies are out there somewhere – but really, you won’t find them here in central Minnesota. As a matter of fact, most of the structures in the towns on this map were extinct before the turn of the century.

Like a good ghost story, the forgotten towns of central Minnesota are full of mystery. It took this reporter a few hours of digging around in the spectacularly organized archives of the Stearns History Museum to find the essential maps, facts, dates and photos to prove these places really existed. Now, while I’m crazy about history, research and heavy-duty air conditioning on 90-degree days, I was slightly discouraged when I realized that the vast majority of these towns have one thing in common – hardly ANY documentation exists to describe exactly where they were, what they looked like or who lived there. 

Another mystery I quickly uncovered - there's no good reason some of these towns flourished (if only for a while) and others failed almost immediately. These towns (pictured on the above map) were surveyed and settled by enterprising immigrants during the 1850s and 60s, itching to develop profitable commercial trade centers. Some were temporary outposts  - they drifted into disrepair and vanished. Others were platted, named and never saw so much as a single building. A handful served as the foundations for towns we know and live in today.  Take a close look at the map we've created.

The latter sums up the towns that made this list. May I present for your consideration - and in no particular order - 5 central Minnesota ghost towns that captured and haunted my imagination.


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Stearns County Agrees To Contribute To Airport Fund

Stearns and Benton counties have agreed to contribute $10-thousand each to help attract an air carrier to the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The money would be added to a federal grant worth $750-thousand and used to ensure an airline was able to make the minimum revenue necessary to keep operating.

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“No Wake Zones” on Several Stearns County Lakes Have Been Lifted

The "No Wake Zone" orders that were on several Stearns County lakes have been lifted as of today. Beaver, Carnelian. the Horseshoe Chain, Two Rivers and Rice Lakes are no longer under the order.

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Photo Courtesy of Flickr User Edgeplot
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Stearns County Holding Summer-Long Photo Contest for People Vacationing at Home

In times of high gas prices, more people are looking for ways to have fun closer to home. This is the idea behind the "staycation" - a vacation right at home. Stearns County wants to know how you'd spend a staycation, so they're kicking off a photo contest.

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Stearns County Emergency Management Dealing with Flooded Roads, Urging Caution to Drivers

Numerous cities across Stearns County are experiencing flooding after today's storms.

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Stearns County To Extend Contract With Interim Human Services Administrator

The Stearns County Board of Commissioners have extended the contract with interim Human Services Director Dave Rooney for about three more weeks. Rooney, who is working in place for the retired Roma Steil, will stay on until the first week of August while the search for a permanent Human Services Administrator continues.

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