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Madeline Adkisson (right) hugs Emily Novak after the duo complete their attempts in the long jump April 4 at Foley High School in Foley. Novak won the event with a 16-foot, 7 1/2-inch leap, while Adkisson snagged fifth at 14-4.

Foley girls win GRC Indoor

If the two indoor track and field meets from last week are a sign of what’s to come for the rest of the season for the Foley High School girls track and field team, they are in for another …

Tennis opens with 7-0 win over New London-Spicer

The first time the Falcons got to hit on the outdoor courts for the 2024 season also marked their first match day of the season. Foley hosted the New London-Spicer Wildcats April 4, which was the …
Local news
County board gets corrections services update
The Benton County Board approved a state comprehensive plan for corrections at its April 2 meeting. Last May, Gov. Tim Walz signed a sweeping public safety omnibus bill into law. The legislation …
Citizen of the Year Award nominations close April 26
The nomination period for the Foley Area Chamber of Commerce 2024 Citizen of the Year Award will close soon. Chamber members and the general public are invited to nominate Foley residents and …
Benton County participating in weather radar pilot program
Benton County is participating in a free regional pilot program to improve weather radar coverage. Commissioners unanimously approved April 2 a one-year trial contract with Kentucky-based …
Garbage contract renegotiations
Foley city staff recently entered contract renegotiations with garbage hauler Republic Services despite the company backing out of a previously agreed extension option. Before council members …
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Celebrating funny

The not-too-stiff-necked controversy of whether or not the town’s summer parade should proceed on the street parallel to the local nursing home calls for a quick review: the necessity of …

Reuniting sister cities

Duelm is a quaint, unincorporated community in Benton County known for its beloved church, rich agricultural history, family-owned restaurant, small park with baseball and softball diamonds, a few …

Bittersweet snapshots

I’ve purged my storage closet of six boxes of saved memorabilia — childhood art projects, worksheets, toys and stuffed animals from my childhood along with that of our sons. Throughout, …
Obituaries
Carol A. Helmin
Memorial services were April 5 at Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids for Carol A. Helmin, 83 who passed away March 25, 2024, at Summit Ridge in Sauk Rapids. The Rev. Virgil Helmin …
Taloa James Crawford Starr
Taloa James Crawford Starr born in Ashland, Wisconsin, on Flag Day, June 14, 1938, passed away on Easter, at 9:52 p.m.   March 31 after a losing battle with mesothelioma. She was cared for by …
James L. Houdek Jr.
James Houdek, age 86, of Foley, passed away peacefully March 30, 2024, at his daughter’s home with his family by his side. Mass of Christian Burial was April 5 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic …
Clara “Toots” I. Knettel
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 12, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Mayhew Lake for Clara “Toots” Knettel, age 90, who passed away March 26, 2024, at The Good …
Weston J. Lentner
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sartell for Weston J. Lentner, age 29, who passed away March 22, 2024, at his residence due to …