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Benton County continues to fine-tune options to limit cannabis use in public places. Commissioners moved discussion of a proposed ordinance to a Sept. 6 committee of the whole and continued a …

A Pantowners tradition

While the Pantowners Car Show and Swap Meet has grown over its 48-year history to become Minnesota’s largest one-day car show with a staggering variety of automobiles and entertainment, much …

A greener park

Following a   loss of mature trees in Holdridge Park in Foley over the last several years, a local business has spearheaded a sustainability project featuring new saplings. Foley Public …

When Chris and Emily Harren launched their business eight years ago, Harren Homes, they had a vision to help people with disabilities, and it started with redefining the abilities of the people they …

Although he weighed the least in his steer class at the Benton County Fair, Aryssa Zacher’s Scottish Highland calf stole the show and won spectators’ hearts Aug. 1. Aryssa’s …

Seventeen teams grabbed their clubs and took to the fairways at Stones Throw Golf Course Aug. 10 for the 2023 Foley Chamber Golf Outing in Milaca.   The event raised funds for scholarships …

            Law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in investigating a fatal crash near Rice.

Gathered again

Nothing beats catching up with old friends; just ask the hundreds of Foley High School graduates that flooded into town from across the country and state to reunite with their former classmates. …

SAUK RAPIDS – With more than 100 categories entered, Alex Peltz was the most proficient exhibitor at this year’s Benton County Fair. Through all of Peltz’s entries, though he was not able to show them all at the fair, he found that the work was worth the rewards.

FOLEY — In preparation for the city of Foley’s first look at the 2024 budget, city administrator Sarah Brunn warned council members Aug. 1 that the budget may suffer due to a lack of …

The Benton County Board of Commissioners adopted a $43 million, five-year road construction improvement plan Aug. 1. County engineer Chris Byrd said the plan primarily relies on three revenue …

Settling in at the fair

The Ice Cream Machine

FOLEY – Nine years ago, Sara Liebeck bought an ice cream truck, called The Ice Cream Machine, from a close friend who was looking to exit the food truck business. At the time, Liebeck saw it as an opportunity to spend more time with family, but now that many of her helpers have grown up, the ice cream truck she owns and operates has evolved into something else entirely.

FOLEY – There comes a time in every baseball player’s career where the mitt feels less snug on the hand and the physical requirements of playing a season-long sport become too exhaustive to overcome.

Concerts from award-winning artists, live performances from skaters and freestyle motocross athletes, and a massive car show with vehicle giveaways to community members in need – Celebrate MN aims to bring St. Cloud and surrounding communities together in August for a free festival like they have never seen before.

Community Stars

Benton County marriage applications

Gilman Days Highlights

A magical 4-H Camp Benton

FOLEY – The Benton County 4-H Camp Benton, with a theme of “Making Magic Happen in 4-H,” was a popular event with lots of smiles and laughs and campers learning about themselves.

Pages from the Past

75 years ago

FOLEY – Having brought his business to his hometown of Foley in 2003, operating from the Falcon National Bank building a day after the phone lines were installed, Brian Thorsten recently looked back on his two decades as the founder and owner of Thorsten Financial Services Inc. in Foley.

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