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Fri
26
Feb

Employee faces prison after embezzling thousands

by BRYAN ZOLLMAN
STAFF WRITER
A Long Prairie woman pleaded guilty to taking more than $533,000 from Minnesota Veterinary Associates in Melrose where she worked for several years in accounting.
Sherry Lynn Anderson, 44, pleaded guilty to five counts of theft by swindle and will likely spend more than four years in prison.
According to the court complaint, Anderson kept cash payments and altered payroll records to pay herself more than what she was supposed to be earning on her paycheck.
Another employee recognized discrepancies in the company’s finances while Anderson was on vacation and after an investigation by Melrose police, it was discovered that Anderson took more than $650,000 in cash.
She is accused of taking the money between May 2008 and March 2014.
Anderson’s sentencing is scheduled for May 6.

Tue
23
Feb

Sheriff’s Office investigating animal abuse case

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office is investigating a case of animal abuse where a male yellow Labrador was allegedly shot with a pellet gun. Deputies received a call from Avon Township from a resident who discovered the injured dog lying under a tree. A deputy brought the dog to a veterinarian who determined the dog had been shot four times in the face and twice in the hindquarters. The veterinarian believes the shots came from a pellet gun. Several of the shots penetrated the dog's muzzle and broke the dog's jaw. The dog was treated and is now being housed by Stearns County. Sheriffs investigators are attempting to locate the owner of the dog and identify the person or persons responsible for the injuries. Anyone with information regarding the case can call the dispatch center at 320-251-4240.

Fri
19
Feb

Sauk Centre featured on “Postcards”

Downtown mural, Sinclair Lewis Boyhood home, Tutti Fruitti featured
by JENNIFER COYNE
STAFF WRITER
In its seventh season, Pioneer Public Television’s “Postcards” will travel to Sauk Centre on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
“Postcards” is a weekly television series that exemplifies art, culture and history in rural Minnesota.
For the past 50 years, Pioneer Public Television – based out of Appleton, Minn. – has been serving the communities of southwest and west central Minnesota, northwestern Iowa, eastern South Dakota and southeastern North Dakota.
“We haven’t explored Sauk Centre before,” said videographer and editor Kristofor Gieske. “There is a surprising amount of variety here, more than we expected.”
Gieske is originally from Sauk Centre.

Fri
12
Feb

Polar Plunge

PHOTO BY BRYAN ZOLLMAN
It took four girls to make up the team “Dynamic Duo” in Saturday’s Polar Plunge. The dynamic duo is Ruby Essler and Quinn Petty, two cousins who have Down Syndrome. The foursome who took the brave plunge is (from left) Janet Minette, Lindsey Kramer, Barb Bodeker, and Ruby’s mom, Jessica Essler. More photos can be seen on page 11 and at www.saukherald.com.

Fri
05
Feb

Locals raise concerns for Rep. Anderson at town hall meeting

Buffer zone, taxes issues of discussion
by JENNIFER COYNE
STAFF WRITER

Fri
29
Jan

Quest for new superintendent commences

School board meets with search firm to create plan
by JENNIFER COYNE
STAFF WRITER

Fri
22
Jan

Local bar burglarized

Sauk Centre police were called to a burglary at the Next Door Bar in the City of Sauk Centre Monday morning at 12:27 p.m. The suspect allegedly took thousands of dollars in cash. If you have any information regarding this burglary please contact the Sauk Centre Police Department as soon as possible at (320) 351-7022.

Fri
15
Jan

Sauk Centre woman arrested for burglary

Sauk Centre Police arrested a 25-year-old Sauk Centre woman on Tuesday, Jan. 5 after a burglary was reported on the 300 block of Main St. S. at approximately 7:44 p.m.
Laura Kay Konnight was arrested and brought to Stearns County Jail and later charged with first degree burglary and assault.

Fri
15
Jan

Full House

Each day is a blessing for Sjogren family
by BRYAN ZOLLMAN
STAFF WRITER
When Josh and Melissa Sjogren were high school sweethearts they decided they wanted to have four children when they got married. On Sept. 19, Melissa gave birth to their seventh.
“I always tell people we are overachievers,” said Melissa.
The Sjogrens are the proud parents of Sam, 15; Macoy, 13; William, 11; Evelyn, 9; Cecilia, 7; Addison, 6; and Sylvia, who was born Sept. 19 and is three months old. Josh, 38, works for Stearns Electric while Melissa, 37, is a stay-at-home mom who works occasionally as a wedding photographer.
They both graduated from Farmington High School and eventually resided in Sauk Centre before recently moving to Lake Sylvia in rural Melrose.

Fri
08
Jan

Sauk Centre man injured in New Year’s Eve crash

A Sauk Centre man was injured in a one-vehicle accident on New Year’s Eve in Sauk Centre on Highway 28.
The man was traveling eastbound at approximately 9:30 p.m. in a pickup truck on Highway 28 when he went off the road and hit a tree at 375th Ave.
Gregory L. Thooft, 31, was transported to St. Cloud Hospital and was listed in serious condition.
Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

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