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"You did it!" — Litchfield High School seniors celebrate graduation  Crow River Media

Just under 100 Litchfield High School seniors hit a milestone Sunday afternoon. In a sea of Dragon-green caps and gowns, family members, friends and faculty ...

Litchfield High School Honor Roll announced | Education  Crow River Media

Following are students who earned spots on the “A” and “B” honor rolls at Litchfield High School for first quarter of the 2018-19 school year:

Litchfield School Board candidates discuss issues | Election  Crow River Media

Editor's note: Litchfield Chamber of Commerce sent questionnaires to Litchfield School Board candidates. Responses from candidates Darrin Anderson, Dan ...

Digital learning provides unique solution for winter weather  Crow River Media

Minnesota school districts have a unique problem in the winter when blizzards, extreme cold or polar vortexes hit. With Midwestern states facing these elements, ...

LHS debuts 'Cry of the Peacock' Jan. 24 | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School seniors Zach Olson, Madelyn Allee and Julia Richardson are all preparing for the 2019 Minnesota State High School League One Act ...

Litchfield's students of the week | Education  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School senior Tommy Johnson and freshman Dillon Maurer were named students of the week for Oct. 22-26. Seniors Shayna Rohrbeck and Zach ...

Litchfield High School prom-goers enjoy the 'Roaring Twenties'  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School students went back in time to the “Roaring '20s” at prom Saturday evening.

Chelsea Brown hired as Litchfield Middle School principal  Crow River Media

At its meeting April 9, the Litchfield School Board announced Chelsea Brown will become the new principal at Litchfield Middle School.

Go green! Go Dragons! | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School celebrated the Dragons Homecoming football game against New London-Spicer last week.

John Sommerfeld, 75 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Dec. 7, 2018. John E. Sommerfeld, 75, of Litchfield, died on Friday, Dec. 7, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield. A funeral *service* will be at 11 a.m. Friday, ...

Harold "Wayne" Nelson, 82 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Feb. 2, 2019. Harold “Wayne” Nelson, 82, of Litchfield died Saturday, Feb. 2, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield. Funeral *service* will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.

JoAnn Costigan, 79 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Dec. 26, 2018. JoAnn C. Costigan, 79, of Litchfield, died on Wednesday Dec. 26, at Meeker Manor in Litchfield. A memorial *service* will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday ...

48th Annual Peanut Butter and Milk Festival guests arrive  Crow River Media

Nine guests from Hartford, Alabama, arrived in Litchfield on Saturday for the 48th Annual Peanut Butter & Milk Festival, which lasts from Feb. 16-23.

Dwight Henkelman, 65 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Jan. 24, 2019. Dwight Henkelman, 65, of Litchfield died Jan. 24, at his home. A memorial *service* will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at First Lutheran Church ...

Full Ensemble sings 'Million Dreams' | Education  Crow River Media

Soloist Gray Nelson opens up the "full ensemble" performance of "Million Dreams" during the 2018 Fall Vocal Concert Nov. 13 at Bernie Aaker Auditorium.

LHS theater department to stage 'Me and My Girl"  Crow River Media

The director of a high school musical employs many skills in an effort to prepare students to take a show from script to stage.

Litchfield's student of the week | Education  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School senior Mason Dietel was named student of the week for Feb. 4-8 and junior Mariah Crosbie and sophomore Hazel Chvatal were named ...

District talks referendum, bond at council listening session  Crow River Media

Litchfield City Council conducted its first work session to discuss finite details of projects and city goals with city staff Jan. 22.

Chad Rohde, 40 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Dec. 16, 2018. Chad P. Rohde, 40, of Litchfield died at his home on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer. Friends and family may gather ...

48th Annual Peanut Butter and Milk Festival guests arrive tomorrow  Crow River Media

Nine guests from Harford, Alabama, will arrive in Litchfield on Saturday for the 48th Annual Peanut Butter and Milk Festival, which lasts from Feb. 16-23.

Enrollment increases at Litchfield Public Schools | News  Crow River Media

To the delight of administrators, opening-day enrollment has increased at Litchfield Public Schools at the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

Litchfield High School prepares for upcoming musical | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is coming to Litchfield Nov. 2 through Nov. 5.

'We need to show people that we care'  Crow River Media

At the stroke of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, dozens of Litchfield High School students streamed out of school and gathered on the sidewalk along the parking ...

Litchfield Ward 1 candidates talk issues | Election  Crow River Media

Editor's note: Litchfield Chamber of Commerce sent questionnaires to mayor and city council candidates. Some of the responses from Ward 1 candidates Eric ...

Litchfield Chamber of Commerce warns businesses of scam | News  Crow River Media

The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce is alerting local businesses of a scam regarding a company called Sports Media.

City wants to talk to school about partnering on future pool/rec center  Crow River Media

The Litchfield City Council wants to meet with the Litchfield School Board to discuss potential future partnership on a swimming pool or recreational center.

Andrew Nothnagel Jr., 82 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Sept. 22, 2018. Andrew George Nothnagel Jr., formerly of Litchfield, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Mesa, Arizona, with his family at his side.

FOOTBALL PREVIEW: With injuries in the past, Dragons look to run forward  Crow River Media

Hopefully, Litchfield football head coach Jim Jackman bought some insect repellent prior to beginning his sixth season at the helm of the Dragons. Jackman's ...

Taylors Country Store opens in Grove City | Independent Review  Crow River Media

When Steve and Patty Taylor left Grove City 21 years ago, one of their stops was in Pennsylvania where they opened a small country store with *fresh* food and ...

Litchfield proud – Marching band performs during Litchfield night at Willmar Stingers game  Crow River Media

Litchfield residents shared their community pride during Litchfield night June 13 at the Willmar Stingers baseball game. The Litchfield Marching Band performed ...

Ziegenhagen Meats now open in Litchfield | Independent Review  Crow River Media

High school sweethearts Brian and Angie Ziegenhagen have just become new business owners for the second time.

Litchfield's cheese store will close at the end of August  Crow River Media

Known by locals as the “cheese store,” Form-A-Feed Country Store in Litchfield will close as of Aug. 31, management announced last week.

Gladys Bergstrom, 85 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Oct. 2, 2018. Gladys Irene Bergstrom, daughter of Richard and Ethel Dalton, was born Oct. 13, 1932, in Luxemburg, Minnesota. She grew up in the Darwin area ...

LHS responds to removal of coveted dragon logo  Crow River Media

As one of four schools in Minnesota nicknamed the Dragons, folks in Litchfield covet their school's distinct logo and mascot.

Litchfield will have a crematory when new funeral home opens next week  Crow River Media

Litchfield will soon have a crematory when Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home opens its new facility along U.S. Highway 12 next week.

Harold Ross, 77 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

July 24, 2018. Harold “Snooky” Ross, 77, died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the St. Cloud VA Hospital. A gathering of friends and family was from 9 to 11 a.m. ...

The Season Begins | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School marching band opened the parade season with a first-place finish at the Friendly City Days parade Sunday in Albertville. Take a look at ...

LHS Hall of Fame inducts three | Independent Review  Crow River Media

What a great moment for Litchfield High School,” said mayor Keith Johnson, speaking to a packed auditorium Friday evening.

Richard "Pickle" Gabrielson, 63 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Nov. 14, 2018. Richard “Pickle” Gabrielson, 63, of Darwin, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14, at his home. A memorial *service* will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, ...

Joyce Cacka, 66 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Nov. 12, 2018. Joyce Marie Cacka, 66, of Litchfield, formerly of Silver Lake, passed away Nov. 12, 2018, at her home. A time of visitation for family and friends ...

A vocal display | News  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School and Middle School choirs performed their fall concert Nov. 13 at Bernie Aaker Auditorium.

Leslie "Les" Lemke, 57 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

June 9, 2018. Leslie M. “Les” Lemke, 57, of Watertown, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, as a result of a ...

Judy McGuire, 75 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Aug. 11, 2018. Judy Ann McGuire, 75, of Litchfield died peacefully surrounded by family on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at her home in Litchfield. A celebration of ...

Litchfield drug bust results in arrest | Independent Review  Crow River Media

A drug bust in Litchfield July 16 resulted in an arrest for drug and gun possession.

BOYS BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Returning scoring leaders boost Dragons  Crow River Media

The kings of the hardwood are back, as the Litchfield boys basketball team begins its season this week.

PREVIEW: 'Dear Edwina' coming to LHS Little Theater  Crow River Media

Dear Edwina Jr.” is coming to the Litchfield High School Little Theater this month. With special arrangements with Music Theatre International, New York, the ...

FFA members exceed expectations at state convention | Big Fish Lifestyle  Crow River Media

*Fresh* off the podium after clinching a state berth, Litchfield FFA members have made their advisor proud.

GIRLS TENNIS PREVIEW: Experienced group aims for return to state  Crow River Media

A decade passed between the Litchfield girls tennis team's last section title and state tournament appearance prior to last season. After ending that streak last ...

National Weather Service issues blizzard warning for Meeker County  Crow River Media

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) reminds motorists to plan ahead and practice good winter driving habits as strong winds and blowing ...

Nearly 100 MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants: List  Mendota Heights, MN Patch

MN School Districts Awarded Anti-Violence Grants - Mendota Heights, MN - Projects included improvements to exterior entry security, such as access controls, ...

March Madness ... with American history | Independent Review  Crow River Media

March may be over, but for Bill King, the madness never stops.

Litchfield 'feels like a second home' | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Although Minnesota is a most-northern state, eight Alabama visitors likened Litchfield's friendliness to the southern hospitality of the Heart of Dixie.

George Durken, 86 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Dec. 5, 2018. George V. Durken, 86, of Litchfield, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, at his home in Litchfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec.

Five Litchfield students join All-State Choir  Crow River Media

Five Litchfield High School students auditioned and were chosen for inclusion in the All-State Choir last winter.

Meeker County Sheriff's Department educates parents on drug use in "Hidden in Plain Sight"  Crow River Media

Fifty parents attended “Hidden in Plain Sight” Monday night at Litchfield High School's Little Theater.

Remembering some of the great starting fives in MN boys basketball history  Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

This isn't a look at the best players in the history of Minnesota boys high school basketball, it's a list of opinions from coaches and announcers about the best ...

E. Constance Pearson, 90 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Aug. 13, 2018. E. Constance (Connie) Pearson, 90, of Litchfield died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Meeker Manor Rehabilitation Center in Litchfield. Memorial ...

GIRLS TENNIS: Dominating Dragons sweep New London-Spicer  Crow River Media

As one of the top-ranked teams in Class A, the Litchfield girls tennis team looked the part on Friday, earning a 7-0 shutout win at New London-Spicer.

Surprise for longtime Litchfield coach  KARE

After nearly 30 years and coaching hundreds of athletes the head basketball coach at Litchfield high school is hanging it up.

Year in Sports: 2018 | Sports  Crow River Media

2018, we hardly knew you. The time has come again to turn the calendar to a new year, the swan song of a decade that has come and (nearly) gone faster than ...

BACK THEN: 1968: Fatal shooting at rural Darwin place  Crow River Media

10 YEARS AGO: NEWS FROM THE ISSUE OF MARCH 17, 2008. Doug Hughes and Duane Hickler spent two weeks in Gautier, Mississippi, helping to change ...

Litchfield Police Report 8/14/18 | Public Safety  Crow River Media

Tuesday, August 14, 2018. 12:17 A.M. The theft of a white go cart and red mini bike was reported taken from a West 7th Street residence. The matter is being ...

Retirement: refill daily. The Medicine Shoppe to close upon retirement of owner/lead pharmacist David Arness  Crow River Media

After nearly three decades in the pharmacy business, The Medicine Shoppe in Litchfield will close July 17.

Larson, Shoutz crowned Litchfield's 2018-'19 royalty  Crow River Media

Just 13 hours after their crowns were placed, Miss Litchfield Brianna Larson and Princess Laura Shoutz had a difficult time explaining their gratitude, and ...

The wait is over: the Muddy Cow opens its doors in Litchfield  Crow River Media

The wait is finally over for eager customers looking for a new dining experience. The Muddy Cow in Litchfield, situated off U.S. Highway 12, next to Econofoods, ...

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' to be staged in Litchfield next weekend  Crow River Media

It features meddling fairies, bumbling amateur actors and star-crossed lovers.

Daniel Scullard, 48 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

May 2, 2018. Daniel (Danny) Joseph Scullard, 48, of Burnsville died Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at his home. Memorial *service* will be at 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, ...

Should Litchfield build a new community pool? The city will be asking for opinions.  Crow River Media

Design concepts for a proposed new outdoor pool in Litchfield are in the hands of city leaders. Now, they're going to ask residents what they think about ...

Ruby Haagenson, 94 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Feb. 2, 2019. Ruby Lenora Haagenson, 94, of Fergus Falls, died Feb. 2, at Park River Estates in Coon Rapids. Funeral *service* will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.

UPDATE: State investigating house fire in Litchfield; firefighter taken to hospital  Crow River Media

The state fire marshal's office is investigating the cause of a fire that likely destroyed a house in Litchfield Thursday.

Enjoy local Music in the Park concerts | Entertainment  Crow River Media

If you like to listen to music outdoors, you can start your week at Hutchinson's Music in the Park on Monday night in Library Square. This summer's schedule ...

Louise Tostenrud, 106 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Sept. 7, 2018. Funeral *service* will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, at Peace Lutheran Church in Cold Spring, for Louise Tostenrud, age 106, who died ...

LHS FIRST Robotics Team thanks community  Crow River Media

I want to take this opportunity to thank students, parents, and advisors who supported our 2017 Litchfield High School FIRST Robotics Team. The team just ...

CROSS COUNTRY: Litchfield battles mud, rain at Watertown meet  Crow River Media

Days of rainy weather made for muddy and sloppy conditions Tuesday at the Watertown-Mayer cross country meet. Litchfield was one of five teams in ...

Meet Litchfield's new deans of students | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Litchfield Public Schools has three new deans of students this year, each a valuable asset to the inner workings of the schools, according to principals in their ...

Doosan Bobcat adds training as effort to expand workforce  Crow River Media

The job market is tight for almost any employer looking to fill open positions these days.

Soils & Sod — a learning lesson in soil health  Crow River Media

Meeker County residents were recently invited to spend an afternoon in a farm field to learn about soil in a conservation reserve program, or CRP.

GIRLS GOLF PREVIEW: Young Dragons look to continue success  Crow River Media

As the world's top professional golfers gear up for the season's first major championship, the Litchfield girls golf team is also preparing to begin its season.

Getting to know school staff  Crow River Media

With the second quarter of the school year underway, staff and faculty in Litchfield Public Schools have settled into their classrooms and are comfortable with ...

Litchfield students tour local Bobcat factory | Independent Review  Crow River Media

In celebration of National Manufacturing Day, Litchfield High School students toured Doosan Bobcat in Litchfield.

VFW BASEBALL: Litchfield eliminated from state by Maple Grove  Crow River Media

The state tournament run for the Litchfield VFW baseball team came to an end Friday, when Litch was shutout by Maple Grove for its second loss of the ...

BOYS TENNIS PREVIEW: Is a return to state in the Dragons' future?  Crow River Media

*Fresh* off a state consolation championship last year, the Litchfield boys tennis team is hoping to pick up where it left off thanks to a strong core of returning ...

Litchfield students win distracted driving PSA contest  KARE

Classes at Litchfield High School were canceled Tuesday, but only for three sophomores who won the right to shoot a public *service* announcement on ...

Choirs and bands present spring concerts | Independent Review  Crow River Media

Litchfield High School and Middle School choir students performed March 15 at Bernie Aaker Auditorium. In addition to the choirs, individual students who have ...

Vernon W. ‘Bud’ Boerner, 92  Montana Standard

Vernon W. “Bud” Boerner passed away Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2019 at Big Sky Senior Living. He was born Monday, October 25, 1926 in Litchfield, ...

Tasha Anderson, 52 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

Sept. 19, 2018. Tasha L. Anderson, 52, of Maplewood died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. Family and friends may gather for a ...

Litchfield wrestling legend inducted to Hall of Fame  Crow River Media

Driven” and “aggressive.” Those are two words that Tim Kinsella used to describe himself as a beginning wrestler. For over 35 years of wrestling as an athlete ...

Gary Hein, 65 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

July 24, 2018. Gary J. Hein, 65, of Litchfield died Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the St. Cloud Hospital surrounded by his family. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. ...

Leslie Lemke | Obituaries  Watertown Public Opinion

Leslie M. “Les” Lemke, age 57, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN, as a result of a motorcycle.

Drange to headline LHS senior athletics banquet | Sports  Crow River Media

Litchfield graduate (1995) and former Lehigh University wrestler Erik Drange will be the featured speaker at Litchfield High School's Senior Athletic Banquet ...

Gymnastics galore; section meet comes to Litchfield | Sports  Crow River Media

The Winter Olympics is in full swing, providing fans the opportunity to learn again the intricacies of sports such as curling and cross country skiing. For those who ...

Star Lake Fabrication — 10 miles out and beyond  Crow River Media

Molly O'Connor is a staff reporter at the Leader's sister newspaper, the Litchfield Independent Review.

Robert Kline -- Rochester

Robert James Kline, 87, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, surrounded by family in Rochester.

With a 'spark in his eye,' Mayor Dave Kleis inducted into hometown hall of fame  St. Cloud Times

LITCHFIELD — When St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis walked into Litchfield High School on Thursday, he didn't immediately recognize the entrance, which has ...

Meeker County Sheriff Report 7/5/18 | Public Safety  Crow River Media

Thursday July 5, 2018. On the 5th at 1:12 a.m. the Sheriff's Office responded to a report of horses on MN Highway 15 near the Stearns County line. On the 5th at ...

Litchfield Homecoming schedule | Lifestyle  Crow River Media

Homecoming for Litchfield students will begin Monday, Sept. 26 with daily dress up days: Monday-America day, Tuesday-jersey day, Wednesday-twin day, ...

Eye of the Dragon  West Central Tribune

Jasmin Estrada stares at her bat before stepping into the batter's box. She glares at it. It's like she's intimidating it, telling it to do as she demands. She steps into ...

Gloria Seefeldt, 64 | Obituaries  Crow River Media

June 15, 2018. Gloria A. Seefeldt, 64, died Friday, June 15, 2018, at her home near Hutchinson. Funeral *service* will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at St. Paul's ...

ACGC crowns homecoming royalty | News  Crow River Media

Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Schools kicked off homecoming week with a coronation Monday, Oct. 8, in the high school theater. Crowned royalty were King ...

Peanut Butter & Milk Festival will make it to Litchfield for the 47th year  Crow River Media

The 47th annual Peanut Butter & Milk Festival will be coming back to Litchfield this weekend.

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