Austen Macalus, St. Cloud Times

Austen Macalus

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Past articles by Austen:

Hope & Fear in Minnesota's Heartland: Local politics underscore deep divisions

As division over refugee resettlement continues in local politics, some blame city leaders, saying they haven't done enough to speak out against hate → Read More

Longstanding demolition derby brings danger, delight to Stearns County Fair

The fair’s demolition derby has drawn thrill-seeking drivers and fans itching for full-on vehicular destruction for more than 50 years. → Read More

St. Cloud textile startup provides hands-on business experience for students

St. Cloud textile startup Global Impex has become a incubator for fostering young entrepreneurs → Read More

Slain Somali-Canadian journalist inspired many across the world and in St. Cloud

Hodan Nalayeh, who gained popularity among members of the St. Cloud Somali community, was killed last week in Kismayo → Read More

With construction underway for Husky Plaza, SCSU looks to start new traditions

The plaza, which costs around $370,000 in total, features a bronze Husky sculpture → Read More

Wet the heck's going on? Rain-drenched year for Minnesota continues

Central Minnesota has gotten more than 20 inches of precipitation, marking the 12th wettest year so far. → Read More

With aging populations, Minnesota veteran organizations are struggling to fill the ranks

As Minnesota American Legion and VFW posts struggle to attract younger members, some worry about losing civic service and shared memories → Read More

Minnesota State colleges expand scholarships for students pursuing careers in high demand

The system will provide $2,500 to hundreds of students pursuing high-demand occupations next fall → Read More

What a view: Sartell restaurant opens with Mississippi riverside patio

The Riverboat Depot in Sartell opened an outdoor patio and it has been a hit. → Read More

As Minnesota abortions continue to decline, regional access remains an issue

Though Minnesota remains the biggest abortion provider in the upper Midwest, many parts of the state still lack access → Read More

Could adding 7,000 housing units solve St. Cloud's housing problem?

Already facing affordable housing shortage, St. Cloud begins to craft plan for next 5 years while expecting 11,000 more residents by 2040 → Read More

‘Newer, bigger, better’: St. Cloud Costco set to open Saturday

Many St. Cloud customers say they’re excited about the wholesale retailer opening Saturday. → Read More

A glimpse into St. Cloud’s history in 4-by-6-inch view

Harold Zosel has amassed thousands of postcards from Central Minnesota. → Read More

SCSU sees largest tuition hike in Minnesota State system

The 4.2% increase next fall is above the 3% bump at other Minnesota State schools → Read More

Good news local taxpayers: State to give cities more aid

State lawmakers bumped up Local Government Aid by $30 million, money that some Central Minnesota cities are using to help limit tax hikes → Read More

St. Cloud man sentenced to 35 years in prison for Sauk Rapids murder

William Demont White Jr. was convicted of second degree murder for a 2018 Sauk Rapids shooting → Read More

Triple whammy: Soggy spring adds to Minnesota farmers' struggles

A soggy spring, on top of slumping crop prices and an ongoing trade conflict, has taken a toll on Minnesota farmers. → Read More

After death of owner's veteran son, Sauk Rapids flag store provides healing

Owner Rose Clement opened the Flag Store last year → Read More

MIAC kicks out St. Thomas

ST. CLOUD — The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced Wednesday the University of St. Thomas will be “involuntarily removed” from the conference. The MIAC Presidents' Council cited “athletic competitive parity in the conference as a primary concern." Some MIAC schools have expressed qualms about about St. Thomas’ dominance across sports. “St. Thomas is one of seven founding… → Read More