Nora G. Hertel, St. Cloud Times

Nora G. Hertel

St. Cloud Times

St. Cloud, MN, United States

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Past articles by Nora:

Minnesota has a new Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights. Here's what it means for you:

St. Cloud Technical & Community College hosted a celebration for a bill of rights for student loan borrowers. It requires licenses for loan servicers. → Read More

8 new COVID-19 deaths, 907 cases in St. Cloud area this week as infections start to slow

As a whole the state added 14,923 cases and 75 deaths in the last week, a decline in both metrics compared to the preceding two weeks. → Read More

Minnesota farmers are getting paid to fight climate change by cultivating a new cash crop: carbon

Even as the science and policy are shaking out, many hope that carbon markets can provide income for farmers and reduce the effects of climate change. → Read More

How the Cold Spring group on racism pushed through a heated debate on source of problem

Two City Council members and two others left in frustration at the peak of disagreement. But the committee agreed to regroup in two months. → Read More

Benton County dance hall-turned-strip club King's Inn destroyed in suspicious fire Sunday

The building used to house a celebrated supper club along Little Rock Lake, but it was leaning and sagging when the fire took hold. → Read More

Jury trial scheduled for Richmond man charged with bias-motivated assault, property damage

Benton Beyer has a hearing Thursday for multiple open cases against him including charges in the Cold Spring crash, a keyed car in St. Cloud and more. → Read More

Third man in Red Carpet stabbing found guilty of second-degree murder

A jury found Bryant Stephenson guilty on two counts late Friday afternoon. He will be sentenced in November. → Read More

Benton County attorney charged with criminal sexual conduct for alleged assault of a child

Miller has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 16 and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. → Read More

'In a critical transition': MN officials warn of rising COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated

Hospitalizations have been increasing in recent days. And deaths, which are a lagging indicator, are expected to increase as well. → Read More

Smoke hazard and fire risk persists in northern Minnesota

Fireworks and burning yard waste are prohibited as are campfires in remote or backcountry camp sites. → Read More

Budget breakdown: Why was the state historic tax credit renewed for 1 year? What does it do?

The program will cost an estimated $12.6 million in decreased revenue in the next two years. → Read More

Budget breakdown: MN changed sexual assault law to eliminate statute of limitations & more

The budget has funds investigating rape allegations in the National Guard, address missing and murdered women, prohibit teacher-student relationships. → Read More

St. Cloud State professor was victim of Sunday shooting

Edward Anthony Ward, 68, was named Monday afternoon as the victim of a fatal shooting that took place Sunday morning. → Read More

Long Prairie man dies in rollover crash Saturday in Watab Township

The incident took place around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Alcohol was not involved. → Read More

Minnesota adds 4 COVID deaths, 100 cases — 5 cases in the greater St. Cloud area

Minnesota's daily COVID-19 death rate has remained in single digits for 10 days. → Read More

How $672M and 'off-ramp' for eviction moratorium could ease post-COVID housing issues

Democrats and Republicans have a plan to return to pre-COVID laws on rental properties. And the state has federal dollars to make up back rent. → Read More

COVID-19 battered many in addiction recovery. Here's why these St. Cloud folks keep hope in resilience

The opioid epidemic was a problem before COVID-19, but the pandemic exacerbated substance abuse due to isolation, trauma and stress. → Read More

St. Cloud VA wraps up renovation of new women's health clinic

The St. Cloud VA provides primary care to 1,500 women a year, and women are the fastest growing cohort of U.S. veterans. → Read More

Zero new COVID-19 deaths, 589 new cases in Minnesota on Monday

Stearns County added 18 cases, Benton added 6 and Sherburne added 21. → Read More

What do Central Minnesota lawmakers think about the state budget debate?

Lawmakers expect that the budget won't be done by the end of the session Monday. Here's what St. Cloud area senators and reps hope makes the cut. → Read More