Skip to main content

A woman has been charged with carrying out a series of arsons on the same apartment building over a 16-day period.

The Granite Falls Police Department announced that Brenda Lynn Stang, 56, was arrested on Sept. 1 in connection with fires on July 1, 2, 9, and 17 at the 6-story Henry Hill Apartment building at 150 7th Avenue.

Police say the fires were all started in common areas of the first floor of the building, with one of them started in the building's only elevator. Stang is a resident of the building.

Nobody was injured as a result of the fires.

Stang has been charged with four counts of 1st-degree arson and one county of tampering with a fire alarm system.

However, police say that the investigation into the damage caused by the fires will continue, and "additional criminal charges will likely be added."

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-06-23 at 12.35.25 PM

Minneapolis man gets 10 years for death threats against Hennepin Co. employees

Peter Robert Berry, 60, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.


Rural MN town to consider ordinance allowing lawsuits against abortion providers

Attorney General Keith Ellison said the ordinance would violate the state constitution.


Hope Breakfast Bar owners plan new location in Eagan

The Eagan restaurant plans feature an outdoor patio.

Screen Shot 2020-05-31 at 5.48.13 PM

Court approves $600K payment to protesters, restrictions on Minneapolis police

Each of the 12 protesters will receive $50,000 as a result.


15,000 Minnesota nurses vote in favor of second strike

The vote on Wednesday needed at least two-thirds of members' support to pass.

Jason Hackett

New face joining KARE 11's 'Sunrise' morning show

Jason Hackett will be joining Alicia Lewis and Guy Brown on KARE 11's morning show.

Screen Shot 2022-11-30 at 4.04.09 PM

Armed robbery suspect sought in two south metro investigations

The incidents took place at credit unions in Savage and Apple Valley.


Former Twin Cities plastic surgeon charged with sex crimes

Christopher Kovanda is accused of inappropriately touching woman under the guise of providing medical care.

Screen Shot 2022-11-15 at 4.23.26 PM

Minnesota man accused of murder in Chicago is arrested in Alabama

A 26-year-old man from a small town on the Iowa border is accused of murdering a Greyhound bus employee.


Support for Shakopee Public Schools employee diagnosed with cancer

The media specialist has been transitioned to hospice care recently.


Big November snowstorms uncommon in MN, but snowfall is increasing

This week's 8.4 inches at MSP Airport was one of the biggest November storms in the Twin Cities since 1991.


Gay Thompson

Charges: Woman used hairspray to set fire to mosque in East Grand Forks

Police used surveillance footage to trace her to a nearby hotel.

Screen Shot 2022-08-06 at 6.16.49 PM

Fire sparks evacuation from apartment building, man arrested for arson

Police and fire crews responded to the fire just before 9 a.m. Saturday.

Screen Shot 2019-03-29 at 7.39.22 AM

Man arrested for murder after woman dies in duplex fire

The 23 year old is being held on suspicion of arson and murder.

Tony Boos

Charges: Burnsville man set Super 8 Hotel room on fire

Sprinkler heads and smoke detectors were found to be covered when fire crews arrived.

Fire, firefighters

Charges: Witnesses watched as Blaine man set house on fire

The home was unoccupied at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported.

Dennis Molla

Charges: Trump fan who blamed BLM/Antifa for fire started it himself

The 29-year-old from Brooklyn Center is facing two wire fraud charges.