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Highway 10 Intersection In Rice Will Close Starting Monday

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10/10/2014 - 12:50 PM

Motorists driving along Highway 10 through Rice will come across several traffic changes starting next week.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the intersection at Highway 10 and County Road 31 will be periodically reduced to one lane in both directions, beginning Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. MnDOT says the closure will last through late October.

The Highway 10 and County Road 2 ramps will open permanently Monday morning.

SCPD To Offer Training Sessions On How To Detect Counterfeit Money

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10/07/2014 - 5:00 AM

SCPD To Offer Training Sessions On How To Detect Counterfeit Money
The St. Cloud Police Department is preparing local businesses and retailers for the upcoming holiday season.
 
The Department is hosting training on how to detect and report counterfeit U.S. currency. The SCPD notes that the training courses are intended for those who handle U.S. currency in a business or retail setting.
 
The training sessions will be held at the St. Cloud Police Department with two training sessions planned for next Wednesday and Thursday.
 
Registration will be required as there are only 60 seats available each session. For more information on registration you can go to the St. Cloud Police Department’s training session page.
 

Rice Man Arrested For Allegedly Growing Marijuana

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10/07/2014 - 4:00 AM

Rice Man Arrested For Allegedly Growing Marijuana

Officers with the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force arrested 44-year-old Dennis Giese of Rice who is suspected of harvesting 19 marijuana plants and items associated with a grow operation.

The task force team carried out a search warrant at a mobile home park located at 11000 Highway 10 North after getting information from citizens about marijuana being grown. The team then got a second search warrant from Morrison County for investigating a property owned by Giese in Elmdale Township near Little Falls where they found the plants.

Giese is facing charges of 5th degree possession of controlled substance. The task force was assisted by Benton and Morrison County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Rice Police Department.

SCSU's American Indian Center 'Truth About Columbus' Informational Kiosk In Atwood

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10/07/2014 - 1:00 AM

SCSU's American Indian Center 'Truth About Columbus' Informational Kiosk In Atwood

KVSC Assistant News Director Steve Coursolle spoke with Director of SCSU’s American Indian Center Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, about their informational booth in Atwood Memorial Center through Columbus Day.

Feature segment with the American Indian Center's Jim Knutson-Kolodzne about their 'Truth About Columbus' kiosk in Atwood.

 

Highway 23 In Ogilvie Closed Until Further Notice

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10/07/2014 - 11:50 AM

A water main broke Tuesday morning near Highway 23 and Highway 47 in Ogilvie.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers will follow detours to County Road 10 until the highways can be repaired.

Parts of Highway 23 will remain closed until further notice from MnDOT.

KVSC will provide updates as the become available. 

St. Cloud State University Joins Mental Health Student Support Program

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10/07/2014 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University has joined The Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program.

The program, a nationwide initiative, promotes mental health programming, emotional well-being, helps students avoid suicide and aims to reduce substance abuse. According to the national Center for Education Statistics, nearly 21 million student enrolled in post-secondary institutions have experienced overwhelming anxiety.

SCSU is the only university in Minnesota participating in this program to help support a better academic life for students. The list of schools includes elite and Ivy League universities, state schools and others.

St. Cloud State received the Jed Campus Program Seal in 2013.

Mobile Clinics Offer Flu Shots To Veterans In Stearns County

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10/07/2014 - 11:00 AM

Mobile flu shot clinics will be available to veterans at locations in Sauk Centre and Belgrade starting Wednesday, October 15.

Stearns County Veterans Service Office says the St. Cloud VA Health Care System is offering the shots at the Sauk Centre American Legion from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and the Belgrade VFW from 1-3:00 p.m.

The Sauk Centre American Legion is located at 128 Main Street South. The Belgrade VFW is at 231 Morrison Street.

The Veterans Service Office adds that all veterans currently enrolled at any of the VA locations are eligible to receive a flu shot.

A Stearns County Veterans Service Officer will be at the clinics to answer any questions patients have.

The Veterans Service Office reminds veterans that shots are also available by scheduled appointment at any of the St. Cloud VA locations.

St. Cloud State Awarded For Internationalization Efforts

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10/06/2014 - 12:45 PM

St. Cloud State University is being honored this month for the university’s internationalization efforts.

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has awarded St. Cloud State with the inaugural International Education Award. The AASCU notes the award is given to programs that excelled in integrating international students into campus life as well as encouraged underrepresented groups on campus to study internationally.

SCSU has more than 35 active study abroad options and is looking to double the number of students studying abroad by 2019 as a part of the Institute of the International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative.

St. Cloud Metro Bus Seeking Volunteers For Advisory Committee

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10/06/2014 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud Metro Bus is seeking members to sit on their new Rider Advisory Committee (RAC).

The new committee will consist of eight volunteers providing feedback and recommendations for improving Metro Bus service for its riders.

Members of the committee will also have a say in the long-term mass transit plans Metro Bus will be working on.

Marketing Coordinator for Metro Bus Berta Hartig says meetings will be held monthly at the Metro Bus Mobility Training Center in downtown St. Cloud.

For those riders and non-riders interested in serving on the committee, the application deadline is Friday, October 31st.

Applications will be available at the Metro Bus Mobility Training Center or by calling 320-529-4497.

Northstar Link Announces Slight Changes In Northbound Departure Times

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10/06/2014 - 10:45 AM

Riders of the Northstar Link Commuter Bus will see a slight change in departure time starting Monday.

Director of Planning and Marketing Tom Cruikshank says schedule adjustments in the 887 and 887F Northstar Link northbound bus will better accommodate the later arrival of the Northstar Link commuter train.

In addition, the northbound routes will be stopping at the Metro Transit Center in downtown St. Cloud prior to its stop at St. Cloud State University. This will help to better accommodate connections with Metro Bus route departures.

A Man Was Injured By A Gunshot At The Golden Meadows Hunting Preserve

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10/06/2014 - 10:40 AM

A hunter was injured by a gunshot at Golden Meadows Hunting Preserve located at 260th Street in Richmond at about 11:35 a.m. on Sunday.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies responded to a gunshot incident at the Golden Meadows Hunting Preserve. Steven Grimm was hunting with a group of seven hunters earlier in the morning. They started shooting when a bird flushed up. Grimm was then hit by pellets in the upper torso and head. He was taken to the hospital in Waconia by a third party.

The Carver County Sheriff’s office, who is assisting, says the investigation is ongoing.

Five People Injured, One Seriously, After Two Car Crash Near Rice

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10/06/2014 - 10:30 AM

One person is in serious condition and four others were hurt in a two car collision near Rice Sunday morning.

The Minnesota State Patrol says a 2014 Chevy Equinox driven by 88-year-old Pearl Larson of Cold Spring was traveling eastbound on County Road 3 around 11:15 a.m. when she had failed to yield to a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer driven by 35-year-old Jeff Roesler of Maplewood.

Larson’s vehicle was broadsided at the intersection.

Larson was listed in serious condition. Her passenger, 88-year-old Duane Larson, also of Cold Spring, received non-life threatening injuries in the accident.

Roesler was traveling with three other people, 33-year-old Lynn Roesler, 10-year-old Ella Roesler, and 4-year-old William Roesler all of Maplewood. All of the passengers received non-life threatening injuries.

Jeff Roesler was not injured in the accident.

Clearwater Woman Found Unconscious After Car Hit Tree In Lynden Township

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10/06/2014 - 10:15 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Department responded a car crash Sunday morning in Lynden Township.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says 22-year-old Hayley Konz of Clearwater was traveling eastbound on County Road 44 around 11:15 a.m. Sunday when her vehicle left the road way, entered the ditch and hit a tree.

A passerby had called in the crash when they had stopped to check on Konz.

Konz was found unconscious in her car and was taken to a local hospital. Her condition is not known.

The accident remains under investigation.

St. Cloud Police Searching For Female Suspect Involved In Gas Station Robbery

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10/06/2014 - 10:05 AM

The St. Cloud Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in an early morning robbery.

St. Cloud Police Lieutenant Jeff Oxton says officers were called to the Go For It Gas station in the 1000 block of 9th Avenue South just before 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officers say a woman had told the clerk she had a gun and demanded money. The female suspect left on foot with a small amount of cash.

The clerk told officers they did not see a weapon.

No one was injured during the incident. Lieutenant Oxton says police are looking for a white female with a medium build, about 5 foot 6 inches tall with blonde hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301.

Drug Investigation In Sartell Leads To Short Vehicle Pursuit

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10/03/2014 - 4:40 AM

A routine neighborhood patrol escalated into a vehicle pursuit near Sartell.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force was conducting a controlled substance investigation on Thursday afternoon when they attempted to stop a car whose driver was suspected of being involved in narcotic sales.

Sanner says task force members approached the car, but the suspect locked himself inside and refused to cooperate with the officers. The suspect eventually drove off, going southbound on Le Sauk Drive.

During the short chase, the suspect ended up crashing into multiple vehicles, including another sheriff’s squad car.

Deputies eventually called off the chase due to the level of damage caused by the suspect. No one was injured during the chase.

The suspect’s car was found later Thursday afternoon abandoned in Sartell.

Sanner says the case remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.

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