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St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Will Veto Increase in Tobacco Buying Age

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11/07/2017 - 9:00 AM

St. Cloud Mayor Kleis Will Veto Increase in Tobacco Buying Age

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - St. Cloud's mayor says he'll block the City Council's vote to raise the tobacco-buying age from 18 to 21.

Mayor Dave Kleis says he won't sign off on the resolution passed Monday night by the council on a 4-3 vote. The council would need five of its seven members to vote to overturn the mayor's action. Meanwhile, the City Council in Bloomington voted to increase the age to 21 on an unanimous vote Monday night.

Edina and St. Louis Park were among the first Minnesota cities to raise the age to 21.

The mayor says this is a state issue, and if people can vote and enter the military at 18, they can make decisions on smoking as well.

Effort to Block Refugee Resettlement Blocked Again In St. Cloud

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11/07/2017 - 8:00 AM

Effort to Block Refugee Resettlement Blocked Again In St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The St. Cloud City Council has rejected a moratorium on refugee resettlement.

It's the second vote in the last two weeks against council member Jeff Johnson's proposal to block refugees until the primary resettlement agency, Lutheran Social Services, demonstrates that it is complying with federal statutes. Johnson also says the city needs more information about the number of people moving into the city and the cost to taxpayers for providing services.

WJON reports Johnson's resolution failed on a 1-6 vote Monday night. At its last meeting, the council voted for a resolution declaring the city as a welcoming community, a pre-emptive strike against Johnson's proposal.

Electronic Voter Registration Coming To Rocori District

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11/06/2017 - 12:45 PM

Electronic Voter Registration Coming To Rocori District

Voters in the Rocori School District will have more privacy and quicker check-in processes on Election Day Tuesday.

Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer Randy Schreifels is using a new pilot project. He says the Rocori District will be using electronic rosters this year, either scanning identification or having an election judge search for it electronically. The scrapping of paper rosters will give the process a boost in speed for the voter and election staff.

Registration will require the voter to sign a voter receipt replacing the signature on the paper roster. Citizens not registered can still do so electronically on Election Day.

Schreifels adds they've worked cooperatively with the election staff on the pilot project and technicians will be on site in case of any potential problems with the new process.

A New Policy That Could Rename Buildings At SCSU

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11/06/2017 - 12:30 PM

A New Policy That Could Rename Buildings At SCSU

A new policy has been approved to rename buildings at St Cloud State University.

SCSU Interim President Ashish Vaidya says there was nothing he could do when he received a request from a Professor to change the name of Building 51. At the time there were no policies in place that would allow that change to be made. But now the Presidents Council has approved a new policy and they have created a Naming Proposal Form

So far the only official request is to rename the building Ruby Cora Webster Hall, after the first documented African-American to Graduate from St. Cloud Normal School, Now St Cloud State University.

St. Cloud Police To Hold Public Education Session

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11/06/2017 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud Police To Hold Public Education Session

With growing concerns about identity theft the St. Cloud Police Department is trying to educate the public on how to protect themselves.

St. Cloud Assistant Police Chief Jeffrey Oxton says the session will be about Identity Theft Awareness and Prevention Measures. They will be teaching safe habits that will reduce your likelihood of becoming a victim of identity theft.

No registration is necessary, the session is open to a first come, first serve basis for 80 people. The session will be on Thursday, November 9, starting at 7:00 p.m. in the Public Training Room at 101 11th Avenue North.

Albany Garage Fire In Ends In Total Loss

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11/06/2017 - 11:10 AM

Albany Garage Fire In Ends In Total Loss

Fire crews were battling a blaze early Saturday morning in Albany.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says a building fire was called in just after midnight. The Albany Fire Department and others arrived to a 30' x 40' garage fully engulfed.Crews worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

The garage was a total loss; the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Knaus Lake in Stearns County

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11/03/2017 - 9:00 AM

Zebra Mussels Confirmed In Knaus Lake in Stearns County

A lake near Cold Spring is the latest to be added to a list of lakes confirmed to have zebra mussels in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reporting they found several spots with the invasive species in Knaus Lake. Invasive species specialists for the DNR reported two adult zebra mussels on a dock and an adjacent water intake pipe, and three more attached to a dock at the Lions Park public access to the Sauk River, which is downstream from the lake.

The DNR is advising boaters and homeowners on the lake to check for zebra mussels this fall as they bring in boat lifts. You should look on the posts, wheels and underwater supports as well as on the bottom of any boats that were in the water for extended periods of time.

Zebra mussels are damaging because they compete for food and habitat with native species to the lake, can cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the efficiency of boat motors and clog intake pipes.

By the way, state law requires that all docks and lifts be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before being placed in another body of water.

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith Plans St. Cloud Town Hall Meeting on Minnesota Care

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11/03/2017 - 2:15 AM

Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith Plans St. Cloud Town Hall Meeting on Minnesota Care

Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor is hosting a town hall meeting in St. Cloud Monday to review Minnesota Care.

Tina Smith, along with Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper will be discussing the proposal at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. The plan allows citizens who buy their health care coverage on the individual market to buy into Minnesota Care.

The goal of the town hall is to review the proposal, listen to health care stories and discuss what can be done to improve access to affordable health care. The governor's office believes 100,000 people may have more health care access and lower prices under their proposal.

The state legislature did not approve the plan in 2017, but the meeting is a method to gather information for a 2018 legislative effort.

The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Health Sciences Building at SCTCC.

Korean Night At SCSU

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11/02/2017 - 3:30 AM

Korean Night At SCSU

Here is your chance to experience a little slice of Korea without a plane ticket across the world.

The Korean Student Association invites you to the ‘Korea Night 2017.’ This year's theme is going to be Korean Pride considering KSA has members from many diverse cultures. The performances will demonstrate how SCSU students ‘coexist’ in the community and work together for this event.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Atwood Ballroom this Saturday.

St. Cloud State University To Welcome Home Veterans

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11/02/2017 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University To Welcome Home Veterans

St. Cloud State University will be welcoming home its veterans.

Veterans Resource Center Director Zac Mangas says SCSU will take a large group photo to welcome home veterans on the Atwood Mall. There will be a program to honor veterans in the Atwood Alumni Room following the photo.

Veterans Program Day will be on November 9, starting at 12:20 p.m.

Great River Regional Library Hosts November Events

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11/01/2017 - 11:45 AM

Great River Regional Library Hosts November Events

The Great River Regional Library will be hosting public events all through November.

Library spokeswoman Abby Faulkner says from November 1st to the 30th, anyone can attend events held at the library. A few events include Let’s Talk Turkey, true and false trivia about turkeys, Kids’ Choice, books kids recommend to each other, Anime and Manga for Everyone! where anime readers can exchange titles, and a whole lot more.

Events include activities for kids and adults. For a full list of events visit the GRRL website.

Metro Bus Offers Free Rides On Veterans Day

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11/01/2017 - 11:20 AM

Metro Bus Offers Free Rides On Veterans Day

St. Cloud Metro Bus is offering free rides to veterans this Veterans Day.

Metro Bus Communications Manager Berta Hartig says in honor of service, all active military and veterans can ride Fixed Route or use the Dial-a-Ride Service for free on Veterans Day. Fixed Route requires showing a military Id and Dial-a-Ride users must notify Metro Bus of Veteran status before scheduling along with an ID.

Veterans Day is on Saturday, November 11.

Halloween Thefts Remind People To Lock Cars

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11/01/2017 - 11:10 AM

Halloween Thefts Remind People To Lock Cars

A string of Halloween thefts in St. Augusta have authorities looking for a suspect.

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says there were multiple calls Tuesday night about items taken from cars that were unlocked. Authorities are asking for people to check their cars if they are missing any items.

Anyone with information about suspicious activity or outdoor cameras is asked to report. People are also reminded not to leave anything valuable in a car and to lock them.

Super Bowl Rings Tour Ends In St Cloud

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10/31/2017 - 2:00 AM

Super Bowl Rings Tour Ends In St Cloud

It’s a diamond week here at St. Cloud State University.

The Championship Tour of Super Bowl Rings presented by Jostens rolled into Atwood on Monday and will stick around for the entire week until Sunday. The rings are viewable from 7 a.m. to midnight during the week, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and noon to midnight Sunday.

Get up close and personal with 33 hand-crafted Super Bowl rings from the past 51 years including the first ever championship ring awarded to Green Bay in 1966 and the most recent ring awarded to New England in 2017. This is a unique opportunity to view a collection of iconic jewels all in one place.

This is the tour's last stop after being on the road since Sept. 5.

Two People Hospitalized After Crash on University Drive

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10/31/2017 - 11:00 AM

Two people are in the hospital after a car crash on University Drive Monday evening.

St. Cloud Police say 22-year-old Morgan Brunner was headed west on University Drive when he stopped at 13th Avenue Southeast. Brunner was then rear ended by 71-year-old Donald Krebsbach.

Both Brunner’s passenger 24-year-old Devin Sand and Krebsbach’s passenger 69-year-old Kathleen Krebsbach were taken to the St. Cloud Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neither driver reported any injuries.

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