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SCSU Announces Keynote Speaker For Winter Institute

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12/24/2015 - 11:05 AM

SCSU Announces Keynote Speaker For Winter Institute

St. Cloud State University has announced the keynote speaker for their annual Winter Institute.

Civil engineer and transportation analyst David Levinson will address the institute at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 19.

Levinson is an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota where he directs the Networks, Economics and Urban Systems Research Group. In addition, Levinson is a lead blogger for streets.mn, a blog about Minnesota land usage and transportation and he has authored and co-authored four books.

Levinson’s keynote address will wrap up the two day economic summit held at SCSU. The February 18 and 19 event is sponsored by the SCSU Department of Economics and the School of Public Affairs.

22-Year-Old Man Arrested After Crash That Killed Two People Saturday In Sauk Rapids

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08/10/2015 - 9:00 AM

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - Police say two people have died and a man has been arrested after a two-vehicle crash in central Minnesota.

Sauk Rapids police say the crash happened around 11:20 p.m. Saturday. According to police, an initial investigation found a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old man from St. Cloud struck the side of another moving vehicle in Sauk Rapids.

The driver and a front-seat passenger in the other vehicle were killed. Another passenger was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening by police.

The 22-year-old St. Cloud man was transported to the hospital and then arrested and taken to jail. Police say alcohol appeared to play a role in the crash.

The names of those killed in the crash were not released, pending family notification.

Rollover Accident On Highway 10 Thursday Injures Two Anoka Residents

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08/07/2015 - 9:30 AM

An Anoka woman was seriously injured in a car crash near Oliver Kelly Farm Thursday afternoon.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 39-year-old Melanie Payeur and 38-year-old Andrew Poppe were driving on Highway 10 and Kelly Farm Road at 6:30 p.m. State Patrol adds the car, driven by Payeur, veered off road and rolled several times. Payeur suffered serious injuries and Poppe received minor injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

17-Year-Old Runaway Girl From Stearns County Found By Police

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08/07/2015 - 9:00 AM

17-Year-Old Runaway Girl From Stearns County Found By Police

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office found the teenage girl who ran away from home while under house-arrest earlier in July.

17-year-old Brianna Jenny Hoppe of rural Stearns County left her home Saturday, July 18 with $5,700 in cash and two duffle bags. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Hoppe was under house arrest but cut off her ankle bracelet.

There was a felony theft warrant out for Hoppe’s arrest.

St. Cloud Man Injured In A Shooting Near Central Park

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08/07/2015 - 11:00 AM

A St. Cloud man was injured in a shooting near Central Park Thursday afternoon, which is believed to be connected to a physical fight that broke out earlier the same day.

St. Cloud Police Commander Jeff Oxton says officers responded to a parking lot near 25th Avenue and Highway 23 at 12:29 p.m. to break up a fight involving five people. Before officers arrived, all parties involved fled the scene in three vehicles.

Nearly ten minutes later, the dispatch center answered multiple calls about gunshots in the area of Central Park. Officers responded to the park located at 29th Avenue North and 4 1/2 Street to find a 33-year-old man with a gunshot wound. The man was taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Oxton adds an initial investigation leads officers to believe the suspect knows the 33-year-old victim and the earlier fight may be connected to the shooting.

The St. Cloud Police Department and Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force received help from the Waite Park Police Department while searching for evidence. The case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is urged to contact SCPD at 320-251-1200 or the Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-308-1301.  

Benton County Fair Features The Mobile Vietnam War Wall Museum

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08/07/2015 - 10:30 AM

Citizens in Stearns County and its neighboring areas are taking part in Benton County Fair. Many people attend the fair to have fun and pay tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War.

Photo Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

The fairgrounds opened Wednesday and will continue through Sunday. There are free shuttles offering rides from the VFW in Sauk Rapids to Benton County Fair. 

News Director, Mohammd Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY

Jury Rules For Cold Spring Police Chief Candidate Who Lost Job Offer

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08/06/2015 - 12:20 PM

A jury in Stearns County has ruled in favor of a police chief candidate who sued after the job was awarded to someone else.

A verdict delivered late Wednesday still has to be approved by a judge. The jury awarded Eric Johnson nearly $77,000. Jurors sided with Johnson who said he was promised the chief's job in Cold Spring and subsequently quit his job as Minneota police chief.

Judge John Scherer earlier dismissed three of the five claims filed by Johnson and ruled for Cold Spring on a fourth claim in which Johnson accused the city of breaching a contract.

The St. Cloud Times says Johnson testified during the trial that he and the city administrator negotiated a contract before questions arose about some of his certifications that had lapsed.

St. Cloud City Council To Review Two Liquor Licenses Requests At Meeting Monday

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08/06/2015 - 12:20 PM

The St. Cloud City Council will meet Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss happenings and events around the community.

The council will begin the meeting with a proclamation declaring St. Cloud Historic Preservation Month and then proceed with tasks on the agenda.

The agenda includes the approval of a temporary on-sale intoxicating liquor license for St. Cloud State University for Saturday, September 19 as part of Celebrate St. Cloud. An approval of the license will allow SCSU to offer drinks to folks older than 21 at the Husky football game against Southwest Minnesota State University.

Meanwhile, a new burger bar is coming to the downtown area. The 7 West Taphouse also submitted an application for a wine and on-sale 3.2 percent malt liquor license. A public hearing will be set for later this month.

The meeting will be held at the City Council Chambers on 2nd Street South in St. Cloud.

St. Cloud Drivers To Expect Delays On 9th/10th Avenue Monday Morning

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08/06/2015 - 11:10 AM

St. Cloud drivers should plan for road closures near the Paramount Theatre starting Monday at 6 a.m.

The City Engineer’s Office says the northbound lane on 9th and 10th Avenues between 1st Street South and 1st Street North will be reduced to a single lane. During the road closure crews will work to complete construction at the Paramount.

The road will reopen by noon the same day.

Lake Stella Designated Infested After Zebra Mussels Found In Meeker County

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08/05/2015 - 9:30 AM

Zebra mussels have spread to a lake in Meeker County in central Minnesota.

The Department of Natural Resources says it has confirmed zebra mussels in Lake Stella, which is located near Darwin on Highway 12.

A property owner brought a suspected zebra mussel into the DNR's Hutchinson office last month, saying it was attached to a native mussel in Lake Stella.

Officials confirmed it was an adult zebra mussel. A second zebra mussel was later reported and confirmed in a different part of the lake.

Because of those findings, Lake Stella will be designated as infested. Lake Washington - immediately downstream from Lake Stella - also will be designated, although no zebra mussels have been found there.

It apparently is the first discovery of the invasive pest in a Meeker County lake.

SCSU's Q-Lot Receives Make-Over This Summer That Betters Environment

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08/05/2015 - 12:00 PM

SCSU's Q-Lot Receives Make-Over This Summer That Betters Environment

Sections of St. Cloud State University’s Q-Lot parking lot have recently been transformed into a pollution reduction area to help reduce pollution in the Mississippi river. Assistant News Director Christine Gaetke catches up with project coordinators about the planning process.

She also speaks with campus public safety about the reduced number of parking spaces due to the renovation and how it will affect students in this AUDIO REPORT.

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increased To $9 August 1

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08/05/2015 - 10:30 AM

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry increased minimum wage for the fiscal year of 2016.

People who work for businesses with an annual income of more than $500,000 now receive $9 per hour. People who work for enterprises with an annual income of less than $500,000 will be paid $7.25 an hour. Anyone working on a J-1 visa, such as exchange visitors, earn $7.50 per hour.

News director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY on how the increase impacts St. Cloud State University student.

Metro Bus Offers Class To Adults On How To Use Northstar Services To Minneapolis Friday

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08/05/2015 - 10:20 AM

Northstar Transit is offering new riders a chance to learn how to use its services in a class Friday that takes participants from St. Cloud State University to Minneapolis and back.

Stearns County says staff from Metro Bus will lead a group onto the Northstar Commuter Bus and Commuter Rail and teach attendees about the Metro Green Line light rail services in the cities.

The group will meet in the SCSU Miller Center lobby at 10 a.m. The class goes until 6 p.m. the same day.

Registration is free for adults and 20 spots are available. Participants are encouraged to bring money for lunch when the group stops in Minneapolis.

To sign up, complete the registration form and choose submit when finished. 

Driving Access to Benton County Fair Challenging This Year

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08/04/2015 - 9:50 AM

St. Cloud residents should be aware of two updates on road closures in the city.

5th Avenue North from 2nd to 4th Street North will be closed as crews started construction for the Beaver Island Trail Saturday. The project will come to end October 1st.

Wilson Avenue Northeast from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks to Searle Street Northeast opened August 1st and will be closed at 6 a.m. August 10th. The temporary opening of the road allows an easier access to the Benton County Fair.

St. Cloud Community Invited To Garden Celebration Mid-August

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08/04/2015 - 11:40 AM

St. Cloud residents are invited to attend a joint community garden celebration Saturday, August 15 at Maine Prairie Garden.

The Central Minnesota Sustainability Project and St. Cloud Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (UUF) will host the event. A member of the Tri-County Beekeepers Association will speak about bees at 11:30 a.m. Local environmentalist John Peck will give a speech on organic gardening in the UUF Garden at 12:30 p.m.

The event will take place in Diocese Park on Maine Prairie Road in St. Cloud. It will start at 11 a.m. and end around 12:30 p.m.

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