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State Of Our Downtown Reception Takes Place Tonight At Pioneer Place In St. Cloud

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10/18/2016 - 11:50 AM

Community members are invited to a reception Tuesday evening to learn about the state of downtown St. Cloud.

The Downtown Council and Alliance Foundation say folks are invited to a program that will highlight the current state of downtown and what lies ahead. Food and beer samplings will be served.

The evening takes place at the Pioneer Place On Fifth, located at 22 5th Ave. S., from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

State Approves Xcel Sherco Shutdown of Two Coal-Fired Generators

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10/14/2016 - 9:30 AM

Minneapolis (AP) State utility regulators have approved Xcel Energy's plans to retire two of the three units at Minnesota's largest power plant.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the shutdown of coal-fired generators at Xcel's Sherco facility in Becker by 2026 will eliminate the state's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

The Public Utilities Commission directed the Minneapolis-based utility to submit a plan for replacing a large chunk of the lost coal generation. Regulators rejected Xcel's solution of adding new natural gas generation at the Sherco plant.

That pleased environmental groups like Fresh Energy, which called the decision "really good policy." State Rep. Jim Newberger was critical, saying the decision not to commit to a natural gas unit "will mean ongoing uncertainty for the plant's workers and local community for the foreseeable future."

Only 28 State School Districts Will Have Items On November Ballots, St. Cloud District 742 Included

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10/14/2016 - 2:10 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Few school districts in Minnesota are opting to put levy referendums on the ballot during this year's presidential race.

Only 28 districts have items on the ballot this November, and only 10 of those are seeking money for buildings.

The Minnesota School Boards Association spokesman Greg Abbott says it's hard to compete with voters' attention during a presidential race, and when school boards can't tell voters why they need money, it's hard to get approval.

Increased state funding and tax measures passed in many districts in recent years might also be a factor.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Minneapolis is one district with a tax measure on the ballot. It is asking voters to renew an existing operating levy, with no projected tax increase.

St. Cloud School District 742 is bringing two questions to the Nov. 8 election ballot about building a new Technical High School and renovating Apollo High School.

SCSU Overall Enrollment Down For Fall Semester, International Student Enrollment Is Up

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10/14/2016 - 1:50 AM

Enrollment at St. Cloud State University has declined 2.4 percent this fall with a student headcount at 15,092.

The university believes enrollment is down because of a 2.6 percent drop in retention, meaning students are not returning to complete their education. St. Cloud State says this could be because of changing student needs.

Interim President Ashish Vaidya says, “These challenges are not ours alone. We are a reflection locally of what is going on in the broader world of higher education.”

Meanwhile, the university reports this semester set all-time highs for the number of international students enrolled, topping 1,383. St. Cloud State partners with Binhai College in China, which added a 25 percent increase to the university’s finance program.

The number of enrolled students of color also increased 16.9 percent to 2,549.

SCSU serves more than 19,000 students throughout each year.

SCSU Offers To Waive Undergraduate Application Fees During October

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10/13/2016 - 6:50 AM

October is College Knowledge Month, and to excite high school students about going to college, St. Cloud State University is waving application fees all month.

Throughout the month, SCSU will be volunteering at school events to help kids with applications and preparing for the college experience.

Free applications are available to all hopeful undergraduate Huskies.

Fees for qualified low-income students are always waived at all Minnesota State colleges and universities.

College Knowledge Month was started by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

A Waite Park Man Was Arrested After Driving A Forklift While Intoxicated Tuesday

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10/12/2016 - 7:20 AM

 A Waite Park man was charged after a breathalizer test proved he was driving a forklift while intoxicated Tuesday morning.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says officers received a report of an intoxicated man on a forklift just before 9 a.m. They found 55-year-old Steven John Burnevik driving at 115 4th St. N. and could smell alcohol.

Burnevik failed a field sobriety test and a breathalizer showed a BAC of .12. 

He was taken to Stearns County Jail and charged with 3rd degree DUI and driving after cancellation IPS. 

St. Cloud Man Arrested After Threatening People With A Baseball Bat Last Week

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10/12/2016 - 2:15 AM

One St. Cloud man is in custody after threatening to hit a couple over the head with a baseball bat last week.

The St. Cloud Police Department says a 22-year-old man and woman were walking to their car just before midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they were approached by a man dragging a baseball bat. Phillip Ryan Keys, 30, asked the couple if they had ever been hit in the head with a bat before. Then he proceeded to raise the bat above his head.

The male victim, who has a permit to carry, pulled out his handgun, pointed it at Keys and told him to drop the bat. Keys threw it and walked away.

Police were called and were able to find Keys in the area.He was arrested, brought to the Stearns County Jail, and charged with 2nd degree assault and threats of violence.

Patty Wetterling Says Learning Of Her Son's Death Was Stunning And Confusing

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10/12/2016 - 11:30 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The mother of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in 1989, says learning of his death was "like getting just punched in the head."

Patty and Jerry Wetterling spoke to the media Tuesday for the first time since Danny Heinrich, of Annandale, confessed that he kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed their son.

Patty Wetterling told the Star Tribune learning about Jacob's death was "stunning" and "confusing."

The Wetterlings learned from their attorney that Heinrich might be willing to give answers about Jacob in exchange for a plea deal.

Jerry Wetterling says he and his wife "could only tell each other," and "that was tough, too."

Heinrich led authorities to Jacob's remains in a field in rural central Minnesota. He'll be sentenced on a federal child pornography charge in November.

Armed Robbery In Coborn Plaza Apartments Monday Night Is Being Investigated By SCPD

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10/11/2016 - 12:10 PM

Two men were mugged at gun point in a St. Cloud State University apartment Monday night.

The St. Cloud Police Department says the men were waiting for an elevator on the third floor of Coborn Plaza Apartments around 9:45 p.m. when they were approached by two other men. One victim handed over his backpack when one of the suspects reportedly pulled out a gun. The two suspects then fled the building through an emergency exit and headed east.

One suspect is described as a white man in a black sweatshirt and gray cap with a gun strapped to his backpack. The other suspect is said to be a black man with dreadlocks in a red jacket. They left with the victim's red backpack.

The incident is being investigated by SCPD. If you have any information you are encouraged to call them at 320-251-1200.

Invasive Algae Was Confirmed By DNR In West Lake Sylvia Near Annandale

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10/10/2016 - 4:30 AM

An invasive species has been confirmed in West Lake Sylvia near Annandale in Wright County.

The Department of Natural Resources says an invasive algae, Starry Stonewort, was confirmed in the lake by the invasive species staff.

Patches of algae were found in sparse to moderate growths at the lake’s southwest public access. It’s located among heavy populations of native plants, but is not believed to have expanded from that area.

Starry Stonewort is grass-like and produces dense mats, which are dangerous to native plants.

It is typically spread by people or watercrafts that transport part of the plant from an infested lake to another.

Boaters and anglers are reminded of Minnesota laws that prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species:

  • Clean aquatic plants and animals from watercraft.
  • Drain all water by removing drain plugs and keep drain plugs out while transporting watercraft.
  • Dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.

St. Cloud City Council Members Will Discuss Upcoming General Election At Monday Meeting

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10/10/2016 - 3:40 AM

The St. Cloud City Council will gather Monday to discuss gambling permits and the upcoming election.

The meeting will begin with the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence for those serving in the Armed Forces.

The council is scheduled to approve two charitable gambling permits for the St. Cloud Exchange Club. One permit is for activities at the SuperAmerica along W. St. Germain St. and the other for the SuperAmerica along 32nd Ave. N.

The council will also select additional election judges for the upcoming general elections on Nov. 8.

Council meetings are held in the council chambers at City Hall starting at 6 p.m.

Updates On Crossroads Mall Stabbing Investigation Released By Authorities Thursday

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10/06/2016 - 4:00 AM

Updates On Crossroads Mall Stabbing Investigation Released By Authorities Thursday

Updates about the Crossroads Mall stabbing investigation in September have been released by authorities. News Director Korina Borash has more details in this AUDIO REPORT.

Authorities who presented information at Thursday’s news conference include: St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis, Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall, FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton, and Chief of Police Blair Anderson.

The investigation is still active at this time.

Note: Some images contain graphic content.

FBI Investigators Believe Crossroads Mall Stabber Became Radicalized Before The Sept. 17 Attacks

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10/06/2016 - 2:30 AM

The FBI says the 20-year-old man who stabbed 10 people last month at Crossroads Mall may have become radicalized recently and that the attack likely was premeditated.

FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton said Thursday at a news conference that Dahir Ahmed Adan took interest recently in Islam, withdrew from his friends and encouraged female relatives to be more religious.

Thornton also said investigators were told that Adan yelled "Islam, Islam" during the attack.

Thornton said the investigation is ongoing, including his online history, and that authorities are trying to obtain permission to unlock Adan's iPhone.

FBI Director James Comey said last week it appeared Adan was at least partly inspired by extremist ideology.

Updates On Crossroads Mall Stabbing Investigation Will Be Revealed At Press Conference Thursday

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10/05/2016 - 4:30 AM

In the aftermath of the Crossroads Mall stabbing in September, Stearns County is calling a press conference Thursday to update the public on the investigation.

The Attorney’s Office say the conference will take place Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Cloud Police Department.

Mayor Dave Kleis, Attorney Janelle Kendall, Police Chief Blair Anderson and FBI Special Agent Rick Thornton will be there.

The conference is not open to the public. Only media representatives with credentials will be allowed in.

Stay tuned to KVSC News as the updates are made available.

Crossroads Mall was locked down the night of Saturday, Sept. 17 after 22-year-old Dahir Adan stabbed 10 people at Macy’s. None of the victims were killed, but Adan was shot by an off-duty officer during the incident.

St. Cloud School District 742 Will Host A Forum With Legislative Candidates About Public Education

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10/05/2016 - 3:30 AM

Legislative candidates will come together to discuss public education issues before the November elections.

St. Cloud School District 742 is inviting the public to a forum in which 9 candidates will talk about their views and ideas for change to the area’s public education system.

Participating contenders include: Aric Putnam and Tama Theis for House of Representatives seat 14A, Jim Knoblach and Zach Dorholt for seat 14B, Dan Wolgamott and Jerry Relph for Senate District 14, Anne Buchvold for House seat 13A, Matthew Crouse for seat 13B, and Michael Willemsen for Senate District 13.

The forum will be moderated by former Superintendent and Educational Consultant Greg Vandal.

People are invited to take part in the forum in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, or watch on television channel 179. It will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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