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Sauk Rapids Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking

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05/06/2016 - 3:15 AM

Sauk Rapids Man Sentenced To 27 Years In Prison For Sex Trafficking
A Sauk Rapids man was sentenced to 27 years in prison this week for sex trafficking multiple women in Stearns County.
 
During an investigation in the summer of 2015, the Central Minnesota Sex Trafficking Task Force received statements from three women who said 41-year-old Israel Davis of Sauk Rapids had trafficked them. 
 
One woman said she was convinced into multiple acts of prostitution during a six month span and assaulted as well. All of the women noted that Davis provided drugs to them.
 
Davis was convicted of ten counts of sex trafficking related charges before Judge Frederick Grunke in Stearns County District Court. 
 

 

St. Cloud Teen Arrested After Alleged Robbery

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05/05/2016 - 5:00 AM

St. Cloud Teen Arrested After Alleged Robbery
The St. Cloud Police Department has arrested a teen after an alleged gunpoint robbery on the Northside of the city late Wednesday night.
 
St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the department received a call of a reported robbery about 11:52 p.m. Wednesday night.  Two women told police they were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects and had property taken from them. 
 
Burke says police have arrested a 17-year-old St. Cloud teen in connection with the incident. The Juvenile was taken to a secure facility and is facing charges of aggravated robbery.
 

 

More Delays On Interstate 94 Near St. Michael and Rogers

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05/05/2016 - 3:00 AM

Motorists may encounter delays on Interstate 94 as lanes close in St. Michael and Rogers starting Friday. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says lane closures are near Highway 241, and will occur mostly during non-rush hour times through next Wednesday.

Westbound I-94 will be reduced to one or two lanes on Friday from 7 p.m. until mid-day Saturday as well as from from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.

Eastbound I-94 will be reduced to one or two lanes after 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Motorists traveling on I-94 in Rogers and St. Michael should slow down, be prepared to stop and move over when possible to give crews and equipment room to work safely.

Crews are conducting bridge deck testing, warranty work and bridge deck sealing on the two bridges spanning the Crow River.

Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Around St. Cloud State University

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05/05/2016 - 11:30 AM

The Campus Area Police Services and members of the St. Cloud Police Community Crime Impact Team spent part of Tuesday trying to improve and enforce pedestrian safety near St. Cloud State University.

Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says the special detail involved distributing lanyards and laminated informational cards that have safe walking tips to 150 pedestrians, many of which were students.

Officers also stopped 41 vehicles and issued 15 citations including 5 stop sign violations, 2 crosswalk violations, 3 citations for driving after license revocation as well as violations for expired tabs, no proof of insurance and driving after suspension.

 

Camper and Truck Destroyed in Fire Near Eden Valley

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05/05/2016 - 11:30 AM

A camping trailer and a truck were destroyed in an early morning fire Thursday near Eden Valley.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office were called to the fire at 5:30 a.m. in Eden Lake Township. The camper and truck were fully engulfed in flames when the deputy arrived. Fifty-seven-year-old Lawrence Lang of Richmond reported the fire.

Everyone in the camper were safely outside. The camper, truck and all the owner's personal belongings were a total loss. The cause of the fire is believed to be cooking grease.

The Eden Valley fire department extinguished the fire.

St. Cloud State University's Women Tennis Team Sues The School For Eliminating Their Program

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05/04/2016 - 9:00 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Some members of the St. Cloud State University women's tennis team are suing the school, alleging it has offered more athletic opportunities for men.

Women's tennis is one of the six athletic programs St. Cloud plans to cut for budgetary reasons at the end of the school year. The plaintiffs ask a federal judge to issue an injunction preventing the university from eliminating any women's sports team until the lawsuit is resolved.

The plaintiffs include five of the six underclassmen on the team, who are asking for class action status on behalf of future female athletes. The St. Cloud Times says the lawsuit accuses the university of having 116 more athletic opportunities for men than for women during each of the last 12 years.

St. Cloud State spokesman Adam Hammer said the university had no immediate comment.

Two Albany Teenagers Admit To Firing The Bridge Along Lake Wobegon Saturday

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05/04/2016 - 10:30 AM

Two Albany teenagers admit to be responsible for setting a bridge along Lake Wobegon on fire.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says deputies interviewed two 14-year-old and 16-year-old teenagers about the fire. They admitted they damaged the bridge east of Albany at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The bridge was closed temporarily, but official reopened it Monday after inspectors from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources determined that it was safe for people to use.

The teenagers were released back to the custody of their parents. The sheriff’s office will send the case to the Stearns County Attorney’s Office to review charges.

West St. Germain Street between 5th and 6th Avenues North To Be Closed Thursday and Friday

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04/28/2016 - 4:00 AM

St. Cloud residents should be aware a day long road closure starting Thursday.

The City Engineer’s Office says West St. Germain Street between 5th and 6th Avenues North will be closed to traffic due to an emergency utility work in the area.

The road is anticipated to reopen Friday.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency To Monitor Mississippi River-Sartell Watershed

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04/22/2016 - 11:30 AM

Photo Courtesy of Stearns County 

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will be monitoring Mississippi River-Sartell Watershed in the summer.

MPCA Pollution Control Specialist, Tony Dingmann, says evaluation of the body of waters allow them to have a better picture of the watershed. He says there will be 60 stations across the area to measure the condition of rivers, streams and ditches. It studies the biology of fish, aquatic invertebrates, the habitat, flow and water chemistry.

Dingmann says crews will also evaluate lakes that are greater than 500 acres. It helps to assess the water clarity, nutrient concentrations and other water chemistry standards to support recreational uses like swimming.

He adds crews would restoration activities if they see water samples are impaired. Stearns County will have an open house Wednesday in Rice County at the Lions Club Building to inform people of the project. It will be from 4-7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Multiple Road Closures on I-94 Between St. Cloud and Collegeville

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04/22/2016 - 11:30 AM

Drivers in St. Cloud and Collegeville should be ready for delays when driving on Interstate 94 as multiple lanes will be closed starting Friday morning.

The Department of Transportation says eastbound I-94, south of St. Cloud, will be reduced to a single lane at the intersection of Highway 15.

On Monday I-94 between Highway 23, west of St. Cloud, and County Road 159, near Collegeville will be reduced to a single lane as well.

These closures are part of a project to repair the east bound bridge and resurface six miles of I-94. They will last until May 26, MnDot advises drivers to seek alternate routes during rush hours.

St. Cloud State University Names Director of Veteran Resource Center

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04/21/2016 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University has named Zachary Mangas as the director of the Veterans Resource Center.

Associate Dean of Students Jerry Bulisco says Mangas was chosen after conducting a national search. He has been serving as the interim director.

Mangas has earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth. He also has a graduate degree in College Counseling and Student Development from SCSU. His experience as a graduate assistant with the U-Choose Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention program and as an intern with the center will be of value in his new position.

In addition to his deployment in Iraq, Mangas has also served several years in the Minnesota National Guard. Bulisco says Mangas is passionate, caring and has technical skills that would help veterans to have a successful profession and life at the university.

Sartell and St. Cloud Residents To Expect Delays Along Highway 15, 23 and County Road 1

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04/21/2016 - 11:00 AM

Stearns Country residents should be aware of a series of road closures in Sartell and St. Cloud.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the ramp from northbound Highway 15 to eastbound County Road 1 will be temporarily closed after 7 p.m. Monday. The ramp from eastbound County Road 1 to southbound Highway 15 will also be closed temporarily.

There will be signed detours guiding drivers to Highway 15 and County Road 120 interchange. Both ramps are scheduled to reopen in mid-May.

Drivers are also reminded that the overnight closures of segments of Highway 15 between Highway 23 in St. Cloud and Highway 15 and Benton Drive interchange in Sauk Rapids will continue till mid-August.

The road constructions help to have a smoother ride, improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. 

1st Street North between 6th Avenue North and Mississippi River To Be Closed Monday

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04/21/2016 - 10:30 AM

St. Cloud divers should be aware of a day-long road closure in the north side of the city Monday.

The City Engineer’s Office says the right eastbound lane of 1st Street North between 6th Avenue North and Mississippi River will be closed.

The Closure is due to the construction of the River’s Edge Parking Ramp. The road will reopen Tuesday.

St. Cloud Man Arrested On Charges of 2nd Degree Assault and Terroristc Threats

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04/20/2016 - 9:30 AM

A St. Cloud man was arrested on charges of 2nd degree assault and terroristic threats Tuesday morning.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to an assault report in the 700 block of 9th Street South at about 2 a.m. Officers learned that 24-year-old Isiah Oluwasheun Ero-Phillips had assaulted a 24-year-old man from St. Cloud in a golf club and threatened to kill him.

Ero-Phillips was arrested and taken to the Stearns County Jail. The victim refused to be treated at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Federal Officials Reviewing SCSU's Handling Of A Sexual Assault Complaint

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04/20/2016 - 1:00 AM

Investigators with the Federal Office of Civil Rights are visiting St. Cloud State University to review the school's handling of a sexual assault complaint.

The OCR says they will be meeting with various groups on campus and those involved with the handling of the sexual assault allegation that stems from a case filed last year.

SCSU is one of more than 150 higher education institutions currently under review by the OCR. They plan to review the case as well as the university’s policies and procedures for responding to student allegations of sexual misconduct.

While on campus the OCR will hold open office hours today and Thursday for individual students or staff who would like to discuss the school’s handling of the assault allegations and any other concerns.

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