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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, 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.

Stearns History Museum To Welcome Brian Schoenborn August 12

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07/23/2015 - 2:40 AM

Stearns History Museum To Welcome Brian Schoenborn August 12

St. Cloud's Fifth Avenue’s past and future will be discussed at the Stearns History Museum Breakfast Club Wednesday, August 12.

Speaker Brian Schoenborn, a real estate developer and partner at Stinson Leonard Street, is invited to talk about the avenue dating back to 1889. He will tie in how the past relates to the First National Bank restoration project.

The public is encouraged to attend the breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. The Breakfast Club program is free to all Stearns History Museum members and a small fee applies to non-members.

St. Cloud State University Receives $335,000 Grant To Partner With Grede Foundry

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07/13/2015 - 11:30 AM

St. Cloud State University received more than $300,000 to fund a training project with an area foundry company. Assistant News Director Korina Borash has the AUDIO story.

Visit Grede and SCSU's Corporate Education & Outreach websites for more information.


St. Cloud State University Welcomes New Provost And Vice President For Academic Affairs

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07/13/2015 - 11:00 AM

St. Cloud State University’ new provost and vice president for academic affairs formally started his position July 1st.

St. Cloud State says Dr. Ashish K. Vaidya previously was the special adviser to the president for regional economics development at California State University. Vaidya also was the provost and vice president for academic affairs for four years before taking this the new position.

Vaidya will be supervising university with more than 200 majors and minors as well as 800 faculty members. President Earl Potter says it is not often that St. Cloud State attracts an academic leader with a track record in the same position at another school.

Vaidya says SCSU is well positioned in the region to take advantage of community-university partnership to create new programs and prepare students for life and work in the 21st century.

Vaidya replaced interim SCSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Richard Green.

St. Cloud State University Awarded $25,000 Grant To Help Reduce Teen Driving Accidents

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07/13/2015 - 10:30 AM

State Farm awarded a $25,000 grant to the Minnesota Highway Safety and Research Center at St. Cloud State University to help reduce teen driving crashes and deaths.

St. Cloud State will use the grant funding to host a Teen Driving Skills for Life event this Saturday. The class focuses on providing skills to help reduce distracted driving, collision avoidance, seat belt use and off road recovery.

Minnesota teen drivers make up about 6% of the driving population and are involved in nearly 12% of total crashes.

A small fee and valid permit or license is required to participate in the event. The next open course will be held on October 24. For more information on the event go to SCSU's Center For Continuing Studies website. 

St. Cloud Area Families Invited To Lap The Lake At Lake George Tuesday

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07/13/2015 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud area families are gearing up for Lap the Lake Family Relay to celebrate the 25th anniversary Minser Chiropractic Clinic Tuesday.

Each team is made up of two family members who complete one lap around Lake George. The relay is not timed, it’s simply a family fun event.

There is a $30 fee for each team that registers after June 30. All proceeds go to the Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center.

Registration begins Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. near the splash pads at Lake George. The relay kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

How To Manage Heat Stress To Prevent Poor Performance and Death in Livestock

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07/10/2015 - 9:40 AM

Summer months means rising temperatures around Minnesota and Stearns County. Heat stress is something area farmers should be aware of in their livestock.

News director, Mohammad Najafian, has the AUDIO STORY.

Man Accused of Calling 911 And Using Pepper Spray on Officers

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07/10/2015 - 9:30 AM

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - A Little Falls man is accused of calling 911, then using pepper spray on officers who responded to his house.

A criminal complaint filed in Morrison County says 46-year-old Scott Garman placed multiple 911 calls to dispatchers early Tuesday and was angry about officers who had been to his home earlier.

Little Falls police responded and found Garman on his front porch with a can of pepper spray. The complaint says he refused orders to put the can down and sprayed the officers who eventually took him into custody using a stun gun and their batons.

KSTP-TV says Garman is charged with fourth-degree assault and obstruction. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney.

Stearns County Sheriff Vojacek Honored For Enforcing DWI in 2014

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07/10/2015 - 10:50 AM

Stearns County Sheriff Vojacek Honored For Enforcing DWI in 2014

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety honored a Stearns County deputy for DWI enforcement in 2014.

Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Deputy Sheriff Cody Vojacek arrested 54 drivers on DWI charges in his first year on the job. Vojacek was honored at the Minnesota Twins baseball game Thursday.

Sanner adds Vojacek previously received the honor of “Rookie of the Year” by the Minnesota Branch of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers in Minnesota.

Two People Arrested Last Week In St. Cloud Are Now Facing Assault Charges

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07/08/2015 - 1:20 AM

Two people were arrested last week in St. Cloud and are now facing assault charges from two seperate incidents.

On Thursday, 31-year-old Andrue Thomas Grabow was arrested after Metro Bus staff complained he was creating problems with others at the station located at 500 1st Street South. Sergeant Jason Burke says Grabow, who was intoxicated at the time, refused to cooperate with the arresting officers. One officer attempted to use a Taser and ultimately had to fight to get him into custody. Grabow was taken to Stearns County Jail after 5 p.m. and is facing charges of 4th degree assault and obstructing legal process. One officer was punched in the head and suffered minor injuries.                                        

The next day on Friday, 62-year-old David Michael Michaud was arrested after threatening two others with a butcher knife. Burke says officers responded to the complaint in the 600 block of 13th Street South just after 6 p.m. Michaud threatened his 63-year-old roommates with a knife when he found out they were eating his food. He was booked to Stearns County Jail facing charges of 2nd degree assault. No injuries were reported.

Andrue Thomas Grabow pictured above and David Michael Michaud pictured right courtesy Stearns County Jail. 


Red Wing Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police Tuesday Near Big Lake

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07/08/2015 - 12:00 PM

Red Wing Man Arrested After Fleeing From Police Tuesday Near Big Lake

A Red Wing man was arrested after a high-speed police chase along Highway 10 Tuesday morning.

Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott says deputies responded to a driving complaint on two-hundred ninety-third Avenue near one-hundred fifty-six Street in Blue Hill Township shortly after 9:30 a.m. The complaint informed officers the car was driving at varying speeds and slamming on the brakes.

A deputy located a vehicle matching the description of the complaint travelling southbound at a high speed on County Road 5. The squad turned its light on and a pursuit began into the city of Big Lake. The chase continued west on U.S. Highway 10 and a short distance into Becker Township.

29-year-old Jordan Anthony Denk was arrested and taken to Sherburne County Jail on charges of Fleeing Police in a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Big Lake and Becker Police Departments assisted Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office.

28-Year-Old Arrested In St. Cloud After SWAT Team Finds Suspect Hidden In Garage

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07/07/2015 - 2:20 AM

28-Year-Old Arrested In St. Cloud After SWAT Team Finds Suspect Hidden In Garage

A 28-year-old man was arrested in St. Cloud after officers found him hiding in a detached garage.

Commander Jeff Oxton says officers received a tip that Lamare Orlando Walker of St. Cloud, who had a felony warrant out for his arrest, was at the 500 block of 9th Avenue North around 6 p.m. Monday. Officers confirmed Walker’s warrant for 1st degree robbery in Stearns County and went to arrest him.

When officers arrived at the scene Walker fled on foot and disappeared at the 500 block of 8th Avenue North. A witness told officers they saw a man scurry into the back yard of a home. The St. Cloud K9 Unit was able to find that Walker had attempted to lock himself inside a detached garage at the home. Oxton adds it is confirmed that Walker did not know the owners of the garage and only entered to hide from police.

The St. Cloud Police Department SWAT Team was called to the scene because Walker is a convicted felon with a criminal history of arrests, and convictions for terroristic threats and aggravated robbery.

Just before 9 p.m. the SWAT team released an irritant chemical gas in the garage and invaded it to find Walker inside. He was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail where he is waiting court on the felony 1st degree robbery warrant, and new charges of Fleeing Officers on Foot, Burglary and Possession of Marijuana.

No one was injured during the chase.

Two California Residents Arrested Sunday In Waite Park

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07/07/2015 - 12:30 PM

Two people from California were arrested in Waite Park Sunday after allegedly trying to sell a stolen and handgun.

Waite Park Police Chief David Bentrud says officers received calls about a man trying to sell a stolen handgun at 815 1st Street South around 12:30 p.m. Callers also added that the man’s friend was in possession of a stolen car.

Officers located the stolen car near of 6th Avenue and 2nd Street South and conducted a felony traffic stop. 34-year-old Jeffrey Palmer was arrested on charges of possessing a firearm and an outstanding narcotics warrant from California. Palmer’s friend, 34-year-old Chrisanna Gustafson, was also arrested on charges of auto theft, credit card fraud and a felony warrant from California.

Bentrud adds this in an active investigation. Additional charges are possible. Palmer and Gustafson were in possession of stolen identity cards, bank cards and car key fobs from Minnesota and California. Officers recovered several handguns and a large amount of merchandise believed to be purchased from stolen credit cards. The stolen vehicle is from the city of St. Cloud.

The St. Cloud and St. Joseph Police Departments assisted in this investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Waite Park Police Department at 320-251-3281.

Jeffery Palmer (pictured left) and Chrisanna Gustafson (right) courtesy Stearns County Jail. 

Waite Park Man Arrested On Charges of Terroristic Threats

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07/07/2015 - 11:00 AM

Waite Park Man Arrested On Charges of Terroristic Threats

A Waite Park man was arrested on charges of terroristic threats Sunday morning.

Waite Park Police Department Chief David Bentrud says officers were sent to 701 7th Street South in connection with a threat complaint at 8:45 a.m. Investigation determines an argument broke out among two roommates which led 34-year-old Abdihajir Ali Sigar to threaten the victim verbally and with a knife.

Bentrud adds Sigar was arrested and taken to Stearns County Jail where he is waiting for court on charges of terroristic threats.

UPDATE: Xcel Energy Gas Burn Off Rescheduled At Seberger Park

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07/07/2015 - 10:30 AM

Xcel Energy has changed the date of performing a natural gas burn off at Seberger Park from Tuesday to Wednesday.

The St. Cloud City Engineer’s Office says the project to be done is a high pressure gas main retirement. The time needed for the burn off is about one hour.

Drivers should be aware that 21st Avenue North between 2nd and 3rd Street North will be closed while the work is being done.

Xcel Energy and Q3 Contracting will be present at the scene to supervise the project.

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