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Police Searching For Missing Annandale Teenage Girl

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05/15/2017 - 11:30 AM

Police Searching For Missing Annandale Teenage Girl

Local law enforcement agencies are investigating a missing person case.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 17-year-old Aaliyah Kazimer of Annandale has not been seen since 5 p.m. Saturday.She was last seen at an address of the 6200 block of County Road 120 in St. Cloud and her car was also found in the Riverside Park parking lot on Sunday.

Kazimer is an Asian female at 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 120 pounds and she was last seen wearing a black button up shirt with dark colored running shorts.

Law enforcement was conducting a ground search with a K9 unit, air and drone searches as well as a water search of the Mississippi River Monday, but the search ended around 12:30 p.m. due to the rainy weather conditions. The search is expected to continue Tuesday depending upon the water and weather conditions. 

The Sherburne County Sheriff's Department is assisting with the investigation along with the Minnesota DNR and the Annandale Police Department.

You're asked to contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crimestoppers at 320-255-1301 with any information regarding Kazimer.

Stearns County Property Taxes Are Due May 15

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05/08/2017 - 3:30 AM

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of property taxes is approaching. The first half is due and payable on Monday, May 15. County officials say this is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.

The county offers many different methods for residents to pay property taxes including online, or residents can set up payment plans that are deducted from a checking or savings account. Payments are spread over either a quarterly or 10-month period. Also, tax payments can be made in person at either the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park on County Road 138, just west of Mills Fleet Farm or at the Treasurer’s Office or License Center in the Stearns County Administration Center at the Courthouse Square in downtown St. Cloud.

Finally, if you mail your payment it must be postmarked by the post office no later than May 15th to avoid penalties. State law does not allow any exceptions.

If you have any questions contact the Treasurer's Office at 320-656-3870 or by e-mail at

County Road 16 Collision Near Paynesville Sends One to Hospital

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05/08/2017 - 2:45 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office reports that an accident occurred Friday on County Road 16 in Zion Township.

Just north of Paynesville 23-year-old Matthew Spanier of Belgrade was driving eastbound when his car struck the back of a semi tractor-trailer just after 12 p.m. The trailer-tractor was on the side of of the road refilling its fertilizer sprayer.

Spanier was airlifted to the St. Cloud Hospital because of his injuries.

The tractor-trailer is owned by Michael Stamer Farms. The Paynesville Police Department is still investigating the crash.

St. Cloud Police Respond to Brawl Sunday

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05/08/2017 - 2:00 AM

St. Cloud Police Respond to Brawl Sunday

St. Cloud Police have arrested woman involved in a brawl on Sunday.

Twenty-five-year-old Shyla Storkamp from St. Cloud is believed to be a part of a prearranged fight that happened in 2100 block of 8th Street North just after 3 p.m. Police say 7 people were fighting with clubs and sticks. Sergeant Jason Burke says Storkamp also allegedly stabbed a female victim several times before the victim struck her with brass knuckles. The stabbing victim has been taken to St. Cloud Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Storkamp was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night and is being held in the Stearns County Jail facing 1st and 2nd degree felony assault charges as well as having previous warrants out for her arrest.

Police say, based on video evidence, there were many witnesses to the fight and are asking for anyone they have not interviewed to contact them at 320-255-1301.

Gov. Mark Dayton Will Host Fishing Opener In St. Cloud

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05/05/2017 - 10:00 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton Will Host Fishing Opener In St. Cloud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota is ready to start fishing. The state has about 1.4 million licensed anglers, and about 500,000 are expected to fish when the walleye season opens Saturday, May 13.

Gov. Mark Dayton is hosting the 70th annual Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. It will highlight opportunities on the Mississippi River in the St. Cloud area of central Minnesota.

That stretch of the river might not be the first destination on most anglers' minds. But local experts say it's a hot spot, and the Department of Natural Resources says it has a walleye catch rate comparable with Minnesota's best lakes.

This is the first time the St. Cloud-Sartell-Sauk Rapids area has hosted the event. The only previous governor's openers on the Mississippi were at Red Wing in 1998 and Winona in 1973.

Women Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Prescription Medicine While Cleaning Houses

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05/04/2017 - 3:30 AM

A Cold Spring woman has been arrested after allegedly stealing prescription medicine from houses she was hired to clean.

The St. Cloud Police Department say that 45-year-old Nichole Renee Zachow was arrested Thursday after multiple theft complaints were filed by homeowners who hired her to clean. Zachow worked for “Over the Top Cleaner” and was a suspect of stealing prescriptions from homes back in 2016. But no arrests were made.

The Police department warns homeowners to be cautious when allowing cleaning services to be in their house when they are not present.

Sculptor And Actress Jane Seymour Is Visiting The Paramount In St. Cloud

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05/03/2017 - 1:10 AM

The Paramount Center for the Arts is hosting a meet and greet with Sculptor and Actress Jane Seymour this week.

The Paramount says the art galleries will feature Seymour’s work from May 5-25. An opening reception will also give fans a chance to meet her on Friday. T

he reception is open to the public from 1-3 p.m. at the Paramount, located at 913 W. St. Germain St. in St. Cloud.

Update: Name Of Man Found Dead Released by Officials

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05/03/2017 - 11:00 AM

A body found in the east side of St. Cloud Sunday morning has been identified.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man as 41-year-old Jeffrey Michael Martin of St. Cloud. Martin was found on Lincoln Avenue near the railroad tracks.

The Medical Examiner’s Office is still working to find the cause of death. Police say they do not suspect foul play.

Road Closure in North St. Cloud Next Week

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05/02/2017 - 12:15 PM

Drivers in North St. Cloud should be aware of a road closure next week.

The City Engineer’s Office says 29th Avenue North will be closed from Division Street to 1st Street North for routine maintenance work.

The closure will start Tuesday, May 9, and will remain closed until Thursday.

Husky Students Walk To Celebrate Graduation Friday

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05/01/2017 - 1:40 AM

Husky students with pomp and circumstance will walk and celebrate their college graduation this week.

More than 1,500 students are earning degrees from St. Cloud State University this spring, and more than 1,100 are expected the Commencement ceremonies.

This semester’s graduates represent 33 world nations and 25 American states, even the District of Columbia.

Summa Cum Laude Graduate Angela Mundis is giving the student address during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Emma Konopasek, also summa cum laude, will deliver her speech at the 3 p.m. ceremony.

Also at the events, the campus Wind Ensemble will perform and President Ashish Vaidya will give remarks.

Commencement takes place Friday in the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center. Parking on campus will be free that day.

SCSU Is Updating Student And Employee Campus Cards

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05/01/2017 - 1:10 AM

In efforts to improve security, St. Cloud State University students and employees will get new campus cards.

The updated cards will be used starting in summer sessions, and will have a new look. St. Cloud State says the cards will be easy to use with a secure, contactless access to secure doors on campus. They will also be students’ access to the library, meal plans, recreational facilities and athletic events.

The new campus card will not be linked to TCF banking.

Students, faculty and staff need to replace their old cards between June and December 2017. It will not cost anything for the new one. Folks should watch their email for instructions about how and when to pick up new cards.

Man on the BNSF Bridge Halts Railroad Traffic Sunday

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05/01/2017 - 11:30 AM

Railroad traffic through St. Cloud was halted Sunday while police talked a man off the bridge crossing the Mississippi River.

The St. Cloud Police Department says officers arrived to a welfare call about a 52-year-old man standing on the edge of the railroad bridge. Authorities contacted Burlington North Santa Fe Railway to stop any trains coming through the area.

The man, who was making suicidal comments, was talked off the bridge Sunday evening.

He was then taken to the St. Cloud Hospital for medical treatment and is facing charges of disorderly conduct, littering, obstructing the legal process, and trespassing.

A St. Cloud Man Stabs Two People With a Fork

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05/01/2017 - 11:10 AM

A man was arrested at Place of Hope in St. Cloud after he hurt two people with a fork.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says 36-year-old Christopher J. Cox was outside the building when he was told he could not enter. Cox then got into an argument with a 56-year-old man and stabbed him in the face twice with a fork. A shelter volunteer came to break up the argument, but Cox turned on him and stabbed the volunteer with the fork, causing minor injuries.

Cox was arrested and now is being held in Stearns County Jail facing two counts of 2nd degree assault.

A Body Was Found In East St. Cloud

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05/01/2017 - 10:45 AM

A body was found in the east side of St. Cloud Sunday morning.

St. Cloud Police Assistant Chief Jeff Oxton says a person walking their dog found the body along Lincoln Avenue Southeast near the railroad tracks. Police say the body is a middle aged man who was previously seen spending time in the area.

No foul play is suspected and officers don’t believe the death is tied to the railroad tracks. Officers are working with the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

A Hit and Run In South St. Cloud Recovers A Stolen Car

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05/01/2017 - 10:00 AM

A stolen car was recovered after it was used in a hit and run at the St. Cloud Skatin’ Place.

St. Cloud Police Sergeant Jason Burke says officers responded to the crash Sunday morning. Witnesses say the driver ran away on foot after he drove the car into the Skatin Place’s front awning.

After further investigation, police add the car used in the crash was reported stolen in the beginning of April. It's now being held in an impound lot.

No injuries were reported and the driver was never found. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the St. Cloud Police Department at (320) 251-1200 or Tri-County County Crimestoppers at (320) 255-1301.

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