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Air Quality Advisory In Effect In Parts Of Minnesota

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01/17/2017 - 2:30 AM

An air quality advisory has been issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The advisory is taking place until midnight Tuesday for 7 counties in the Twin Cities area. 

Meteorology Prof. Bob Weisman, of St. Cloud State University, says the increase of dirt particles in the air has caused the air quality index, AQI, to rise into the upper moderate range. This increase is unhealthy for people with sensitive breathing, the elderly, and children. 

With the return of commute- people driving back and forth to work- after the long weekend and low clouds, levels of pollution will continue to increase the AQI to over 100. This could increase health risks to those mentioned.

Husky Students Can Get Resume Help At Career Prep Party

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01/17/2017 - 2:10 AM

Employers will be at St. Cloud State University Wednesday to offer resume advice to students.

The campus Career Center says 55 representatives from 29 organizations are coming to meet with students in preparation for a big job and internship fair next week.

Organizations that will be there include: Capital One, CentraCare Health, Polaris and Target, among others.

Wednesday's career prep event is meant to provide students with coaching and advice so they can prepare for the main job fair Jan. 27. Known as the "big job fair," next week's event is a more formal meeting between employers and participating students.

On Wednesday, students are encouraged to bring their resume and dress casually. The career prep event will take place from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the SCSU Atwood Ballroom.

 

Unidentified Body Removed From Flaming Car Near Clearwater Monday

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01/17/2017 - 1:10 AM

One man is dead after his car was found engulfed in flames Monday, northwest of Clearwater.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office says a car crashed into a tree on Co. Rd. 75 near 221st St. The Clearwater Fire Department extinguished the flames and removed a body from the driver’s seat.

Deputies brought the man’s body to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.

The crash is still under investigation.

The Minnesota State Patrol, Wright County Sheriff’s Office, St. Cloud Fire and Gold Cross Ambulance also assisted at the scene.

MLK Breakfast Celebration Takes Place Monday At SCSU

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01/13/2017 - 3:20 AM

Coming up Monday morning, a celebration breakfast and day of service in honor of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be taking place on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

This will be the fourth year of the gathering, and it’s a time when people can connect with each other and explore ways to promote togetherness with community members.

Civil Rights Icon, Author and Business Executive Myrlie Evers-Williams will be speaking along with Minneapolis-based performers, VocalEssence to help celebrate the life of MLK.

St. Cloud State is teaming with General Mills Foundation, United Negro College Fund and Twin Cities Public Television to broadcast Evers-Williams’ presentation.

The breakfast will take place in the SCSU Atwood Ballroom on the campus of SCSU from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Parking lots will be free Monday on campus, except the 4th Ave. ramp, handicapped spots, 15-minute parking and maintenance-vehicle stalls. 

Drivers Targeted For Texting While Driving

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01/13/2017 - 2:10 AM

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic saturation that concentrated on texting while driving violations, according to Sheriff John Sanner.

The areas of focus included parts of Division St. and Roosevelt Rd. in St. Cloud and 10th Ave. in Waite Park. Fifteen drivers were cited for texting while driving during the exercise. 

Other citations handed out during this time include: three for driving after license revocation, two seat belt violations, four no-proof-of-insurance citations and one for inattentive driving.

The exercise took place Thursday, Jan. 12.

World Religion Day Will Be Celebrated This Weekend

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01/13/2017 - 2:00 AM

St. Cloud will be host to a celebration for World Religion Day.

The Baha’i Community of Central Minnesota is partnering with #UniteCloud for the event, and say it will include “prayers of unity, refreshments, and friendship continuing to unite the people of St. Cloud.”

The event takes place on Saturday, Jan. 14. from 3-4 p.m. in the Array room on the first floor of the Great River Regional Library in St. Cloud.

Albany Man Convicted Of Two Counts Of Murder

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01/12/2017 - 2:45 AM

A man from Albany, Minn., has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Stearns County Attorney’s Office says that Robert Kaiser stood before a judge Thursday and was sentenced to 240 months in prison. On Oct. 28, 2016, Kaiser was charged with two counts of second degree murder.

A Stearns County jury found him guilty. One count was for the murder of his infant son. The murders happened in August 2014.

The court handed a large sentence because the vulnerability of the victim made the situation more serious.

St. Cloud School District Gets Funding For High-Speed Internet

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01/12/2017 - 1:30 AM

The St. Cloud School District will get more than $40,000 for better access to high-speed internet.

The governor’s office says 12 school districts across Minnesota received grant money to make sure students have better internet connections on the bus and at home. Grants were announced by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and the Department of Education.

Money can be used to equip buses with wireless hotspots so students can do homework on their way to and from school. Schools may also purchase hotspots, data cards and other mobile broadband devices for students to check out and use at home.

Thirty-three districts applied for this grant, but only twelve were awarded due to limited funding. The legislation capped grant money at $50,000 per district. St. Cloud received $40,546.

Since districts still need funding, the ongoing need for investment in rural high-speed internet remains.

 

Open House Tonight Will Provide Information About Highway 23 Expansion

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01/12/2017 - 11:10 AM

A road construction project is set to expand Highway 23 between Paynesville and Richmond, and for folks wanting more information, an open house will be held this evening.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the Highway 23 expansion project will add more lanes to this stretch of road.

There are about 15 miles of the highway between Willmar and Interstate 94 that is not four-lanes wide, and the stretch from Paynesville and Richmond is part of it.

The Highway 23 expansion project is part of the Corridors of Commerce program, created by the Legislature in 2013. Funding for the program comes from MnDOT, and aims at fostering economic growth by allowing more cars on major roads.

If you’re looking for more information about the Paynesville-Richmond expansion, you can attend an open house today from 4-6 p.m. at the St. Peter and Paul Gymnasium. The gym is located at 110 Central Ave. N. in Richmond.

 

Malaysian Culture Will Be Celebrated At SCSU

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01/11/2017 - 2:40 AM

Malaysian culture will be honored coming up this Saturday on the campus of St. Cloud State University.

People who attend will have the unique opportunity to learn about Malaysian culture during this event, which will be hosted by the Malaysian Student Association.

The organization’s president, Jessie Gooi, says people will be able to “indulge in the everyday diversity, culture, tradition and rhythm of Malaysia.” She also emphasizes folks will be able to enjoy Malaysian cuisine and learn about their history.

This event will be going on at SCSU’s Atwood Ballroom at 6 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $7 for students, faculty and staff and $8 for the public. 

Job Prospects For College Graduates Will Improve in 2017

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01/11/2017 - 2:30 AM

The results are in for the 13th annual Minnesota College Job Outlook Survey. More employers surveyed this year say they are planning to hire more college graduates.

Andy Ditlevson, associate director of St. Cloud State University’s Career Center, says that out of 78 employers surveyed, 46% say they plan to increase their college hires. That’s 10% more than last year.

But this isn't the first year Ditlevson has seen an increase.

Ditlevson encourages student who are going to graduate soon to “get going,” start applying for jobs, and to take advantage of job fairs coming to SCSU.

The SCSU Career Center will be hosting a Job Fair Prep Party on January 18 and a Diversity Job and Internship Fair on January 27.

Millions Of Dollars Will Be Used For Broadband Expansion In Minnesota

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01/11/2017 - 1:30 AM

Lt. Gov. Tina Smith teamed up with the Department of Employment and Economic Development to announce funding of $34 million that will be given to 42 different projects across Minnesota.

The broadband extensions project will help connect rural Minnesotan businesses and households, giving them the same technology access and opportunities that urban residents enjoy. For example, the St. Cloud Airport will receive upgrades from Palmer Wireless, a local telecommunications provider. The company was given $179,400 to invest in business connectivity.  

The funding aims to improve services that encourage education, health care, job growth, and business expansion throughout the state.

Blowing Snow and Icy Roads Cause Driving Hazards

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01/10/2017 - 2:30 AM

I-94 is open again in Monticello after multiple crashes over the last several days.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises the public to avoid unnecessary travel in Stearns, Benton, Sherburne, Mille Lacs, and Morrison Counties.

Roads will remain open but drivers should wait to travel, if possible. People can expect lane and road closures where crashes occur.

Drivers should remember to use a safe speeds for the conditions, keep at a safe stopping distance and stay alert.

UPDATE: Interstate 94 Closure Near Maple Grove Postponed

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01/10/2017 - 1:30 AM

UPDATE:

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has postponed the demolition of the bridge over Interstate 94 near Maple Grove. They are concerned about the forecast  for inclement weather. Weather permitting, the Interstate will be closed January 20-22 instead.

However, when the work is scheduled, both directions of Interstate 94 will be closed for the demolition of the 101st Avenue Bridge near Maple Grove.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the bridge is being removed to make way for the new Highway 610 corridor between County Road 81 and I-94.

During the closure drivers should follow the posted detours and take Highway 169 and Highway 610 to avoid the construction zone.

Fatal Car Accident On I-94 Kills Clearwater Man

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01/10/2017 - 1:15 AM

One man is dead after he rear ended a semi-truck on I-94 Monday.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 58-year-old Frederick Meyer of Clearwater was headed east on I-94 behind a semi-truck driven by 55-year-old Kelvin Bartlett. The accident happened about a mile west of Stearns County Road 75.

Bartlett had to stop on the interstate due to an accident up ahead. Meyer failed to stop in time rear-ending the semi.

He was killed in the crash.

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