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Women on Wednesday Launches 20th Year

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09/08/2009 - 10:05 AM

Women on Wednesday Launches 20th Year

A storied 20 year tradition at Saint Cloud State starts up again this week. The opening session of Women on Wednesday begins Wednesday, September 9th and features a number of speakers, including Dr, Beth Berila, Director of the SCSU Women’s Studies Program, Jane Olsen, Director of the Women’s Center, and Lee LaDue, Coordinator of the Gender Violence Prevention Program at SCSU.


The weekly event is held each Wednesday from noon until 1pm in the Atwood Theater. Organized by the Women’s Center, Women on Wednesday is free and open to the public.
 

Police Looking for Suspect

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09/08/2009 - 10:00 AM

St. Cloud Police are looking for a Somali man who they say attempted to force a woman onto an island at Beaver Island Trails on Monday. According to police, an 18-year-old St. Cloud woman was walking on the shoreline of the Mississippi River when the man approached her, grabbed her arm and told her that he loved her. The woman was able to break away from the man, who was described as wearing a brightly colored polo shirt with tan dress pants and black dress shoes. Police and a K-9 unit were unable to find the suspect who fled before they arrived.


The suspect does not speak very good English and is believed to be in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with a thin build, standing at over six feet tall and missing many teeth. If you have any information on this person, please contact the St. Cloud Police Department at 320-251-1200.
 

Road Work on I-94 Near Monticello

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09/08/2009 - 10:00 AM

Motorists traveling I-94 near Monticello will encounter road work starting Tuesday. An access ramp will be closed from westbound Interstate 94 to Wright County Highway 18 as road workers setup a realignment of the interstate. This will allow westbound traffic to be switched to the median bypass lanes.


Also the Broadway Street exit ramp to Meadow Oak Drive will be closed as crews realign Broadway Street under a series of overpasses. Drivers can access Broadway using the old access ramp, which has been reopened during this construction.
 

SCSU Reports Most Sexual Assaults since '98-'99

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09/05/2009 - 10:20 AM

32 sexual assaults were reported to the St. Cloud State Women’s Center between the summer of 2008 and the summer of 2009. That’s 13 more sexual assaults than last year’s total, and the most reported at St. Cloud State in ten years.


In all 32 of the assaults, the perpetrators were men. Nine of the assaults happened on campus, 23 took place off campus. 26 of the assaults were committed by acquaintances of the victim, and three were committed by strangers. 31 of the victims were women and one was a man.


The SCSU Women’s Center says while the increase in sexual assaults is disheartening, it is a good thing that more victims are reporting assaults. For more information on sexual assault prevention education, visit SCSU's Gender Violence Resources Office web page.
 

Sherburne County Assists in Elk River Drug Bust

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09/04/2009 - 11:55 AM

The streets of Elk River are cleaner today because of an anonymous tip given to the Sherburne County Drug Task Force. The Elk River Police Department served a search warrant at 10215 Twin Lakes Road in the city of Elk River and found fifteen marijuana plants and a small amount of drug paraphernalia. It is suspected that they were being grown for future drug sales.


The Sherburne County Sheriff says charges are forthcoming for the individual responsible for the marijuana plants.
 

Random Act of Arson

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09/04/2009 - 10:30 AM

The St. Cloud Fire Department is trying to figure out who started a fire early Friday morning. It happened just after midnight in an alley garage on the 700 block of 12th Avenue South. A neighbor called 911 after spotting a bag of garbage lit on fire against the wall. The west wall was partially engulfed in flames when police and fire officials arrived. Officers were able to extinguish the flames with fire extinguishers.


Damage to the garage is estimated to be about $1,500. This incident appears to be a random act and a reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for any information about this fire. Please call the Arson Hotline at 1-800-722-2020 to help in this investigation.


The Saint Cloud Fire Department reminds you to lock your garage and cars and use security lighting to help deter theft and violence.
 

SCSU's New Doctoral Program

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09/03/2009 - 9:50 AM

SCSU's New Doctoral Program

St. Cloud State’s quest for more higher education is becoming reality. 16 students recently began taking weekend classes in St. Cloud State’s second doctoral program. The doctorate in educational administration and leadership is offered by the university’s College of Education. The three year program is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Most of the students already have jobs as school leaders, and are looking to enhance their leadership skills.

Fall Volunteer Fair

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09/03/2009 - 11:15 AM

St. Cloud State is looking for volunteers. SCSU’s Volunteer Connection is hosting a fall volunteer and service-learning fair. The volunteer and service-learning fair will be held from 10 am to 2 pm on Tuesday in the main lounge of the Atwood Memorial Center on campus. The fair is designed to give potential volunteers an opportunity to learn about the area’s many non-profit organizations, all in one place.

Burglary Suspects Arrested

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09/02/2009 - 12:30 PM

On August 25th, 2009, the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office arrested 45-year-old James Irving Dale and 35-year-old Brent Paul Martin, both of Annandale. They were taken into custody on charges of burglarizing a Fort Ripley golf course.
On August 26th detectives investigating two similar burglaries in Benton County drafted a search warrant to search Dale and Martin’s residence. During the search eight items of stolen property and several other items of evidence were recovered. This evidence linked Martin and Dale with similar burglaries in five jurisdictions, and both Todd and Meeker counties have placed probable cause holds on Dale and Martin.
James Dale remains in custody on his pending charges. Brent Martin has posted bail and is awaiting future court appearances.
 

Saint Cloud Woman Arrested at Red Carpet

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09/02/2009 - 11:45 AM

Last night at about 11:00 the Saint Cloud Police Department was dispatched to 11 5th Avenue South for reports of a disorderly female. Investigation alleges that 34-year-old Sharlean Laitinen of St. Cloud punched and kicked bouncers at the Red Carpet. Officers placed Laitinen under arrest and transported her to the hospital where she spit and kicked officers. Laitinen was transported to the Stearns County Jail, where she was held for court charges of 4th degree assult and disorderly conduct.

Seeing You--Seeing Me

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09/02/2009 - 11:00 AM

Seeing You--Seeing Me

The Saint Cloud State University Kickoff Committee presents “Seeing You: Seeing Me” at 7PM tonight in the Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom. Join spoken word artist Signe Harriday for an entertaining opportunity to engage with other students in a creative exploration of identity relationships discrimination, and community.

More than 200 Arrests or Citations Issued Over Weekend

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09/01/2009 - 2:50 AM

Officers issued more than 200 arrests or citations this weekend in a special enforcement initiative focusing on downtown and south St. Cloud. In all, Operation NightCAP issued 144 minors, 29 open containers, 11 noise violations, 9 disorderly conducts, 4 drug possession arrests, and 1 DUI among others. Operation NightCAP is an impaired driving program that involves law enforcement saturation throughout the state. NightCAP operations are scheduled during events attending by young people where underage drinking is common.

SCSU Named Military Friendly School

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09/01/2009 - 11:40 AM

SCSU Named Military Friendly School

St. Cloud State University was recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine with the honor of being named a Military Friendly School. More than 7,000 institutions were surveyed on their efforts in recruiting and supporting veterans, and the magazine honored the top 15 percent on their Military Friendly List.


St. Cloud State University has the largest amount of veterans among the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system with more than 525 student veterans.
 

Man Chokes Girlfriend

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08/31/2009 - 9:36 AM

St. Cloud Police responded to a reported domestic assault Saturday morning. Officers arrived at 835 Driftwood Drive just before 5:00 am where they found the victim, 26-year-old Sarah Marie Shoultz of St. Cloud. Police say she had been punched, pushed down, had her hair pulled and choked by her boyfriend, 26-year-old Jaamian Aikens of St. Cloud. Aikens was arrested for felony domestic assault by strangulation and is currently held for court. The victim refused and medical treatment at the scene.

Wetterling Finds Hope in Kidnapped Girl's Reunion with Family

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08/31/2009 - 11:10 AM

Wetterling Finds Hope in Kidnapped Girl's Reunion with Family

St. Joseph resident Patty Wetterling is finding hope in a recent story making headlines in California, where a girl was found alive 18 years after she was kidnapped. Wetterling, whose son Jacob disappeared nearly 20 years ago, says children who have been abducted usually don’t come forward on their own and that law enforcement officers and the public have to do their part to help find missing people. Wetterling has become a nationally known advocate for missing and exploited children.


More than 58,000 children are victims of non-family abductions every year in the US. The vast majority of those cases are resolved within the first 24 hours, while an estimated 115 children are victims of real kidnapping – where the child is held, transported a long distance, killed or kept permanently.
 

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